Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association

Volume 12, Issue 14 | March 27, 2020

COVID-19 Update

The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection has created a toolkit for farmers and agricultural businesses to help them plan and implement their response to COVID-19.Please note: as circumstances continue to evolve, this toolkit and webpage will be continually updated.

2020 Food Safety Open Forum Seminar Presentations Available

On March 24th, WPVGA offered a series of presentations available via video conference as part of the 2020 Food Safety program. While viewing these presentations is not required for any food safety certificate or audit, they do provide information about various topics occurring throughout the…

“Dirty Dozen” Promotes Fear, Discourages Consumption

NEWS RELEASE – Alliance for Food and Farming – March 25, 2020 Peer reviewed research and a recent survey of registered dietitians nutritionists has shown the potential negative impact on fruit and vegetable consumption caused by the so-called “dirty dozen” list.  Further, the “dirty dozen” list has been repeatedly discredited…

Federal Resources for Workers, Employees, Drivers Classified as Essential

Here are some Federal resources for workers, employees, and drivers being classified as “essential.”  We anticipate most State “shelter in place” orders will mirror this guidance. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration – Expanded Emergency Declaration FMCSA – Expanded Emergency Declaration Click here for Essential Food…

Satellite-Based Algorithm Pinpoints Crop Water Use

The BESS-STAIR framework was tested in 12 sites across the US Corn Belt The growing threat of drought and rising water demand have made accurate forecasts of crop water use critical for farmland water management and sustainability. But limitations in existing models and satellite data…

Bowe Joins WPVGA Spudmobile Team

After retiring from Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) in March 2020, Dale Bowe is keeping one foot in the Wisconsin potato industry by joining the Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association (WPVGA) team. Bowe’s main duties for WPVGA will include driving the Spudmobile and helping out…

Weekly Market Commentary by Ray Grabanski

March 24, 2020 There are signs that the government response to the coronavirus pandemic may be close to ending, but the pandemic itself is not likely to end for some time.  The count in the US is at 46,450 people infected today, a number that…

Temporary Laborers/Trucking & Transportation FAQ’s

Frequently Asked Questions regarding Temporary Laborers and H-2A, H-2B, or CW-1 visas Link to the US Department of Labor’s, Employment and Training Administration, Office of Foreign Labor Certification https://www.foreignlaborcert.doleta.gov/pdf/DOL-OFLC_COVID-19_FAQs_Round%201_03.20.2020.pdf Trucking/Transportation Likely you are aware of the over-weight certificates being granted by many state DOT’s. Well…

Supply Chain Update

In the midst of ever changing and unprecedented times, UPGA wanted to share the most recent intelligence as it applies to Supply Chain COVID-19 guidance. This may be duplicative for some, but we wanted to be sure and share with our members important and helpful…

Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) FAQs Related to the COVID-19 Impact on the Fruit and Vegetable Industry

Q.        I have been contacted by several customers that purchased produce from me requesting extensions to our payment terms or to make partial payments as a result of the economic turmoil relating to the COVID-19 emergency.  I understand the predicament my customers…

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