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PPE, PPP prevent COVID-19, financial problems for local farms

 

October 14, 2020

SO THIS IS WHAT FARMING IS LIKE! – Selena Ruiz, 4, was at Gordon Skagit Farms with her grandparents last Thursday. The tractors and decades old farm machinery and vehicles are a small part of the fun and variety of harvest days throughout the Skagit Valley. And, yes, there are pumpkins to pick, bins full of them. – Photo by Ken Vest

La Conner-area farmers used Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other measures to keep COVID-19 out of their workforce.

Many also embraced the U.S. government’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to stave off financial problems. Funds could be used to cover payroll, rent and utilities over a 24-week period.

The Hedlins, on the town’s east edge, credit the PPP program with facilitating a quick pivot from field crops to row crops.

“We had to go from some big grain contracts to ramping up produce, which is much more labor intensive,” said Serena Hedlin. “It allowed us to get so...



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