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Florida State Forests as a whole remain open, including roads that are accessible for the public to drive on.
State Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried and the Florida Forest Service teamed up on Wednesday to urge Floridians to exercise caution due to the increased threat of wildfires.
With COVID-19 causing restaurants to close dine-in options to customers, restaurants are expecting nationwide losses as high as $225 billion and job losses that account for over half of U.S. jobs lost in March.
Fried sent a letter to U.S. Agriculture Sec. Sonny Perdue urging him to send $9.5 billion in direct assistance to agriculture. The funds were included in the $2.2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package the White House and Congress agreed upon at the end of last month.
The program is part of the CARES Act, the $2.2 trillion federal coronavirus response package.
With Gov. Ron DeSantis issuing a stay-at-home order due to coronavirus which will begin at the end of Thursday, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried offered a reminder that food and agriculture workers are exempt from it.
Fried urged Perdue to use crops from Florida for “food banks, school meal programs and other federal food purchase programs” to distribute.
At the end of last week, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) advised farmers to utilize new flexibilities for crop insurance announced by the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA).
At the end of last week, state Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried urged Gov. Ron DeSantis to implement a statewide “stay-at-home” order in response to the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the state.
State Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services have worked with 2-1-1 to activate a text line and call center open 24/7, which families can contact to find free meals for children under 18 during the current COVID-19 school closures.