Statement on Essential Designation of Ag & Food Industry in Executive Order

March 30, 2020

For Immediate Release:

March 30,2020


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Chelsea Thompson,

Statement from AgriGrowth Executive Director Tamara Nelsen on Essential Designation of Agriculture and Food Industry During Minnesota “Shelter inPlace” Executive Order

Saint Paul, MINN.—On Friday, March 27, 2020, at 11:59 PM, Governor Tim Walz’s Executive Order 20-20 went into effect, directing Minnesotans to stay at home to in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)designated the food and agricultural industries as essential and critical infrastructure and are thus exempted under the governor’s executive order.

AgriGrowth ExecutiveDirector Tamara Nelsen released the following statement about the key role of the agricultural and food industry during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"For families, consumers and our economy, the agricultural and food industry plays a vitally important role in Minnesota. Our experience with this pandemic is unprecedented, but our industry is adapting and innovating to ensure they can continue to do their job to keep our state and nation fed. I want to thank Governor Walz for recognizing that our industry is essential and plays a key role in the health of Minnesotans.

"From the farmer to the person transporting food to our markets safely and efficiently, the agricultural and food industry is playing a critical part to ensure our nation can get through this crisis." 

AgriGrowth is a nonprofit, nonpartisan member organization representing the agriculture and food systems industry.  AgriGrowth is a convener and trusted information source, bringing together its members to address critical challenges and provide solution-oriented outcomes. Its industry-wide perspective is essential in Minnesota where the agriculture and food sector is the second largest economic driver.

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