COVID-19 Resource Library
The health, safety and well-being of our egg farmers, your employees and allied industry supporters are important to your UEP staff and consultants. This is an unprecedented time and the COVID-19 situation is evolving each day. We want to remind you that your UEP team is here to support you and your operations in any way. We have assembled these resources to assist you in effectively preparing and responding and will update this page as needed. It’s important to remember, however, that we are not attorneys and cannot provide legal advice, nor are we human resources or public health experts, and although we are closely monitoring regulatory and political conversations around COVID-19, we are not regulators. We encourage you as you’re using these materials to consult with your trusted business partners in your decision-making. As always, we wish you well, and please contact UEP if we can further assist you.
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The Federal Reserve has announced that it is establishing a Main Street Lending Program (Program) to support lending to small and medium-sized businesses that were in sound financial condition before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
CDC and OSHA Resources
CDC Private Sector Call: Update on the COVID-19 Response on Monday, April 6, 2020. Click here for the call recording.
EPA no action assurance letter (March 20)
Coronavirus and Food (March 13)
Contingency Planning Guidance (March 20)
Sample Essential Agriculture Worker Card English and Spanish (March 25)
Draft Letter to Essential Employees (March 20)
Legislative Update from Cornerstone (September 17)
Senate passes PPP Bill (June 3)
CARES ACT Highlights (March 25)
Supply chain Issues – FDA is directing supply chain issues to FEMA, while USDA has set up its own email. If there are serious issues UEP staff advises contacting both agencies.
Regulatory – State Guidance and Orders
Michigan Emergency Order for Mandatory Testing, Preventative Measures, and Safe Housing for Agricultural Workers (August 3)
MDHHS Issues Order Requiring Testing of Agricultural and Food Processing Employees to Protect Health and Safety of Workers, Community Press Release (August 3)
MDHHS Agricultural Employer Testing Public Health Order Guidance (August 3)
Regulatory – Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
Regulatory – FDA Guidance
FDA Food Safety and the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Updated FAQ
How do I maintain social distancing in my food production/processing facility and food retail establishment where employees typically work within close distances? (April 5)
FDA Food Safety and COVID-19 Q&A (March 20)
Are workers in the human and animal food and feed sectors considered part of the essential critical infrastructure workforce?
Yes, in a guidance issued by Department of Homeland Security on March 19 Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure workforce: Ensuring Community and National Resilience in COVID-19, workers in the Food and Agriculture sectors – agricultural production, food processing, distribution, retail and food service and allied industries – are named as essential critical infrastructure workers. Promoting the ability of our workers within the food and agriculture industry to continue to work during periods of community restrictions, social distances, and closure orders, among others, is crucial to community continuity and community resilience.
Where should I send questions if we are having problems moving food or getting food through areas that have curfews and restrictions because of the coronavirus?
If you are experiencing issues regarding your supply chain, delivery of goods, or business continuity, please contact the FEMA National Business Emergency Operations Center at NBEOC@fema.dhs.gov. This is a 24/7 operation and they can assist in directing your inquiry to the proper contact.
Regulatory – FEMA Guidance
Regulatory – USDA Guidance
USDA Announces More Eligible Commodities for CFAP with Liquid and Frozen Egg Products Added (August 11)
Liquid and frozen egg payment rates
Coronavirus Food Assistance Program online application
General information on the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program
Egg and Egg Products Eligible for USDA Farmers to Families Food Box Program
APHIS Livestock Coordination Center
Provides support for poultry operations that may have to depopulate and dispose of carcasses due to COVID-19 challenges. Should assistance be needed, NRCS has EQIP resources available to help poultry producers.
Q: Do poultry operations qualify for assistance in dealing with the disposal of animal carcasses from depopulation efforts as a result of plant closures or production reductions?
A: During this COVID-19 pandemic, poultry operations may qualify for assistance through EQIP. Producers need to verify that they meet eligibility requirements to apply for EQIP (e.g. AGI, conservation compliance, etc.). Producers also must have control of land for the planned land unit on which the practice applies. If qualification requirements are met, producers must file both an application and approved early start waiver request with the local NRCS field office prior to disposal of the animals. Several disposal scenarios options would be applicable to qualifying poultry operations. Payment limitations may come into play.
COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide (April 13)
AMS Information on grading (3/26/20)
Letter from Jennifer Porter, Deputy Administrator
USDA AMS Workforce Guidance on Travel
Additional Records Needed with Reduced USDA Presence
Company Letter of Guarantee
USDA Joint statement from AMS, APHIS, FSIS (March 16)
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“What we know about avian coronavirus infectious bronchitis virus (IBV) in poultry — and how that knowledge relates to the virus causing COVID-19 in humans,” by Dr. Mark Jackson from the University of Georgia.