Food security, something many Americans normally take for granted, has suddenly become a top-of-mind issue as we deal with the impacts of COVID-19. On behalf of the nation’s seed industry—the basic foundation of our food supply—we want to assure you that we’re open for business, working to ensure America’s families have ongoing access to a healthy, safe and affordable food supply during these uncertain times.
Most seed is grown far in advance of the planting season. That means many of the crops grown this spring will be planted with seeds harvested last fall. And with seed shipments currently on schedule, we don’t anticipate any delays as farmers head into the spring planting season.
You can rest assured that America’s seed companies are continuing to work hard to make sure farmers, ranchers and even gardeners have access to the quality seed they need to ensure a successful year; and in turn, supply America’s groceries stores with a diverse supply of nutritious food that consumers expect. At the same time, the health and safety of our employees and our customers is a top priority as we deliver seed during this challenging time. Our industry is deeply committed to complying with COVID-19 recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other agencies, including protocols around sanitation, social distancing, teleworking and contactless delivery whenever possible.
We appreciate the tireless efforts of America’s agriculture producers, and the entire food value chain, who are on the front lines each and every day to ensure America’s families have ready access to a variety of nutritious foods, now and in the future.
Andrew LaVigne, President and CEO of the American Seed Trade Association