Guide Helps Agricultural Producers Navigate Disrupted Production Cycles
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Community Supported Agriculture
Purdue University released an online guide to help local producers navigate the COVID-19 outbreak and the disruption to local production cycles for food, fiber, and other products. The guide notes that postponement and cancellation of farmers markets, as well as changing demand from restaurants, could have a major impact on local food producers. The guide recommends that producers become proactive in connecting with customers, perhaps by changing business models. CSA delivery may be an option for some producers, and online sales are also an alternative. The guide also offers reminders about food safety standards, suggestions on inventory management, and information on delivery systems.