COVID-19 Resources for Farmers


As we all deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re doing everything we can to help farmers succeed in these trying times. We’ll add new resources as they become available, so check back often!

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Resources for Market Farmers


From Organic Broadcaster: Farmer-nurse shares plan to manage impact of coronavirus on market farms

Small farms and small businesses may experience extreme disruption this season due to closings and cancellations to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Here are four steps you can take now to build resilience on your farm during what may prove to be a tough year. Read more.


Free Workshop Audio Recording & PowerPoint: Attract Local Customers Online

Learn how to attract buyers across the web, mobile, and social channels, and build your farm brand. See real-life examples that have worked to attract local customers and increases sales. Come away with tactical next steps and resources to develop a loyal base of customers so your farm can thrive online. Presented by Janelle Maiocco at MOSES 2020. Follow along with slides from this workshop. 


Episode 1: Market Farming in a Pandemic
COVID-19 has forced us all to make big changes fast. This is especially true for market farmers. In our first episode, we talk to 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.



Guidelines from Farmers Market Coalition

Minnesota Farmers Market Association COVID-19 Resources

MFMA collects recent webinars, hosts Thursday Open Zoom Forums, and offers resources for farmers market managers, vendors, and customers to make sure that our communities remain safe and food secure through the COVID-19 crisis.

Food Safety Information for Fruit and Vegetable Producers During the COVID-19 Pandemic: What We Know

This article by Annalisa Hultberg, Extension Educator at the University of Minnesota for on-farm food safety is a good overview of what producers should consider.

Grants for Members of Dane County Farmers Market and FairShare CSA Coalition
Member farms and food businesses may request up to $500 in grants that do not need to be repaid. Click here to contribute to the fund.


Resources for Livestock & Dairy Farmers


Free Online Course: How to Start Selling Online in 5 Days
Alderspring Ranch in Idaho has years of experience at selling and shipping frozen beef to customers around the country. They’ve created this free step-by-step course to get your farm store up and running in no time.

How Can Livestock Farmers Prepare for the Coronavirus Outbreak?

This bulletin from the University of Maine offers checklists and resources for preparing your farm to weather the COVID-19 pandemic.

Resources for Dairy Farms

This curated list comes from The Center for Dairy Excellence and is focused on dairy operations and engaging your on-farm workforce in preparation to weather the COVID-19 pandemic.

Webinar: Farm to Freezer – The Logistics of Online Sales and Shipping Meat

On April 2, Oregon State and Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network (NMPAN) co-host this webinar of experienced panelists sharing their experience with online sales and shipments of meat.

COVID-19 Creates Challenges for the Cattle Industry



Health and Safety Resources


Build a Handwashing Station

The University of Minnesota provides blueprints and instructions for building a field handwashing station. This may prove to be a worthwhile addition to farmer’s market stands, farm product pick-up sites, or for field crews on your operation to manage good hand washing hygiene.

COVID-19 Safety Protocols for Food Distribution and Purchases

This evolving document is being developed through a partnership of several east coast organizations. It provides guidance for on-farm pickups, CSAs, farmer’s markets, and employee safety.

Managing Visitors and Deliveries to Farms

The University of Wisconsin Extension advises farms on how to manage farm operations to mitigate potential virus spread and develop on-farm protocols to protect farmers, employees, customers, and visitors.

Precautions for Accepting On-Farm Deliveries

The University of Wisconsin’s John Shutske and Cheryl Skjolaas advise farmers on what precautions to take as they accept seed, feed, amendment, and other deliveries to their farm to reduce the potential for transmission.

Research: COVID-19’s Persistence on Surfaces

As you plan sanitation and hygiene protocol for your farm, employees, off-farm sales, and during deliveries/pick-ups, it’s important to be well-informed. This New England Journal of Medicine study finds that the virus was detected up to 72 hours after application on non-porous surfaces like stainless steel and plastic and up to 24 hours on porous surfaces like cardboard. The study does not answer the question of what level of contamination is required to create an infection.

Food Safety Information for Fruit and Vegetable Producers During the COVID-19 Pandemic: What We Know

This article by Annalisa Hultberg, Extension Educator at the University of Minnesota for on-farm food safety provides an overview of what producers should consider.

Guidelines from Farmers Market Coalition

Farmers Market Coalition is providing daily updates and announcements referencing state announcements, small business resources, and other support that pertains to farmer’s market sales and management.


Financial and Business Resources

Cash Grants From American Farmland Trust

Up to $1,000 to help small and mid-size direct-market producers weather the current storm of market disruptions caused by the coronavirus crisis.

Farm Aid Request for Assistance

Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Loans
Navigate to your state to find COVID-19 Disaster Declarations, fact sheets, and resources for impacted businesses. Only aquaculture enterprises, agricultural cooperatives, or nurseries are eligible.
* Update: As of 03/31/20, the newly signed CARES Act makes the Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) available to farmers and agricultural enterprises. Congress has given SBA 15 days to draft implementation rules and regulations. Please watch SBA for the most recent information.

Financial Assistance Programs for Farmers During COVID-19

University of New Hampshire Extension is collecting and explaining resources on this webpage.

Grants for Members of Dane County Farmers Market and FairShare CSA Coalition
Member farms and food businesses may request up to $500 in grants that do not need to be repaid. Click here to contribute to the fund.

3 Tactics For Your Farm to Succeed in Light of Coronavirus Impacts

Barn2Door looks at three actionable tactics that farms can use to continue serving their customers by providing online ordering, safety, and convenience for shoppers.

Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Planning Tool

This template tool was devised by the Extension Disaster Education Network  to help businesses and organizations prepare for epidemics.


Selling Online And Listing Opportunities


Webinar: Online Sales Platforms

This Oregon Tilth webinar reviews several different online sales platforms to make your farm’s products available direct-to-consumer online.

Resources for Marketing During COVID-19 Community Document

This shared document from the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) lists online marketing sites, marketing advice, and examples of online marketing that may be useful to your farm.

Farmer-Eater Exchange

Land Stewardship Project members can list products they would like to market straight to customers on this new webpage.

Minnesota Cooks – Buying Local While Social Distancing Farmers selling into Minnesota are invited to list themselves to advertise products or CSA availability. Minnesota Cooks is also inviting producers to participate in a survey on the site.

Buy Native American Food for Delivery

Uproxx hosts this national listing and ordering platform for food and farm businesses run by Native American communities. List or find native businesses and learn about some of the unique issues facing indigenous communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Employment And Legal Resources


Farm Commons Podcast, Fact Sheets, and Other Resources

Farm Commons is releasing podcasts related to legal matters related to COVID-19 responses. Learn about managing on-farm workers, shifting farm sales to online or CSA platforms, diversifying farm sales, health screening and unemployment on the farm, and managing new laws around sick leave on your farm.

COVID-19 Guidance for Farm Employers

The University of Madison Extension’s Trisha Wagner developed this resource for farmer employers to manage and mitigate the issues around employment during the COVID-19 crisis.

Paycheck Protection Program

As part of the CARES Act, small business are being offered forgivable loans to ensure that employment levels and employee compensation are maintained. These forgivable loans cover payroll costs as well as many, mortgage interest, rent, and utility costs. Speak with your banker to learn more or apply. This resource is also helpful.

CDC Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers

See current advice and resources from the Center for Disease Control in regards to cleaning and disinfection guidance, best practices for social distancing, and strategies for implementing business-level response to COVID-19.



Additional Resources and Information

Uplifting Music

Playlists featuring artists that have performed at Farm Aid festivals since 1985


Supporting Food Banks and Food Pantries Through COVID-19

The California Association of Food Banks offers recommendations for managing hunger relief efforts during the pandemic. This resource also discusses supply chain considerations and more extensive measures that may be needed in the future if the spread continues at current rates.

The COVID-19 Crisis and the People’s Right to Food, Health, and Livelihood

This joint statement of PAN Asia Pacific and the People’s Coalition on Food Sovereignty dives into the current food system and health needs, concerns for rural communities access to healthcare, and addresses how food security may be impacted by speculation in production and trade marketplaces.

Six Possible Impacts of COVID-19 on Farming

The University of Wisconsin’s John Shutske and Mark Stephenson investigate the COVID-19 crisis’s potential impact on markets and farm prices, supply chain slowdowns and shortages, farmer health, workforces, worker safety and access to personal protective equipment (PPE), and other disruptions.

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