In a newly released video, this greenhouse leader thanks its huge roster of employees for their dedication. These fresh food heroes are keeping local tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers on grocery shelves. 

The American ag secretary Sonny Perdue has announced $2.7 billion to the fruit and vegetable industry to help mitigate losses from the COVID-19 emergency. Of that total, $100 million per month for the next six months are earmarked for a “Buy Fresh” program for food banks and school curbside pickup. 

Up to $1 million is now available to help connect workers with jobs in the labour-intensive agri-food sector. OMAFRA is accepting applications as of April 17 through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership's Place to Grow: Agri-Food Innovation Initiative. 

The Canadian Federation of Agriculture warns that the domestic food supply needs to be the biggest government priority, following healthcare, in the fight against COVID-19.  Mary Robinson, president, asked for an emergency fund to give farmers the confidence for the 2020 planting season. 

The British Columbia government is funding the 14-day quarantine for seasonal workers in hotels  close to the Vancouver airport. Farm employers must file COVID-19 prevention checklists before receiving workers. 

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