The committee is tasked with responding to the COVID-19 pandemic by coordinating resources and outreach for the 2021 growing, harvesting, and processing season; supporting and assisting the Minnesota Department of Health, local public health departments, and community organizations with the coordination of the COVID-19 response; designing a proactive strategy and plan to effectively deploy public, private, and non-profit compliance resources to protect and promote the safety, health, and wellbeing of agricultural and food processing workers; developing a system for effective communication between state agencies, community organizations, advocacy groups, and agricultural and food processing employers and workers; providing government agencies, community organizations, advocacy groups, employer and worker organizations, employers, and workers a forum to engage, collect and analyze data and information, coordinate resources, and plan for future agricultural growing, food production, and processing seasons. Identify and engage leaders, experts, practitioners, and representatives of employers and workers who can inform discussion of strategies and plans necessary to achieve the committee’s objectives.
The committee will direct, oversee, and implement stakeholder engagement, focusing on the engagement of agricultural and food processing workers and employers necessary to implement the committee’s objectives; and communicate recommendations within member networks, organizations, and associations.
The committee will submit regular reports to the Governor, at frequencies determined by the co-chairs, that provide updates on progress toward achieving the committee’s objectives. By August 1, 2021, it will submit a written report to the Governor that sets out how the committee’s objectives will be achieved. By December 1, 2021, the committee will provide recommendations for state policy and legislative changes to relevant state agencies, to be considered for communication to the Governor’s Office for inclusion in budget and policy proposals.