COVID-19 Industry resources

The NGFA has compiled resources that may help NGFA-member companies navigating the impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19). Several updates from relevant federal agencies are listed below. 

NGFA recommends consulting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization for public health information. 

Contact NGFA by emailing staff members directly, emailing ngfa@ngfa.org or calling 202-289-0873 for staff extensions. Read more in the "Notice on NGFA Office Operations."

State List of Contacts for COVID-19 - This document contains both state and local contacts for coronavirus information.

State-by-State COVID-19 Information: The National Governors Association compiled current information on the status of COVID-19 and what actions states/territories have taken to address it.

Department of Homeland Security

Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA): Guidance on Identifying Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers (March 28, 2020) - Food and agriculture is considered "essential critical infrastructure" sector. Document updated March 28 with specific references to grain, oilseed handlers, processors and distributors, as well as agribusinesses.

FEMA Coronavirus Rumor Control: Rumors can easily circulate within communities during a crisis, stay informed with our updated myth vs. facts related to the federal (COVID-19) response.

National Business Emergency Operations Center (NBEOC) Dashboard: List of COVID-19 Resources for Private Sector

Situation Report - March 30, 2020 

U.S. Department of Agriculture 

Frequently Asked Questions and USDA Actions to Respond to COVID-19

USDA Continues Focus on Service During COVID-19 Outbreak - March 17, 2020 

Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Administrator Bruce Summers issued this letter on March 13, 2020.

USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Administrator issued an update on agency operations to protect health and safety of employees and customers on March 16, 2020. 

Trucking/Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

Waiver in Response to the COVID-19 Emergency – For States, CDL Holders, CLP Holders, and Interstate Drivers Operating Commercial Motor Vehicles: Issued March 24, FMCSA grants, until June 30, 2020, a waiver from certain regulations applicable to interstate and intrastate commercial driver’s license (CDL) and commercial learner’s permit (CLP) holders and to other interstate drivers operating commercial motor vehicles (CMVs).

FMCSA Emergency Declaration Providing Regulatory Relief

Trucking-related COVID-19 Emergency Announcements by State: The American Trucking Association is tracking the following issues across the 50 states: Closures of state driver license agencies; CDL expiration date extensions; new CLP and CDL issuance / testing restrictions; increased size and weight limits; and parking and rest stop availability.

Restrictions on Crossing Borders with Canada and Mexico (NOTE: Importantly, cross border trade is still allowed, e.g., truck drivers and rail operators): 

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

OSHA Alert: Prevent Worker Exposure to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19

OSHA Safety and Health Topics - COVID-19: This section highlights OSHA standards and directives (instructions for compliance officers) and other related information that may apply to worker exposure to novel coronavirus, COVID-19.

U.S. Department Of Labor Publishes Guidance Explaining Paid Sick Leave And Expanded Family and Medical Leave Under "The Families First Coronavirus Response Act": The guidance – provided in a Fact Sheet for Employees, a Fact Sheet for Employers and a Questions and Answers document – addresses critical questions, such as how an employer must count the number of their employees to determine coverage; how small businesses can obtain an exemption; how to count hours for part-time employees; and how to calculate the wages employees are entitled to under this law.

Food and Drug Administration

Temporary Policy for Preparation of Certain Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer Products During the Public Health Emergency (COVID-19) - This guidance document updated March 27 allows allow the use of corn-based ethanol in the production of hand sanitizer. 
 
FDA COVID-19 Briefing for Food Stakeholders - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hosted a March 18 stakeholder call to discuss food safety and food supply questions related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Guidance for Industry: Temporary Policy Regarding Preventive Controls and FSVP Food Supplier Verification Onsite Audit Requirements During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

FDA issues fact sheet on safely distributing unused human food for animal food use during COVID-19 - March 27, 2020

FDA helps facilitate veterinary telemedicine during COVID-19 pandemic - March 24, 2020
 
FDA Issues Temporary Policy for FSMA Onsite Audit Requirements - March 17, 2020

FDA Updates: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

NGFA COVID-19 Communications

NGFA, ag groups, request all states increase truck weight limits: In a March 30 letter, the NGFA and more than 60 agricultural groups requested each state increase truck weight limits on highways within its jurisdiction to a “minimum harmonized weight” of 88,000 pounds.

NGFA, ag groups, request expansion of hours-of-service exemption for all agricultural haulers during COVID-19 pandemic: In a March 25 letter to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the NGFA and 53 other agricultural groups urged that the agency grant relief from federal drive time rules for all truck drivers hauling agricultural goods. 

Ag Letter to Governors on Essential Workforce: In a March 24 letter to all 50 state governors, more than 40 agricultural groups, including the NGFA, requested that each state’s response plan reflect the Department of Homeland Security’s designation of the food and agriculture workforce as “essential critical infrastructure.” 

Food Industry Letter to White House, Congress on COVID-19: In a March 18, 2020, letter to federal, state and local elected officials, more than 40 groups representing the food, beverage, and consumer packaged goods industries, including NGFA, requested assistance clarifying businesses that are exempt from local gathering bans and curfews.

NGFA Contact Info
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Email: ngfa@ngfa.org