NOTICE OF ESSENTIAL FOOD AND AGRICULTURAL EMPLYOYEES
Commissioner of Agriculture Hugh Weathers, issued a document affirming agriculture's position as an essential industry, as defined by the US Department of Homeland Security - Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. The document is a certificate, for each agricultural employer to complete to ensure individuals who are working in the forest industry (or other Ag sectors) are doing so as part of an essential industry. The SC Department of Agriculture advises any covered employee to keep a copy of the completed, signed document with them at all times.
Message from South Carolina's Lieutenant Governor to the Forest Industry
Since the Governor announced a state of emergency as we face the COVID-19 pandemic, I have been working closely with the SC Department of Commerce, SC Dept of Employment and Workforce, SC Department of Revenue, SC Department of Insurance and other state agencies and leaders to create a SINGLE location where we can direct businesses to find answers and resources to help them during this challenging time. We know that small and medium businesses are the backbone of the U.S. economy and we want to ensure they know there is a place to go for help.
Thank you for all you're doing to help our business community in SC!
Pamela S. Evette
South Carolina Lieutenant Governor
Message from FASC President & CEO Cam Crawford
On March 27, the Attorney General's office issued an opinion regarding the authority of the Governor verses local governments during a State of Emergency. The bottom-line is this "local government cannot exercise the emergency powers delegated to the Governor by the General Assembly ….counties and municipalities should be aware that any unauthorized exercise of such emergency powers could subject these political subdivisions to liability at the behest of a private citizen with requisite legal standing." This opinion certainly makes suspect local government's attempts to shut down business operations.
The Forestry Association recommends that workers in the wood and paper products industry including its supply chain carry a copy of this opinion with them and present it to any local official seeking to impede any wood supply chain function.