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Critical workers can carry the letters to prove their job’s essential status.

April 29, 2020

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TRAVEL PAPERS: A grain truck rounds a curve on a state highway. North Dakotans have been stopped in nearby states, according to Ag Commissioner Doug Goehring, so he has provided letters for essential ag workers to carry to prove their business is critical. Lon Tonneson

Doug Goehring, North Dakota agriculture commissioner, is providing letters to critical and essential agriculture businesses for travel verification

“We have heard of some issues from those traveling in adjacent states that were stopped and asked what their business was,” Geohring says. “We want to ensure that those who provide products or services to agriculture are not being disrupted. Employees in these industries may carry this letter in the event they are stopped and asked.”

Essential agribusinesses for a safe and accessible food supply include:

  • Farms, ranches and dairies

  • Greenhouses and vegetable plants

  • Orchards

  • Pest management services

  • Fertilizer manufacturers and distributors

  • Feed mills and ag supply businesses

  • Agriculture equipment sales and services

  • Animal feed and supply distribution networks

  • Apiary industry

  • Transportation systems from farm to retail

  • Food and meat processors and manufacturers

  • Veterinary services and supplies

  • Distribution and transportation systems from processors and manufacturers to retailers, elevators and ag auction markets

  • Animal feed processors and sellers

  • Gas station cooperatives

  • Retailers to include grocery stores and farmers markets

  • Grocery delivery services

  • Laboratories

  • Inspection Services that ensure food safety

The workers on this list, along with the list of essential members of the food and agriculture workforce released by the Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), are vital to the continuous availability of a safe and reliable food supply.

The full list from CISA is available online.

To request a letter authenticating a business as critical and essential, call NDDA at 701-328-2231 or visit the North Dakota Department of Agriculture online.

Source: NDDA, which is solely responsible for the information provided and is wholly owned by the source. Informa Business Media and all its subsidiaries are not responsible for any of the content contained in this information asset.

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