As concerns over COVID-19 remain steady and economic conditions worsen for many, fresh produce sales are still strong compared to the prior year. But the growth compared to prior weeks started to slow.
The State Department agreed to accelerate approvals of H-2A farm workers by waiving interviews for many applicants, a move welcomed by agricultural groups who feared that embassy cutbacks amid the COVID-19 pandemic would leave farms without needed labor.
Fruit and vegetable farmers and their distributors are losing billions of dollars as restaurants and other buyers shut down and the government needs to step in, according to a new plea from the industry that traditionally shies away from government assistance.
Wilburt Oliver is a daily customer these days at the Wheeler Market in Washington, D.C. In the past, he had to walk long distances for fresh produce. That was until the market paired with a program called Healthy Corners, providing him and his community a healthy and affordable option to buy groceries.