Updated Notice of Essential Food and Agricultural Employee Information and Form

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COVID-19 Resources for Farmers and Farmworkers

The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (NCDA&CS) is taking preventive measures in the event that the state issues a shelter-in-place order to help farmers and agribusinesses. Please see the two linked documents below and share with farmers, agribusinesses, commodity partners and other industry contacts.

The following documents are to be used as a notification method to notify law enforcement or anyone else that people carrying them are involved in the critical and essential industry of agriculture. Again, these documents should be distributed to farms, agribusinesses and industry partners.

Notice of Essential Food and Agriculture Employee

The farm or organization should complete and sign the form, which their designated employees can keep with them during necessary work activities and travel. Click below for the form.

Notice of Essential Food and Agriculture Employee Form

Letter to N.C. Law Enforcement Regarding Essential Food and Agriculture Employees

NCDA&CS sent this letter on March 25, 2020, to the five largest law enforcement associations in North Carolina to provide notice about essential employees in the agriculture industry of North Carolina. We are sharing here so our farm and agribusiness contacts can have a copy for their records. To read the letter click below.

Letter to N.C. Law Enforcement Regarding Essential Food and Agriculture Employees

To reiterate, these resources are to keep North Carolina’s agribusiness industry flowing if there is an executive order further restricting movement in the state or to use at the local level. Thank you for your ongoing support of North Carolina agriculture.

Guidance from DHSS for Ag Labor

Please visit the NCDHHS Interim coronavirus Disease Guidance for Migrant Farm Workers and There Employers. This will provide additional insight into developing a plan and what to do. These are recommendations but can help you with your plan. For more information on staffing and worker safety see our Farms & Agribusiness page.

Find more information and resources on the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services COVID-19 Response site and NC State Extension Covid-19 Resources and Information.

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