Show Notes:

In this episode, Rachel, Sarah, and Eva discuss the legal mechanics of States’ Executive Orders to “stay at home” or “shelter in place” during the COVID-19 crisis. These orders vary by state and each define which businesses are essential and allowed to operate and which are not and so therefore must close. We discuss what these distinctions might mean for farm businesses producing food crops and those producing non-edible crops, such as cut flowers, with Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Oregon state-specific examples. We also explain enforcement of these orders and the utility of letters of notice of agriculture’s essential operations that states are issuing for farmers to keep on hand during the course of business. Have a question we didn’t cover? Email us at

Disclaimer: We are working hard and fast to get information together about COVID-19 related programs to share with the farming community as quickly and accurately as possible. Please note that things are rapidly shifting during this time and what was accurate info 2 days or 2 weeks ago may not be accurate tomorrow. As such, please look for our most recent updated information on all COVID-19 issues. As always, the above communications are delivered for educational purposes only and do not constitute the rendering of legal advice.

“Easy Lemon” from Royalty Free by Kevin MacLeod. Released: 2012.