This month, many Americans walked into grocery stores with aisle after aisle of empty grocery shelves for the first time in their lives. Texas farmers, and those across the country know keeping “business as usual” (as best as possible) is key to keeping an abundant, quality supply of domestically-produced food available for consumers – whether they’re homebound or carrying out their “everyday lives” as it looked just weeks ago.
Advocating for Agriculture
Texas Corn Producers Association (TCPA) is here to support the state’s farmers as the nation faces a shift of what’s “normal” for weeks ahead, and communities work to do their part in combatting the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
TCPA is seeking farmers’ input on farm implications of COVID-19’s spread. Please take a few minutes to let us know how you see the coronavirus impacting your farm.
TCPA joined fellow agricultural organizations across the state in requesting the governor to deem agriculture an “essential business” prior to the governor’s executive order that limited many public gatherings and business operations.
In the letter, we reiterated “those who supply feed, seed, water, fertilizer, herbicides, or insecticides or care for animals, groves, greenhouses, nurseries, vineyards, forests, farms, and ranches cannot have their workforce depleted overnight without irreparable damage to this year’s crop and negative implications on short- and long-term animal welfare. In addition, agricultural labor shortages could significantly disrupt the food supply chain, exacerbating the challenges already faced by food retailers and consumers.”
We appreciate Governor Abbott recognizing the importance of agriculture and supporting our request at this time.
On the Farm
Texas Corn Producers is sifting through developments to offer insight on industry impacts for your farm business.
As many businesses are operating with a modified or limited labor force, we encourage you to be in touch with your point of contact with dealers. In particular, we encourage planning ahead for motor and equipment maintenance for farm implements, as these businesses have the potential to experience delays.
At this time, we are not aware of supply disruptions for key farm inputs such as seed, fertilizer and pesticides.
As farmers continue farm operations, we encourage you to be mindful of social distancing measures. Consider holding your meetings with workers via phone rather than in person.
Of course, simple personal hygiene practices are key as well – wash your hands, avoid touching your face, and cough into your elbow.
Texas farms are open for business – growing the food foundation to feed our communities whatever they may face.
- Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) Letter for Essential Critical Infrastructure Worker
- Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) COVID-19 Information
- Office of the Texas State Chemist (OTSC) Letter on Agricultural Inputs, Outputs and Service Work
- National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) Actions Related to Coronavirus