As we all try to adjust to the current situation, it is important to rely on information based on facts.

There is a lot of information being shared which may or may not be true. Be sure to verify the source of the information on which you depend, is credible. The University of Missouri Extension has developed a webpage https://extension2.missouri.edu/covid-19-resources-public with links to information for businesses, Missouri 4-H members and agriculture.

On this page is a link to a fact sheet about keeping your ag workforce safe. It includes strategies you can implement to keep your employees and your family safe. This includes: staying home if you feel ill, washing your hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds, avoid touching your face, cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze, and maintaining a six-foot distance from other people. Links to other resources are also provided.

The food and agriculture sector has been designated as critical infrastructure and is allowed to continue to conduct business. One of the links on this page is to a letter for Critical Infrastructure Workers. If you have employees who will be traveling to and from work, or to conduct business on your behalf, it is recommended they carry this letter with them.

As more information becomes available, the page will be updated.

For more information, contact Valerie Tate, Field Specialist in Agronomy for University of Missouri Extension in Linn County by email at tatev@missouri.edu or call 660-895-5123 and leave a message. MU Extension programs are open to all.

Valerie Tate is a field specialist in Agronomy for the University of Missouri Extension in Linn County.