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.

COVID-19 Resource Center

Financial Relief Updates

On April 24, 2020 additional funds were made available for Small Business Administration (SBA) programs providing disaster assistance related to COVID-19. Details include:

  • The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) received an additional $310 billion – with $60 billion set aside for delivery only by smaller banks, credit unions, and Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs). Additional PPP-related information is enclosed in the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) resource tab below. Access to the PPP loan application is included here.
  • The Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance received an additional $50 billion of EIDL “loan subsidy” as well as $10 billion in additional EIDL Advances. At this time, only agricultural business applications will be accepted due to limitations in funding availability. SBA is encouraging all eligible agricultural businesses with 500 or fewer employees wishing to apply to begin preparing their business financial information needed for their application. 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.

The document below from Cal/OSHA contains safety and health guidance regarding COVID-19 Infection Prevention for Agricultural Employers and Employees.

View guidance

COVID-19 Status and General Information

COVID-19 Testing

COVID-19 Global Updates

State and County Status and Resources

Agricultural Resources

Labor Implications & Support

Food Safety

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.


Friday, May 15 – Thursday, May 21, 2020

California Ag Industry and Trade Headlines
Tell it to Me Straight; Just how Vulnerable is our Food Supply? The Packer
Farmers: COVID-19 Aid Signup Begins May 26 Western Farm Press
Specialty Crop Growers to get $2.1 Billion in Direct Payments Western Farm Press
USDA Releases Plan on $2.1 Billion in COVID-19 Payments to Growers The Packer
Employers Face Worker Outbreaks, Protests, Safety Hurdles in COVID-19 The Packer
COVID-19 Precautions and Protocols are Driving Up Cost of Production Fresh Plaza
USDA Officials Offer Details on COVID-19 Aid Program Western Farm Press
Goodwill Efforts Emerge During COVID-19 Pandemic Western Farm Press
Manage Your Land Rent Risk for 2021 Western Farm Press
Pandemic Affects Mental Health, But Diet Can Help Grocery Business
Food Trends
Snacks Shift Toward the ‘New Normal’ Progressive Grocer
Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: Consumers Embrace Local, Organic Food Amid Coronavirus Pandemic Food Navigator
Supply Chain
Farming Continues During Pandemic, With A Few Tweaks Farm Progress
Consumers Place a High Level of Trust in Food During Pandemic, Survey Says Food Dive
Farm Survival Strategies in COVID-19 Era Farm Progress
10 Tips for Navigating Your Farm Through Coronavirus Successful Farming
Consumer Concern for Employee Wellbeing Impacts Perception of Food Safety, Access, Research Shows Food Navigator
Farming Continues During Pandemic, With a Few Tweaks Farm Progress
Boxes Remain the Backbone of the American Supply Chain Grocery Business
Local Farms See Sales Skyrocket Via Facebook Agri-Pulse
Economic Landscape and Policy
USDA Rolls Out New COVID-19 Payments for Farmers & Ranchers Agri-Pulse
Trump Launches Coronavirus Aid to Agriculture, With a $750,000 Top Payment Successful Farming
Inslee to Add to General-safety Rules for Farms Capital Press
White House Clears Way for Coronavirus Payments Agri-Pulse


Monitoring Report for 5.8 – 5.15.2020

Monitoring Report for 5.1 – 5.8.2020

Monitoring Report for 4.24 – 5.1.2020

Monitoring Report for 4.17 – 4.24.2020

Monitoring Report for 4.10 – 4.17.2020

Monitoring Report for 4.3 – 4.10.2020

Monitoring Report for 3.27 – 4.3.2020