With peak season for many labor-intensive commodities quickly approaching, USDA has compiled a list of potential federal, state, and philanthropic alternative housing opportunities for seasonal farmworkers.

Because farmworker housing is typically communal, which could increase the risk for spreading COVID-19, the federal government is gathering housing-related resources designed to protect worker safety and maintain critical working infrastructure.

Cory Lunde

On Tuesday, June 9, Western Growers, United Fresh Produce Association and the American Frozen Food Institute held an industry stakeholder discussion to review COVID-19 guidance for produce operations.

Click here to access a recording of the call.

The three organizations have teamed up to develop COVID-19 guidance for the produce industry, which is a companion document to the recently-released guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL).

Cory Lunde

I receive daily inquiries from our shipper-members concerning problems on sales transactions happening on a real-time basis, or after the fact, and the member is endeavoring to arrive at a resolution. On such occasions, the inquiring-caller tells me that a federal inspection for condition and quality was secured at contract destination and he/she has granted the buyer Protection. My immediate follow up question is always to ask the caller what Protection means to them. Needless to say, I receive many unique explanations.

Bryan Nickerson


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