COVID-19: Industry Resources

Last Updated: June 8, 2021
The COVID-19 situation is evolving rapidly.  USA Rice is curating the best resources for our industry and including them here.  

If you can't find what you are looking for, please email GATeam@usarice.com.  For media inquiries, please email media@usarice.com.

Consumer information and resources can be found here.

Food Safety

Food Safety Protocol

Food Safety Protocol 

Visit FDA's "Food Safety and the Coronavirus Disease 19" page for the most up-to-date information on Food Safety Protocol during the pandemic. 

Food & Drug Administration

U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA)

Farm & Markets

Farm Service Agency

Farm Service Agency


Visit USDA's Farm Service Agency webpage for the most up-to-date information on Coronavirus and USDA assistance for Farmers. 

Agriculture Workforce (H-2A Visa Program)

H-2A Visa Program

USDA continues to update its website with information and guidance at www.farmers.gov/manage/h2a.

For solutions impacting agriculture labor visas, email AgLabor@usda.gov. This email account has been set up by USDA to receive stakeholder comments. Please copy GATeam@usarice.com so we can assist you, also.

Business Operations

Guidance for Workplace

Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to COVID-19

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) released guidance for businesses and employers to plan and respond to COVID-19. 

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has developed a website to detail the change and relaxation of OSHA standards in regard to COVID-19. OSHA has also created guidance for preparing a workplace for the possible outbreak of COVID-19.  This document details how to reduce the impact of the virus on your workplace based on traditional infection prevention and industrial hygiene practices.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is increasing the availability of surface disinfectants for use against COVID-19. List N: Disinfectants for use against SARS-CoV-2 (List N) now contains over 360 products and has enhanced functionality to allow users to sort these products by surface type and use site. EPA is also continuing to expedite the review process for new disinfectants.

EPA has also released guidance regarding the annual pesticide safety training requirements outlined in the Agricultural Worker Protection Standard (WPS) that offers flexibility during the COVID-19 public health emergency. In response, the guidance aims to inform agricultural employers and handler employers of flexibilities available under the WPS to allow continued protection for employees and agricultural production: 

  • EPA encourages in-person training if workplace protections to maintain a healthy work environment are able to be implemented. For example, an employer may be able to provide pesticide safety training outside, in smaller than usual groups with well-spaced participants.
  • Alternatively, WPS training can be presented remotely, provided all WPS training requirements are met.
  • The employer is ultimately responsible for ensuring the training meets all requirements outlined in the WPS. For example, the training must still be presented in a manner the trainees can understand, in an environment reasonably free from distractions, and cover the full training content using EPA-approved training materials.
  • Once the training ends, the employer must document successful completion under a qualified trainer.

To read the guidance in full and to learn more about EPA’s Worker Protection Standard, visit EPA's webpage.

Trade

Border Closings/Travel Advisories

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

DHS has released joint statements with each Canada and Mexico in regards to COVID-19 and the Canadian and Mexican borders. More details can be found below:

U.S. Department of State

The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. More information here

Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP)


Visit https://www.farmers.gov/pandemic-assistance/cfap for the most up-to-date information on the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program payments.

CFAP 3
The COVID-19 Aid/Fiscal Year 2021 spending package was signed into law late December 2020. The ag provisions of the bill include $13 billion allocated to ag programs, including $11.2 billion for CFAP 3 payments. USDA has not yet made an announcement regarding the third round of CFAP payments. 

CFAP 2
USDA announced an expansion of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program on September 17. Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2, CFAP 2, provided producers with financial assistance to absorb some of the increased marketing costs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

CFAP 1
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) on April 17, 2020 in response to COVID-19. This program took several actions to assist farmers, ranchers, and consumers. Direct payments were based on actual losses due to prices and markets impacted by COVID-19. Commodity procurement was focused on beef, dairy, pork, fruits and vegetables. More known details are available here.

Federal & State Government Actions

State Government Actions

Additional Resources

USA Rice News

USA Rice COVID-19 News