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.

prune plums on tree

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.
COVID-19 Resource Center

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.

Safety Guidance – Tips for Traveling Safely to Work and Staying Safe Upon Return to Home
Infographic: English or Spanish

COVID-19 – Basic Safety Tips
Infographic: English or Spanish

Prunes on drying racks

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:

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 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.

July 2020

California Ag Industry and Trade Headlines
California Prune Industry Remains Strong During Pandemic AgNet West
California Launches New COVID-19 Temporary Housing Program The Packer
Counting the Costs of COVID-19 Among Farmworkers The Packer
COVID-19 Relief Funds Help Farmers Restructure Debt Western Farm Press
Tree Fruit Growers Cope With COVID-19 Rules Capital Press
In Sacramento, Numbers Don’t Seem to Matter Western Farm Press
A Farmer’s Guide to Surviving 2020: Part One in a Series Western Farm Press
A Farmer’s Guide to Surviving 2020: Part Two in a Series Western Farm Press
California Grower Group Helps Speed Worker COVID-19 Tests The Packer
Farmers Working Through Stressful Situations Western Farm Press
Food Trends
Why the Pantry Loading Isn’t Over Progressive Grocer
Kraft Heinz, Kellogg Say Pandemic Boosted Demand for Packaged Food Wall Street Journal
How Eating in a Pandemic is Improving Our Relationship With Food Supermarket Guru
How will COVID-19 Change Food Purchase Trends? Farm Progress
Supply Chain
How do Food Systems Operate and Adapt in Times of Stress? Farm Progress
Only Eight U.S. States Have Virus Rules for Farms as Cases Rise Bloomberg
Economic Landscape and Policy
Senate GOP Unveils Coronavirus Relief Package with $20B in Ag Aid Agri-Pulse
Farm Relief, SNAP Benefits in Play as Aid Talks Heat Up Agri-Pulse
Ag Economists Warn of Looming Volatility as Coronavirus Cases Rise Agri-Pulse
Food Commodity Prices at Risk of ‘Market Shock’ Falls Reuters
Farmers Are Struggling in The Pandemic Economy Marketplace
More Than $4.8 Billion Paid to Producers Farm Progress
Apply for COVID-19 Relief by Aug. 28 Deadline Farm Progress

Archive:

Monitoring Report for 6.26 – 7.2.2020

Monitoring Report for 6.12 – 6.18.2020

Monitoring Report for 6.5 – 6.12.2020

Monitoring Report for 5.29 – 6.5.2020

Monitoring Report for 5.22 – 5.29.2020

Monitoring Report for 5.15 – 5.21.2020

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