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Farmworkers Day


WHEREAS, people at all levels of the agriculture sector have worked tirelessly to ensure a stable food supply in the face of incredible challenges prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic; and

WHEREAS, farmworkers have been on the frontline against the COVID-19 pandemic, helping feed our families and communities; and

WHEREAS, during the pandemic, farmworkers, who have always been vital to our food system, continued to grow, harvest, and package food, often at great personal risk; and

WHEREAS, a large part of our agricultural workforce include migrant farmworkers and we recognize their sacrifice to leave their home countries; and

WHEREAS, agriculture is Virginia’s largest private industry; and

WHEREAS, production agriculture employs nearly 54,000 farmers and workers; and

WHEREAS, farmworkers are #AlwaysEssential and they deserve our gratitude, care, and support;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Governor Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize March 31, 2021, as FARMWORKERS DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.