March 19, 2020

Food and Agriculture Identified as Critical Infrastructure Workers During COVID-19 Response

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.

CISA advises that the critical functions listed should continue normal operations unless modified to account for Centers for Disease Control workforce and customer protection guidelines.   

While advisory in nature, CISA is offering this list to assist state and local officials in “prioritizing activities related to continuity of operations and incident response, including the appropriate movement of critical infrastructure workers within and between jurisdictions.”

Click here to read the full CISA memorandum and complete list of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers