Impact of COVID-19 on Agriculture

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With the coronavirus pandemic, we’re facing a crisis the likes of which none of us has experienced before. Times like these remind us all of the importance of ensuring our nation’s food security, and we want to assure Americans that agriculture remains on call 24/7.
—  Zippy Duvall, AFBF President

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Lessons from COVID-19

One of the best things our government can do to help kickstart the farm economy is commit to long-range policies. We’ve had enough uncertainty. It will take time to re-establish supply chains and markets. We need a clear, sustained focus on stimulating economic growth.  

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Americans Support COVID-19 Aid to Farmers; Trust Remains High

Trust in America’s farmers and ranchers remains high amid the devastating blow delivered by the COVID-19 pandemic. A new American Farm Bureau Federation poll shows 84% of Americans trust the nation’s farmers and the same overwhelming majority support financial assistance from the government for farmers struggling to keep from going under because of the pandemic.

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Worker Safety is Top Concern for Washington Farmer

From mandatory masks and sanitization of facilities to social distancing and regular self-checks, farmers, like Washington Bulb Company’s Polly Welch, are putting their employees’ wellness front and center during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Challenges and Opportunities of Improving a Critical Link of the Ag Supply Chain

Rural roads’ significant deficiencies have created many challenges -- and opportunities -- to improving the efficiency of the agricultural supply chain. However, America’s ability to address its rural transportation challenges is threatened by a significant decrease in state transportation revenues due to the COVID-19 pandemic, an existing backlog of surface transportation projects and the continued need for regulatory flexibility.

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#StillFarming

Whether they’re readying the soil for spring planting, tending to crops that have already sprouted, feeding and milking their dairy cows or looking after their cattle, chickens and pigs, farmers and ranchers take very seriously their commitment to fill grocery store shelves with safe, affordable food.

We remain committed to providing safe and healthy food for neighbors near and far.
—  Amy France, Kansas crop and beef farmer
From our farm to our medical practice, my family is still on the frontlines as we feed and care for our community.
—  Matt Niswander, Tennessee cattleman and family nurse practitioner
We continue to press on, animals still need care, crops still need to be harvested and families still need food.
—  Jenny Holtermann, California almond grower
I’m honored to continue my family's legacy of growing food for my family and yours through these uncertain times.
—  Brian Jones, Florida produce grower

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Farm Resources

Below are resources and communications tools to help farmers and their employees continue to work safely and prevent the spread of COVID-19 in rural communities. Please contact your local Farm Bureau for up-to-date guidance and state-specific resources.