MABA is working diligently to ensure that our membership has the tools and information necessary to continue to keep our businesses running smoothly during COVID-19. We are dedicated to keeping the agriculture supply chain fully functioning.
In an effort to keep our membership updated we have created this resource page. Information will be updated as received. Please check back frequently for updates. Information is subject to change quickly.
- March 26, 2020
Stay at home or place of residence. With exceptions as outlined below, all individuals currently living within the State of Montana are directed to stay at home or at their place of residence to the greatest extent possible, except as allowed in this Directive. As used in this Directive, homes or residences include hotels, motels, shared rental units, shelters, and similar facilities.
Non-essential social and recreational gatherings of individuals outside of a home or place of residence are prohibited, regardless of size, if a distance of at least six feet between individuals cannot be maintained.
All persons may leave their homes or place of residence only for Essential Activities or to operate Essential Businesses and Operations, all as defined below.
Individuals whose residences are unsafe or become unsafe, such as victims of domestic violence, are permitted and urged to leave their home and stay at a safe alternative location.
PLEASE CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE SPECIFIC INFORMATION REGARDING ESSENTIAL BUSINESS OPERATIONS. #11 in Governor Bullock’s order is specific to agriculture. MABA has spoke with Director Thomas and the Governor’s order is following the guidance of the Department of Homeland Security regarding what is “essential.”
- March 25, 2020
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
Frequently Asked Questions Related to the FMCSA Emergency Declaration Part 2
Today, FMCSA released a second FAQ document to provide guidance on it emergency declaration that provides hours-of-service relief to truck drivers assisting the pandemic. Both FAQ documents are attached and pasted below. The emergency declaration that kicked off everything is attached.
In this document you’ll find the types of “essential” items for the COVID-19 relief effort that are eligible for the hours-of-service relief. The “essential” items that apply to the food and agricultural sectors are highlighted.
There is a positive development in the new FAQ document. It states that wood pulp, feed and fertilizer are eligible for hours-of-service relief under the emergency declaration because they are precursor to items that are “essential” for the emergency relief effort.
The previous FAQ document listed livestock as eligible for hours-of-service relief because livestock are an immediate precursor to “essential” items for the COVID-19 relief effort. It now seems that FMCSA is dropping the “immediate” precursor requirement and allowing more precursors.
If you are unsure if your products are eligible to be considered a precursor to essential items for the COVID-19 relief effort, I recommend reaching out to FMCSA for their review.
The following links will be of interest:
- March 24, 2020
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
Enforcement Notice on Expiring CDLs
This Notice of Enforcement Policy, effective from March 24, 2020 to June 30, 2020, provides needed relief from specified FMCSRs for CLP holders, CDL holders, and non-CDL drivers and motor carriers using those drivers. This Notice of Enforcement Policy applies to all CLP holders, CDL holders, and non-CDL drivers whose license was issued for less than the maximum period established by 49 CFR 383.25 and 383.73 and was valid on February 29, 2020 and expired on or after March 1, 2020.
Waiver for States, CDL Holders, CLP Holders,
and Interstate Drivers Operating Commercial Motor Vehicles
Waiver in Response to the COVID-19 Emergency
The waiver is effective until June 30, 2020 and provides important relief resulting from situations where many CDL and CLP holders are unable to renew their CDLs and CLPs and are unable to provide medical certificates to their State Driver Licensing Agencies. In addition, many medical providers nationwide have canceled regularly scheduled appointments to dedicate resources to the COVID-19 response. As a result, drivers are unable to obtain appointments for physical examinations with medical examiners.
REVISED Department of Homeland Security-CISA Guidance document
Revised Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce (Version 1.1 Dated March 23, 2020)
OSHA Region VIII Compliance Assistance Newsletter
OSHA Guidance on when COVID-19 is a reportable illness and other details including temporary guidance on respiratory protection standards.
Agriculture Coalition Letter to Governors
40 national food and agriculture organizations sent a letter today to all 50 Governors requesting that they “incorporate the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) guidance and any future amendments into their state response plan, and any critical shelter-in-place or shut down orders for their state, allowing these workers, facilities and services to continue to operate and provide necessary inputs for the food and agriculture supply chain.”
We strongly encourage you to share this letter with your state and local officials.
Seed Related Information & Resources
MABA is committed to providing our members with up-to-date information and resources about COVID-19 as it related to the agriculture industry. The American Seed Trade Association is maintaining a comprehensive site for seed-related COVID-19 information. During this time we feel it is essential to share valuable resources from our trusted partners where possible to try to reduce duplicate efforts. With this, MABA recommends visiting this ASTA site on a regular basis for seed-related info: https://www.betterseed.org/covid-19/.
Available Information & Resources To Date:
- Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Expansion 03/18/2020
- Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration FAQ 03/19/2020
- The Fertilizer Institute Letter to White House
- Agricultural Retailers Association Letter to White House
- Best Practices Example
- DOT Guidance on Compliance with Drug and Alcohol Testing Regulations