AgriLife Extension Partner,
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is continuing to lead educational outreach efforts involving the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The agency’s initial education outreach has focused on assisting local communities. Agents have been actively helping address issues that state and local governments are handling as they work to protect their communities and economic infrastructure.
The agency’s CARES Act education outreach has now expanded to include agriculture and will now provide additional outreach and support as it applies to farmers and ranchers.
Commodities most affected so far by the pandemic include livestock, fruits, vegetables, and dairy. The Agricultural and Food Policy Center at Texas A&M University has developed a public training course discussing how the CARES Act applies to Texas agricultural producers. The course covers the dramatic shifts in food purchasing behavior throughout the agricultural supply chains. The public course is available at AgriLife Learn (https://agrilifelearn.tamu.
edu/product?catalog=TAEX-002). Coming soon will be a course covering the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. Look for additional information and updates about the program as they are set forth.
We are pleased to continue leading this educational effort on behalf of The Texas A&M University System and helping Texas recover from the devastation of COVID-19
Director, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension