Today, WG joined 44 allied associations from across the country in issuing a letter to the 50 state governors urging consistency in defining food and agriculture as “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers” in all state COVID-19 response plans.

Referencing the guidance provided by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, the letter calls on each governor to ensure that workers, facilities and services be allowed to continue to operate regardless of any shelter-in-place or shut down orders.

Cory Lunde

On Monday, March 23rd, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey issued an Executive Order stating that no Arizona county or city “may make or issue any order, rule or regulation that restricts or prohibits any person from performing any function” designated as an essential function.

The order defines an essential function as one that “promotes the public health, safety and welfare of the state or assists other in fulfilling such functions.”

Cory Lunde

On March 20th, WG President and CEO Dave Puglia issued a letter to California Governor Gavin Newsom requesting a formal pause on new regulations impacting the state’s agriculture industry amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the letter, Puglia requests that Governor Newsom initiate a formal pause “for all open public comment periods concerning both active rulemakings and non-rulemaking (e.g., informal stakeholder) processes that affect agriculture.”

Cory Lunde

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