US, Brazil classify ethanol industry as essential during pandemic

The governments of the two largest ethanol producing countries, the U.S. and Brazil, have each classified ethanol plant employees as essential critical infrastructure workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency issued guidance on March 19 that that identifies “farm workers and support service workers to include those who field crops; commodity inspection; fuel ethanol facilities; storage facilities; and other agricultural inputs” as workers critical in the food and agriculture sector. Workers at retail fuel centers, such as gas stations and truck stops, and those who work in the distribution systems that support those fuel centers are also classified as critical workers.