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April 24, 2020
By Sarah CatoU of A System Division of Agriculture
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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – In a profession subject to heavy stresses from weather and the
markets, the COVID-19 pandemic is throwing another major obstacle in the way of agricultural
producers and others in the food supply chain.
The global pandemic has caused upheaval and worry for many in agriculture with issues
such as worker safety and uncertainty over worker availability with changes in immigration
and H-2A permits.
“COVID-19 is a serious threat to the U.S. agribusiness industry and will be a major
test for food and labor supply chains,” said Brandon Davis, New Orleans-based partner
for Phelps Dunbar, LLP. “Understanding the CARES Act, various Small Business Association
loan programs and federal guidance concerning agricultural labor is essential to the
survival of the U.S. farming industry.”
The National Agricultural Law Center will be hosting a free webinar April 29 at noon
EDT to discuss these steps, and other considerations for agribusinesses during the
pandemic. The webinar will feature three Phelps Dunbar, LLP partners: Davis, Nathan
Huff, based in Raleigh, N.C., and Michael Williams, also based in New Orleans.
“Most producers have never seen situation like we’re facing today in their lifetimes,”
said Harrison Pittman, Director of the NALC. “Brandon, Nathan and Michael will discuss
options available now to agriculture industry entities and how adaptability and agility
will play into decisions businesses must make to survive not only the pandemic, but
also its deep and lasting economic impacts.”
Those interested in the upcoming webinar can register online at: https://bit.ly/2Kpqvg0
For more information on the National Agricultural Law Center, visit https://nationalaglawcenter.org/ or follow @Nataglaw on Twitter.
About the National Agricultural Law Center
The National Agricultural Law Center serves as the nation’s leading source of agricultural and food law research and information.
The Center works with producers, state and federal policymakers, Congressional staffers,
attorneys, land grant universities, and many others to provide objective, nonpartisan
agricultural and food law research and information to the nation’s agricultural community.
The Center is a unit of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture
and works in close partnership with the USDA Agricultural Research Service, National
About the Division of Agriculture
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen
agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption
of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative
Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work
within the nation’s historic land grant education system.
The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas
System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses.
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is an equal opportunity/equal
access/affirmative action institution. If you require a reasonable accommodation to
participate or need materials in another format, please contact 479-575-4607 as soon
as possible. Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay.
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