It can be overwhelming trying to sift through all of the information related to COVID-19 and what it means for your business. Western Growers has created a COVID-19 Resources Page as a one-stop-shop for timely information and industry-specific guidance, tailored specifically to the needs of the grower and handler community. Additionally, you’ll find the best resource of all: the contact info for our staff. From HR and legal to food safety and insurance, WG staff is available to you, any time, to answer your questions and field your concerns.

Led by Representative Jimmy Panetta (CA-20), nine California Congressional representatives joined a group of more than 40 bipartisan, geographically-diverse Members of Congress in responding to the Department of State’s decision to suspend routine nonimmigrant visa processing in Mexico.

In a letter to Secretary Pompeo, the bipartisan group of lawmakers express deep concern that the suspension of visa processing will have a “disastrous effect on U.S. agriculture, further endangering our nation’s food supply in this time of national crisis.”

Cory Lunde

The Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) included food and agriculture workers in its initial list of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers, which is intended to ensure “continuity of functions critical to public health and safety, as well as economic and national security.”

Among the critical food and agriculture functions identified by CISA are farm workers and food manufacturer employees and their supplier employees.

Cory Lunde

As reported earlier this week, the U.S. Department of State suspended regular visa processing at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City and all U.S. consulates in Mexico in response to COVID-19. While the Administration did announce they will be prioritizing interview waiver cases for returning H-2A workers, the number of eligible workers under this protocol will still be vastly insufficient to meet the pending demand.

Cory Lunde

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