Gov. Wolf Announces $40 Million in CARES Act Funding Available to Address Dairy Industry Relief, Food Security

first_imgGov. Wolf Announces $40 Million in CARES Act Funding Available to Address Dairy Industry Relief, Food Security June 16, 2020 Economy,  Press Release Governor Wolf announced today the availability of $40 million in funding through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to support Pennsylvania’s dairy industry and food security programs, following months of uncertainty and loss from the COVID-19 pandemic.“Pennsylvania’s agricultural industry represents the very best of who we are – something that’s been seen since the very beginning of our COVID-19 mitigation efforts,” Gov. Wolf said. “That’s why it’s critical that we open these programs to support Pennsylvania’s farmers today. This CARES funding is going to an industry that gives back every day to ensure that Pennsylvanians have access to fresh food.”“I’m extremely proud of our agricultural industry, which was hit with the most drastic market changes, yet they continued to show up for their communities,” said Department of Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding. “The industry understands that hunger should not be our next pandemic and took action. I’m grateful that the governor is ensuring that our farmers, and in particular our dairy farmers, receive much needed financial support.”Specifically, $15 million will provide an opportunity for dairy farmers to receive direct relief payments and $5 million will reimburse dairy farmers who participate in the Pennsylvania Agricultural Surplus System (PASS) program by donating excess dairy product to the commonwealth’s charitable food system.Any dairy farm that experienced financial losses due to discarded or displaced milk during the COVID-19 emergency disaster may apply for assistance. Each farm with a documented loss will receive a minimum of $1,500 and an additional prorated share of the remaining funds, not to exceed the actual amount assessed by the handler. The deadline to apply for the Dairy Indemnity Program is September 30, 2020.Also, $15 million will go to the State Food Purchase Program, which provides cash grants to counties for the purchase and distribution of food to low income individuals, and $5 million will go to the PASS program to reimburse the agricultural industry for the costs involved in harvesting, processing, packaging and transporting food that they donate to the charitable food system. The PASS program helps to support Pennsylvania’s agriculture industry in all 67 counties and reduce waste of agricultural surplus by making connections between production agriculture and the non-profit sector.Throughout the COVID-19 public health crisis, the Wolf Administration has comprehensively addressed food security across multiple agencies to ensure that all Pennsylvanians have access to food.For information as it relates to agriculture during COVID-19 mitigation in Pennsylvania visit agriculture.pa.gov/COVID. For the most accurate, timely information related to Health in Pennsylvania, visit on.pa.gov/coronavirus.Ver esta página en español.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Nasri ready for crunch month

first_img Manager Manuel Pellegrini has stated his desire to top the table by new year, an ambition that could obviously hinge around the Gunners’ visit to the Etihad Stadium on December 14. But around that fixture are a series of equally important away games in the next three weeks in which City must seek to address their travelling deficiencies. While City have a 100 per cent home league record – maintained with a 3-0 defeat of Swansea on Sunday – they have lost four out of six on the road. That quirky statistic is undermining their title challenge and Nasri accepts it must be addressed this week as City travel to West Brom on Wednesday and Southampton next Saturday. The Frenchman, looking to maintain the form that saw him score twice against the Swans, said: “We have a tough week, we are playing two games away from home. “The most important thing now is to recover from this game and be ready against West Brom because we have to improve our form away from home. “We have to mind the gap with Arsenal before we play them here and we have two games away from home. “We have to show the same mentality and the same desire we have at home. We are a good team but now we have to show it away from home.” City’s victory over Swansea lifted them to third in the table, but still six points behind Arsenal. In all competitions five of their next six games before Christmas are away from home. Samir Nasri knows the crunch could come for Manchester City this month as they look to reel in Barclays Premier League leaders Arsenal. Press Association Defender Gael Clichy believes the away results are just an anomaly. He said: “It’s great to play in a team like this. We have great players and, at home, with the fans behind us, it seems to work better than it does away. “But taking game after game will be a key point for us and hopefully we can now improve our away record. “You have to look at the positive side – even though we lost against Cardiff, Aston Villa and Sunderland away, we still managed to play better than the opposition. “This is a new team with a new manager and new players and we are only going to get better. “We are confident it will get better, hopefully starting on Wednesday.” City, 6-0 victors over Tottenham the previous week, looked like they were going to cruise to another comfortable home victory against Swansea. They had two good chances before Alvaro Negredo opened the scoring after eight minutes and hit the bar through Martin Demichelis soon after. But Swansea responded well and dominated the rest of the first half. They should have equalised when Jonathan de Guzman shot over with just the goalkeeper to beat before half-time but City upped the tempo after the break. Nasri settled the game with strikes in the 58th and 77th minutes after good balls from Yaya Toure and Pablo Zabaleta. While City will turn their attention to their away form, Swansea might be pleased to have back-to-back home games coming up. Michael Laudrup’s side have hit a sticky spell with just one win in eight games in all competitions since mid-October. In-form Newcastle – beaten twice by Swansea last season – visit the Liberty Stadium in midweek before Hull make the journey to south Wales. Goalkeeper Gerhard Tremmel, who played at Eastlands as Michel Vorm was not deemed sufficiently match-fit, told the club’s website, www.swanseacity.net: “These two home games are very important. “We knew before today that it would be difficult to take anything away from Manchester City – but in terms of passing and possession we can take a lot of positives. “I think they (Newcastle) struggled a bit last season with the amount of games, particularly in the Europa League. “But they are on a good run, have good players and it will be a difficult game. But at home, we can beat anyone.” last_img read more