Just a little reminder…The CFAP 2 (short for Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, Version 2.0) is coming to a close soon so get your application in before the December 11th deadline. As we mentioned in an earlier edition, CFAP 2 is far more promising for smaller, direct-to-consumer farmers than its earlier version was. The idea of CFAP is that it pays farmers for loss of revenues... Read More »
On November 5th, the Washington Supreme Court declared that farm employers in Washington state must pay employees overtime for all hours worked over 40 in the week. This is a landmark decision because it is the first time a court has ever determined that denying farmworkers the same overtime pay (most) everyone else receives is illegal.
Washington is among a handful of states... Read More »
Back in 1845 when many in our country farmed for a living, a law went into effect making Election Day “the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.” As this Counter article states, Tuesday was selected as the day so that farmers could go to church on Sunday and still have a whole day or two to ride... Read More »
We’ve written in a previous edition about the phenomenon of “heirs property” and how this has played a huge role in depriving Black Americans of their farmland. To recap, heirs property is property that is owned by multiple people who received the land after the owner died without a will. When many people own... Read More »
The Small Business Administration announced in mid-October that it has just released a new and improved loan forgiveness application for the Paycheck Protection Program, otherwise known as the PPP. This is a win for businesses that borrowed $50,000 or less. (Note, there are other eligibility requirements such as retaining all of your employees and not cutting hours or wages more than 25... Read More »
Many farmers want to do the right thing for our climate but when margins are already so tight, it’s difficult to make happen. Our current economic system doesn’t reward farmers – or most businesses – for socially and environmentally responsible practices. California, a leader on innovative climate change solutions, has had a “cap and trade” program in place since 2013 to address this problem... Read More »