While most Californians are staying home to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, California farmers, farmworkers and other agricultural professionals are out in the fields and packing houses working to produce food.

With increased demand for personal protective equipment, or PPE, to protect against COVID-19, these essential workers are facing shortages. Agricultural commissioners in 28 counties are hearing from farmers who are having trouble getting PPE for their employees and farmers in another 11 counties who are worried about running out of PPE in the next month or two according to a California Department of Pesticide Regulation survey.

Gloves, N95 respirators, coveralls and other gear that workers wear to protect themselves from COVID-19, pesticides, dust and other health hazards are in short supply as priority is given to health care workers during the pandemic.

To reduce the spread of COVID-19, workers may wear homemade face coverings, but for applying pesticides, they must wea...

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I'm an Integrated Pest Management Advisor aka 'IPM Advisor' with the University of California. My doctoral degree is from Virginia Tech. I have a strong background in the field and lab-based research and like to apply my skill and expertise to solve the real-world agricultural pest problems. The other major aspect of my job is the extension of knowledge and new information to the pest control professionals, growers, and allied stakeholders. I always enjoy working on research and extension interface.

 

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