USDA to Provide Approximately $6 Billion to Commodity and

Specialty Crop Producers Impacted by 2020 and 2021 Natural Disasters

First Wave of Payments Based on Crop Insurance Data the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that commodity and specialty crop producers impacted by natural disaster events in 2020 and 2021 will soon begin receiving emergency relief payments totaling approximately $6 billion through the Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) new Emergency Relief Program (ERP) to offset crop yield and value losses. 

 

“For over two years, farmers and ranchers across the country have been hard hit by an ongoing pandemic coupled with more frequent and catastrophic natural disasters,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

To Fight Fusarium Wilt in Your Watermelon Crop, ID It Early

There are over five million fungal species that exist in the world but it takes only one to overwhelm watermelon disease management strategies and damage roots – Fusarium oxysporum f.sp niveum. Infecting only watermelon, this pathogen causes fusarium wilt.

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Cybersecurity: Avoid financial fraud

Risks of fraud lurk around businesses of all types and sizes, according to Greg Gatzke, president of ZAG Technical Services, Inc., a San Jose, CA-based IT consulting firm and managed services provider.  He describes a trio of cybercrime attack routes every business should be prepared for.

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Cybersecurity: Ransom attacks

The second and third paths of cybercrime attacks noted by Greg Gatzke, president of ZAG Technical Services, Inc., a San Jose, CA-based IT consulting firm and managed services provider, involve ransomware—one by encryption and the other through the release of confidential information.

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Cybersecurity: Produce companies must protect data as they protect food

Data breaches no longer are so far flung and rare that they only happen to somebody else.  An estimated 3.5 million cyberattacks occur every day, and fighting them off is everyone’s problem, notes Lisa Shasteen, a Tampa, FL-based attorney at Shasteen & Percy, PA, a law firm that specializes in cybersecurity.

 

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