Sworn in amid the ongoing worldwide pandemic and followed by an attack on the Capitol days later, the 117th Congress began its work during a turbulent time in our nation. While their current priority is working with a new administration on additional pandemic relief, a key question for Farm Credit East members is how the new Congress will address the issues facing Northeast agriculture, forest products and commercial fishing.
Earlier this year, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill enacting a new Paid Sick Leave Program effective January 1, 2021. However, employers must begin accruing sick leave on September 30, 2020. Accounting Associate Lillian Crast outlines what this may mean for New York State businesses going forward.
On September 17, USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue announced an expansion of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, known as “CFAP 2,” following the first round of coronavirus assistance which opened in May 2020. Chris Laughton outlines eligibility for assistance under CFAP 2.
The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program was designed to help compensate farmers for the market disruptions that occurred in the early stages of COVID-19. Read about the program and two notable exceptions for Northeast apple and potato growers.