ATTRA's COVID-19 statement

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ATTRA COVID Response

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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Video Series by NCAT Agriculture Specialists

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 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.

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.

 


 

General Information for Agricultural Producers

Coronavirus and USDA Service Centers. 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.

Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce, U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency
Provides a listing of Food and Agriculture sector workers considered essential to continued critical infrastructure viability. 

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.

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.

Statement on COVID-19 and its Impacts on the Farm and Food System, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
NSAC identifies opportunities to act to protect and sustain farmers, ranchers, and the most at-risk and impacted individuals in our communities.

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.

Supporting Organic Farms and Businesses Through the COVID-19 Crisis, Organic Trade Association
Updated news on critical developments for the organic industry.

Resources for Specific Types of Producers

Considerations for Fruit and Vegetable Growers Related to Coronavirus & COVID-19, University of Vermont
Planning and communication advice for markets and farmers markets.

COVID-19 Business Resources, American Association of Meat Processors
Information on food safety, industry guidance, labor laws, and more.

COVID-19 Farm Resources, Center for Dairy Excellence
A listing of resources to help dairy farmers navigate COVID-19.

Food Safety Information for Agricultural Producers

In many states, the state department of agriculture has posted specific guidelines and requirements. Locate your state’s department of agriculture here.

CoVID19 Resources: Food-related Resources for CoVID19 (Coronavirus) for Consumers and Food Industry, 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.

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.

Information and Best Practices for Farmers Markets

Webinar: 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.

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.

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.

 


 

Alternative Marketing Options for Farmers and Ranchers

COVID-19 Matchmaking: Institutional food, resources, labor, technical assistance, Farm to Institution New England
A spreadsheet for available food and needed food throughout the institutional system in New England. This includes: trucking services, processing services, 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).

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.

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.

Assistance for 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. 

 COVID-19 Bridge Loans 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. 

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). Note that eligible businesses include small agricultural cooperatives and producer cooperatives, but not agricultural enterprises. 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. A list of areas eligible for these disaster loans is available online.

Emergency Mini-Grants, Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA
RAFI-USA will be distributing emergency mini-grants of $500 to farmers who are drastically impacted by market sales disruptions caused by COVID-19. Funding is currently limited to farmers located in North Carolina.

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.

 Special and Urgent Needs Fund for Adirondack Community, Adirondack Foundation 
List of resources and funding opportunities such as for food access, meal delivery, and childcare. 

USDA Implements Immediate Measures to Help Rural Residents, Businesses and Communities Affected by COVID-19, 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.

Community/Food Sovereignty Resources 

 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. 

Collections of Resources from Other Organizations

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:

COVID-19 and the Slow Food Community, Slow Food USA
Information on local initiatives in locations 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 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.

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.

Get Involved

Many local agricultural organizations are holding listening sessions to collect input from farmers. Some of these are listed on the ATTRA Events calendar.

Farm Aid is conducting a brief, nine-question survey to understand how COVID-19 is affecting you, your work, and your community. This survey is not intended to be either burdensome or exhaustive; fill it out when you have time and include as much or as little as you’d like.