COVID-19 Resources Page
Dear WG Members,
There is a flood of information – and misinformation – pouring in related to SARS CoV 2 (the virus) and COV 19 (the disease). Western Growers has a full team of staff experts sifting and sorting through this information to find what is useful for our grower and handler members, but this is complicated by the rapidly-evolving nature of the outbreak and public response. In these challenging times, please know that our staff is available as a resource for you, and we pledge that if we don’t know the answer to your question or concern, we will work earnestly to find it on your behalf. You can find our staff contact information broken down by subject matter expertise listed below.
President & CEO
The information on this page was last updated Monday, April 6th, 2020. Applications for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) open TODAY and are on a first come, first served basis. $349 billion has been authorized for small business with up to 500 employees. The PPP provides forgivable loans meant to cover the next 8 weeks of payroll costs, including benefits. Funds can also be used to pay interest on mortgages, rent and utilities. In order for the loan to be forgiven, payroll levels and wages must be maintained through June 30, 2020. The covered period begins February 15, 2020 and ends on June 30, 2020. If you’re a borrower, more information can be found here. Click here for the final borrower application form. This is NOT the Economic Injury Disaster Program, which is a low-interest, non-forgivable loan program which currently excludes agricultural operations.
Of Utmost Importance
This is “transition” time, which has historically proven to be a time of system vulnerability to foodborne illness – click below to access a list of recommendations WG has developed for leafy green growers that apply to many other crops. While SARS CoV 2 is not a foodborne pathogen, the industry should remain keenly focused on food safety to ensure we don’t compound a pandemic with an outbreak of E. coli or other foodborne pathogen.