Agriculture & Food Production Health Guidelines
The Economic and Community Recovery Navigator’s office worked with a diverse set of industry representatives to draft industry-specific health guidelines and best practices for reopening. These draft health guidelines are meant to support Hawaiʻi businesses to prepare for and effectively manage the safety of employees and customers as they resume operations during the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.
Frequently Asked Questions
Producers now have more time to repay Marketing Assistance Loans (MAL), as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s implementation of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020. The loans now mature at 12 months rather than nine, and this flexibility is available for most commodities.
USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) are continuing to receive and process applications for key programs, including:
- Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage programs (deadline for 2020 is June 30);
- Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus and other disaster assistance programs; and
- FSA and NRCS conservation programs.
Producers can also still receive assistance with conservation planning and acreage reporting.
No. There is no evidence to suggest that food produced in the United States can transmit COVID-19. Additionally, currently there is no evidence of food or food packaging being associated with transmission of COVID-19.
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