USDA Extends School Lunches and Alabama CARES Act Deadline
**The USDA is extending flexibilities to continue allowing free meals to all children throughout the school year.
This move is part of USDA’s commitment to ensuring all American children have access to nutritious food as the nation recovers from the pandemic.
Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue says as our nation recovers and reopens, we want to ensure all children continue receiving the nutritious breakfasts and lunches they count on.
**The USDA has filed an administrative complaint against Florida-based Farm Fresh Packers for alleged violations of the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act.
According to www.freshplaza.com, the company allegedly failed to make prompt payments to four produce sellers in the amount of nearly $310,000 from July 2017 through November 2018.
Farm Fresh Packers will have an opportunity to request a hearing, but if USDA finds they committed repeated and flagrant violations, it would be barred from the produce industry for three years.
**Alabama poultry growers have until November 6th to get in their applications for a portion of $4 million set aside from state funds received through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act.
The poultry relief is administered by the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries as part of the Alabama Agricultural Stabilization Program.
alfafarmers.org reports poultry relief is available to farmers who grow breeders, broilers and pullets.
Visit crf.alabama.gov or agi.alabama.gov to apply.