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Take Steps Now to Prepare for Coronavirus Assistance

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In April, USDA announced the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). CFAP will provide direct support based on losses for agriculture producers where prices and market supply chains have been significantly impacted and will assist eligible producers facing additional adjustment and marketing costs resulting from lost demand and short-term oversupply for the 2020 marketing year caused by COVID-19.     

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Farm Finds New Way to Connect with Food Bank

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SANTA MARIA, Calif. -- This has been an incredibly challenging time for many farmers. While food deliveries to grocery stores are going strong, farmers who sell their product to food services have more produce to pick then they can sell.

The General Manager of Rancho Guadalupe Farms says it's the greatest challenge he's faced in the farming industry.

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USDA Announces Cooperative Agreements for Community Compost and Food Waste Reduction

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the availability of $900,000 for local governments to host a Community Compost and Food Waste Reduction (CCFWR) pilot project for fiscal year (FY) 2020. The cooperative agreements will support projects that develop and test strategies for planning and implementing municipal compost plans and food waste reduction plans. The agreements are offered through USDA’s Office of Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production.

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Senate Leaders Unveil Proposed State Budget Approach, Proposal to Aid California’s Economic Recovery

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As the California State Senate returns to the Capitol and resumes session this week, Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego), along with Senators Holly J. Mitchell (D-Los Angeles), Steven Bradford (D-Gardena), and Robert M. Hertzberg (D-Los Angeles), unveiled the Senate Democratic Caucus’ proposal for the state budget and California’s economic recovery.

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