Pandemic Impacts on Florida Farmworkers: Emerging Takeaways to Inform Outreach and Policymaking
view on EDIS




How to Cite

Silvert, Colby, Whitney Stone, John Diaz, and LaToya O’Neal. 2021. “Pandemic Impacts on Florida Farmworkers: Emerging Takeaways to Inform Outreach and Policymaking: AEC741/WC402, 12/2021”. EDIS 2021 (6). Gainesville, FL.


This new 5-page publication aims to synthesize emerging takeaways from reporting and literature on the challenges experienced by US farmworkers during the COVID-19 pandemic, highlighting examples from Florida, when possible. Written by Colby Silvert, Whitney A. Stone, John M. Diaz, and LaToya J. O’Neal, and published by the UF/IFAS Department of Agricultural Education and Communication.
view on EDIS


Arcury, T. A., & Quandt, S. A. (2007). Delivery of health services to migrant and seasonal farmworkers. Annual Review of Public Health, 28, 345-363.

Areguin, M. A., Huynh, Q., & Berzenski, S. R. (2020). Reaping more than what they sow: A critical race perspective on environmental microaggressions toward Latinx farmworkers. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 11(7), 938-948.

Fawcett, M., & Gupta, A. (2020, June 19). Undocumented farmworkers are refusing covid tests for fear of losing their jobs. In These Times. undocumented_farmworkers_are_refusing_covid_tests_for_fear_of_losing_jobs

Flocks, J., Tovar, J. A., Economos, E., Mac, V. V. T., Mutic, A., Peterman, K., & McCauley, L. (2018). Lessons learned from data collection as health screening in underserved farmworker communities. Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action, 12(1), 93-100.

Flocks, J. (2020) The potential impact of COVID-19 on H-2A agricultural workers. Journal of Agromedicine, 25(4), 367-369.

González, E. (2019, June 6). Migrant farm workers: Our Nation’s invisible population. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Community of Practice.

Handal, A. J., Iglesias-Ríos, L., Fleming, P. J., Valentín-Cortés, M. A., & O’Neill, M. S. (2020). “Essential” but expendable: Farmworkers during the COVID-19 pandemic—The Michigan Farmworker Project. American Journal of Public Health, 110(12), 1760-1762.

Herbst, R. B., & Gonzalez-Guarda, R. (2018). Exploring perspectives of well-being in Latina/o migrant workers. Counseling Psychology Quarterly, 31(2), 137-161.

Kania, J., Kramer, M., & Senge, P. (2018). The water of systems change. FSG.

Koreishi, S., & Donohoe, M. T. (2010). Historical and contemporary factors contributing to the plight of migrant farmworkers in the United States. Social Medicine, 5(1), 64-73.

Lauzardo, M., Kovacevich, N., Dennis, A., Myers, P., Flocks, J., & Morris, G. (2021). An outbreak of COVID-19 among H-2A temporary agricultural workers. American Journal of Public Health, 111, 571-573.

Lee, J. G. L., LePrevost, C. E., Harwell, E. L., Bloss, J. E., Cofie, L. E., Wiggins, M. F., & Firnhaber, G. C. (2020). Coronavirus pandemic highlights critical gaps in rural Internet access for migrant and seasonal farmworkers: A call for partnership with medical libraries. Journal of Medical Library Association, 108(4), 651-655.

Medel-Herrero, A., Torreiro-Casal, M., Hovey, J.D., Rascon-Garcia, K., Smiley-Jewell, S., & Shumway, M. (2021). The increasing toll of racism and discrimination on California agricultural workers and their families under the Trump administration. Ethnicities, 21(4)

Mutic, A. D., Mix, J. M., Elon, L., Mutic, N. J., Economos, J., Flocks, J., ... & McCauley, L. A. (2018). Classification of heat‐related illness symptoms among Florida farmworkers. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 50(1), 74-82.

Onel, G., Simnitt, S., Stacciarini, J. M., & Tovar-Aguilar, A. (2020). COVID-19 risk factors vary by legal status among Florida crop workers. Choices, 35(3).

Parra‐Cardona, J. R., Bulock, L. A., Imig, D. R., Villarruel, F. A., & Gold, S. J. (2006). “Trabajando duro todos los días”: Learning from the life experiences of Mexican‐origin migrant families. Family Relations, 55(3), 361-375.

Perdomo, A. (2020, October 8). Collier County will not participate in FL Ag Dept’s COVID-19 test efforts for farm workers. WGCU and Health News Florida.

Piccinni, A. (2020, June 9). Local narratives on migrant integration: Cities' strategies could gain momentum after COVID. The Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

Purdue University. (2020). Purdue food and agriculture vulnerability index.

Reiley, L. & Reinhard, B. (2020, September 24). Virus’s unseen hot zone: The American farm. The Washington Post.

Rodriguez, A., Hagevoort, G. R., Leal, D., Pompeii, L., & Douphrate, D. I. (2018). Using mobile technology to increase safety awareness among dairy workers in the United States. Journal of Agromedicine, 23(4), 315-326.

UF at Work. (2021, October 13). Bridging the gap between UF and Spanish-speaking communities throughout Florida.

U.S. Department of Labor. (2018). Findings from the National Agricultural Workers Survey 2015–2016: A demographic and employment profile of United States farmworkers (Research Report 13).

Unseld, M. (2020). Farmworkers—Always essential, always at risk: An interview with Jeannie Economos. NEW SOLUTIONS: A Journal of Environmental and Occupational Health Policy, 30(4), 305-310.

Xiuhtecutli, N., & Shattuck, A. (2021). Crisis politics and US farm labor: health justice and Florida farmworkers amid a pandemic. The Journal of Peasant Studies, 48(1), 73-98.

Copyright (c) 2021 UF/IFAS