Members of the agricultural industry are facing unprecedented challenges during the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. To assist growers, the California Avocado Commission has gathered beneficial industry resources and the latest updates concerning COVID-19 that pertain to the industry. We will continue to share the latest news in our GreenSheet newsletter, and encourage you to check this page often for the latest updates and news.

COVID-19 News

Pandemic Response and Safety Grant Program to Begin Accepting Applications

  • Sep 13, 2021

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has made $650 million in funds available for the Pandemic Response and Safety Grant program. This program will provide financial assistance to small businesses in certain commodity areas, including specialty crop producers, as well as distributors.

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USDA Updates Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2

  • Aug 26, 2021

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has updated the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 to address gaps in pandemic assistance, provide greater flexibility that addresses applicants’ unique circumstances and provide a more equitable program.

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New COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards Go Into Effect

  • Jun 22, 2021

On June 17, the new Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards went into effect. Employers should be aware of these updates as the new rules lift many of the COVID restrictions for fully vaccinated employees.

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Santa Barbara County On-site Vaccination Clinics Available

  • Apr 09, 2021

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department has mobile teams available to host on-site COVID vaccine clinics beginning April 15. The on-site clinics, which can be hosted at worksites, will be able to provide 100 – 200 appointments.

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COVID Vaccines Available for Agricultural Workers in San Diego County

  • Feb 26, 2021

San Diego County has announced COVID vaccines will be available for the Food and Agricultural Sector beginning Saturday, February 27, 2021. Learn more.

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New Website Provides Employers with COVID-19 Compliance Assistance

  • Feb 24, 2021

The California Department of Industrial Relations and the Labor and Workforce Development Agency have launched a “Safer at Work” website that contains comprehensive COVID-19-related resources for employers. Learn more about this resource.

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