Helpful resources for those with questions about the coronavirus

APRIL 1, 2020: Executive Order: Essential Services & Activities During COVID-19 Emergency by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis

The food and agriculture industry is defined as critically essential by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security during this time as the country continues to navigate through COVID-19. Download this template letter to keep with you for proof if you are employed in agriculture or one of the other essential critical infrastructure sectors. The letter will provide information on why your travel to and from work, as well as other duties assigned, are essential during COVID-19.

Federal agencies are are doing everything they can to as to not disrupt the food supply chain for American citizens. If you have questions about the coronavirus, or if you are fielding questions from others, FFVA offers the following helpful resources on a variety of topics below.

Please email if you have further questions. from the White House and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Food Safety and the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Coronavirus Guidelines for America from the Administration
Keeping Workplaces, Homes, Schools and Business Safe from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Coronavirus: Consumer Resource Page 
from United Fresh Produce Association
COVID-19 and Food Safety at Grocery Stores from the University of Florida IFAS Extension
Assurance about food safety and supply for people and animals during COVID-19  from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Assistance for American Workers and Families from the IRS

 - Guidance on essential critical infrastructure workers during COVID-19 from the Dept. of Homeland Security
     - Download this document from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services or this document from the Administration to show your business or job is critically essential during COVID-19. 
     - Food Industry Recommended Protocols When Employee/Customer Tests Positive for COVID- 19
(Updated as of 3/25/20) from the  U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
     - Social Distancing in Food Manufacturing Facilities related to COVID-19 from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
 Registered Antimicrobial Products for Use Against Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2
 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
FOR EXPORTERS: Assistance to U.S. Customers and Lenders Amid COVID-19 Outbreak fact sheet from the Export-Import Bank of the U.S.
FOR SUPPLIER VERIFICATION: Consumer Brands Alternate Supplier Verification in Emergency Situations from Consumer Brands Association

FOR TRANSPORTATION: Emergency Road Use Permit Letter truck weight waiver from the Florida Dept. of TransportationVisit the Department of Transportation’s website and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's website to keep up with news and alerts.
FOR WORKFORCE: Visit to keep up news and alerts on H-2A agricultural guest worker visas.

FOR WORKER SAFETY: Food Supply Chain Worker Safety Guidelines  by the Florida Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services
FOR U-PICK FARMS: FAQ for U-Pick Farms
and Steps for Farm Managers from the University of Florida IFAS Extension
     - USDA Relief Measures to Help Rural Residents, Businesses and Communities Affected by COVID-19 from USDA Rural Development
     Key Provisions of “COVID III”, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act from United Fresh Produce Association
FOR PACA: FAQs Related to the COVID-19 Impact on the Fruit and Vegetable Industry from the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service

Required FFCRA Poster and FAQ
from the U.S. Dept. of Labor. Employers must post a notice to current employees informing them of their rights under the Act.  
COVID-19 and the American Workplace and its effects on FLSA, FMLA and FFCRA 
from the U.S. Dept. of Labor Wage and Hour Division.
Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19
from the U.S. Dept. of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration
FAQs for Employers on COVID-19 from the Fisher Phillips law firm with whom FFVA works with.
FAQs for H-2A Employers Regarding COVID-19 from CJ Lake law firm with whom the National Council of Agriculture Employers works with.

SBA Disaster Assistance Resources and the Paycheck Protection Program's Assistance for Small Businesses from the U.S. Small Business Administration
COVID-19 posters for Spanish employees here and here and for French employees here from the Centers for Disease and Control Prevention

Florida's COVID-19 Data and Surveillance Dashboard from the Florida Dept. of Health, Division of Disease Control and Health Protection
COVID-19 Global Cases Dashboard
 by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at John Hopkins University