In early September much of California experienced excessive heat, including many avocado growing regions. Understandably, due to this extreme heat some trees are experiencing severe damage. The California Avocado Commission immediately contacted the United States Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency to pursue possible funding for growers under the Tree Assistance Program.
The Farmworker Household Assistance Program in Ventura County aids farmworkers who may be in danger of losing their homes due to the COVID pandemic. Learn more about this program and how to apply.
The Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP) provides federal funds to assist growers and handlers with the costs associated with applying for and maintaining organic certification under the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Program. New OCCSP applications are due October 31, 2020.
In an effort to mitigate the effects of erosion caused by the fires in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties, the Post Fire Recovery Project will allocate $320,000 worth of reimbursable supplies to applicants for their erosion control best management practices. Learn more.
On March 27, Congress passed a $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act that provides $349 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to help small businesses. Since its passage, there have been some new developments concerning the PPP. Learn more.
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