USDA Chief Thanks Ag Workers
Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has recorded a special address to the people who work in agriculture from farmers and ranchers to labor, truckers and beyond. Perdue said that in times of war, ag played a vital role as it is during the coronavirus pandemic.
PERDUE: “... and all the vendors that supplied our farmers to help them grow this food whether it’s fertilizer or feed or seed or any other input. Thank you so much for what you’re doing. And I know these are uncertain times, but I just want to tell you from my heart, as an American citizen, I am so grateful for what you’re doing. And I want to thank you for doing that. I know there’s been a lot of confusion about teleworking and all that kind of stuff. You all have jobs that can’t telework, and we know that. We’ve got our Food Safety Inspection workers on the front line, day in and day out to make sure our food is safe, just like we always have. But you’re the real heroes in this effort. In World War II we actually had agricultural deferments because the food supply chain was so important. And that’s essentially what you all are doing. From the person that makes the equipment, that supplies the farmers, to the seed, the fertilizer, the farmers that go day in and day out to produce this food and all through the processing, and the packaging, and the logistics, and the stocking of the shelves, to greeting and checking out people – you are vital to our economy and you are vital to our needs of America having a strong food supply.
USDA Service Centers are open for business by phone appointment only and field work will continue with appropriate social distancing. Until further notice, FSA and NRCS staff are working with producers by phone, and using online tools whenever possible.