We hope you and your loved ones are staying safe and healthy during these unprecedented circumstances.

We were very fortunate to hold the BPIA 2020 Annual Meeting when we did. Many other organizations are being forced to postpone or cancel similar events. We have not received any reports of any of our attendees becoming infected with COVID-19.

Since BPIA does the majority of our work through conference calls and Basecamp, we will continue to conduct business as usual as best we can with the understanding that many of our volunteers are trying to navigate uncharted waters resulting from rapidly changing conditions including school closures and other shutdowns.

Last week, BPIA signed onto a letter with 42 other national and regional organizations asking the President of the United States to be mindful of the food, feed, and agricultural supply chain and workforce impacts on the ability of U.S. agriculture to meet the needs of consumers, as he considers additional steps to restrict movement to protect our nation from COVID-19, See letter here.

Today, BPIA signed onto a letter along with many other organizations requesting the governors of all fifty states to incorporate the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency guidance issued on March 19, 2020, and any future amendments, into their state response plan, and any critical shelter-in-place or shut down orders for their state, thereby allowing workers, facilities, and services to continue to operate and provide necessary inputs for the food and agriculture supply chain. See letter here and guidance here.

During these challenging times, if there is anything BPIA can do to assist you please contact us here.