In a segment titled, “How the COVID-19 pandemic is sending American agriculture into chaos,” WG President & CEO, Dave Puglia, and WG Member, Jack Vessey of Vessey & Company, appeared on PBS Newshour to discuss the economic impact of the crisis on the fresh produce industry.

Highlighting the devastating on-farm consequences of the foodservice collapse, Vessey provided PBS Newshour camera crews with an exclusive look at his romaine fields as they were being plowed back into the ground.

Cory Lunde

Today, Calif. Governor Gavin Newsom issued an Executive Order that will give two weeks of supplemental paid sick leave to certain food sector workers if they are subject to a quarantine or isolation order or medical directive.

The Executive Order applies to workers in the food sector, including farmworkers, agricultural workers, those working in grocery stores and fast food chains, and delivery drivers. 

Full-time Food Sector Workers will be eligible for 80 hours of COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave if they are unable to work due to any of the following reasons:

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with the support of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), has announced a temporary final rule to change certain H-2A requirements.

The rule allows farmers to immediately employ workers already in the country without waiting for approval from USCIS. It also allows workers to stay beyond the three-year maximum allowable period of stay in the U.S.

The following are key excerpts from the USDA release on the announcement:

Jason Resnick

CDFA has updated their list of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) vendors, which was created to connect industry growers, packers, storage facilities, and other agricultural entities with suppliers. To the extent they can, CDFA is verifying the vendor on a surface level. However, because CDFA cannot fully vet the vendors, the buyer has an obligation to do their own vetting.

Click here to access the updated list of PPE suppliers.

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