The COVID-19 pandemic brings uncertainty and unique challenges to all of us. To help you understand the pandemic and how it affects your farming operation, we’ve gathered some resources that can help. We’ll continue updating this list as new resources become available. Also, you can find upcoming webinars and listening sessions listed on our ATTRA Events calendar.
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NCAT Agriculture Specialists are currently producing a series of new videos, sharing what we are doing on our farms and homesteads right now, in hopes of giving you ideas for building food security and resiliency at home and in your communities.
COVID-19 Local Food Solutions: New Braunfels, TX, Farmers Market
NCAT agriculture specialist Robert Maggiani talks with vendors at the New Braunfels, Texas, Farmers Market about their strategies to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID-19 Marketing Adjustments
Dave Scott, a livestock specialist with NCAT’s ATTRA program and co-owner of Montana Highland Lamb in Whitehall, Montana, discusses how the business is adjusting after having lost markets because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Farmer Veteran COVID-19 Listening Session
On Tuesday, April 14, NCAT hosted an online listening session where farmer veterans could share their challenges and strategies for resiliency. NCAT’s Margo Hale, NCAT Southeast Regional Director and director of NCAT’s Armed to Farm program, along with NCAT Northeast Regional Director Andy Pressman, facilitated the listening session. Rusty Rumley, Senior Staff Attorney with the National Agricultural Law Center, joined them to share information on legal issues and how COVID-19 is impacting farmers. Margo, Andy, and Rusty also took questions from participants.
Farmers on COVID-19: Let’s Learn from Each Other
On March, 30, 2020, the Virginia Association for Biological Farming partnered with the National Center for Appropriate Technology and other partners to conduct an online listening session with farmers to learn about the challenges and opportunities associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Members of each organization, as well as a number of farmers, talked about their strategies ranging from marketing to safety protocols as well as taking questions from participants in the session.
Local Food COVID Adaptations: Pearl Drive-Thru Farmer’s Market
NCAT Sustainable Agriculture Specialist Colin Mitchell discusses how his local farmers market in San Antonio, Texas, has adapted to a drive-thru format to provide local, sustainable food to the public under a shelter in place during the COVID-19 pandemic. He then takes you on a ride-along while he picks up his order from the Pearl Farmers Market Curbside service.
Tammy Howard, an NCAT horticulture specialist, shares her recipe for potting mix from her cut-flower operation, Nana Louie Farm, in Belgrade, Montana, and takes you step-by-step through the process of making it.
Seed Starting and COVID Resiliency
Devona Bell, NCAT’s Director of Sustainable Agriculture and Sustainable Communities, shares her seed starting system, which is based in the sun room of her Virginia home and features homemade grow tables. Devona also discusses potting mix and her choice of seed varieties.
Soil Sampling: A Management Strategy
NCAT soil specialist Nina Prater takes you along as she gathers soil samples on the sustainable livestock operation she runs with her husband, Jeremy, in the Ozarks of Arkansas. Regular soil testing should be a part of every farmer’s management strategy, but a soil test’s results are only as good as the samples you take. This video will help you understand how to be sure you are sampling correctly, either with a soil probe or a sharp-shooter shovel.
Sustainable Livestock in Arkansas
Nina Prater, an NCAT agriculture specialist, and her husband Jeremy have a sustainable livestock operation in the Ozarks of Arkansas. Join them for a quick tour to get a taste of the way they raise hogs, meat goats, cattle, and a few laying hens. They practice adaptive management grazing and raise all their livestock on pasture or in the woods in the case of the hogs.
Agriculture Workers and Employers Interim Guidance, CDC and the U.S. Department of Labor
This guidance provides a template of action to protect agriculture workers from coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Coronavirus and USDA Assistance for Farmers, USDA
Information on how to interact with your USDA Service Centers during the coronavirus pandemic.
Coronavirus Dieases (COVID-19), USDA
An extensive list of frequently asked questions related to COVID-19.
The Covid-19 Crisis: Planning for Extra Care on your Small/Mid-Sized Farm Guidance, Agricultural Justice Project
Guidance for farms on how to consider COVID-19 in health and safety on the farm (how to develop a farm plan around COVID-19).
Farm Biosecurity Basics: Keeping Employees Healthy, Michigan State University Extension
Recommendations for farmers who wish to develop or improve their biosecurity standards.
Farming in the Shadow of Coronavirus: Plan and plan – and then plan some more, A Greener World
A series of questions helps farmers look objectively at their own situations to make realistic and honest decisions for the future.
Food Hub Listening Session, Wallace Center and the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT)
The Wallace Center and NCAT, through its ATTRA sustainable-agriculture program, recently hosted an online listening session focused on strategies and challenges for food hubs during the COVID-19 pandemic. A recording of the discussion and collaborative notes from participants are now available. There is an online four-question survey available for those who took part in the session, and organizers are asking those who weren’t on the call to answer Question 4 in the survey to help determine topics for future sessions.
Managing Workers on the Farm During COVID-19, Farm Commons
Part 5 of Farm Commons’ podcast series discusses COVID-19’s impacts on workers on the farm through diversification into farmstand sales and delivery, as well as social distancing practices. This is one of many COVID-19 resources offered by Farm Commons.
Mitigating Immediate Harmful Impacts of COVID-19 on Farms and Ranches Selling Through Local and Regional Food Markets, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
Economic impact assessment and policy recommendations for supporting farms and ranches that sell through local and regional food markets.
Novel Coronavirus Prevention & Control for Farms, Cornell Agricultural Workforce Development
A list of employer action steps and links to printable fact sheets and posters.
COVID-19 Reliable Resources for Farmworkers (English and Spanish), Cornell Agricultural Workforce Development
Webinars, printable resources, news items and blog posts are listed as credible, multi-lingual information about COVID-19.
Six Possible Impacts of COVID-19 on Farming, Successful Farming
Successful Farming magazine identifies six specific things farmers, farm families, ag employers, and employees need to be aware of and plan for.
NSAC’s Response to and Resources for COVID-19, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
NSAC provides analysis of aid programs and food systems impacts, as well as a Statement on COVID-19 and its Impacts on the Farm and Food System and policy recommendations.
Support for Local and Regional Food Systems in COVID-19 Response, Food Law and Policy Clinic at Harvard Law School
Identifies legislative and administrative actions that Congress and USDA can take to unlock already-appropriated funding to affected farmers.
Considerations for Fruit and Vegetable Growers Related to Coronavirus & COVID-19, University of Vermont
Planning and communication advice for markets and farmers markets.
Coronavirus: Fresh Produce Industry Resources, United Fresh Produce Association
An industry resource page to help address commonly asked questions, and provide resources for businesses.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update, Wine Institute
Updates regarding winery and vineyard operations in California.
COVID-19 and Agritourism in Maryland, University of Maryland Extension
Tips and links to resources and examples for u-pick and other agritourism operations.
COVID-19 Business Resources, American Association of Meat Processors
Information on food safety, industry guidance, labor laws, and more.
COVID-19 Farm Resources, Pennsylvania’s Center for Dairy Excellence
A listing of resources to help dairy farmers navigate COVID-19.
COVID-19 Resources for Farm to School and ECE, National Farm to School Network
Resources related to COVID-19 relevant to the farm to school and farm to early care and education community.
Responding to the Coronavirus Pandemic, Equitable Food Initiative
Resources and ideas for educating workers and implementing safety measures on fresh produce operations. Includes processes and ideas shared from EFI-certified farms where worker-manager collaborative teams were consulted in creating safety measures in response to coronavirus.
Risk Reduction Options for Pick-Your-Own Farms During the COVID-19 Pandemic, University of Vermont Extension
This three-page resource addresses key decisions and options for managing risk related to Pick-Your-Own operations.
Shipping Pastured Poultry Products, American Pastured Poultry Producers Association
A quick start for pastured poultry producers on shipping directly to the consumer doorstep.
Supporting Organic Farms and Businesses Through the COVID-19 Crisis, Organic Trade Association
Updated news on critical developments for the organic industry.
We Are Essential, CCOF
A blog series that explores how the organic community is navigating the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
In many states, the state department of agriculture has posted specific guidelines and requirements. Locate your state’s department of agriculture here.
CoVID19 Food Safety Resources, UC Food Safety
This site has extensive links to resources (including some in Spanish) relevant to Community Gardens, Consumers, Extension Educators, Farmers Markets, Food Banks, Food Supply Chains, Grocery Stores, Produce Growers, U-Pick Farms, Retail Food Establishments, and Workers.
Considerations for Fruit and Vegetable Growers Related to Coronavirus & COVID-19, University of Vermont
Information on health and food safety steps that growers should take.
Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2 (List N), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
This list includes products that meet EPA’s criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes the disease COVID-19.
Food Industry Resources, Institute for Food Safety at Cornell University
Virtual office hours for food safety questions, processing checklist, and other information resources.
Food Safety and Coronavirus: A Comprehensive Guide, Serious Eats
Questions about COVID-19 and food safety, answered.
What equipment sanitizers are effective against Coronavirus/COVID-19 and also allowed by organic regulations?, CCOF
CCOF offers information on cleaners and sanitizers allowed in organic production.
Covid-19 Farmers Market Response and Best Practices
This tipsheet from the Montana Farmers Market Network was created to provide best practices and recommendations to Montana farmers market operators and vendors in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and Retail Food, Beverage, and Other Related Service Venues, California Department of Public Health
The State of California offers guidance for operations modifications at certified farmers markets.
COVID19 Farmers Market Response and Best Practices, California Alliance of Farmer’s Markets
A collection of public health guidelines from farmers across the country who are working quickly to comply with public health officials’ guidance and requirement to keep farmers market open.
COVID-19 Guidelines for Farmers & Markets, PASA
This recorded webinar reviews the guidelines issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture on COVID-19 for farmers, markets, and related ag businesses. It outlines additional measures recommended for direct-to-consumer farms and farmers markets to limit in-person transactions.
Covid-19 Crisis Best Practices, Examples, and Resources, Farmers Market Coalition
Quotes, pictures, links, and best practices from market organizations around the country, explaining how they are mitigating exposure while still providing healthy food to residents.
Shopping the Farmers Market During COVID-19, Minnesota Department of Agriculture
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s one-page PDF guide helps customers know what they can do to ensure a safe market visit.
Supporting Alternative Sales Options for Direct to Market Farmers, Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI-USA)
Tips for farmers market managers on how they can support vendors who need to move to online or home delivery sales.
ATTRA offers numerous free print, video, podcast, and other resources on marketing. Visit our Marketing and Business topic area to find these resources.
COVID-19 Institutional Matchmaking: food, distribution, storage, labor, Farm to Institution New England
A spreadsheet for available food and needed food throughout the institutional system in New England. This includes: food, storage, trucking services, labor, and technical assistance.
COVID Response and Resources for CSAs, Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) and CSA Innovation Network
A collection of useful resources for Community Supported Agriculture (CSA).
The Direct Market Farmer’s Guide to COVID-19, Local Line
A guide to help your business survive in a time of outbreak, prepare to reduce the impact of quarantine, and avert losses.
Diversifying Farm Sales in Response to COVID-19, Farm Commons
This Farm Commons podcast discusses key legal considerations for farmers diversifying into collective distribution programs, farmstand sales, and product delivery in response to COVID-19’s changes to marketing channels.
Farm Sales through Online Platforms and CSA, Farm Commons
This podcast episode discusses the legal mechanics of online sales platforms and CSA agreements as part of special coverage on COVID-19’s effects on farm businesses.
Farmer-Eater Exchange, Land Stewardship Project
An online clearinghouse of farmer-member products available, to help connect producers with customers.
How to Build Market Resilience, Cornell Small Farms Program
A collection of resources to help you access markets for your farm products and reach customers.
Maine Farm Product and Pick-Up Directory, University of Maine Cooperative Extension
An interactive map and directory of farm products and seafood, to increase public access to products.
Market Farming in a Pandemic, Midwest Organic & Sustainable Education Service
This MOSES Organic podcast features vegetable growers Katie Bishop and Rebecca Henderson on how they’ve adjusted so far, as well as online marketing expert Janelle Maiocco on how to quickly get started in online sales.
MarketMaker, Global Food and Ag Network
MarketMaker is a national network operating in 20 states that connect farmers and fishermen with food retailers, grocery stores, processors, caterers, chefs, and consumers. Producers register their businesses in MarketMaker and food buyers access the database to find products and services to meet their specific needs.
Resources for Marketing During COVID-19 and Beyond, Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
Information on setting up online sales, listing in online directories, and other marketing options.
Social Media Toolkit for Farmers During COVID-19 Pandemic, Connecticut Department of Agriculture
Tips, content and social media posts for you or your organization to activate, including graphics of Connecticut-grown products.
Why Delivery Will Save Your Farm During a Quarantine, 3 Cow Marketing
This podcast offers a step-by-step process for implementing drop sites and deliveries.
Find information about more general financial assistance sources in our listing of Funding Opportunities, updated daily.
Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP)
Assistance to producers of agricultural commodities who have suffered a 5%-or-greater price decline or who had losses due to market supply chain disruptions due to COVID-19 and face additional significant market costs. USDA is accepting applications until August 28, 2020.
Bricmont Hardship Assistance Fund, California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF)
Provides direct financial assistance exclusively to organic producers who suffer financial losses due to extreme hardship.
California Family Farmer Emergency Fund, Community Alliance with Family Farmers
California farmers whose operations make a minimum of $10,000 and a maximum of $400,000 in gross sales annually can apply for grants of $1,000 to $5,000. At least 50% of all grant funds will be awarded to farmers of color, immigrant farmers, and undocumented farmers.
CISA Emergency Farm Fund, Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture
Zero-interest loans up to $25,000 for farms in Franklin, Hampden, and Hampshire counties, Massachusetts, that have been affected by COVID-19.
A Closer Look at Farmer Relief in Senate Pandemic Aid Package, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC)
NSAC breaks down how the senate aid package in response to the COVID-19 crisis provides relief to farmers and ranchers.
The Coronavirus Financial Impact Loan Program, Hebrew Free Loan Society – New York City Area
HFLS is providing interest-free loans of $2,000 to $5,000 to residents of New York City’s five boroughs, Westchester, or Long Island who are facing financial challenges caused by the Coronavirus outbreak.
Coronavirus Financial Bridge Loan Program, Hebrew Free Loan Association – Pittsburgh
The Bridge Loan Program provides interest-free loans on a nonsectarian basis for up to $5,000 to residents in the Pittsburgh area who are facing financial challenges caused by the Coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak.
COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide, USDA
A one-stop-shop of federal programs that can be used by rural communities, organizations and individuals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Disaster Loans in Response to Coronavirus, Small Business Administration
The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance. These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills. The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses and 2.75% for nonprofits.
Farmer Emergency Fund, NOFA Vermont
NOFA Vermont is building a list of people skilled enough to lead milkings on farms if dairy farmers become sick. NOFA-VT will make funds available through its Farmer Emergency Fund to pay the relief workers.
Farmer Relief Fund, American Farmland Trust
AFT’s Farmer Relief Fund will award farmers with cash grants of up to $1,000 each to help them weather the current storm of market disruptions caused by the coronavirus crisis.
Farmers’ Guide to COVID-19 Relief, Farmers’ Legal Action Group
An updated 63-page PDF guide that focuses on how various programs, including the CARES Act, can provide relief to farmers.
Minnesota Disaster Recovery Loan Program, Minnesota Department of Agriculture Rural Finance Authority
Offers Minnesota farmers affordable financing and terms and conditions not available from traditional lenders.
Special and Urgent Needs Fund for Adirondack Community, Adirondack Foundation
Accepts applications from nonprofits, municipalities, and schools, for programs that provide food access and other services.
USDA Rural Development COVID-19 Resources, USDA Rural Development
USDA Rural Development offers several opportunities for immediate relief under Rural Housing Service, Rural Utilities Service, and Rural Business-Cooperative Service. Some application deadlines are also being extended.
Arkansas COVID-19 Food Access, Arkansas Department of Agriculture
An interactive map showing the location of school meals, food pantries and community meals, and farmers markets and farm sales.
COVID-19 Shelter-in-Place Direct-from-farms Food Resources, California Agricultural Tourism Directory
Resources to help California consumers purchase directly from local farms and ranches.
Food & Land Sovereignty Resource List for COVID-19, Soul Fire Farm, Black Farmer Fund, and Northeast Farmers of Color
A resource hub for needs during COVID-19 crisis. Offers specific mutual aid related to community food sovereignty and farmers.
Map of Feeding Efforts, World Central Kitchen
World Central Kitchen is mapping out all of the school districts, restaurants offering meals to those in need, and organizations working to keep people fed. School districts and community partners leading efforts at the local level are encouraged to add their activities to this map.
Didn’t find what you were looking for on our page? You may want to try these collections of resources assembled by our friends at other organizations:
Coronavirus Resources for Farmers, Consumers, & Farmers Market Managers, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association
Information for farmers, consumers, and farmers markets.
COVID-19: Resources for Farmers & Consumers, Council for Healthy Food Systems
Resources for farmers, market managers, and consumers.
COVID-19 and the Slow Food Community, Slow Food USA
The Slow Food Mutual Aid database offers information on local initiatives across the country, supporting local food and farmers.
COVID-19 Information and Support for Maine Farmers, Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
A comprehensive and frequently updated list of resources to support farmers, including food safety recommendations, customer relations, federal support programs, labor resources, mental health support services, networking, and more.
COVID-19 Support Resources, Oregon Tilth
A list of resources to assist farmers in responding to the COVID-19 crisis.
COVID-19 Resources, Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network
Worker safety and online sales information.
COVID-19 Resources, National Young Farmers Coalition
Mapping, policy, advocacy, mental health, food safety, marketing, and other resources, searchable by type and state.
COVID-19 Resources for Farmers, University of Connecticut Extension
A listing of of useful resources for farmers regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. The page also includes resources for families, businesses, and more.
COVID-19 Response & Resources for California Family Farms, Community Alliance with Family Farms (CAFF) and Farmers Guild
Useful tips, resources, and guidelines to help keep family farms safe, informed, and in business during this crisis. Resources available online range from policy advocacy tools for consumers to venues for connecting resources with those who need them to solve supply-chain problems.
Farm & Food System Resources amid COVID-19, Land for Good
A collection of resources for farmers, people who want to support farms, and policymakers, including sources of farm grants and loans.
Resources for Farmers Affected by COVID-19, Farm Aid
Links to articles and information, food safety details, marketing options, and links to information offered by individual states.
Supporting Farmers & Food Systems during Covid-19, Ecological Farming Association
Resources for farmers, advocacy information, and resources for finding food and CSAs.
Many local agricultural organizations are holding listening sessions to collect input from farmers. Some of these are listed on the ATTRA Events calendar.
American Farmland Trust’s Farmer Relief Fund routes 100% of donations to the fund directly to farmers, in cash grants of $1,000 each.
COVID-19 Farmers Market Advocacy Toolkit, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association
Tools and information to support you in advocating for farmers markets to remain open during emergency orders related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
How Are You Building Farm Resilience in this Crisis?, Cornell Small Farms Program
Share ideas about how we can take care of ourselves, our farms, and our local communities.
USDA is requesting comments that add commodities for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program and requesting specific information related to certain specialty crops. Comments are due by June 22, 2020.
Información para Empleadores y Agricultores:
Employment Development Department (Español)
-Recursos para empleadores, trabajadores y recursos adicionales.
American Farmland Trust: Fondos para agricultores afectados por el corona virus
-El Fondo de Ayuda para Agricultores proveerá subvenciones en efectivo de hasta $1,000 por agricultor(a) con el propósito de ayudarles a sobrellevar la actual interrupción de los mercados por causa de la crisis del coronavirus.
La solicitud (que estará disponible a partir del 26 de marzo hasta el 23 de abril) será simple y fácil de llenar e incluye suficientes datos para garantizar que AFT estará otorgando el fondo a los productores con las necesidades más grandes.
U.S. Small Business Administration (Español)
-Ofrecen préstamos de bajo interés para pequeños negocios que han sufrido por causa de la corona virus. En los casos de negocios agrícolas, estos fondos son disponibles solamente para cooperativas agrícolas, viveros, y negocios de aquicultura.
-Esta página contiene los últimos recursos del Estado de California.
Publicaciones y Videos:
Páginas para imprimir y compartir sobre varios temas relacionados al coronavirus (Español y otras lenguas)
Video: La prevencion del coronavirus (varias lenguas indígenas)
Video: Información General sobre el Coronavirus (español y mam)
Recursos generales (varias lenguas indígenas)
¿Donde hay casos de corona virus? (mapa mundial)
-Recursos y respuesta del Gobierno ante el coronavirus (COVID-19)
-Estadísticas generales de la infección, ¿Qué hacer si está enfermo?
¿Qué sucede si no tengo seguro de salud y necesito pruebas de detección o tratamiento para COVID-19?
-Contacte a un centro de salud comunitario (en inglés) o hospital.
-Averigüe si es elegible para Medi-Cal (Español).
-¿Que se puede hacer para reducir el riesgo de infección?
-¿Que puedo hacer para reducir el riesgo de transmisión de COVID-19 en mi lugar de trabajo?
-General, precauciones, síntomas ¿Que hacer si esta enfermo?
COVID-19 y el Suministro de Comida, Departamento de Alimentación y Agricultura de California
Enfermedad del COVID-19, Departamento de salud de Minnesota
-Lista de recursos sobre COVID-19.
Estadísticas generales de la infección, ¿Qué hacer si está enfermo?, Departamento de Salud Pública De California
-California publica actualizaciones diarias sobre COVID-19. Consulte la actualización más reciente en la página de los Comunicados de Prensa de CDPH.
Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 en Español, Multnomah County, Oregon
Otros Recursos sobre el virus en Ingles:
Una mirada más cercana a la ayuda del agricultor en el paquete de ayuda pandémica del Senado, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC). NSAC desglosa cómo el paquete de ayuda al Senado en respuesta a la crisis COVID-19 proporciona alivio a los agricultores y ganaderos.
Recursos de NCAT (Ingles)
-General, seguridad alimentaria, farmers markets (mercado de agricultores), Mercados alternativos, y ayuda financiera.
-General, seguridad alimentaria, farmers markets (mercado de agricultores), Mercados alternativos, y ayuda financiera, noticias.