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COVID-19 Resources for Ag Employers

July 22, 2020

As agriculture’s efforts to continue to operate as essential businesses, a number of reliable groups have developed great resources that are available online.  Here are some useful websites for employers:

 

COVID-19 On Farm Monitoring Plan (click here for Template)

This Plan was developed in June 2020 in accordance with the following: Washington State Department of Labor & Industries – Coronavirus (COVID-19) Prevention in Agriculture and Related Industries – F414-165-000 [04-2020], Washington State Department of Health – Public COVID-19 Guidance: Farm and Agricultural Workers in Washington State, The Center for Disease Control (CDC) – Agriculture Workers and Employers – Interim Guidance from CDC and the U.S. Department of Labor, and Washington State Governor Inslee’s Agricultural COVID-19 Requirements.

This document was created by Nancy Rodriguez – Social Responsibility Manager at Roy Farms, Moxee, WA. Hop Growers of America appreciates the willingness of Roy Farms to serve as a Case Study regarding the implementation of pandemic best practices implementation (to be completed following the 2020 harvest).

 

Federal Grant/Loan/Support Programs:

USDA Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP): https://www.farmers.gov/cfap

Specialty Crops Producers Can Now Apply for Financial Assistance Through USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (released May 26, 2020) - https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDAAMS/bulletins/28d7391

Small Business Administration resources, including Paycheck Protection Program - https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options

 

General Grower Resources:

On June 4, 2020 CDC published COVID-19 guidance for agricultural workers and employers.  You can access the guidance at the following link: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-agricultural-workers.html.

PayneWest Insurance COVID-19 Resource Page provides resources for employers, HR department, employee benefits team or other professionals navigating the COVID-19 pandemic.  

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-business-response.html

https://agworkforce.cals.cornell.edu/2020/03/12/novel-coronavirus-prevention-control-for-farms/

https://www.fb.org/land/impact-covid19-on-ag (scroll to bottom of the page for a list of resources – this site has some very good info)

https://aghealth.ucdavis.edu/covid19 –  They have created a COVID-19 Agricultural Worksite Checklist. Download the pdf below to access this. Check out their site for additional information and resources.

DOWNLOAD COVID-19 AGRICULTURAL WORKSITE CHECKLIST

 

Washington Grower Resources:

Washington State Agricultural COVID-19 Requirements (new rule effective June 2020)

Washington State Dept. of Health COVID-19 Guidance for Agricultural Workers (updated May 27, 2020)

Washington State Department of Agriculture resources - https://agr.wa.gov/about-wsda/news-and-media-relations/covid-19#information

 

Oregon Grower Resources:

COVID Farm Toolkit Available: July 21, 2020 - The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA), the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), Oregon Occupational Safety and Health (Oregon OSHA), and your local public health authority (LPHA) are encouraging employers in the agriculture sector to proactively make a plan for mitigating the spread of COVID-19.  This should include gathering information, displaying education materials, implement physical distancing measures, asses workflow on farm, and be familiar with local resources available to employees. Attached is the COVID Farm Toolkit that provides information and resources to make a plan for your farm.

https://www.oregon.gov/ODA/agriculture/Pages/COVID-19.aspx – Oregon Department of Agriculture resources

The Oregon Hop Commission meeting on May 21, 2020 included a presentation on Coronavirus Precautions for Ag Employers in Oregon.  Presenter Bruce Hollcroft, PayneWest Insurance provided handouts which are attached here: Oregon OSHA Fact SheetOregon OSHA Temporary Rules2020 Enforcement Delay Memo.

#MaskUpOR Campaign: July 1, 2020 - COVID-19 is spreading at an alarming rate in both rural and urban Oregon. Doctors and public health experts have made it clear that we can reduce the spread of the disease by wearing face coverings while out and about in public. Governor Kate Brown’s office has created a toolkit of nearly 70 social media graphics (click here to access them). There are a wide range of images, themes, and tones, so feel free to use what makes sense for you, your community, and your audience.

 

Michigan Grower Resources:

The following the link provides resources for Farmers/Producers/Food System workers. It is maintained by the MSU Center for Regional Food Systems: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1xVIA5XPepoNihoDXB0ETPSppMXGbOo28w-6M9ISTvxQ/edit#heading=h.a53scjr4d5vu


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