Members of the agricultural industry are facing unprecedented challenges during the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. To assist growers, the California Avocado Commission has gathered beneficial industry resources and the latest updates concerning COVID-19 that pertain to the industry. We will continue to share the latest news in our GreenSheet newsletter, and encourage you to check this page often for the latest updates and news.

COVID-19 News

USDA Extends Expiration Date of Auditees with Current Certifications

  • Apr 03, 2020

The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service is extending the expiration date of USDA audit certifications scheduled to expire May 31, 2020 by 60 days. Learn more.

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Small Business COVID-19 Funding Resources

  • Apr 03, 2020

In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has created an online page listing loan resources available to small businesses affected by the pandemic. Learn more.

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Updates and Information Concerning the CARES Act and the Paycheck Protection Program

  • Apr 02, 2020

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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Farming During COVID-19 Webinar Series

  • Apr 01, 2020

A new, free three-part webinar series, “Farming During COVID-19: A Webinar Series on Adapting to Crisis” is being offered to help farmers learn from one another, as well as subject matter experts. Learn more.

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Commission Joins Produce Associations in Urging USDA to Prioritize Funding for Fresh Produce Supply Chain

  • Mar 31, 2020

On behalf of California avocado growers, the California Avocado Commission joined 70 produce associations in signing a letter to Sonny Perdue, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, urging the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to take swift action in developing a market stabilization plan for the fresh produce industry.

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Overview of Families First Coronavirus Response Act

  • Mar 31, 2020

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act is intended to provide businesses with fewer than 500 employees with the funds necessary to offer employees paid leave so they can tend to their own health or that of their family members during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more about this legislation. 

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