Applications now available for the Food Security and Farmworker Safety Program

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Applications now available for the Food Security and Farmworker Safety Program

On May 29, 2020, Governor Kate Brown announced a $30 million investment to secure Oregon’s food supply chain and protect essential agricultural workers from COVID-19. Earlier this spring, Oregon’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) enacted temporary rules to address COVID-19 exposure and illness in agriculture.

Oregon’s Food Security and Farmworker Safety Program is designed to assist agricultural producers and workers with the additional measures required, that includes additional housing, field sanitation, transportation and mitigation measures. Applications to access these funds will be accepted beginning today Wednesday, June 10, 2020 thru October 25, 2020 and will be processed in the order received.

Types of Assistance Available


$10 million

Field Sanitation & Transportation

$6 million

Mitigating COVID-19

$14 million

Funding for:

  • Assistance for alternative on-farm housing options
  • Hotel/motel reimbursement

Funding for:

  • Handwashing stations
  • Portable restrooms
  • Physical distancing transportation
  • Distribution of PPE
  • Quarantine Fund
  • Community-based outreach and education

The financial assistance application can be submitted via email to or by fax (503-986-0199). Please call 503-986-0058 for help with any questions relating to the FSFS Program.

Applicants should be prepared to provide the following information with their application:

  • Completed Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification W-9 Form
  • Occupancy registration for OR-OSHA registered operations;
  • Reduction in housing capacity due to compliance with the OR-OSHA temporary rules;
  • Projected duration of worker housing needed;
  • Alternative housing/hotel information;
  • Hotel contract for those enrolled in the H2A program (if applicable); and
  • Receipts for provided housing displaced due to OR-OSHA’s temporary rules starting May 11, 2020. 

To learn more about eligibility and requirements please visit the FSFS Program website,
email, or call 503-986-0058.

FSFS Program website