Strawberry production will continue despite COVID-19. ( Southern Belle Farm )

With businesses around the world shutting their doors to prevent further spread of COVID-19, one industry that persists despite risk is agriculture. It’s essential—and for obvious reasons—without agriculture the world as we know it couldn’t exist.

We’d have no meat. No veggies. No dairy products. No cotton (which is now being used to make masks). No sugars. Without ag you don’t eat and you’re naked. Farmers and ranchers will continue putting in 8+ hour days, like they always have, despite coronavirus.

“A lot of folks have been calling us, asking if we’re going to even have a strawberry season this year,” says Jake Carter, operator at Southern Belle Farm in McDonough, Ga. “Our plants are to have a strawberry season this year. We’re still waking up every morning and we’re putting on our boots and we’re going to work. We’re still farming.”

Unlike corn and soybeans, strawberries are extremely perishable, so they can’t store in a field or bin. Each day they’re scouting fields, managing harvest and making sure American citizens have the fresh produce they need.

“We are following the guidelines set forth by the CDC, the Georgia Department of Agriculture, among others because the safety of our guests and our staff is of utmost importance,” he adds. “Please know, we’re here. We’re not going anywhere. Like I said, we’re going to continue farming every day.”

While much of the world has been silenced by quarantine, American agriculture farms on. This season, the crops will still get planted, the livestock will be fed, and food will continue to be grown, just like it’s been for generations. 

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