Agriculture declared a critical industry by Homeland Security

With the current COVID-19 situation the US Department of Homeland Security has confirmed food and agriculture as a critical infrastructure. With people becoming more and more distant from food production, it is important to remember that we are dependent on farmers for our food. I saw one post on Facebook that said there was no need for farmers since they get their food from Krogers and not a farmer. Where do they think Krogers gets the food they sell?

The Homeland Security memorandum identified 16 critical industries. With regards to agriculture, they included:

    • Farm workers to include those employed in animal food, feed, and ingredient production, packaging, and distribution; manufacturing, packaging, and distribution of veterinary drugs; truck delivery and transport; farm and fishery labor needed to produce our food supply domestically
    • Farm workers and support service workers to include those who field crops; commodity inspection; fuel ethanol facilities; storage facilities; and other agricultural inputs
    • Animal agriculture workers to include those employed in veterinary health; manufacturing and distribution of animal medical materials, animal vaccines, animal drugs, feed ingredients, feed, and bedding, etc.; transportation of live animals, animal medical materials; transportation of deceased animals for disposal; raising of animals for food; animal production operations; slaughter and packing plants and associated regulatory and government workforce

Of course, those that manufacture our final food products and those that transport the products to the retail outlets are also critical.

So – THANK A FARMER, THANK A FOOD MANUFACTURER, AND THANK A TRUCK DRIVER

3 Replies to “Agriculture declared a critical industry by Homeland Security”

  1. Hello. I’ve been looking at raising Guinea hens as I have been inundated with Ticks this year and placed on Doxycycline to ward off lime diesease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever along with a host of other things they carry! I’ve heard it is best to purchase babies and rear yourself to gentle them around yourself and other animals Around the farm? I’ve never raised chickens or other birds and think the natural route is best as we don’t use chemicals anywhere on this farm. Thank you for all this information as you have greatly helped!

    1. It is important to note that while Guinea fowl are good for controlling adult ticks they do not eat the nymph and larval stages which carry Lyme disease. There is no evidence to support the belief that guinea fowl control Lyme disease or Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.

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