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COVID-19 caused hemp farming disruptions and conservative planning in 2020, but farmers still optimistic

June 3, 2020

Despite recent challenges, the hemp industry continues to operate by utilizing best-in-class safety and sanitation practices. During an interview with Hemp Industry Daily, Front Range Biosciences' CEO and Co-Founder, Dr. Jonathan Vaught, discusses the impact of COVID-19 and the future of the industry. Read an excerpt from the interview below:

"[Dr.] Vaught said the company [was able to continue supplying growers with hemp plants and seeds] by implementing safety measures and operational changes early on, including:

  • "Establishing a crisis management plan deciding on key responsibilities, essential functions and having 'backups on backups' for labor in case people get sick.
  • "Mandatory mask wearing across all facilities, implementing social distancing guidelines and restructuring labor shifts with updated workflows to minimize employee interaction.
  • "Updating sanitation protocols such as washing door handles, surfaces and anything that could spread the virus multiple times a day to maintain a clean environment.
  • "Updating sick policies and making sure managers are alerted if anyone is presumed sick or don’t come in to ensure they self-quarantine to minimize spread."

Watch the full interview below or read about their conversation here.

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