The Natural Farming Analysis Basis (OFRF) lately attended a press briefing held by USDA Underneath Secretary for Advertising and marketing and Regulatory Jenny Lester Moffitt and Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20). The occasion mentioned two federal pandemic help packages, the USDA’s Pandemic Response and Security Grant and the Farm and Meals Employee Reduction Grant, which complete over $1 billion for affected employees and enterprise.
The Pandemic Response and Security Grant Program offers grants to state businesses, tribal entities and nonprofits who serve farms, farmworkers and meatpacking employees. Organizations equivalent to meals processors, distributors, producers and farmers markets are eligible to use, and could also be reimbursed between $1,500 to $20,000 for COVID-related bills if awarded funding. The appliance interval for the Pandemic Response and Security Grant Program is at present open and closes November 22. “Within the first 12 hours we had over 500 candidates already,” stated Lester Moffitt.
“We perceive and worth a farmworker, not only for what a farmworker did all through the pandemic however what farmworkers do each single day,” stated Rep. Panetta. Rep. Panetta labored to make sure that the ultimate Consolidated Appropriations Act, which authorizes and funds the Pandemic Response and Security Grant Program, included funding to farmers, farmworkers, and important employees who incurred safety-related bills associated to COVID-19.
The Farm and Meals Employee Reduction Grant Program offers help to farmworkers, meatpacking employees, and frontline grocery employees with funds being awarded by state businesses, tribal entities and nonprofits. Roughly $600 might be reimbursed to employees who obtain funding to cowl prices for bills incurred due to of COVID-19. Purposes for the Farm and Meals Employee Reduction Grant Program will open later this season, fall 2021.
“The Farm and Meals Employee Reduction Grant Program will present $700 million for farmworkers, meatpacking employees and frontline grocery employees for pandemic-related security prices,” stated Moffitt. “Prices that we all know have been incurred for the previous 18 months and incur nonetheless at the moment throughout the pandemic.”
“Farmworkers are first-responders that safeguard the harvest, a job they carry out with utmost urgency and dignity to feed their family members and to maintain the nation’s meals safety,” stated United Farm Staff Basis Govt Director Diana Tellefson Torres. “Even beneath a lethal pandemic, life-threatening warmth waves, and poisonous wildfire smoke that saved the general public indoors and in climate-controlled areas, farmworkers continued to point out as much as work.”
“They rise up, they present up, they step up and the step into the fields and do the back-breaking work that many Individuals is not going to do,” added Rep. Panetta.
Rep. Panetta can be a co-sponsor of H.R.2803, the Agricultural Resilience Act (ARA). Earlier this 12 months, OFRF facilitated a tour of the USDA Agricultural Analysis Service (ARS) in Salinas, Calif. for Consultant Panetta’s congressional staffers. The location go to centered on the significance of elevated funding in natural analysis and was instrumental within the congressman’s choice to co-sponsor the invoice.
The press convention was held on October 7 on the United Farm Staff Basis facility in Salinas, Calif. Additionally in attendance:
- OFRF Govt Director Brise Tencer
- Nationwide Vice President of the United Farm Staff Union Bonita Rivera
- Nationwide Vice President and Regional Director for the Santa Cruz, San Benito and Monterey Bay space United Farm Staff Union Lauro Barajas.
A tour of JSM Organics Farm concluded the briefing.