The NDA is still closed to the public, but all industry services are operational. Many staff are working remotely, and response times may still be slowed.
Governor’s Risk Mitigation Initiative, agricultural, food processing, veterinary services,
gas stations, and supply chain operations were all outlined as essential businesses.
In addition, NDA Director Jennifer Ott issued a more detailed list of agency
recommendations for essential agriculture and support businesses that should
stay open, as well as guidance for essential agriculture businesses. The Governor’s Office of Energy also announced additional guidance for the fuel supply chain. DHS/Cyber and Infrastructure
Security Administration (CISA) has more specific outlines for what “food and
agriculture” critical infrastructure workers are included.
COVID-19 guidance evolves, this page will be updated with resources available
for agribusinesses and related industries. Last updated: August 25,
FDA, CDC and USDA have all stated that at this time, there
are no reports that suggest COVID-19 can be transmitted by food or food
packaging. CDC reports
that, in general, because of poor survivability of these coronaviruses on
surfaces, there is likely very low risk of spread from food products or
packaging that are shipped over a period of days or weeks at ambient,
refrigerated, or frozen temperatures.
It is always
important to follow good hygiene practices (like washing hands, tools and surfaces frequently) when
handling or preparing foods.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) has been updating and expanding their list of approved COVID-19 disinfectants.
USDA ensures food safety during COVID-19 outbreak (and pertinent contact info
for each of their continuing services can be found in this USDA COVID-19 FAQ).
offers assurance about food safety and supply for people and animals during
NDA FSMA Produce safety resources
handling guidelines from Nevada DPBH
BUSINESS AND EMPLOYMENT
Nevada Department of Business and Industry factsheet about the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) - an SBA loan that helps businesses keep their workforce employed during the COVID-19 pandemic
Interim guidance from the CDC and U.S. Department of Labor for agriculture workers and employers
USDA labor information
Department of Labor COVID-19 page
H2-A Visa program applications and extensions for labor information
AgCareers.com is offering free temporary and seasonal job postings during the pandemic.
NV Health Response page has resources for both businesses and workforce (new resources are added every day),
Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act
BLM Nevada offices still open for business via phone or email, and the Department of Interior does not anticipate any permittee
CDC's Agriculture Employer Checklist for Creating a COVID-19 Assessment and Control Plan
USDA COVID-19 Resources:
Governor's Office of Economic Development (GOED) COVID-19 Disaster Response Business Resources
Small Business Administration (SBA):
The USDA compiled a list of federal programs that can be used by rural communities, organizations and individuals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic: The COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide
NDA is still
inspection services as needed (Please contact Nick Bieser in southern Nevada at firstname.lastname@example.org and Sheryl Hunnewell in northern Nevada at email@example.com to schedule an appointment.
Western United States Agricultural Trade Association (WUSATA) office is closed through April 6, but contact information is provided here for questions regarding events or the FundMatch program.
distancing guidelines should be strictly adhered to on farms, even in outdoor