RMFU: Fill Out This COVID-19 Letter, Print It  And Carry It With You

To Whom it May Concern:

I am a worker in the agriculture industry. Pursuant to Section 2 of the Colorado Public Health Order 20-24 (“PHO”), amended March 25, 2020, “agriculture” has been deemed by the state of Colorado to be “critical infrastructure.”

Specifically, the PHO  indicates that “[f]ood and plant cultivation, including farming crops, livestock, food processing and manufacturing, animal feed and feed products, rendering, commodity sales, and any other work critical to the operation of any component of the food supply chain” and “any business that produces products critical or incidental to the construction or operation” of food and plant cultivation falls within this designation of critical infrastructure. Critical infrastructure is exempt from the PHO’s directive to remain at home.

Travel between farm and ranch operations, supply stores, and other businesses and operations is necessary ensure the continued provision of a safe and affordable supply of food, fiber, and fuel during the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, consistent with the PHO you should not interfere with my performance of these activities.

Rest assured, as a critical business we acknowledge our responsibility to follow good hygiene and social distancing as we go about our work, including taking all necessary steps to observe the following practices:

  • maintaining at least a six-foot distance from other individuals,
  • washing hands with soap and water for at least twenty seconds as frequently as possible or using hand sanitizer,
  • covering coughs or sneezes (into the sleeve or elbow, not hands),
  • regularly cleaning high-touch surfaces, and
  • not shaking hands

Members of our operation who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have a family member experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 have been directed to remain at home.

The details for my operation and/or place of work are below:

Bearer Name: _____________  Title/Position: ________________ Operation: ______________

Please contact _______________at this phone number___________ if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you for your service, and please be safe.

[Insert signature of person with authority to bind the organization, including their title/position]

Rocky Mountain Farmers Union is a progressive, grassroots organization founded in 1907. RMFU represents family farmers and ranchers in Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico. RMFU is dedicated to sustaining our rural communities, to wise stewardship and use of natural resources, and to the protection of our safe, secure food supply. RMFU supports its goals through education and legislation, as well as by encouraging the cooperative model for mutual economic benefit. Learn more and become an RMFU member online at https://www.rmfu.org/ 

By Brian Allmer - The BARN

Brian Allmer & the BARN are members of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB), the Colorado FFA Foundation, the Colorado 4H Foundation, the Colorado Farm Show Marketing Committee, 1867 Club Board Member, Denver Ag & Livestock Club Member, the Weld County Fair Board, the Briggsdale FFA Advisory Council, Briggsdale 4H Club Beef Leader & Founder / Coordinator of the Briggsdale Classic Open Jackpot Show.