COVID-19 Advisory: WSU Extension is working to keep our communities safe. All Extension programming is being provided virtually, postponed, or canceled. Effective March 16, 2020, WSU Extension county offices and WSU Research & Extension Centers will be closed to the public. We are available via email, phone, and webconference.
Farm Labor during COVID-19 Resources
Below are current resources that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have released to support food sector and agricultural workers and employers in response to COVID-19. Visit here for more information on Covid-19.
Agriculture Workers and Employers – Interim Guidance from CDC and the U.S. Department of Labor. Farm operations vary across regions of the country. This guidance provides a template of action to protect agriculture workers from coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Agricultural employers can adapt these recommendations to protect workers at their particular work sites or in specific work operations.
Agricultural Employer Checklist for Creating a COVID-19 Assessment and Control Plan – To prevent and slow the spread of COVID-19, agricultural employers can use this checklist to create a COVID-19 assessment and control plan for applying specific preparation, prevention, and management measures. This checklist has been developed based on the Agriculture Workers and Employers Interim Guidance from CDC and the U.S. Department of Labor.
Administrators of shared or congregate housing – This guidance was created to help owners, administrators, or operators of shared (also called “congregate”) housing facilities – working together with residents, staff, and public health officials – prevent the spread of COVID-19.
As an employer, farms have legal responsibilities when hiring employees, interns, apprentices and volunteers. The resources below are meant to provide an overview of your responsibilities as a farm business.