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Food Security & Farmworker Safety Program

Program Overview

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Oregon's Food Security and Farmworker Safety Program provides assistance to Oregon's agricultural producers in order to help secure Oregon's food supply chain and protect essential agricultural workers from COVID-19 exposure and illness.

The COVID-19 emergency caused Oregon's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OR-OSHA) to issue temporary rules requiring increased field sanitation measures and more stringent labor housing and transportation regulations. The Food Security and Farmworker Safety Program provides financial assistance to comply with these increased measures during the 2020 harvest season. 

On Friday October 23rd, Governor Kate Brown issued Executive Order No. 20-58.pdf to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 among Oregon's agricultural workers through April 30, 2021.  In response, the FSFS program has the following updated deadlines:

·       Grant application deadline – 5:00pm November 6, 2020

·        Payment request deadline – 5:00pm November 16, 2020

·        All receipts must be dated between 3/27/2020 and 11/6/2020 to be considered.

Apply for Assistance

Agricultural producers are responsible for complying with COVID-19 emergency OR-OSHA requirements for Housing, Transportation, and Field Sanitation. Producers faced with additional costs because of this can apply for assistance in any or all categories. There is no need to fill out a separate application for each; a single application will cover all 3 categories.Application

Solicitud de asistencia financiera

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Housing Response

Agricultural producers faced with additional housing-related costs in order to comply with the COVID-19 emergency OR-OSHA requirements are eligible to apply for assistance, provided that you have exhausted available employer-provided housing and maintain OR-OSHA compliance.

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Transportation

Agricultural producers (employers) who are impacted by OSHA’s temporary rules requiring increased physical distancing for transportation.

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Field Sanitation

Agricultural producers who are impacted by OSHA’s temporary rules requiring increased field sanitation are eligible to apply.

Resources for Keeping Farmworkers Healthy

Find resources for face coverings and personal protective equipment (PPE), community-based outreach and prevention, and the Quarantine Fund. Resources are provided by various agencies.

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Resources

The state of Oregon is committed to working collaboratively with agricultural employers and local partner organizations to mitigate COVID-19 outbreaks in a variety of ways.

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