The Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets is thankful for the contributions of farmers and food processors to the food supply during the pandemic. The Agency also considers the health and safety of our food, farmers, families and communities to be of paramount importance. As such, we’d like to remind all that the Governor’s face covering and social distancing requirements must be complied with during farm and food processing facility inspections. Face coverings must be worn by farmers and food processors and their employees, vendors, and consultants at all times during inspections conducted by Agency staff. A distance of 6’ must be maintained between individuals whenever possible.
All businesses must change processes and work environments to meet the strict social distancing requirements included in the phased restart Work Safe guidance. In instances where non-critical businesses are unable to comply with the strict 6-foot social distancing requirement, they may not be able to open at this time — even under the Phased Work Safe Guidance. Critical businesses unable to meet the requirement must implement other protective measures, such as separating work stations with physical barriers, in an effort to protect their workers. Ignoring these safety requirements violates the law.
Thank you for all you are doing for Vermont. Be safe.
COVID-19 information for meat and dairy farmers and processors.
- U.S. Department of Labor Poster to Keep Meat Packing, Poultry And Pork Workers Safe During the Coronavirus Pandemic
- FDA Best Practices for Re-Opening Retail Food Establishments
- ACCD Guidance for Meat and Poultry Establishments for Social Distancing Requirements
- Meat and Poultry Processing Workers/Employers
Interim Guidance from CDC and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
- COVID-19 Fact Sheet for Dairy Workers (English)
Information on what dairy farmers need to know about COVID-19
- COVID-19 Fact Sheet for Dairy Workers (Spanish)
Lo que necesita saber del COVID-19 en su lecheria
- COVID-19 Toolkit for Dairy Farmers
Additional resources for dairy producers
- NOFA-VT Relief Milker Volunteer Program
NOFA- VT is proactively seeking to build a list of people skilled enough to lead milkings on farms for the duration of the sickness
- VAAFM COVID-19: Letter to Dairy Farmers
Information for Dairy Farmers on COVID-19
- VAAFM COVID-19: Letter to Dairy Processors
Information for Dairy Processors on COVID-19
- VAAFM COVID-19: Letter to Milk Haulers
Information for Milk Haulers on COVID-19