Agriculture Is an Essential Activity During Governor DeWine’s COVID-19 Stay-At-Home Order

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 basis, we have provided an example of a letter that can be used as a template to carry with you when on the roadways.

Ohio Corn & Wheat and the National Corn Growers Association have developed a briefing document for farmers on COVID-19 On Farm Planning and Procedures.

Please visit the website of Governor Mike DeWine, the Ohio Department of Heath, and the Ohio Coronavirus website for additional information.