COVID-19 Update for Nebraska's Grain & Feed Industry
Please continue to contact NEGFA with concerns and questions regarding COVID19. This article contains industry best practices and a resource page updated regularly from NGFA.The situation with COVID-19 continues to be fluid with changes happening rapidly and often. Many in the industry are doing your part to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in an effort to keep employees, customers, and our communities safe and healthy. As we work together to stay healthy, this will hopefully help our local and regional healthcare networks from being overwhelmed.
Industry Best Practices:
- Work closely with local health officials
- Adhere to the advice from local, state, and national health officials.
- Establish an internal response team to monitor the situation and governmental guidances. This team is a good main point of contact to address any changes to practices or responses that need to be communicated.
- Incorporate plans to minimize physical contact.
- Incorporate ways to maintain mental & emotional health through these trying times.
ResourcesOur partners at National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) has compiled resources that we've been asked as State Affiliates to pass on to you. NEGFA staff suggest checking out State List of Contacts for COVID-19.
This google doc has contact info, press releases, executive orders by State. You can see where Nebraska is in relation to what other states are doing.
Federal Updates & Guidance Documents
- FDA Briefing for Foods Stakeholders on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) View Recording
- US Dept. of Labor - OSHA Control & Prevention Information
- US Dept. of Labor - OSHA Hazard Recognition Information
- US Dept. of Labor - OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 PDF
- Is COVID-19 Recordable or Reportable to OSHA? National Law Review
- Occupational Safety Consultants Provides Guidance on Cleaning and Disinfecting Surfaces
- Small Business Administration (SBA) Economic Assistance Loans for Small Business Employers Apply Now
- USDA - Ag Marketing Service Notice
Nebraska Updates & Guidance Documents
- Gov. Ricketts Releases Guidances on What Everyone Can Do to Help Stop Coronavirus Press Release
- Gov. Ricketts Issues Executive Order to Loosen Unemployment Insurance Eligibility Requirements Press Release
- In line with federal guidance, Governor Ricketts is allowing the Nebraska Department of Labor (NDOL) to waive the following requirements for claims filed between March 22 and May 2.
- Employer charging - Unemployment benefits are typically paid with contributions from employers. NDOL will temporarily waive charges incurred by employers whose team members are filing claims related to COVID-19. Nebraska has a healthy Trust Fund that will be utilized to pay for unemployment benefits tied to COVID-19.
- Nebraska Health Department List
- Nebraska Chamber - Coronavirus Toolkit for Business & Industry Resource List