To ensure continuity of operations of essential functions, CDC advises that critical infrastructure workers may be permitted to continue work following potential exposure to COVID-19, provided they remain asymptomatic and additional precautions are implemented to protect them and the community.
Frequently Asked Questions -- ROUND 3 for April 9, 2020
A letter from Arkansas Secretary of Agriculture Wes Ward to those in agriculture assuring that the industry is essential and operations can continue.
With schools closed and 4-H and other youth activities suspended due to COVID-19, we are encouraging selection of county winners in the Rice is Nice Youth Cooking Contest based solely upon their written entry. The state will provide prizes for the winners as promised, all you need to do is send in the form provided in the official rulebook or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The attached scoresheet is a potential guide for selecting county winners to enter into the state contest, but as always, counties are welcome to use whatever criteria they wish to select winners.
COVID-19 Guidance for Farmers Markets is produced by the Arkansas Department of Heatlh and the Arkansas Department of Agriculture.
U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration OFFICE OF FOREIGN LABOR CERTIFICATION COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions
The official Homeland Security memo on essential infrastructure during the COVID-19 crisis, including agriculture.
ArFB Director of Public Affairs & Government Relations Matt King provides a breakdown of what the federal CARES Act legislation provides for agriculture and what it could mean.
A copy of the letter to Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson from Ag industry groups, asking him to safeguard Arkansas and decrease the impact of COVID-19 by taking measures to recognize the vital role our industries play in the safety and well-being of all Arkansans. Each sector of Arkansas’ agriculture community is critically important to the food supply chain and should be classified as “essential infrastructure” in the event of any potential lockdown scenario that may occur in the state.
Arkansas Farm Bureau is proud to announce the new Rice is Nice Youth Cooking Contest. Arkansas produces just under 50% of the nation’s rice each year, and this contest is designed to introduce budding chefs to rice as a crop and as a versatile diet staple. Students aged 9-18 or in the 4th through 12th grades as of January 1, 2020, and living in Arkansas may enter. Home-schooled students are welcome to enter. Contestants will compete in one of two categories: Main Dish and Party Ideas.