On April 21, the NC Chamber hosted U.S. Department of Agriculture Assistant Secretary for Congressional and External Relations Ken Barbic for a digital discussion about how the USDA is working to protect the agriculture community during the COVID-19 pandemic. The webinar can be accessed here.
Key topics addressed on the webinar include:
- Food supply challenges and the USDA’s efforts to align the interests of various stakeholders across supply chains to ensure continued production and delivery of agricultural products;
- The impacts of COVID-19 on H-2A temporary agricultural workers;
- Federal relief programs impacting agriculture, including the Families First Act, the CARES Act, the Paycheck Protection Program and the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program;
- Ongoing discussions in Congress about a potential Phase 4 bill to provide additional relief to U.S. businesses, including the agriculture sector.
At the NC Chamber, we know how important agriculture is to North Carolina’s economy. As our general counsel, Ray Starling, stated on the call, our state’s business community draws much of its strength from our robust agricultural sector. We thank Ken for joining us for this webinar and will remain committed to advocating for policies that provide relief to our agriculture community in the face of COVID-19.
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