Onion Industry Information regarding Coronavirus
The government’s response to the coronavirus outbreak is of paramount importance to the onion industry as it affects almost every facet: from workforce issues to supplies. Below is a list of resources for industry members affected by the outbreak.
- Department of Homeland Security issues temporary travel ban with Mexico. This limits temporarily the travel of individuals from Mexico into the United States at land ports of entry along the United States-Mexico border to “essential travel” only until April 20. Read the document here.
- If you work in any capacity of growing food, inspecting food for safety, or delivering food, you are on the list of essential workers that will not be required to stay home. Check the list here.
- In case of a shelter-in-place order, you’ll want to keep your essential employees working. Here are some sample travel forms.
- The USDA will share updates and resources related to the coronavirus as it affects the H2-A workforce program here.
- Letter to state governors requesting uniformity in issuance of travel forms/regulations for essential workers. Download letter here.
- The NOA signed onto a letter from the Pesticide Policy Coalition to the president applauding efforts to protect the nation’s food supply and workforce. Read the letter here.
- If you are a part of the “essential workforce,” download this letter to carry with you at all times during your work day.
- You may be eligible for the Paycheck Protection Program. Your questions answered here.
- The NOA has signed onto a letter from United Fresh Produce Association and Western Growers urging the USDA to develop a market stabilization plan to help the fruit and vegetable sector that was devastated by the shutdown of the foodservice supply chain. Read the letter here.