NCDA&CS Taking Preventive Measures to Help Farmers and Agribusinesses

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Adapted from a press release written by Rich Bonnano.

The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (NCDA&CS) is taking preventive measures in the event that the state issues a shelter-in-place order to help farmers and agribusinesses.

Update March 27 at 4 p.m.: The Governor as now issued a state-wide stay-at-home order scheduled to take effect Monday at 5 p.m.

The following documents are to be used as a notification method to notify law enforcement or anyone else that people carrying them are involved in the critical and essential industry of agriculture. These documents are intended for farmers, agribusinesses and industry partners.

Notice of Essential Food and Agriculture Employee

  • The organization should complete and sign the form, which their designated employees can keep with them during necessary work activities and travel.

Letter to N.C. Law Enforcement Regarding Essential Food and Agriculture Employees

NCDA&CS sent this letter on March 25, 2020, to the five largest law enforcement associations in North Carolina to provide notice about essential employees in the agriculture industry of North Carolina. We are sharing here so our farm and agribusiness contacts can have a copy for their records.

To reiterate, these resources are to keep North Carolina’s agribusiness industry flowing if there is an executive order further restricting movement in the state or to use at the local level. 

Find more information and resources on the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services COVID-19 Response site.