COVID-19 Information

We have set up a page to provide up to date information that may impact you, your family and your business.

Please check in often, as the situation is changing by the hour. We will be updating the information and links frequently.

 

We are facing unknown territory and trying times for our nation and cranberry community.  Most aspects of daily life have been impacted.  The Association places the health and well-being of all members of the community in the highest priority. 

As a result, at the WSCGA we have made a number of decisions to protect our community and staff.  We also have been working with state agencies to recognize food production all along the supply chain as a priority.

Going forward all face to face WSCGA activities have been cancelled.  They may be rescheduled at a later date if possible. 

  • This includes the following:
    • April 9 Mini Clinics
    • April 16 Nutrient Management Training session
    • All WSCGA, Wisconsin Cranberry Board, Inc., Wisconsin Cranberry Research and Education Foundation board and committee meetings will be held online or via video/ teleconference.
  • The WSCGA Offices will be open, but hours may be limited.  Staff has been authorized to work remotely when possible. 
  • If you need to reach us, we will be available via email or telephone:
    • Tom Lochner: tom.lochner@wiscran.org; 715-423-2070, ext 1
    • Alex Skawinski: alex.skawinski@wiscran.org; 715-423-2070 ext 2
  • Remember to protect yourself, your families and your employees by following Federal guidelines on hand washing, sanitizing, social distancing, etc. 

 

Useful websites:

 

Email to WSCGA Members, 3/24/2020:
Governor Evers Issues “Safer at Home” Order with Broad Authorization for Continued Farming and Food Production in Wisconsin
    • This morning, Governor Evers released the Wisconsin “Safer at Home” Order. Click here to view the order.
    • This Order is in effect from 8:00 a.m. March 25, 2020 through 8:00 a.m. April 24, 2020 or until a superseding order is issued.
    • It orders Wisconsin residents to “stay at home or at their place of residence” with several important exceptions for special situations.  One of those important exceptions is for the continued operation of farms, food production and food distribution and all related food production supply chain and workers.

The Order ALLOWS individuals to leave their residence to work for: 

  • ANIMAL HEALTH. Healthcare and Public Health Operations - “healthcare and public health operations” includes veterinary care and all healthcare services provided to animals.  See page 5.
  •  FOOD PRODUCTION AND DISTRIBUTION. Essential Infrastructure is defined to include food production and distribution.  This includes, “Food and beverage production, transport, and agriculture. Food and beverage manufacturing, production, processing, transportation, and cultivation; farming, livestock, fishing, baking, and other production agriculture, including cultivation, marketing, production, and distribution of animals and goods for consumption; businesses that provide food, shelter, and other necessities of life for animals, including animal shelters, boarding, rescues, kennels, and adopting facilities; farm and agriculture equipment, supplies, and repair services.” See page 6. 
  • FOOD AND AGRICULTURE PRODUCTION BUSINESSES AND WORKERS.  Essential Business Operations -- “essential businesses operations” includes “any business or worker identified in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Memorandum on Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers During COVID-19 Response, updated March 23, 2020.  See page 9 of the Wisconsin Order and broad “Food and Agriculture” category on page 6 of the linked memo. “Essential businesses and operations” also specifically includes “food and beverage production, transport and agriculture.”  See page 10. 
  • SUPPLIES and SUPPLY CHAIN FOR FOOD AND AGRICULTURE BUSINESSES.  “Essential businesses and operations” also specifically includes “supplies for essential businesses and operations and essential government functions.”  See page 13.  “Essential businesses and operations” also specifically includes “manufacture, distribution, and supply chain for critical products and industries.”  See page 14.  Agriculture and food and beverage is specifically listed here, as well.
 
IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT SOCIAL DISTANCING AND REMOTE WORK FOR ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES AND OPERATIONS:  Although agriculture and agribusiness is clearly designated an Essential Business as described above, please note that all Essential Businesses and Operations described in this Order “…shall meet Social Distancing Requirements between all individuals on the premises to the extent possible. Essential Businesses and Operations shall, to the greatest extent possible, use technology to avoid meeting in person, including virtual meetings, teleconference, and remote work (i.e., work from home).”  See page 9 of the Order.
Email to WSCGA Members, 3/23/2020:
Last week, on Friday, March 20, 2020, the WSCGA proactively requested an exemption from any forthcoming “shelter in place” or “stay at home” order for the State of Wisconsin for farming, agriculture and agribusiness.  (Click here to view letter.)

We joined with over twenty other agricultural and agribusiness organizations to make our request and we asked that our request be very broadly construed to include all activities, supplies and services required to maintain farming and food production care in the State of Wisconsin under any forthcoming order.

Accordingly, we will be reviewing the expected “stay at home” order issued by Wisconsin tomorrow to determine whether it could affect our member companies. We will provide additional information as it becomes available.

The only specific information that we have for Wisconsin at this time is this message from the Governor today—Safer at
Home: https://twitter.com/GovEvers/status/1242097501575901187?s=20

We will send more information as it becomes available. We have set up a page on our website to provide up to date information that may impact you, your family and your business. Please check in often, as the situation is changing by the hour.
http://www.wiscran.org/about-us/covid-19-information/