Jul 13, 2020Florida farms surveyed to get update on worker issues during pandemic
The COVID-19 crisis has hit Florida’s agricultural industry hard with new challenges on how to protect workers who are essential to keeping our nation’s food supply flowing.
The UF/IFAS Extension team that works with producers and food processors is interested in understanding the barriers that the industry is currently facing with COVID-19 and the work force. The team has created a survey asking those directly involved in food production and processing how they can assist with training needs during this crisis.
“Agricultural workers are considered essential workers during this crisis and have been on the job from day one,” said Christine Kelly-Begazo at UF/IFAS Extension Indian River County. “The information learned from this survey will directly impact what the training we provide this summer and fall.”
Industry representatives can take a quick, 10 question, on-line survey at https://ufl.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1IjYGU4fiiawUzH. All answers will be kept strictly confidential. Questions or comments may be directed to Christine Kelly-Begazo, UF IFAS Indian River County Extension, 772-226-4316.
– Ruth Borger, University of Florida