Tuesday, April 7, 2020

COVID-19 Coverage

COVID-19 News

This spring is far from a normal planting season. While farming is considered essential business amid COVID-19 shut downs, the global pandemic has had a dramatic effect on agriculture. But with spring planting slated to begin in the next few weeks in Ohio, most farmers expect to proceed with their planting as planned.

Ohio food banks got some needed relief after the U.S. Department of Agriculture approved a waiver that will protect staff, volunteers and clients.

The packing industry is being hit hard by COVID-19, with meat facilities across the country slowing or suspending production because workers are sick or staying home.

Farmers are being asked to dump loads of milk while some grocery stores are limiting milk purchases. What's the deal? It's complicated, but we'll explain.

Learn what steps to take when ordering takeout food or food from a delivery service in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

As analysts account for the economic downturn caused by COVID-19, 2020 farm income prospects remain dismal.

Find more COVID-19 news here.

COVID-19 Cancelations

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The 2020 Ohio FFA Convention has been canceled, following concerns and orders on the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Across Pennsylvania and Ohio, 4-H and extension activities are on hold to hopefully slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.
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To combat the spread of COVID-19, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation is recommending farmers not stick around after unloading livestock at auction facilities.
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Here's a list of Farm and Dairy auction and event listings in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Kentucky that have been canceled or postponed due to the coronavirus.
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The coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. prompted a number of activities, events and programs to be suspended or canceled in Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Find more COVID-19 cancelations here.

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