We are facing an unprecedented situation in the United States due to the coronavirus pandemic. At 11 a.m. Monday, March 23, pursuant to executive order 2020-21 (Stay Home, Stay Safe), Governor Whitmer issued a “Shelter in Place” order for Michigan residents – with some exceptions – effective at 12:01 a.m. on March 24. The Shelter In Place guidelines from Executive Order 2020-21 have been subsequently amended by Executive Order 2020-42 and Executive Order 2020-59 and extended through May 15, 2020.
But sheltering in place just isn’t something the agriculture industry can do. Animals need to be fed and preparations need to be made for the quickly-approaching crop season. The executive order recognizes that many businesses cannot shut down and, as producers of food and feed products, Zeeland Farm Services, Inc. and its affiliates are exempt from the order. In summary, through these difficult times, we remain open and are committed to serving our customers to the fullest.
The ZFS soy plant in Zeeland, Michigan continues to operate fully, producing soybean meal, hulls and oil, and the new ZFS Ithaca, LLC plant of in Ithaca, Michigan is also operational and crushing soybeans and producing co-products.
ZFS and ZFS Ithaca are receiving beans and loading trucks as usual, and Zeeland Freight Services, LLC will continue to serve customers of both operations with on farm delivery and pick-up, as well as delivery of soybean oil to food producers and distributors.
The seed division of Zeeland Farm Services is working to get seed delivered to its customers in a timely fashion, and its grain and ingredients merchandisers are available to help out during these difficult market conditions.
Because the health and safety of our customers and employees is of utmost importance, some small changes have been made to the operational standards at Zeeland Farm Services and ZFS Ithaca. Specifically, we ask that drivers at either of the sites in Michigan remain with their trucks or at the scale booths as much as possible, and follow the guidelines of social distancing that have been issued by the State of Michigan, including limiting direct contact with employees inside the scale house. Our employees have been instructed to do the same.
Pursuant to Executive Order 2020-59, if you do need to enter any ZFS facility, we ask that you please wear one of the required face masks.
We are in this together and appreciate your cooperation.
If you have any questions, please call us at (616) 772-9042. We may not have all the answers, but we’ll do our best to work it out together.
Thank you for thinking of others during these trying times and abiding by our new standards.
From all of us at Zeeland Freight Services, we’re praying for a safety and health for you and your family.