Wish Farms Opens New Florida Office and USDA Staff Comes Back
**Berry marketer Wish Farms has opened the doors to its new headquarters in Plant City, Florida.
The company’s official move into its new 24,000 square foot office space, on its 36-acre campus, was celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony last week.
Wish Farms’ owner Gary Wishnatzki tells www.thepacker.com
Plant City is a strawberry town, so keeping our new address here means a lot to our company, employees and growers.
**The USDA begins bringing more staff back into its county offices.
The Farm Service Agency tells www.agrimarketing.com as much as 50% of the FSA workforce can be back on-site in service centers that are "doing mission critical work."
FSA offices had been limited to having 25% of their workers on site.
Even with employees working remotely, program sign-up levels and other service levels are consistent with the past two years.
**USDA announced its new “USDA Pandemic Assistance for Producers” initiative, including details on the resumption of some Coronavirus Food Assistance Program programs.
CFAP provides direct payments to farmers impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.
The USDA will reopen sign-up for CFAP 2 for at least 60 days, beginning today, April 5.
Among the details, the USDA will dedicate at least $6 billion to provide assistance for, among others, euthanized livestock and poultry and improving the resilience of the food supply chain.