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

Pellegrini optimistic over Silva

first_imgManchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is hopeful playmaker David Silva will be fit for Sunday’s derby against Manchester United. City began the season as joint favourites for the Premier League crown but have not impressed on the domestic front since the 4-0 thrashing of Newcastle. They laboured in a goalless draw at Stoke last week but, buoyed by an impressive display against Czech champions Plzen, Pellegrini is targeting victory against United. He said: “I don’t need to be here to know how important the derby is, but working here and living here I know it is a special game. “It is a match of six points. It is very important to win, (against) one of the most important teams. “Manchester United will always be one of the teams trying to win the Champions League, so playing at home against Manchester United is very important. “It is more important to win than not to lose. Of course if you cannot win it is better not to lose, but we will try to win from the beginning.” City put aside their recent lethargy to win 3-0 in Plzen with goals from Edin Dzeko, Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero. After failures in Europe in the past two seasons, it was a performance that lifted the club at a timely moment in a critical week. Pellegrini said: “For us it was very important to start the Champions League winning and to have three points playing away. “Of course that gives confidence to the players.” Pellegrini believes his side will now continue to improve as the players grow used to his style. He said: “It was a good start, not as good as we wanted, but normally it is very difficult to start in a better way. “We know we must improve every game. It is very difficult to change styles to have new ideas. “Until December it is very important to win and with winning it is easier to improve. But we have to improve a lot of things.” United are also finding their feet under a new manager after David Moyes took over from Sir Alex Ferguson in the summer. Sunday’s clash will be the first Manchester derby since 1986 not to feature Ferguson in the United dugout. Pellegrini said: “It is impossible not to be under a lot of pressure – not in replacing Alex Ferguson but managing Manchester United, or big teams. “You are always under big pressure but that is a good way to work because you know what you have to do.” Moyes boasts a good record against City with his old Everton side having beaten them in 12 out of 22 meetings during his 11-year tenure at Goodison Park, including six of the last eight. Yet Pellegrini has overcome Moyes before, beating the Toffees with Villarreal in a Champions League qualifier in 2005. The Chilean said: “I know he had good results against Manchester City when he managed Everton. “I had also had a good record against Everton when he was their manager.” United are yet to hit their stride this season but Pellegrini is not reading much into their form. He said: “It’s not my duty to analyse how they start. It is a very good team and David Moyes is a very good manager. “I think they have a lot of great players, (Wayne) Rooney of course is one of them. “But we must be not only attend to Rooney but all the big players they have.” The Spain midfielder has missed City’s last two games after suffering a thigh injury while on international duty. Defender Micah Richards could also come back into contention after missing the start of the season with hamstring trouble but the Etihad Stadium clash is likely to be too soon for left-back Gael Clichy. Pellegrini said: “Richards is working normally with the whole squad, same thing for David Silva and Clichy starts now. “Maybe he will not be ready for next Sunday but all the other players, except (Martin) Demichelis, are fit, no problems.” City will be led by Vincent Kompany after their inspirational captain made a successful return from injury in the midweek Champions League win at Viktoria Plzen. Kompany had missed the previous three Barclays Premier League games after suffering a groin injury in the season-opening win over Newcastle. The Belgian brought strength and shape back to the defence after unconvincing displays in his absence. Pellegrini said: “I think Vincent is a very important player for us. “We worked well without Kompany. If you see our numbers in games he didn’t play, we had three clean sheets, but he is always important. He gives confidence to the whole team.” Pellegrini knows facing the champions is a crucial early test for his side. Press Associationlast_img read more