Ag News Roundup for June 27, 2020
In today’s Ag News Roundup, WDFW won’t cull wolf pack, coronavirus restrictions affecting harvest season, farmers to receive assistance, U-pick locations opening with restrictions, and states working to get farm products to food banks.
WDFW Won’t Cull Stevens County Wolf Pack
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife says it will not, at this time, shoot the wolves that attacked calves in Stevens County, Washington. The wolves were confirmed to have attacked livestock on three different occasions in May 2020 on private pastures.
Coronavirus Restrictions Affecting Farmers
With summer here, farmers are facing a complicated growing and harvesting season amid COVID-19 guidelines. In just one example, Oregon’s OSHA labor-intensive farm operations, which went into effect on June 1, enforce social distancing, adding bathrooms, and sanitization options.
Direct Assistance to Farmers Available
The USDA has shared details about the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), which is set to help deliver relief to America’s farmers and ranchers. Up to $16 billion has been set aside for the program.
Oregon U-Pick Farms are Opening
Amid the pandemic, U-pick farms are opening to the public with sanitation guidelines in place for the safety of the public and farm employees. This may include social distancing and picking restricted to certain rows at one time.
States Working to Get Farm Products to Food Banks
In an effort to reduce the destruction or dumping of produce and other farm products during the pandemic, some states are working to get farmers paid and food banks stocked.