Farmers growing fresh vegetables got hit hard when the pandemic shut down food service a year ago, but new direct to consumer channels, USDA's Farmers to Families Food Box program and some down-home creativity helped revive sales and distribution to consumers.
Slowly but surely, President Joe Biden is getting his Cabinet positions filled even as he gets ready to sign the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, the massive stimulus package the House cleared on Wednesday.
Amid the panic-buying that characterized the earliest weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic, some of the people growing the food flying off shelves enjoyed an unexpected upturn in sales. The sudden switch to retail was relatively easy and profitable for some organic producers and suppliers.
Many states are falling behind in their early projections of how quickly they will be able to deploy COVID-19 vaccines, and many are still working to determine where ag workers will be on their vaccination prioritization schedules.