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2020-2021 Children & Youth Coin Pre-Order

Pre-order your 2020-2021 Children & Youth program coin today and save $3.00 each! Coins will go to regular price on September 1, 2020 at $10.00 each.

Coins are 1.5″ in diameter and are nickel with gold and silver metal coating, with blue enamel fill.

Profits from the Children & Youth coins go directly in support of the Department of Florida, Children & Youth program. Coins are expected to arrive in late August, and will begin shipping out immediately. They are also available for purchase from your Department Children & Youth Program Chair, Les Martin and will be on hand at the Children & Youth Picnic and Golf Tournament.

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“Be SMART Florida” Statewide COVID-19 Campaign

Tallahassee, Fla. – Today, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried announced the launch of Be SMART Florida, a new statewide COVID-19 consumer awareness campaign asking Floridians to take small actions with proven results to slow the pandemic’s spread.

 

A nonpartisan, bilingual, multi-channel awareness campaign, Be SMART Florida is an acronym asking Floridians to Social distance, Mask up, Avoid crowds, Remember to wash or sanitize hands, and Throw away disposable items like masks, gloves, and wipes. These common-sense steps are crucial to slowing COVID-19; a World Health Organization-backed study showed that COVID-19’s spread is reduced by up to 85% through wearing masks and up to 82% by social distancing.

 

The campaign’s launch comes after Commissioner Fried, a member of the Florida Cabinet who oversees Florida’s consumer protection agency, has heard from Floridians, families, parents, teachers, farmworkers, business owners, and others concerned about COVID-19. Last week, Fried also held a virtual roundtable discussion with frontline doctors, nurses, and healthcare workers on the state’s COVID-19 response.

 

“We’ve never needed to be more united than right now, yet we’re divided by simple actions like wearing a mask and keeping our distance. To reopen our state and our economy safely, we must all be in this together and do the small things that make a big difference in slowing down COVID-19,” said Commissioner Fried. “As Florida’s consumer protection agency, we take seriously the responsibility to help Florida’s people, businesses, essential workers, and economy be safe. I’m hopeful that by working together, we’ll all do our part to beat COVID-19 – so let’s be SMART, Florida!”

 

VIDEO: HD B-roll and photos of the press conference may be downloaded here

 

The campaign features short #BeSMARTFL social media videos from well-known Floridians and influencers, shareable graphics and animated videos with important information, and a social media toolkit that encourages everyone to spread the word. In the coming weeks, radio PSAs will also begin airing, and other campaign elements will be introduced. Today, the campaign is launching with short videos from former Miami HEAT player Alonzo Mourning, Congresswoman and former U.S. Secretary of Health Donna Shalala, City of Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, entertainer and entrepreneur DJ IRIE, and State Rep. Javier Fernández (in Spanish). These videos will be found on the department’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

 

More information including the social media toolkit and sample videos and graphics can be found at FDACS.gov/SMART.

 

Click to view Be SMART Florida video by Mayor Suarez

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Commander’s Charity raises $63,107.96 for C.O.T.A.

Help us congratulate Commander Johnson on his efforts of raising $63,107.96 for COTA! Thank you to all those who supported him and made a contribution to help him reach his goal. A special thanks to those who took on the challenge and cut their hair for the cause!

NOTE: Commander Johnson has chosen PROJECT: VetRelief and COTA as his charities for his second year in office. Let’s all help him double his contributions to both charities and support veterans and children in their time of need!

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Commander’s Charity raises $116,180.37 for PROJECT: VetRelief

Commander Rick Johnson was also able to raise $116,180.37 for PROJECT:VetRelief!! Taking care of veterans is something he’s passionate about. We appreciate all those who contributed through this charities of choice.

NOTE: Commander Johnson has chosen PROJECT: VetRelief and COTA as his charities for his second year in office. Let’s all help him double his contributions to both charities and support veterans and children in their time of need!

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FDACS Asking Floridians to Report Suspicious Seed Packets from China

Tallahassee, Fla. – The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) is continuing to warn Floridians about unsolicited packages of seeds received through the mail. The seed packets, which may arrive unexpectedly in packages bearing Chinese characters, may bear the name China Post, and may be labeled as jewelry, have been reported in multiple states including Virginia, Kansas, Washington, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Utah, and others.

 

As of July 28, FDACS has received at least 631 reports from Florida residents reporting having received suspicious seed packages. The content of the seed packages remains unknown at this time, until testing by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) takes place.

 

UPDATE: Today, the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), the lead regulatory body on this matter, issued guidance. The USDA believes the seeds to be part of a “brushing” scam, where unsolicited items are sent in order to post false customer reviews and boost online sales. Upon receiving seed packages from recipients, the USDA will test the contents to determine if a risk is posed to agriculture or the environment.

 

The introduction of plant seeds into the United States is tightly regulated by the USDA. Seeds of unknown origin may constitute agricultural smuggling, may be invasive, may introduce pathogens, toxins, or plant and animal diseases, may pose a risk of foodborne illness, and may pose a threat to plant and animal health. FDACS is continuing to work closely to receive additional guidance from the USDA and APHIS, in consultation with U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

 

“Plant seeds from unknown sources may introduce dangerous pathogens, diseases, or invasive species into Florida, putting agriculture and our state’s plant, animal, and human health at risk,” said Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried. “Anyone receiving these suspicious seed packets should not plant them, but should report it to our department immediately, so that our inspectors can safely collect them for analysis.”

 

UPDATED: What To Do: Anyone receiving unsolicited seed packages from other countries should follow these directions:

 

  • Do not open the seed packet and avoid opening outer packaging or mailing materials, if possible
  • Place the seed packet AND mailing materials into a sealable plastic bag – this is important to determining the origin of the seeds
  • Do not plant the seeds or discard them in trash that will be landfilled
  • Report the seed package to the FDACS Division of Plant Industry at 1-888-397-1517 or DPIhelpline@FDACS.gov
  • After reporting the seed package, an Inspector from the FDACS Division of Plant Industry will contact seed recipients to schedule a safe, contactless collection of the seeds, packaging, and mailing materials

 

When reporting the seed package to FDACS and USDA/APHIS, please be prepared to provide one’s name, physical address, phone number, and email address for contact and seed collection purposes.

 

PHOTOS: Photos of seed packages received by Floridians can be found here.

Photo credit: Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

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2019–2020 National History Book Contest Postponed

From: National Historian James “Jim” A. Mariner
To: Department Historians, Department Adjutants, Past National Historians and
NADHAL Members
Date: June 22, 2020

First, I hope everyone is doing well and keeping safe with our worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. Just imagine what our founding members would think returning from WWI with the worldwide flu pandemic from 1918 through 1920. As we continue with our Buddy Checks and what we do to serve America’s communities, states, and nation we are laying a “A FOUNDATION FOR THE FUTURE.”

With cancellations and postponement of many programs, conventions and events and considering some departments do their judging at the Department Convention and others do not, we wanted to be fair to all for our 2019–2020 National History Book Contest. A recently received e-mail from National Adjutant Daniel Wheeler included a revised schedule for the 2020 October Meetings in Indianapolis, Indiana due to COVID-19 Social Distancing. These changes have been made for the safety of everyone.

The 2019–2020 National History Book Contest will be postponed until the Spring 2021 NEC Meeting and will still be using the 2019 Officer’s Guide (hard copy or online copy) criteria for the 2019–2020 timeframe. The new deadline for National History Book Certification Forms will be April 2, 2021. The New Historians Workshop has also been cancelled as part of the 2020 October Meetings.

In our Department of New Mexico, we plan to have the 2019-2020 history books mailed before and/or hand carried to our Mid-Winter Conference in early February 2021 where we can hold the judging and declaring winners before the May 2021 Spring NEC Meetings for our National History Book Contests. Again, this will be using the 2019 Officer’s Guide (hard copy or online copy) for the 2019–2020 timeline for the year history. All our departments have different ways of holding their Department History Book Contests, so this is a change but as U.S.A. military, veterans and Legionnaires we adapt and go forth to carry on our American Legion history tradition.

NADHAL will meet electronically for the Fall 2020 Indianapolis, Indiana meetings at a time yet to be determined. As NADHAL we need a big thank you to all our national staff working on our Fall 2020 Meetings with electronic meetings and social distancing keeping all of us safe. NADHAL committees are currently working on electronic history books judging, logistics and rules for any future national disasters or future national pandemics. Currently, we need to carry on our tradition of our hard copy history books. We look forward to our NADHAL electronic meeting.

More details and information on the Spring 2021 Meetings to include our National History Book Contest judging will be coming closer to the meeting dates.

In closing, while keeping safe with adaption and change during these unprecedented times please remember preserving and recording our history is important as we are building “A FOUNDATION FOR THE FUTURE.”

“For God and Country”

James “Jim” A. Mariner
The American Legion
National Historian

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Federal and State Agency Updates and Resources on COVID-19

Federal and State Agency Updates and Resources on COVID-19

Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection Program/Economic Injury Disaster Loans Update:

Attached is the most updated weekly data for Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loans. Individual PPP data was previously released and can be found at www.sba.gov/paycheckprotection. The disaster ADVANCES are no longer available however the Economic Injury Disaster Loan continues to be offered. $20 Billion of non-repayable advances were provided to nearly 6 million small businesses that employed 30.5 million people.

FTC Testifies Before Congress on Efforts to Combat COVID-19-related Scams

USDA Provides Update on Investigation Following 2019 Tyson Beef Plant Closure and COVID-19 Pandemic

Federal Agencies to Hold Virtual Hearings on Seasonal and Perishable Produce

FDA Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: Daily Roundup July 21, 2020

FDA Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: Daily Roundup July 20, 2020

Weekly Update: DHS Response to COVID-19

Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP):

As of 2pm Monday, July 20th, FSA has approved 442,639 applications for a payment amount of $6,229,463,221.01. In Florida, 3,282 applications have been approved with a payment amount of $79,374,096.73. More details and breakdowns by categories, commodities, and states at the CFAP dashboard here, updated every Monday at 2pm.

Producers of commodities on the expanded eligibility list can now apply. As a reminder, the CFAP application period will remain open through August 28, 2020. Producers with questions about CFAP should be directed to reach out to the CFAP call center at 877-508-8364 for general questions/assistance before applying through their county FSA offices.  Additional details can be found in the Federal Register in the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) and Final Rule Correction and at www.farmers.gov/cfap. USDA expects additional eligible commodities to be announced in the coming weeks (horticulture/aquaculture).

  • If you missed the CFAP Producer Webinar for Additional Eligible Commodities & Program Adjustments, you can watch it here.
  • If you missed the CFAP Stakeholder Organizations Webinar, you can watch it here.
  • If you missed the CFAP Producer Education Webinar for Specialty Crop Producers, you can watch it here.
  • If you missed the CFAP Education Webinar for Dairy & Non-Specialty Crop Producers, you can watch it here.
  • If you missed the CFAP Education Webinar for Non-Specialty Crop & Livestock Producers, you can watch it here.
  • If you missed the FSA in the Time of Coronavirus Producer Education Webinar, you can watch it here.

Commissioner Fried’s Emergency Orders & Rules

Emergency Order 2020-022 provides relief to pest control, pesticide, fertilizer, and animal feed licensees by suspending the late fees assessed for failure to timely pay fees, or timely renew licenses and certifications.

Executed: July 8, 2020

Expires: 45 days from the date of the Order unless extended or rescinded by the Commissioner or upon the expiration or rescission of Executive Order 20-52, as extended by Executive Orders 20-114 and 20-166 or any further extension thereof, whichever comes first.

Emergency Order 2020-021 extends Emergency Order 2020-015 for an additional sixty (60) days. The order suspends Florida Statute and department rules regarding the prohibition of cottage food deliveries by mail for 30 days.

Executed: July 2, 2020

Expires: 60 days from date of execution unless extended or rescinded by the Commissioner of Agriculture or upon the expiration or rescission of Executive Order 20- 52, as extended by Executive Order 20-114, whichever occurs first.

Emergency Order 2020-020 extends Emergency Order 2020-012, which suspends any rules or portion of rules which require managers with current certified food protection manager certifications or managers whose certified food protection manager certifications expiring within the next 60 days to sit for a proctored examination, for an additional sixty (60) days.

Executed: July 2, 2020

Expires: 60 days from date of execution unless extended or rescinded by the Commissioner of Agriculture or upon the expiration or rescission of Executive Order 20- 52, as extended by Executive Order 20-114, whichever occurs first.

Emergency Order 2020-0019 temporarily waives continuing education requirements for currently licensed LP gas qualifiers and master qualifiers for 60 days. This permits those individuals to renew their licenses on a provisional basis and to continue working as long as they meet all other renewal requirements. The order extends the amount of time a licensed business has to fill a qualifier or master qualifier vacancy, allowing LP gas dealers, dispensers, and installers who lose personnel during the COVID-19 pandemic to continue providing services to the public. Lastly, it suspends the requirement for meter mechanics to attend an in-person clinic hosted by FDACS. The change allows currently licensed individuals to continue working on and approving for use weighing and measuring devices that are used in the sale of essential goods like food and fuel.

Executed: June 23, 2020

Expires: 60 days from date of Order unless extended or rescinded by the Commissioner of Agriculture or upon the expiration or rescission of Executive Order 20-52, as extended by Executive Order 20-114 or further extensions, whichever occurs first.

Emergency Order 2020-0018 extends Emergency Order 2020-010 for an additional sixty (60) days. The order suspends the requirement for Class “G” license applicants to obtain a certification of physical fitness from a physician or physician assistant for 60 additional days. This suspension is extended due to the shortage of available medical providers. It also allows armed security officer classroom training to be conducted by live video conferencing.

Executed: June 23, 2020

Expires: 60 days from date of Order unless extended or rescinded by the Commissioner of Agriculture or upon the expiration or rescission of Executive Order 20-52, as extended by Executive Order 20-114 or further extensions, whichever occurs first.

Emergency Order 2020-17 extends Emergency Order 2020-003, previously extended by Emergency Order 2020-008, for an additional sixty (60) days. The order waives fees that would typically be imposed for late renewals of the following permits and registrations: solicitors of contributions (charities), brake fluid, commercially-used weights and measures (e.g., scales), motor vehicle repair shops, and dealers of agricultural products.

Executed June 19, 2020

Expires: 60 days from date of Order unless extended or rescinded by the Commissioner of Agriculture or upon the expiration or rescission of Executive Order 20-52, as extended by Executive Order 20-114 or further extensions, whichever occurs first.

Emergency Order 2020-16 extends Emergency Order 2020-004, previously extended by Emergency Order 2020-009, relating to concealed weapons licenses and Chapter 493 licenses, for an additional sixty (60) days.

Executed June 19, 2020

Expires: 60 days from date of Order unless extended or rescinded by the Commissioner of Agriculture or upon the expiration or rescission of Executive Order 20-52, as extended by Executive Order 20-114 or further extensions, whichever occurs first.

Emergency Order 2020-0015 suspends Florida Statute and department rules regarding the prohibition of cottage food deliveries by mail for 30 days.

Executed: June 4, 2020

Expires: July 4, 2020, unless extended or rescinded by the Commissioner of Agriculture or upon the expiration or rescission of Executive Order 20- 52, as extended by Executive Order 20-114, whichever occurs first.

Emergency Order 2020-0012 suspends any rules or portion of rules which require managers with current certified food protection manager certifications or managers whose certified food protection manager certifications expiring within the next 60 days to sit for a proctored examination.

Executed: May 5, 2020

Expires: 60 days from date of this Order unless extended or rescinded by the Commissioner or upon expiration or rescission of Executive Order 20-52, whichever occurs first

Emergency Order 2020-010 suspends the requirement for Class “G” license applicants to obtain a certification of physical fitness from a physician or physician assistant for 60 additional days. This suspension is extended due to the shortage of available medical providers. It also allows armed security officer classroom training to be conducted by live video conferencing.

Emergency Order 2020-011 temporarily waives continuing education requirements for currently licensed LP gas qualifiers and master qualifiers for 60 days. This permits those individuals to renew their licenses on a provisional basis and to continue working as long as they meet all other renewal requirements. The order extends the amount of time a licensed business has to fill a qualifier or master qualifier vacancy, allowing LP gas dealers, dispensers, and installers who lose personnel during the COVID-19 pandemic to continue providing services to the public. Lastly, it suspends the requirement for meter mechanics to attend an in-person clinic hosted by FDACS. The change allows currently licensed individuals to continue working on and approving for use weighing and measuring devices that are used in the sale of essential goods like food and fuel.

Emergency Order 2020-009 extends Emergency Order 2020-004, relating to concealed weapons licenses and Chapter 493 licenses, for 60 days.

Executed: April 20, 2020

Expires: 60 days from the date of the Order unless extended or rescinded by the Commissioner or upon the expiration or rescission of Executive Order 20-52, whichever comes first

Emergency Order 2020-008 extends Emergency Order 2020-003 for 60 days. The order waives fees that would typically be imposed for late renewals of the following permits and registrations: solicitors of contributions (charities), brake fluid, commercially-used weights and measures (e.g., scales), motor vehicle repair shops, and dealers of agricultural products.

Executed: April 20, 2020

Expires: 60 days from the date of the Order unless extended or rescinded by the Commissioner or upon the expiration or rescission of Executive Order 20-52, whichever comes first

Emergency Order 2020-007 extends Emergency Order 2020-002 for 60 days. The order provides relief to pest control, pesticide, fertilizer, and animal feed licensees by suspending the late fees assessed for failure to timely pay fees, or timely renew licenses and certifications. Also extending the timeframes for both quarterly and annual reporting and renewing licenses and certificates.

Executed: April 20, 2020

Expires: 60 days from the date of the Order unless extended or rescinded by the Commissioner or upon the expiration or rescission of Executive Order 20-52, whichever comes first

Emergency Rule 5JER20-3 allows retailers to continue selling fuel that technically would not be season-appropriate pursuant to adopted standards. It also establishes timeframes for distributors and retailers to shift from winter fuel to spring fuel, and from spring fuel to summer fuel. This will help prevent fuel shortages while also helping to ensure that the fuel being offered for sale will remain suitable for use as temperatures rise.

Executed: April 14, 2020

Emergency Order 2020-006 waiving certain packaging and labeling requirements for eggs sold at Florida retail food establishments. Provides that packages of shell eggs will not be required to have printed certain information such as date of pack, grade, and size, although retailers will provide in-store statements with the information typically required. This will allow eggs to be moved more quickly from producers to retailers.

Executed: April 7, 2020

Expires: 30 days, unless extended or rescinded by the Commissioner of Agriculture

Emergency Order 2020-002 provides relief to pest control, pesticide, fertilizer, and animal feed licensees by suspending the late fees assessed for failure to timely pay fees, or timely renew licenses and certifications. Additionally, it extends (by 30 days) the timeframes required for both quarterly and annual reporting, as well as for renewing licenses and certificates.

Executed: March 20, 2020

Expires: 30 days from enactment date unless extended or rescinded by the Commissioner of Agriculture

Emergency Order 2020-003 waives fees that would typically be imposed for late renewals of the following permits and registrations: solicitors of contributions (charities), brake fluid, commercially-used weights and measures (e.g., scales), motor vehicle repair shops, and dealers of agricultural products.

Executed: March 20, 2020

Expires: 30 days from enactment date unless extended or rescinded by the Commissioner of Agriculture

Emergency Order 2020-004 will help concealed weapon licensees and Chapter 493 licensees by suspending renewal application late fees, providing additional time (30 days) to renew licenses set to expire, providing armed security officers additional time to submit proof of annual requalification, and allowing unarmed security officer training to be conducted by live video conferencing.

Executed: March 20, 2020

Expires: 30 days from enactment date unless extended or rescinded by the Commissioner of Agriculture

Emergency Rule 5JER20-1 states that the COVID-19 global health crisis and the U.S. Center for Disease Control’s directive to limit travel, there is an extreme and unusual oversupply of fuel meeting winter season volatility requirements, known as “winter blend” fuel. This emergency rule will allow winter blend fuel to be sold longer, ensuring the adequate and rapid distribution of available fuel and helping to stabilize the fuel market, and providing consumers a stable supply of gasoline.

Emergency Rule 5PER20-2 extends the deadlines for Sponsors participating in the National School Lunch Program to appeal agency action that may be issued against them by the Department in the coming weeks. The deadlines are being extended to allow Sponsors the extra time needed to comply with recommendations for social distancing when responding to the agency action and to allow the Department to safely hold hearings at a later date.

Governor Executive Orders Re: COVID- 19

#2020-123 Executive Order re: Full Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery

The Executive Order does the following:

  • Allows Restaurants and food establishments, gyms and fitness centers, museums and libraries and in-store retail sales establishments to operate up to 50 percent capacity while maintaining CDC guidelines
  • Allows professional sports to operate in the state. Preempts any local rule prohibiting a team conducting or the operations of the venue from hosting sport activities at facilities
  • Allows amusement parks to submit a re-opening plan to the state which must be endorsed by a letter from the County Mayor or City Mayor and County Administrator.
  • Allows counties to seek approval to operate vacation rentals with written request from the County Administrator and the safety plan must be submitted to Secretary of DBPR, who will then post and update guidance on their website
  • Extends Executive Order 20-69 relating to Local Government Public Meetings
  • Creates a 2nd degree misdemeanor for violation of this order, punishable by up to 60 days imprisonment, a fine not to exceed $500, or both

Effective: May 18, 2020 at 12:01 am

#2020-124 Executive Order re: Emergency Management – COVID-19 – Municipal Elections in Pasco County

Reschedules the date for municipal elections in San Antonio and Dade City in Pasco County for June 30, 2020.

Enacted: May 15, 2020

#2020-121 Executive Order extends Executive Order 20-94 re: Limited Extension of Mortgage Foreclosure and Eviction Relief

Extends Executive Order 20-94 until June 2, 2020

Executed: May 14, 2020

#2020-122 Executive Order re: Broward and Miami-Dade Counties to Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery

Allows Broward and Miami-Dade Counties to enter Phase 1

Effective: May 18, 2020 at 12:01 am

#2020-120 Executive Order re: Expanding Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery

Allows for Palm Beach County to enter in Phase 1 of reopening. Also allows for barbershops, hair salons and nails salons to open in the areas previously authorized to proceed with Phase 1.

Effective: May 11, 2020 at 12:01 am

#2020-114 Executive Order re: Emergency Management – Extension of Executive Order 20-52 – COVID-19

Extends state of emergency declared in Executive 20-52 for 60 days

Executed: May 8, 2020

 

#2020-111 Executive Order re: Limited Extension of Essential Services and Activities and Vacation Rental Prohibition

Extends Executive Orders 20-87 and 20-91 until 12:01 am May 4, 2020

Executed: April 29, 2020

Expires: May 4, 2020

#2020-112 Executive Order re: Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery

Regarding Phase 1: Safe, Smart, Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery

Executed: April 29, 2020

Effective: May 4, 2020 at 12:01 am

Governor’s Presentation for Reopening Plan

Final Report of the Task Force

#2020-103 Executive Order extends Executive Order 20-87 re: Vacation Rental Closures
Extends Executive Order 20-87 until April 30, 2020, unless extended

Executed: April 10, 2020

#2020-104 Executive Order re: Emergency Temporary Action Related to Unemployment Compensation – COVID-19

Suspends the bi-weekly reporting requirement by claimants of “actively seeking work” requirement, only to the extent necessary and suspension is on an emergency temporary basis.

Executed: April 16, 2020

Expires: upon expiration of Executive Order 20-52

Governor Destanis’ Re-Open Florida Task Force

Task Force Briefing

#2020-97 Executive Order re: Emergency Management – COVID-19 – Municipal Elections in Pasco County

Delaying elections in Pasco County at the request of Pasco County Supervisor of Elections Brian Corley. The municipal elections scheduled on April 14, 2020, for the cities of San Antonio, Dade City, and Zephyrhills in Pasco County, are hereby delayed.

Executed: April 8, 2020

#2020-95 Executive Order re: COVID-19 Emergency Order – Documentary Stamps for SBA Loans

Suspending taxation imposed under Chapter 201, Florida Statutes, for notes and other written obligations made pursuant to Title I of the CARES Act.

Executed: April 6, 2020

Expires: Upon the expiration of Executive Order 20-52, including any extensions

#2020-94 Executive Order re: Emergency Management – COVID-19 – Mortgage Foreclosure and Eviction Relief

Suspends evictions for nonpayment of rent due to COVID-19 and mortgage foreclosures for 45 days in the state

Executed:  April 2, 2020

#2020-93 Executive Order re: COVID-19 Emergency Order – Reemployment Assistance Program
Executed: April 2, 2020

Expires: upon expiration of Executive Order 20-52 including any extensions

#2020-92 Executive Order amends Executive Order 20-91 re: Essential Services and Activities During COVID-19 Emergency

Supersedes any conflicting official action or order issued by local officials in response COVID-19

Executed: April 1, 2020

#20202-91 Executive Order re: Emergency Management – COVID-19 – Essential Services and Activities During COVID-19 Emergency

Executed: April 1, 2020 but effective 12:01 am on April 3, 2020

Expires: April 30, 2020 unless extended by subsequent order.

 

FAQs for Executive Order 20-91 (Essential Services and Activities during COVID-19)

Essential Services List

#2020-90 Executive Order re: Emergency Management – COVID-19 – Broward and Palm Beach County Closures

Immediately closes beaches in Broward and Palm Beach Counties

Executed: March 31, 2020

Expires: Length of Executive Order 20-52, including any extensions, unless otherwise modified and suspended pursuant to subsequent order

 

#2020-85 Executive Order re: Emergency Management – COVID-19 – Telehealth and Immunizations for State Group Insurance

The state employee health plan benefits plan will include telehealth services at no additional cost to employees, and fees for influenza vaccinations will be waived.

Executed: March 26, 2020

Expires: Upon the expiration of Executive Order 20-52, including any extensions     

#2020-86 Executive Order re: Emergency Management – COVID-19 – Additional Requirements of Certain Individuals Traveling to Florida

Directing all persons who enter the State of Florida from an area with substantial community spread, to include the State of Louisiana, inclusive of those entering the State of Florida by roadways, to isolate or quarantine for a period of 14 days

Executed: March 27, 2020

Expires: Upon expiration of Executive Order 20-52, including any extensions, or upon an Executive Order lifting the isolation or quarantine after advice from the State Health Officer and Surgeon General#2020-87 Executive Order re: Emergency Management – COVID-19 – Vacation Rental Closures

Ordering all parties engaged in rental of vacation rental properties to suspend vacation rental operations. Vacation rentals are prohibited from making new reservations or bookings and shall not accept new guests for check-in for the duration of this order.

Executed: March 27, 2020

Expires: In 14 days unless extended by subsequent order

#2020-88 Executive Order re: Emergency Management – COVID-19 – Re-employment of Essential Personnel
Regarding re-employment of essential personnel.

Executed: March 30, 2020

Expires: Upon the expiration of Executive Order 20-52, including any extensions           

#2020-89 Executive Order re: Emergency Management – COVID-19 – Miami-Dade County, Broward County, Palm Beach County, Monroe County Public Access Restrictions

Regarding public access restrictions in Miami-Dade County, Broward County, Palm Beach County and Monroe County

Executed: March 30, 2020

Expires: April 15, 2020, unless renewed or modified by subsequent order

#2020-85 Executive Order re: Emergency Management – COVID-19 – Telehealth and Immunizations for State Group Insurance

The state employee health plan benefits plan will include telehealth services at no additional cost to employees, and fees for influenza vaccinations will be waived.

Executed: March 26, 2020

Expires: Upon the expiration of Executive Order 20-52, including any extensions

#2020-82 Executive Order re: Emergency Management – COVID-19 – Isolation of Individuals Traveling to Florida

Directing all persons who enter the State of Florida from an area with substantial community spread, to include the New York Tri-State Area (Connecticut, New Jersey and New York), to isolate or quarantine for a period of 14 days from the time of entry into the State of Florida or the duration of the person’s presence in the State of Florida, whichever is shorter.
Executed: March 24, 2020

Expires: Upon expiration of Executive Order 20-52, including any extensions, or upon an Executive Order lifting the isolation or quarantine after advice from the State Health Officer and Surgeon General

#2020-83 Executive Order re: Emergency Management – COVID-19 – Protective Measures for Vulnerable Populations, Gatherings of Private Citizens and Density of the Workforce

Directing the State Surgeon General and State Health Officer to issue a public health advisory to all persons over 65 years of age urging them to stay home and to take such other measures as necessary to limit their risk of exposure to COVID-19.

Executed: March 24, 2020

Expires: Upon the expiration of Executive Order 20-52, including any extensions             

#2020-80 Executive Order re: Emergency Management – COVID-19 – Airport Screening and Isolation

directing all persons whose point of departure originates from outside the State of Florida in an area with substantial community spread, to include the New York Tri-State Area (Connecticut, New Jersey and New York), and entering the State of Florida through airports to isolate or quarantine for a period of 14 days from the time of entry into the State of Florida or the duration of the person’s presence in the State of Florida, whichever is shorter.

Enacted: March 23, 2020

Expires: Upon expiration of Executive Order 20-52, including any extensions, or upon an Executive Order lifting the isolation or quarantine after advice from the State Health Officer and Surgeon General

#2020-51 Executive Order re: Establishes Coronavirus Response Protocol and Directs Public Health Emergency

Executed: March 1, 2020

Expires: N/A

#2020-52 Executive Order re: Emergency Management – COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

Executed: March 9, 2020

Expires: 60 days from enactment date unless extended

#2020-68 Executive Order re: Emergency Management – COVID-19 regarding bars, beaches, and restaurants

Executed: March 17, 2020

Expires: 30 days from enactment date unless extended

#2020-69 Executive Order re: Emergency Management – COVID-19 – Local Government Public Meetings

Executed: March 20, 2020

Expires: Linked to the expiration of Executive Order 20-52

#2020-70 Executive Order re: Emergency Management – COVID-19 – Broward and Palm Beach County Closures

Executed: March 20, 2020

Expires: The closures in this order shall remain in effect in accordance with the President’s “15 Days to Slow the Spread”, initiated on March 16, 2020. These closures shall expire on March 31, 2020 but may be renewed upon the written request of the County Administrator. The Broward County Administrator and the Palm Beach County Administrator shall have the ability to enforce, relax, modify or remove these closures, as warranted, pursuant to the directives and parameters as set forth in Executive Order 20-68.

#2020-71 Executive Order re: Emergency Management – COVID-19 – Alcohol Sales, Restaurants, and Gyms

Executed: March 20, 2020

Expires: Linked to the expiration of Executive Order 20-52, including any extensions

#2020-72 Executive Order re: Emergency Management – COVID-19 – Non-essential Elective Medical Procedures

Executed: March 20, 2020

Expires: Linked to the expiration of Executive Order 20-52, including any extensions

Executive State Agencies Executive Orders

Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles

DHSMV EO 20-01

Executed: March 14, 2020

Expires: April 13, 2020 at 11:59 or at the expiration or rescission of Executive Order 20-52, unless extended by the Executive Director of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles

DHSMV EO 20-02

Executed: March 15, 2020

Expires: on the earlier or rescission of Executive Order 20-52, unless extended by the Executive Director of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles

Office of Financial Regulation

OFR Division of Securities Proclamation

OFR EO 2020-01

Executed: March 20, 2020

OFR EO 2020-02

            Executed: March 26, 2020

Division of Emergency Management

DEM Order No. 20-001

DEM Order No. 20-002

DEM Order No. 20-003

DEM Order No. 20-004

DEM Order No. 20-005

DEM Order No. 20-006

Department of Business and Professional Regulation

DBPR EO 2020-02

Executed: March 23, 2020

Expires: Upon the expiration of Executive Order 20-52, including any extensions

EO 2020-01

Executed: March 16, 2020

Department of Economic Opportunity

DEO EO 20-011

Executed: March 20, 2020

Expires: May 2, 2020, unless extended by subsequent order

Reemployment Assistance Service Center

Emergency Loan Bridge Program

Department of Health

DOH EO 20-01

Executed: March 10, 2020

DOH EO 20-02

Executed: March 16, 2020

Department of Management Services

DEMS EO 20-01

Executed: March 16, 2020

Department of Transportation

DOT Order 20-52

Executed: March 13, 2020

Expires: At the expiration or rescission of Executive Order 20-52 or April 12, 2020 unless extended by the Secretary of FDOT

Department of Children and Families

DCF EO 20-055

            Executed: March 22, 2020

Expires: Upon the expiration of Executive Order 20-52, including any extensions   

Agency for Persons with Disabilities

APD EO 20-01

            Executed: March 22, 2020

Department of Education

DOE 2020-EO-01

            Executed: March 23, 2020

Department of Juvenile Justice

DJJ EO 2020-01

            Executed: March 19, 2020

Department of Lottery

DOL EO 20-0001

            Executed: March 22, 2020

Department of Revenue

COVID-19 – Order of Emergency Waiver Property Tax Due Dates

Executed: March 26, 2020

Expires: Upon expiration or rescission of Executive Order 20-52 or 11:59 PM on May 1, 2020, unless extended by the Executive Director of Dept. of Revenue

COVID-19 – Order of Emergency Waiver Sales and Use Tax Due Dates 

Executed: March 26, 2020

Expires: upon expiration or rescission of Executive Order 20-52 or 11:59 PM on May 8, 2020, unless extended by the Executive Director of Dept. of Revenue

Federal Agency Coronavirus Announcements/Quick Links:

Administration Actions and Federal Agency Resources: USA.gov is cataloging all U.S. government activities related to coronavirus. From actions on health and safety to travel, immigration, and transportation to education, find pertinent actions here. Each Federal Agency has also established a dedicated coronavirus website, where you can find important information and guidance. They include: Health and Human Services (HHS), Centers of Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Department of Education (DoED), Department of Agriculture (USDA), Small Business Administration (SBA), Department of Labor (DOL), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of State (DOS), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of the Interior (DOI), Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Commerce (DOC), Department of Justice (DOJ), Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Department of the Treasury (USDT), Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), and U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC). Find out how you can protect yourself and helpful resources on DOJ’s Coronavirus Fraud Prevention website. The Federal Trade Commission has also established a website with helpful information to help consumers avoid coronavirus-related scams. The U.S. Department of the Treasury has setup a website with up-to-date guidance on CARES Act implementation.

House Ag Committee Coronavirus Resource Page

NASDA Coronavirus Resource Page

Coronavirus Food Assistance Program FAQ

Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP):

The CFAP application period will remain open through August 28th. Producers with questions about CFAP should be directed to reach out to the CFAP call center at 877-508-8364 for general questions/assistance before applying through their county FSA offices.  Additional details can be found in the Federal Register in the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) and Final Rule Correction and at www.farmers.gov/cfap.

USDA Announces Additional Specialty Crops Eligible for Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

Producers will be able to submit applications that include the new commodities on Monday, July 13, 2020.  USDA expects additional eligible commodities to be announced in the coming weeks.

CFAP Webinars:

  • If you missed the CFAP Stakeholder Organizations Webinar, you can watch it here.
  • If you missed the CFAP Producer Education Webinar for Specialty Crop Producers, you can watch it here.
  • If you missed the CFAP Education Webinar for Dairy & Non-Specialty Crop Producers, you can watch it here.
  • If you missed the CFAP Education Webinar for Non-Specialty Crop & Livestock Producers, you can watch it here.
  • If you missed the FSA in the Time of Coronavirus Producer Education Webinar, you can watch it here

 

USDA to Purchase Up to $3 Billion in Agricultural Commodities, Issue Solicitations for Interested Participants

USDA Approves $1.2 billion in Contracts for Farmers to Families Food Box Program

USDA Announces Additional Food Purchase Plans

USDA Extends Flexibilities, Paves the Way for Meals for Kids to Continue through Summer

Treasury Launches Web Portal and Begins Disbursement of CARES Act Funding to State, Local, and Tribal Governments

DHS Releases CISA Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers Guidance Version 3.1 (May 19, 2020 update)

Effective March 26, the State Department has expanded scope of H-2 Processing | H-2A Q&A PDF

DOL Office of Foreign Labor Round 2 FAQs (focuses on potential issues regarding the H-2A temporary agricultural labor certification program)

DOL Releases Round 3 COVID-19 FAQs

USDA and DOL Announce Information Sharing to Assist H-2A Employers

DHS and USDA Move to Protect American Farmers and Ensure Continued Flow of America’s Food Supply (H-2A interim final rule)

USDA Unveils Tool to Help Rural Communities Address the COVID-19 Pandemic

Updated CDC COVID-19 and Pets Information

FDA Issues Re-opening Best Practices Checklist and Infographic for Retail Food Establishments that Closed or Partially Closed Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic

FDA Provides Flexibility to Farms Regarding Eligibility for the Qualified Exemption Under the Produce Safety Rule

FDA Announces Temporary Flexibility Policy Regarding Certain Labeling Requirements for Foods for Humans During COVID-19 Pandemic

FDA and USDA Release Recommendations for those in the Food and Agriculture Sector Experiencing Shortages of PPE, Cloth Face Coverings, Disinfectants, and Sanitation Supplies

 

Agriculture Workers and Employers, Interim Guidance from CDC and the U.S. Department of Labor

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Commissioner Nikki Fried, Veterans Agencies Host Military Consumer Month Telephone Town Hall

Tallahassee, Fla. — Today, Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) hosted a telephone town hall meeting for Military Consumer Month to discuss how servicemembers and veterans can protect themselves from scams, fraud, and abuse. Commissioner Fried was joined by Maj. Gen. James S. “Hammer” Hartsell (Ret.), Deputy Executive Director of the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs; Al Carter, Chief of Staff of the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs; and Joe Marino, Executive Director of Veterans Florida. The town hall was moderated by Ed Rodriguez, Veterans Affairs Director for FDACS and a former U.S. Navy corpsman.

“July is Military Consumer Month, and we’re committed to protecting the fighting men and women who proudly serve our state and nation. Florida is home to over 65,000 active duty military personnel, over 202,000 military retirees, and over 1.5 million veterans. Unfortunately, these servicemembers, military families, and veterans are also a prime target for scammers,” said Commissioner Fried. “My message to anyone who would take advantage of Floridians, especially our military personnel and veterans, is simple: we will not tolerate it, we will find out, shut you down, and hold you accountable.”

AUDIO: Audio of the telephone town hall can be found here via The Florida Channel.

“Commissioner Fried’s office serves as a vanguard for those falling victim to consumer fraud and related matters. Together, we have a strong system in place to help veterans avoid predatory consumer practices,” said Al Carter, Chief of Staff for the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs. “The Florida Department of Veterans Affairs looks forward to continuing to partner with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to combat those who seek to abuse Florida veterans.”

“Thank you, Commissioner Fried, for including Veterans Florida in this conversation. The impacts that these kinds of scams have on servicemembers and veterans, especially those with young families, have a huge effect during their time of transition when seeking a new career of starting a new business,” said Joe Marino, Executive Director of Veterans Florida. “These issues are magnified when transitioning military families move to different states, locations, or jobs, any kind of identity theft is going to hurt them. It is unfortunate that there are people out there targeting Florida veterans.”

Servicemembers and military families often have steady incomes, and frequent moves and deployments can make daily management of finances more difficult, which leads scammers to target this community. Upon taking office, Commissioner Fried vowed to ensure FDACS was prioritizing Florida’s veterans and servicemembers; Fried established a new Veterans Affairs Director position, and the Department’s Division of Consumer Services began categorizing consumer complaints received from veterans and servicemembers.

Since 2019, FDACS has received over 660 complaints from Florida servicemembers and veterans, and as time goes on this data will be helpful in identifying patterns about the specific types of scams that military members and veterans are encountering. Last year, the Federal Trade Commission reported claims of over 36,000 military-related people who had fallen victim to imposter scams, with 11% of victims suffering a financial hit, with a median loss of $900 per victim.

Servicemembers and veterans are also prone to many of the same scams that Florida’s civilians are prone to. The following are scams that disproportionately affect servicemembers and veterans:

  • Identity Theft: Identity theft occurs when an individual’s personal information such as their name, Social Security number, or credit card number are used without their consent to commit fraud and other crimes. Military servicemembers are especially at risk for identity theft because the frequent moves and deployments that are required of military life makes it more difficult to monitor their finances for the irregularities that identify theft causes.
  • Rental Scams: These scams target servicemembers looking for housing near their home base. The scammers pretend to be real estate agents and post fake ads for rental properties on websites. The ads often offer military discounts and other incentives. They attempt to get servicemembers to send them money upfront; scammers then take the money and the victims end up losing this income and are left without housing.
  • Charity Scams: Charity scammers use deception to steal money from people who believe they are donating to legitimate causes. They siphon money away from those in need and use it to line their own pockets. Some scam artists set up military or veteran charities to exploit the generosity that our military and veterans communities, and the general public, have towards causes that help service members, veterans and military families.
  • Unfair Car Deals: New service members are often first or second time car buyers that may not have a lot of experience in the car purchasing process. Knowing this, some sellers will target these new service members and set them up with payment agreements that include hidden fees and high interest rates. With the steady income that service members have, these car sellers are able to garnish their wages in order collect on the unfair car deals.

FDACS Consumer Action: In March of this year, FDACS conducted an investigation into the Children of Wounded Warriors charity, which claimed to be raising money for the children of injured or slain military servicemembers and first respodners. The investigation concluded that the organization engaged in the improper and personal use of funds, committed perjury, misled donors, and was involved in other illicit actions. The group’s charity status was revoked, and they were fined $60,000.

File a Consumer Complaint with FDACS: Servicemembers, veterans, and family members who think they have fallen victim to a scam or experienced a solicitation which they believe could be a scam should file a consumer complaint with the FDACS Division of Consumer Services at 1-800-HELP-FLA (1-800-FL-AYUDA en Español), or online at FloridaConsumerHelp.com and report concerns to the Federal Trade Commission at FTC.gov/complaint.

Florida Department of Veterans Affairs Resources: Veterans seeking additional resources and help are advised to call the Florida Veterans Support Line at 1-844-MyFLVet (693-5838) or visit FloridaVets.org/resources.

Background: The FDACS Division of Consumer Services is Florida’s state consumer protection agency, responsible for regulating charities, handling consumer complaints, and protecting against unfair and unsafe business practices. FDACS handles more than 400,000 consumer complaints and inquiries, oversees more than 500,000 regulated devices, entities, and products like gas pumps and grocery scales, performs over 61,000 lab analyses on products like gasoline and brake fluid, performs nearly 9,000 fair ride inspections, and returned over $2.8 million to consumers through mediations with businesses. The Division regulates businesses including motor vehicle repair shops, pawnbrokers, health studios, travel sellers, intrastate movers, professional surveyors and mappers, sweepstakes/game promotions, and telemarketers.

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Webinar with Department Commander

Please register to join us LIVE on Zoom with Florida Department Commander William “Rick” Johnson, as he addresses the concerns of many Florida Legion Posts. Topics will include: How COVID 19 is affecting the Legion, DBPR Emergency Orders, Explanation of the continuous opening and closing of Posts, with a Live Questions & Answers Session!

The Webinar will take place on Thursday, July 23, 2020 at 6:00PM EST.

To register for access please use this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/…/register/WN_S0b3aflmQOyxFEis5q2DzQ

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

The webinar will be shared Live on Facebook, however, to interact, you will need to access the webinar through Zoom, we will not be monitoring Facebook questions.

The recorded webinar will be shared via Facebook and YouTube, at a later date.

This webinar is limited to 1,000 participants, and is based on a first-come-first-serve basis.

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Erna Schwabe

Erna SchwabeIt is with deep regret that we report the passing of Past Department President, Erna Schwabe, on Saturday, July 11, 2020. Erna is survived by her husband, Art; three daughters, Mary, Denise, and Jackie; and many grandchildren. There are no details regarding services at this time, but any new information will be communicated to you through email as well as posted on our website.

Please keep Art and their family in your thoughts and prayers in this time of grief. If you would like to send your condolence you may do so through her husband, Art, at 2115 Prospect St., LaCrosse, WI 54603.


Erna Carol Schwabe, 72 died July 11, 2020 after a long battle with lung cancer. She was born December 19,1947 in Excelsior, WI, the daughter of Eldon and Hazel Coppernoll.
Erna graduated from Ithaca High School, Class of 1966. She went to college at University of Wisconsin-Platteville. She lived in La Crosse, WI and meet and married the love of her life Arthur Joseph Schwabe. They were married for 44 years on July 17th.1976. They lived in Mt.Horeb, WI until 1988 and them moved to Ormond Beach, Fl and lived there for 28 years. Erna was very active in the American Legion Department of Florida. She held many different roles in the Auxiliary of American Legion. But her all time favorite job was helping veterans as the American Legion Auxiliary President for the state of Florida 2014-2015.

Erna is survived by her husband Arthur Schwabe, her three daughters, Mary( Dennis) Szafran, Marci, Trista, and Kobe Szafran, Denise(Brian))Green, Mike, Brandon, Stephanie, Alex, Zach, and Sam Green, and Jackie(Terry) Oelke and Jackie’s children Cassie, Kiara, Trevor and Trenton. And her sisters, Gladys Anderson, Boaz, WI, Rosetta Beilfuss, Boscobel, WI, Frances Strauss, Jefferson, WI, Marjorie Simerson, Huntington, IN, Dale(David) Clason, Black Earth, WI Thankful Santfleben, Mazomanie, WI , and her brother Kenneth(Connie)Coppernoll, Wedgefield, South Carolina. Her sister in law Jan Loomis, Waterford, WI and brother in law Raymond(Carol)Schwabe, Pewaukee, WI. She is serviced by many nieces, nephews, great grandchildren, friend and her legion family.

. In addition to her parents Erna was predeceased by her brothers Hilleman, Dick and Jerry Coppernoll. Her in laws Raymond and Doris Schwabe , her brother in law Dan Loomis and Alton Anderson.

A celebration of life will be help Sunday August 23rd. 2020 at the American Legion in Onalaska, WI at 12pm.
The family would like to thank Gundersen Hospital and the hospice team for their care and support for the last year.

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