COVID-19: Industry Resources

Last Updated: March 23, 2022
USA Rice continues to curate the best resources for our industry related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

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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. 

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, as well as local FSA office operations.

Risk Management Agency

Risk Management Agency (RMA)

On January 27, 2022, the USDA Risk Management Agency (RMA) extended flexibilities due to coronavirus while continuing to support producers, working through Approved Insurance Providers (AIPs) to deliver services, including processing policies, claims and agreements.
Extended flexibilities include:  
  • Allowing notifications to be sent electronically, including policy related information over the phone or other electronic methods to select policy elections by sales closing, acreage reporting and production reporting dates, including options, endorsements and their forms.  Producers may sign electronically or within 60 calendar days.  
  • Allowing producers to submit a request for a written agreement after the sales closing date.  
  • Allowing producers with inability to physically sign a written agreement because of COVID-19 to do so after the expiration date.  
  • Providing additional time for AIPs to accept Regional Office Determined Yield, Master Yield, and Irrigated Determined Yield requests for Category B (annual) crops.    
  • Allowing AIPs to request a 30-day extension to submit Determined Yield requests for Category C (perennial) crops.  
  • Waiving the witness signature requirement for approval of Assignments of Indemnity. 
These flexibilities have been extended until June 30, 2022, or later. 

Agriculture Workforce (H-2A Visa Program)

H-2A Visa Program

USDA continues to update its website with information and guidance at

Business Operations

Guidance for Workplace

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

On January 25, 2022, OSHA withdrew the vaccination and testing emergency temporary standard. OSHA is continuing to update its website here with guidance and proposed rules in regards to COVID-19 and the workplace.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 

EPA will terminate the Temporary Amendment to Pesticide Registration (PR) Notice 98-10, effective September 15, 2022. Acknowledging that registrants have made changes in their supply chains and may require time to adjust their contractual commitments, EPA is providing 12 months’ notice before the termination takes effect. Registrants must ensure that by September 15, 2022, their product is produced using a source of active ingredient identified in the product’s approved confidential statement of formula or otherwise complies with the requirements of PR Notice 98-10.  

To read the memorandum addressing this termination, see EPA’s PR Notice 98-10 webpage.

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


Border Closings/Travel Advisories

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP)

On November 8, 2021, the U.S. lifted its ban on international travelers to enter the country.

Visit the travel section on the CDC website for more information regarding travel and COVID-19. 

U.S. Department of State

Visit the Department of State's website for more information on international travel and COVID-19. 

Additional Resources

USA Rice News

USA Rice COVID-19 News