Farmers and ag businesses will continue to serve Alabama residents under a stay-at-home order Gov. Kay Ivey issued April 3.
The order, aimed at limiting the spread of COVID-19, continues through April 30, unless extended.
“I plead with you to do your part to stop the spread of COVID-19,” Ivey said. “We’ve got to take this order dead serious; otherwise…more people will end up dying.”
Agriculture and farms are exempt from the order as “essential businesses and operations.”
Exempt activities include food cultivation; livestock, cattle, poultry and seafood operations; transporting ag products; livestock auctions; feedlots, dealers and brokers of livestock; farmers markets; feed stores; repairers and suppliers of ag equipment; gas, diesel and petroleum suppliers; companies involved with aquaculture, horticulture and crop protection products, including pesticide, herbicide and fertilizer producers and distributors; forest products businesses, including forestry operations, logging and manufacture of lumber and paper products; meat processing facilities, rendering facilities and transporters; feed processing facilities; and veterinary services.
The order does not require special paperwork for travel related to essential business operations, and the Alabama Department of Agriculture & Industries is not issuing travel documents at this time. However, a sample letter ia available at agi.alabama.gov.
The stay-at-home order exempts certain activities, including leaving home for food, medicine or to care for family members.