COVID-19 Documentation for Essential Agriculture Workers

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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. Please see the two linked documents below and share with your farmers, agribusinesses, commodity partners and other pertinent contacts.

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. Again, these documents should be distributed to farms, agribusinesses and industry partners.

Notice of Essential Food & 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 NC Law Enforcement Regarding Essential Food & 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. Thank you for your ongoing support of N.C. agriculture.

You can find more information and resources on the following websites:

North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services COVID-19 Response Site

NC State Extension COVID-19 Resources & Information