California Prune Industry Standing Together
Food & Agriculture has never been more important and together we are all an essential part of the supply chain that feeds and nourishes our communities around the globe. The California Prune Board is adapting to changes in daily operations as many in our industry are doing as well. We remain focused on staying nimble and providing information and resources that bridge continuity and being prepared for the future.
This page offers a variety of resources that will inform you about how to be best prepared in your operations as well as insight on what California Prunes is doing to pivot amid new updates each week.
Keeping Your Workers Safe During Harvest
Harvest is a critical time to protect your employees, especially if your crew is traveling from another worksite or harvest. Use the links below to stay informed of current health safety guidelines as well as future opportunities for reimbursements.
- The CDFA has compiled a list of free and up-to-date worker safety resources.
- This document can be posted and shared with employees and offers straightforward advice on how to prevent, educate, and respond to COVID-19.
- This document reinforces and broadens the education component by highlighting what actions have worked best in the field for farmworker education.
Safety Tips in English and Spanish
As harvest intensifies throughout the state, the California Department of Public Health is offering new public education resources, specifically with the needs of the farmworker community in mind. The materials are available in both Spanish and English versions and are ready for download and distribution below.
Financial Relief Updates
The Small Business Administration (SBA) provides disaster assistance related to COVID-19. Details include:
- Paycheck Protection Program (PPP): The PPP is providing small businesses with the resources they need to maintain payroll, hire back employees who may have been laid off, and cover applicable overhead. The enclosed PDF provides a top-line overview of PPP.
On June 6, the President signed legislation providing more flexibility and relief for small businesses, including extending the covered period for loan forgiveness from eight weeks after the date of loan disbursement to 24 weeks and lowering the requirements that 75 percent of a borrower’s loan proceeds must be used for payroll costs to 60 percent. Please see the following resources that you can use as a potential PPP borrower:
- More Information
- Search Tool: Find an Eligible Lender
- Lender Match
- Borrower Application Form
- Applicable Affiliation Rules
- How to Calculate Maximum Loan Amounts
- Loan Forgiveness Application Form EZ Instructions
- Loan Forgiveness Application Form EZ
- Loan Forgiveness Application Instructions
- Loan Forgiveness Application (Spanish version)
- Guidance on Refinance of EIDL Loans with PPP Loan Proceeds and Lender Remittance of EIDL Refinance Proceeds to SBA
- The Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) is available to all eligible agricultural businesses with 500 or fewer employees. Access to the EIDL loan application is included here.
Financial Help Resources
We are Here to Help
For specific questions or needs about navigating COVID-19 from a communications perspective. At all times – and especially now – please consider the California Prune Board team as a resource to you. We can discuss your specific situation, as well as connect you with other communications experts who can help as needed. Please reach Kiaran Locy at [email protected] to discuss tools, resources and support that may be helpful to you.
To that end, please download the Essential Employee Designation Letter templates (in English and Spanish) below for your use. You are welcome to adapt and share with your employees who may require proof of their essential employment status.
Please see the enclosed link to the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the U.S. Department of Labor on COVID-19 prevention and control in agricultural settings (issued June 3, 2020).
COVID-19 Status and General Information
COVID-19 Global Updates
State and County Status and Resources
Labor Implications & Support
The following monitoring report offers a range of headlines about food, agriculture, and COVID-19. Coverage will be posted each Friday reflecting important news of the week.