UF Citrus Greening Research and CFAP-2 First Month Payments
**University of Florida researchers hope to discover new methods to help citrus growers fight the deadly citrus greening disease thanks to recently awarded federal grants.
According to morningagclips.com, three teams of scientists received nearly $4.5 million in USDA funds to study new ways to manage the invasive insect causing millions in damage to Florida’s citrus crops.
Citrus Research director, Michael Rogers says these grants will contribute to the solutions that support citrus growers sustainably and profitably throughout the state.
**In the first month of the application period, the USDA Farm Service Agency approved more than $7 billion in payments to more than 443,000 producers in Round 2 of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program.
CFAP 2 provides ag producers with up to $14-billion in financial assistance to help absorb some of the increased
marketing costs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue says this program builds on over $10 billion disbursed under the first round.
**Three national restaurant chains are suing major poultry processors including Tyson Foods and Pilgrim's Pride in two anti-trust lawsuits.
Cracker Barrel, Golden Corral and White Castle filed the suits in the US District Court seeking the return of overcharges paid on artificially inflated poultry prices.
The companies suspect the conspiracy has been going on since at least 2012, but was not brought to attention until this month’s indictment.