COVID-19 Information for Farmers and Farmworkers

California agriculture is vital to the nourishment of our citizens, our economy and our environment. From the farm, to the packing and/or processing plant, and into the hands of consumers, California’s bounty is in high demand this time of year.

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) acknowledges the hard work and dedication that it takes to bring these products to our table, and it is our priority to help ensure that all of agriculture is putting the health and wellness of our agriculture workers front and center as we continue to manage the COVID-19 pandemic.

We know it is important to have outreach and educational materials available to agriculture stakeholders. To help distill the latest guidance and resources, CDFA has created two flyers for farmers, ranchers and farmworkers, in English and Spanish.

COVID-19 Awareness for Agriculture offers straightforward advice on how to prevent, educate and respond to COVID-19. Prevention includes wearing a mask, cleaning and sanitizing frequently, and maintaining physical distance – including keeping everyone healthy by limiting visitors. Education includes staying up to date on the best prevention measures and sharing that information with California’s agriculture workforce in a way that is easy to understand and can be applied and reinforced at work and at home. Responses include knowing what to do if an employee tests positive for COVID-19, who to contact, and how employers can help support employees.

TIPS: Educating Farmworkers on COVID-19 reinforces and broadens the education component through highlighting what actions have worked best in the field for farmworker education.

CDFA is distributing these flyers to division/program contacts, CDFA marketing boards and commissions, affiliated associations, county agricultural commissioners and others. CDFA field staff also will carry copies.

Visit CDFA’s COVID-19 Resources for Food and Agriculture to view these and additional materials that are part of CDFA’s continuous effort to support California’s vibrant farming and ranching community.

From Planting Seeds Blog, July 14, 2020

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