WSTFA Air Purifiers Pt 1

WSTFA Air Purifiers Pt 1

Bob Larson
Bob Larson
From the Ag Information Network, I’m Bob Larson with today’s Fruit Grower Report. Some farmworkers in the Yakima Valley have a safer living environment thanks to a donation from the Washington State Tree Fruit Association.

WSTFA President Jon DeVaney says the close quarters of farmworker housing have been a concern in recent years …

DeVANEY … “We’ve had an overall very good record of keeping workers safe even though the pandemic is pretty virulent and spreads easily. Overall, our record in farmworker housing has been strong, but we always want to do more to keep workers safe.”

And then, DeVaney says they learned about the benefits of some air purifiers …

DeVANEY … “When we saw these reports that the Food and Drug Administration had verified that some air filters had anti-viral properties and were approved for reducing virus loads in indoor air, we looked for opportunities to try to make that available to some of the providers of farmworker housing.”

And that, DeVaney says led them to some local charities focused on farmworker safety …

DeVANEY … “So, we worked with the Yakima Valley Community Foundation, United Way of Central Washington, and the Latino Community Fund who had established a Yakima Valley Resilience and Response Fund to COVID.”

Tune in tomorrow as DeVaney tells us about the air purifiers WSTFA purchased with grant money from that group and the housing groups that are making good use of them.

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