“Agriculture was deemed a critical industry by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Governor DeWine. Farms are exempt from restrictions put in place to combat COVID-19 — but we all need to take precautions to remain healthy and get this year’s crop in the ground. Be safe and stay healthy!“
— Patty Mann, President, Ohio Corn & Wheat Grower’s Association
There have been dramatic changes in the world since the outbreak of the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). Farmers are in a position to need up-to-date information that they can trust as they navigate the rapidly changing economic environment where we find ourselves.
Ohio Corn & Wheat, and our members, are doing our part to stop the spread of coronavirus and the economic fallout it is creating. In the short term, we are implementing policies to protect the health and safety of our farms, families and the communities we serve.
That said, we pride ourselves on staying ahead of and taking action on issues that have the potential to impact growers’ ability to farm. We remain focused on creating solutions to assist corn and small grain farmers in Ohio and associated industries recover from the financial impacts of this worldwide pandemic.
If Ohio Corn & Wheat can be of any assistance to you during this time, and as the situation changes rapidly, please reach out to us!
Agriculture was deemed a critical industry by the Department of Homeland Security. Governor DeWine further identified agriculture as a critical industry. Therefore farms and businesses that are engaged in ag are exempt from the restrictions put in place dealing with COVID-19.
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced on April 2, 2020, that Ohio’s Stay-At-Home order has been extended until 11:59 p.m. on May 1, 2020. Governor DeWine and Ohio Department of Heath Director Dr. Amy Acton, MD, MPH, signed an order that extends the Stay-At-Home order effective April 6, 2020.
The Order states that residents are to stay at home and may leave “only for Essential Activities, Essential Governmental Functions, or to participate in Essential Businesses and Operations.” All non-essential businesses and activities are to cease. It remains in place until the end of the day on April 6 (amended to May 1, 2020). Agricultural operations are considered an essential business. Governor DeWine’s designation specifically ensures that agricultural operations and those that support them can continue operating as normal.
Ohio officials have stated repeatedly that there is not a state specified or required documentation necessary. However, in an effort to make sure that farmers are transparent and covering all bases, we have provided an example of a letter that can be used as a template to carry with you when on the roadways.
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The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) stimulus package, was signed into law by President Donald J. Trump on Friday, March 27, 2020 and it outlines additional benefits for small businesses across the country.
The federal government continues to act on a number of fronts to assist Americans through this crisis. It is important to remain vigilant on the changes these programs may have for your farm operation. In an effort to assist you in this effort, we have included several links below for you to find useful information and answers to questions.
Please note: Be sure to consult with your accountant and lender. This material has been prepared for informational purposes only, and is not intended to provide, and should not be relied on for, tax, legal, accounting, or financial advice.