COVID-19

New agricultural worker testing order issued in Michigan

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has issued a new agricultural worker testing order, replacing the August 2020 order in its entirety. The June 2021 order includes a new definition for agricultural work, clarifies... more »

Plan to vaccinate H-2A temporary workers shared by ag employers’ group

The National Council of Agricultural Employers announced June 21 that the council’s ongoing collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control has resulted in another opportunity to protect farmworkers from COVID-19. “Earlier this year, NCAE members... more »

Retail demand for fruit and vegetables remains ‘robust’

While many aspects of the shopping trip have started to normalize, the weekly consumer demand for fresh fruits and vegetables continues to be robust compared with the 2019 pre-pandemic baseline. According to the May wave... more »

Michigan health order keeps most COVID testing rules in place

A new Michigan Department of Health an Human Services order that finally accounts for the COVID-19 vaccination status of agricultural workers is presenting several new concerns for Michigan farmers. The Michigan Department of Health an Human... more »

Farmers get help bringing COVID-19 vaccines to California fields

Farmers and agricultural employers can protect their business and their employees by supporting workers’ access to COVID-19 vaccines. It’s now faster and easier for farmers to help their workers get vaccinated, thanks to a new... more »

Fully vaccinated ag workers exempted from routine testing in Michigan

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has updated its Order for COVID-19 testing for agricultural employees. New CDC guidance allows for fully vaccinated individuals in this category to be exempt from routine screening... more »

Aid for specialty crop entities included in Pandemic Assistance for Producers

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced June 15 additional aid to agricultural producers and businesses as part of the USDA Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative. The funding includes $700 million in Pandemic Response and Safety... more »

Florida farmworkers needing help during pandemic can call hotline

Florida farmworkers statewide can call a toll-free number, 1-844-44FARMWORKERS (OR 1-844-443-2769) to get free legal assistance with issues on the rise because of the COVID-19 crisis, including access to vaccines. Florida Rural Legal Services (FRLS),... more »

Ag groups react as Washington state repeals COVID-19 rules for workers

Following ongoing appeals by Washington state’s leading agricultural groups, state regulators announced May 28 that fully vaccinated farmworkers do not have to wear a mask or socially distance at work or in congregate housing facilities,... more »

FDA urges vaccines for migratory food and agriculture workers

As the vaccine supply increases in the U.S., the Food and Drug Administration is encouraging the leadership and management of food facilities to support vaccinations for migrant and seasonal food and agriculture workers. "When an... more »

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