COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Updates and Resources for the Seed Industry

Below is a list of available COVID-19 resources and updates for the seed industry from various trade associations and government agencies. We suggest you visit these sites often for updated information. We will continue to provide links in future emails and will add others we become aware of that may also be of value.

California Food and Agriculture is Critical Infrastructure for California and the Nation

Statement by California Department of Food and Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross concerning the critical nature of California ag businesses and the continued operation of support services in the public and private sectors.

The statement can be found here.

List of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers

Employer Resources: Sample Letter for Employees of Essential Services
Governor Newsom has emphasized that Californians working in 16 critical infrastructure sectors-which includes food and agriculture-may continue their work because of the importance of these sectors to Californians' health and well-being. It is critically importantly the food supply be maintained. 

Sample Letter to Employees The California Department of Food and Agriculture has added a new section to its website with information for California's agriculture industry.

This can be found here. We suggest you bookmark this and visit regularly for updates. 

U.S. Centers for Disease Control
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)—Resources for Businesses and Employers

Download the Full Guidance Statement Here



American Seed Trade Association 
Click here

ASTA created a central information website for all of the COVID-19 information related to seed that we have collected and vetted.  We hope that you and your members will find it a valuable resource for all seed-related inquiries.  The link can be found here: 

Guidance on Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family and Medical Leave Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Today, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) announced its first round of published guidance to provide information to employees and employers about how each will be able to take advantage of the protections and relief offered by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) when it takes effect on April 1, 2020. 

Read the full press release here

U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

California Labor and Workforce Development Agency
Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) Resources for Employers and Workers

UC Berkeley Labor Occupational Health Program
COVID-19 Worker Health Resources

California Ag Commissioners
Contact Information for California Ag Commissioners