Worker Protection Guidance for Mills and Farmers

Worker Protection Guidance for Mills and Farmers

We are providing the attached documents to assist you, as you continue to farm and mill rice and confront the likelihood that employees contract the coronavirus.


Food Industry Recommend Protocols When Employee/Customer Tests Positive for COVID-19. This document provides guidance developed by leaders in the food industry including American Bakers Association (ABA), Food Industry Association (FMI), National Grocers Association and others relating to steps to take if an employee or customer becomes ill or tests positive for COVID-19.

The recommended protocol is very detailed and specific to food production facilities, distributors and wholesalers and includes many linked resources. We recommended you review and consider using this protocol in your business. Importantly, it will provide consistency in response among the food industry. 

OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 is also attached.  This detailed document provides extensive guidance on steps to reduce risk to exposure, worker risk exposure levels and guidance on developing policies and procedures. 


The attached Monterey County Advisory for Ag Worker Protection is a useful tool for farms to follow as you work to protect your employees in your operation. This is the most specific farm level information we have sourced to date. 

Document – Food Industry Recommended Protocols

Document –  OSHA 3660

Document – Advisory for Agricultural Worker Protection

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By Tyson Redpath, The Russell Group 

Upon further review from the Biden Administration, U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today the USDA will begin processing payments for applications made for additional assistance under the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP-AA). That additional CFAP 2 assistance of $20 per acre for producers of eligible flat-rate commodities including California rice will be made in accordance with the Consolidated Appropriations Act from December, 2020.

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