WSTFA Pt 1 Air Purifiers

WSTFA Pt 1 Air Purifiers

From the Ag Information Network, I’m Bob Larson with today’s Fruit Grower report. Some farm workers in the Yakima Valley have a safer living environment thanks to a donation from the Washington State Tree Fruit Association.

WSTFA President Jon DeVaney said proximity to farmworker housing has been a concern in recent years…

DeVANEY … “We have had a very good overall record on worker safety, even though the pandemic is quite virulent and spreads easily. Overall, our housing record for agricultural workers is strong, but we always want to do more to keep workers safe. »

And then, DeVaney says they learned about the benefits of certain air purifiers…

DeVANEY … “When we saw these reports that the Food and Drug Administration had verified that certain air filters had antiviral properties and were approved to reduce viral loads in indoor air, we looked for opportunities to try to put this available to some of the housing providers for farmworkers.

And that, DeVaney says, led them to local charities focused on farmworker safety…

DeVANEY… “So we worked with the Yakima Valley Community Foundation, United Way of Central Washington and the Latino Community Fund who had created a Yakima Valley Resilience and Response Fund to COVID.”

Tune in tomorrow as DeVaney tells us about the air purifiers the WSTFA purchased with this group’s grant money and the housing groups putting them to good use.