Covid compliance expensive for Washington state potato growers & packers

A recent survey from the IMPACT Center at Washington State University showed that Washington state farmers' direct compliance outlays to manage COVID-10 were roughly $2,532 per month. Direct compliance outlays were found to be even higher for those businesses packing potatoes, at $4,340 per month.

According to the study, the efforts spent appear to be working for both growers and packers in protecting the employees and operators from infection. The primary concerns focus on employee health, but efficiency losses are the second largest concern for packers while the second largest concern for growers remains direct compliance costs.

Potato growers and packers experienced losses keeping employees safe by distancing protocols, masks, cleaning and paying employees to stay home if experiencing any Covid symptoms.  Packers spent 49 hours and growers 17 hours per month managing Covid compliance protocols.


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