This is another press release from USDA that provides updates to the Covid19 pandemic assistance program for livestock, poultry contract producers and specialty crop growers.
USDA Sets October 12 Deadline for CFAP 2
WASHINGTON, Aug. 24, 2021—The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is updating the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 (CFAP 2) for contract producers of eligible livestock and poultry and producers of specialty crops and other sales-based commodities. CFAP 2, which assists producers who faced market disruptions in 2020 due to COVID-19, is part of USDA's broader Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative. Additionally, USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA) has set an Oct. 12 deadline for all eligible producers to apply for or modify applications for CFAP 2.
“We listened to feedback and concerns from producers and stakeholders about the gaps in pandemic assistance, and these adjustments to CFAP 2 help address unique circumstances, provide flexibility and make the program more equitable for all producers,” said FSA Administrator Zach Ducheneaux. “The pandemic has had a tremendous impact on agricultural producers, and we have made significant progress since announcing our plans in March. While additional pandemic assistance remains to be announced in the coming weeks, USDA is also ramping up its efforts to make investments in the food supply chain to Build Back Better.”
Assistance for Contract Producers
The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, provides up to $1 billion for payments to contract producers of eligible livestock and poultry for revenue losses from Jan. 1, 2020, through Dec. 27, 2020. Contract producers of broilers, pullets, layers, chicken eggs, turkeys, hogs and pigs, ducks, geese, pheasants and quail may be eligible for assistance. This update includes eligible breeding stock and eggs of all eligible poultry types produced under contract.
Payments for contract producers were to be based on a comparison of eligible revenue for the periods of Jan. 1, 2019, through Dec. 27, 2019, and Jan. 1, 2020, through Dec. 27, 2020. Today's changes mean contract producers can now elect to use eligible revenue from the period of Jan. 1, 2018, through Dec. 27, 2018, instead of that date range in 2019 if it is more representative. This change is intended to provide flexibility and make the program more equitable for contract producers who had reduced revenue in 2019 compared to a normal production year. The difference in revenue is then multiplied by 80% to determine a final payment. Payments to contract producers may be factored if total calculated payments exceed the available funding and will be made after the application period closes.
Additional flexibilities have been added to account for increases to operation size in 2020 and situations where a contract producer did not have a full period of revenue from Jan. 1 to Dec. 27 for either 2018 or 2019. Assistance is also available to new contract producers who began their farming operation in 2020.
Updates for Sales-Based Commodities
USDA is amending the CFAP 2 payment calculation for sales-based commodities, which are primarily comprised of by specialty crops, to allow producers to substitute 2018 sales for 2019 sales. Previously, payments for producers of sales-based commodities were based only on 2019 sales, with 2019 used as an approximation of the amount the producer would have expected to market in 2020. Giving producers the option to substitute 2018 sales for this approximation, including 2018 crop insurance indemnities and 2018 crop year Noninsured Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) and Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus (WHIP+) payments, provides additional flexibility to producers of sales-based commodities who had reduced sales in 2019.
Grass seed has also been added as an eligible sales commodity for CFAP 2. A complete list of all eligible sales-based commodities can be found at farmers.gov/cfap2/commodities. Producers of sales-based commodities can modify existing applications.
Applying for Assistance
Sign-up for CFAP 2 was re-opened in March and remains open to address inadequate initial outreach efforts to reach underserved producers and particularly those who produce sales commodities. Newly eligible producers who need to submit a CFAP 2 application or producers who need to modify an existing one can do so by contacting their local FSA office. Producers can find their local FSA office by visiting farmers.gov/service-locator. Producers can also obtain one-on-one support with applications by calling 877-508-8364. All new and modified CFAP 2 applications are due by the Oct. 12 deadline.
As USDA looks to long-term solutions to build back a better food system as announced in June, the Department is committed to delivery of financial assistance to farmers, ranchers and agricultural producers and businesses who have been impacted by COVID-19 market disruptions. Since USDA rolled out the Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative in March, the Department has announced approximately $7 billion in assistance to producers and agriculture entities. Previously announced pandemic assistance has included:
- Additional dairy assistance related to market volatility
- Depopulated livestock and poultry
- Timber harvesting and hauling
- $1 billion to purchase healthy food for food insecure Americans and build food bank capacity
- Pandemic Cover Crop Program
- $500 million deployed through existing USDA programs
For more details, please visit www.farmers.gov/pandemic-assistance.
USDA touches the lives of all Americans each day in so many positive ways. In the Biden-Harris Administration, USDA is transforming America's food system with a greater focus on more resilient local and regional food production, fairer markets for all producers, ensuring access to healthy and nutritious food in all communities, building new markets and streams of income for farmers and producers using climate smart food and forestry practices, making historic investments in infrastructure and clean energy capabilities in rural America, and committing to equity across the Department by removing systemic barriers and building a workforce more representative of America. To learn more, visit www.usda.gov.
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The CDC has released their Fall Influenza Frequently Asked Questions for the 2021-22 flu season. I suggest reading the top line bullet points at a minimum, but the guide addresses COVID and Flu vaccine administration timing among flu-related questions and concerns.
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Landscaping with wildfire exposure in mind can protect homes
What can Californians do to improve the chances that their homes will survive a wildfire? Simple actions taken around the home can substantially improve the odds that a home will survive wildfire, according to UC Cooperative Extension advisors.
During wildfire, structures are threatened not only by the flaming front of the fire, but also by flaming embers that are lofted ahead of the fire front and land on fuels such as vegetation or mulch next to the house, igniting new fires. Traditional defensible space tactics are designed to mitigate threats from the flaming front of the fire, but do little to address vulnerabilities to embers on or beside a structure.
"Without attention to ember-related risks, defensible space efforts only address a portion of the wildfire threat—especially during wind-driven fires in which embers are the primary source of fire spread," said co-author Yana Valachovic, UC Cooperative Extension forest advisor in Humboldt and Del Norte counties.
An updated University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources publication describes how embers, radiant heat, and direct flame contact ignite buildings and shares low-cost actions residents can take to create effective defensible space.
"The new publication is up-to-date with the changes in California's defensible space guidance, and it addresses Zone Zero, or the missing ingredient, in defense space," Valachovic said. "The publication also provides a thoughtful discussion of plant lists and their limitations."
The odds of a home surviving a wildfire can be substantially improved through careful attention to three things: careful design and maintenance of landscaping; awareness and management of combustible materials on the property such as leaf litter, wood piles and lawn furniture; and incorporation of fire- and ember-resistant construction materials with appropriate installation and maintenance.
"You don't have to spend a lot to protect your home from these wildfire threats," said Valachovic.
Zone Zero, the area within five feet of the house, is the most vulnerable area around the home, according to the UC Cooperative Extension researchers. "During wind-driven fires, embers are the primary source of fire spread," Valachovic said.
They recommend removing combustible plants, planter boxes, mulches and wood piles within the five-foot perimeter of the house and beneath attached decks.
"While it may be a radical change, clearing the area next to the house will reduce the risk of ember-caused direct flame contact and radiant heat exposure, which are responsible for many home losses," she said. "Because embers can accumulate at the base of an exterior wall, it is also important to create a six-inch noncombustible zone between the ground and the start of the building's siding."
Colorful illustrations in the publication depict the three-zone defensible space strategy and show how spacing out trees on a sloped landscape can prevent fire from climbing from tree to tree to reach a house at the top of the slope.
The 12-page "Reducing the Vulnerability of Building to Wildfire: Vegetation and Landscaping Guidance" is available free for download at https://anrcatalog.ucanr.edu/pdf/8695.pdf.
"Landscaping for fire is part of an overall strategy aimed at reducing risk to the home," said co-author Steven Swain, UC Cooperative Extension environmental horticulture advisor for Marin and Sonoma counties. "To reduce the risk of home loss, start at the house and work out from there," he recommended.
Swain, Valachovic and Stephen Quarles, UC Cooperative Extension advisor emeritus, are currently updating a publication on retrofitting houses for wildfire resiliency.
Steps for hardening houses against wildfire can also be found at the Fire in California website: https://ucanr.edu/sites/fire/Prepare/Building.
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This is from Mendocino County:
Mendocino County Opens up COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility /// Condado de Mendocino abre la elegibilidad para vacuna COVID-19
Post Date: 03/02/2021 10:30 AM
Starting March 1, 2021, Mendocino County Public Health will be opening up COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to the following groups, as directed by the state:
- We are continuing to vaccinate all tiers of Phase 1A.
- We are opening up vaccination eligibility to all tiers of Phase 1B, including food, agriculture, logging, education and childcare (including school bus drivers), emergency services, those over the age of 65, and lodging.
- We are opening up eligibility to those between the ages of 16 and 64 with the following comorbidities or disabilities:
-Chronic Kidney Disease (stage 4 or over)
-Chronic Lung Disease (oxygen dependent)
-Immunocompromised State (from chemotherapy, or other medical conditions)
-Diabetes (with hemoglobin A1c level greater than 7.5%)
-Severe Obesity (with a Body Mass Index of >40)
-Sickle Cell Disease
-Chronic Disabilities (physical or mental)
Clinicians may use their judgment and include others who would be more vulnerable to COVID-19, or those whose condition would cause more difficulty caring for them if they contracted COVID-19.
If you fit the comorbidity or disability criteria above, please sign up for a county or hospital-hosted vaccination event. A doctors note with Physician letterhead will be required stating that you are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine based on health condition. County-hosted vaccination events are tier-specific or occupation-specific, so be sure to only sign up for an event that you are eligible for.
If you are eligible and sign up for the COVID-19 vaccine, please bring proof of eligibility such as a drivers license, a letter with your name and address, something that shows your age, a letter from your health care provider regarding health condition, something that shows you work in one of the occupational categories such as a pay stub, business card, or letter from supervisor.
Vaccinations are confidential and do not affect immigration status.
"Since our vaccine supply is increasing, this is the time to get vaccinated," explained County Health Officer, Dr. Andy Coren. "It is a massive effort, and the County is working diligently with our partners to vaccinate as many people as we can efficiently and safely. It will take time, but you'll have your turn. Sign up at MyTurn.ca.gov or call 833-422-4255."
Our vaccines are reserved for those who live in Mendocino County, or those who work in Mendocino County. Do NOT sign up for any vaccination event that you are not eligible for. Proof of eligibility is required, and you WILL be turned away if you do not qualify.
To find out which state-established vaccination tier you belong to, please visit: https://myturn.ca.gov/
To view all upcoming county-hosted COVID-19 vaccination events and their eligibility requirements, please visit: https://www.mendocinocounty.org/community/novel-coronavirus/covid-19-vaccinations/vaccination-clinics
A partir del 1 de marzo de 2021, el Departamento de Salud Pública del Condado de Mendocino abrirá la elegibilidad para la vacuna COVID-19 a los siguientes grupos, según lo indica el estado:
- Seguimos vacunando todos los niveles de la Fase 1A.
- Estamos abriendo la elegibilidad de vacunación a todos los niveles de la Fase 1B, incluidos alimentos, agricultura, tala, educación y cuidado infantil (incluidos los conductores de autobuses escolares), servicios de emergencia, mayores de 65 años, y alojamiento.
- Estamos abriendo la elegibilidad para aquellos entre las edades de 16 y 64 con las siguientes comorbilidades o discapacidades:
-Enfermedad renal crónica (estado 4 o superior)
-Enfermedad pulmonar crónica (dependiente de oxígeno)
-Estado inmunodeprimido (por quimioterapia u otras condiciones médicas)
-Diabetes (con nivel de hemoglobina A1c superior al 7.5%)
-Obesidad severa (con un índice de masa corporal de >40)
-Discapacidades crónicas (físicas o mentales)
Los médicos pueden utilizar su criterio e incluir a otras personas que serían más vulnerables al COVID-19, o aquellas cuya condición causaría más dificultades para cuidarlos si contrajeran COVID-19.
Si cumple con los anteriores criterios de comorbilidad o discapacidad, regístrese para una jornada de vacunación organizada por el condado o el hospital. Necesitará una nota del médico con la hoja membretada del doctor que indique que usted es elegible para una vacuna COVID-19, según su estado de salud. Las jornadas de vacunación organizadas por el condado son específicos al nivel o la ocupación, así que asegúrese de solo registrarse en la jornada para la cual sea elegible.
Si es elegible y se registra para la vacuna COVID-19, traiga un comprobante de elegibilidad, como una licencia de conducir, una carta con su nombre y dirección, algo que muestre su edad, una carta de su proveedor de atención médica con respecto a su condición de salud, algo que muestre que trabaja en una de las categorías ocupacionales, como un talón de pago, una tarjeta de presentación o una carta de su supervisor.
Las vacunas son confidenciales y no afectan la situación migratoria.
"Dado que nuestro suministro de vacunas está aumentando, este es el momento de vacunarse", explicó el Dr. Andy Coren, Oficial de Salud del Condado. "Es un esfuerzo enorme, y el Condado está trabajando diligentemente con nuestros socios para vacunar a la mayor cantidad de personas posible de manera eficiente y segura. Tomará tiempo, pero tendrá su turno. Regístrese en MyTurn.ca.gov o llame al 833-422-4255".
Nuestras vacunas están reservadas para quienes viven en el Condado de Mendocino o para quienes trabajan en el Condado de Mendocino. NO se registre en ninguna jornada de vacunación para la cual no sea elegible. Es requerido un comprobante de elegibilidad, y SERÁ rechazado si no califica.
Para saber en qué nivel de vacunación establecido por el estado pertenece, visite: https://myturn.ca.gov/
Para ver todas las próximas jornadas de vacunación COVID-19 organizadas por el condado y sus requisitos de elegibilidad, visite: https://www.mendocinocounty.org/community/novel-coronavirus/covid-19-vaccinations/vaccination-clinics/h3>