Federal COVID-19 relief for agriculture:

(May 3, 2020): The Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan and Advance program is now open ONLY for agriculture businesses. Learn more and apply ASAP here.

United States Department of Food and Agriculture (USDA) Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) includes $16 billion in direct payments for commodity growers, specialty crop farmers, and livestock and dairy producers who have had at least a 5% price decline due to COVID-19. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) is accepting applications now through August 28, 2020 with payments capped at $250,000 per person.

Farmer and Rancher Resources

The Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF), one of our founding coalition members, has developed a comprehensive webpage clearinghouse with frequently updated resources, news and advocacy information in response to COVID-19 for farmers, farmworkers and agriculture advocates.

Among many topics they cover, the resources include:
Farmers’ Market Response & Best Practices: COVID-19
Farming During COVID: A Webinar Series on Adapting to Crisis
California COVID-19 Matchmaking: Food Systems Supply, Demand and Distribution
CSA COVID Response/Resources
Employee Safety During COVID-19

Find more on their website here.

NCAT/ATTRA has a webpage of national COVID-19 Response resources, including NCAT Ag Specialists videos and the following:

Seed Starting and COVID Resiliency
Considerations for Fruit and Vegetable Growers Related to Coronavirus & COVID-19
Coronavirus Dieases (COVID-19)
COVID-19 Farm Resources

Find more on their website here.

The California Farm Bureau has developed Coronavirus Farm & Ranch Resource for both agriculture industry and consumers. Among others, resources include state and industry updates, wage and leave guidance for employers in light of Federal relief packages, such as:

U.S. Department of Labor guidance including: (1)Guidance for Employees(2)Guidance for Employersand  (3) Questions and Answers 
Family First Coronavirus Response Act requirements and eligible employees

Find more on their website here.

 

Farmworker Resources

La Seguridad Empieza con Usted farmworker community campaign from the California Farmworker Foundation focused on the greater Bakersfield and Fresno growing regions: the Foundation Facebook page will be updated with ways to stay safe during the pandemic.

Guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and U.S. Department of Labor for agriculture workers and employers here.

COVID-19 Infection Prevention Guidance videos in English and Spanish here.

Need help accessing Zoom? Find tutorials in English and Spanish here.

Resources for immigrant communities in the Central Valley here.

UC Davis Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety has developed a COVID-19 Resources for Agriculture with resources and answers to many common questions among farmworkers, including:

Q: Should I wear a mask or bandana over my face at work?
A: A face mask or bandana will not prevent the transmission of viruses. They may be worn to reduce an individual’s tendency to touch their face, which can spread germs.

Q: What can I do at work to reduce my risk?
A: Washing your hands frequently with soap and water and social distancing (staying six feet away from other people) will help to reduce your risk of exposure.

Workers’ Rights/Derechos de los trabajadores
Prevention/Prevención
Symptoms/Síntomas

Find more on their website here.

The California Farm Bureau has occupational safety & health resources, including: 

Safety Training Handout for Agricultural Workers (Spanish & English)
Cal/OSHA Guidance on Requirements to Protect Workers from Corona Virus
Advisory for agricultural worker protection during covid-19 crisis

Find more on their website here.

 

Information from the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA):

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources:

Food Safety: Consumer Resources
FDA, CDC, CDPH, and USDA have all stated that there are no reports at this time of human illnesses that suggests COVID-19 can be transmitted by food or food packaging. For more information please see our blog post.
Public Meetings:
Due to COVID-19, physically attending board and program meetings will be delayed or otherwise affected until further notice.

See more here.

 

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