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Release Date: 03/23/2020

As you may have heard, Governor Whitmer today announced a Stay Home, Stay Safe order to stop the spread of coronavirus. The order will remain in effect through April 13. I wanted to take a moment to address the impacts of this specific to the agriculture sector.

At this time, Michigan’s farmers will continue to be able to operate as normal. The Governor’s order allows for critical infrastructure workers (including those in food and agriculture) to continue working. The Governor’s order defines critical infrastructure workers as those described by the Director of the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency in his guidance of March 19, 2020 on the COVID-19 response. You can see the list of workers included in this designation here.

It is recommended that employees of these types of businesses be provided with a letter to carry with them. We’ve provided a template letter that can be accessed by clicking here. Companies can edit this letter as appropriate to include letterhead, contact information and a more specific description of your company and function.

While I have you here, I also want to thank you for the work you’re doing to keep America’s food and agriculture sector strong during these uncertain times. Each and every one of us needs a farmer every day of our lives, and that becomes even more important during a crisis. I hope that you and your families are staying safe and healthy. We are all in this together, and the Michigan Corn office is here to help in any way that we can.

As always, please do not hesitate to reach out if you have questions or need any assistance.

Thank you,
Jim Zook
Executive Director
Michigan Corn