Dairy farmers and industry professionals are monitoring public health and responding to market effects as coronavirus continues to shape every aspect of American life. This page offers NMPF-created and curated resources focused on dairy’s response to the pandemic. NMPF will continue working with lawmakers and regulators to ensure a safe and adequate supply of milk and to mitigate economic harm to dairy farmers during this challenging time.
Coronavirus precautions have vastly changed the dairy workplace since the public health crisis upended the nation last year. Dairy farmers have been proactively adjusting their operations and are implementing workforce best practices to mitigate risk and prevent and control the spread of coronavirus. Among the changes:
See below for an up-to-date listing of COVID-19 resources for dairy farmers. Also, visit the National Dairy FARM Program’s Workforce Development webpage for more information about the industry’s commitment to providing excellent workplaces for dairy farm families and their hired employees.
“We have been taking time to translate credible sources about the local region and providing educational materials about what COVID-19 is, and how workers can protect themselves. We posted resources around the farm and implemented health screening questions at the timeclock. We stepped up cleaning procedures on the farm and provided workers with extra cleaning and disinfecting products for their homes.” Libby Eiholzer, Ivy Lakes Dairy, Farmer Focus
Workforce Coronavirus Prevention and Management
The CDC provides clear guidance about preventing infection in both English and Spanish. It also provides a number of printable factsheets and posters in both languages suitable for workplace use. Below are resources dairy farmers are encouraged to review and use:
Milk Reduction and Disposal
The CDC has developed Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to plan, prepare and respond to COVID-19. The guidance may help prevent workplace exposures to COVID-19 and provides planning considerations should widespread, community outbreaks of COVID-19 occur.
All employers should be ready to implement strategies to protect workers from COVID-19 while ensuring continuity of operations. During a COVID-19 outbreak, all sick employees should stay home and away from the workplace, respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene should be encouraged, and routine cleaning of commonly touched surfaces should be performed regularly.
The American Trucking Associations has developed a COVID-19 webpage with relevant alerts, facts, and answers to frequently asked questions for industry stakeholders to use as a resource during this pandemic. The page is updated regularly with new information, and is a great source for issues regarding truck stop closings, state and federal declarations, Congressional actions and other developments that may be impacting truck drivers during this time. Additional hauling resources are listed below.
Congress passed and President Trump signed a significant legislative package in December that includes both additional COVID-19 stimulus as well as legislation to fund the federal government for the 2021 Fiscal Year. NMPF worked closely with Congress to secure a number of critical dairy-related provisions in the package including:
NMPF is working closely with USDA and Congress on implementation of this package as well as on subsequent rounds of relief. Subscribe to our newsletter to stay up-to-date with the latest developments on this bill.
Dairy farmers are eligible for funding for U.S. Small Business Administration loans through the Paycheck Protection Program and COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan program.
Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
SBA, in consultation with the U.S. Treasury Department, reopened the Paycheck Protection Program loan portal on Monday, Jan. 11.
COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program
The SBA is still accepting EIDL applications. Funds are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.
Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) 2
The application period for CFAP 2 closed on December 11. See below and visit farmers.gov/cfap for more information.