Where there is the ability to go above-and-beyond, farmers are doing just that.
At Desert Premium Farms in Yuma, Arizona, we put a 10-foot distance policy in areas where it’s possible to do so, but not all farm jobs can be recalibrated for COVID-19. In these areas of close proximity, masks are mandatory. We’ve also given high-quality, three-ply, washable masks to employees to take home, encouraging employees to wear them to and from work, at the grocery, and during other essential errands.
Rather than early morning meetings, we’ve transitioned to telephone check-ins at the start of each day. We miss that in-person camaraderie, but we’re going to do everything possible to keep everyone safe.