"Farms Could See Shortage of Protective Gear Amid Covid-19 Needs"

"Farmworkers are bracing for potential shortages of protective equipment used to apply pesticides as supplies are diverted to emergency health care needs in response to the new coronavirus.

When applying chemicals to fields and orchards, pesticide applicators use much the same personal protective equipment (PPE) as health care workers: protective suites, gloves, and single-use N95 respirators.

While many farmers and spraying contractors report having enough supplies for the spring growing season, they worry that shortages today could cut availability of the gear later in the year."

Adam Allington reports for Bloomberg Environment March 26, 2020.

Source: Bloomberg Environment, 03/26/2020