Below are publications and resources for fruit and vegetable growers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

General Resources:

UT Extension COVID-19 and Food Safety FAQ:  Is coronavirus a concern on fresh produce?

UT Extension COVID-19 and Food Safety FAQ:  Is coronavirus an issue in produce production?

UT Extension Washing Produce

Centers for Disease Control

Center for Profitable Agriculture COVID-19 Resources

Cornell Novel Coronavirus Prevention & Control for Farms

NCSU COVID-19 Resources

NCSU-UGA COVID-19 Preventative Measures: Preventing the Spread

TN Department of Health

USDA COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide

Best Farm Practices:

UT Extension Handling COVID-19 Best Practices for Agribusiness

UT Extension Handling COVID-19 Produce Farms and Packinghouses

OSU COVID-19 Food Safety for Plain Growers

UGA Food Safety and Production Protocols for COVID-19

University of Vermont COVID-19 Resources
*NOTE: Lots of good resources here, but scroll to the bottom to the ‘Farmer Generated Resources’ for Word documents that you can customize for your farm created by other fruit and vegetable growers.

Cleaning, Sanitizing and Disinfecting:

EPA List N: Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2
NOTE: The disinfectants that are listed for ‘human coronavirus’ as well as the contact time, which is the amount of time the chemical needs to remain wet on the surface being treated. The contact time can range from less than a minute up to 10 minutes.   

Community Gardens:

COVID-19 FAQ for Community Gardens

CSA:

Community Alliance with Family Farmers – On-Food Farm Safety during COVID-19: How to Prepare CSA Pick Up Sites?

Farm Preparedness:

Community Alliance with Family Farmers – On-Farm Food Safety during COVID-19: How to Prepare for an Employee Shortage

Example COVID-19 Farm Preparedness Plan
*NOTE: This is one example of a standard operating procedure (SOP) that Two Farmers farm in Maine has created and tailored to their farm, and decided to share with others in response to COVID-19. Each grower should assess their own situation, practices, and resources when creating a preparedness plan for their own farm.

Farmers Markets:

UT Extension COVID-19 FAQ for Farmers Markets

Local (Carrboro Farmers’ Market) Farmers’ Markets Do Their Part to Flatten the Curve on Coronavirus

Farmworkers and H-2A

UT Extension Updates on the H-2A Program in the Midst of COVID-19

UT Extension Expansion of the categories of H-2 visa applicants whose applications can be decided on without an in-person interview

UT Extension Expansión de los criterios para aplicantes a la visa H-2A que no necesitan una entrevista en persona

UT Extension Information to Protect Farmworkers and Their Employers in the Midst of COVID-19

UT Fact Sheet of  Title II of the CARES Act: “Assistance for American Workers, Families and Businesses”

Temporary Changes to Requirements Affecting H–2A Nonimmigrants Due to the COVID–19 National Emergency Effective Rule April 20

US Department of Labor FAQ – Round 1: Office of Foreign Labor Certification National Processing Centers Communication with employers, updates, requests for extensions to deadlines, changes in Labor Condition Applications and changes in need for workers

US Department of Labor FAQ – Round 2: Changing working sites, and labor activities and services to promote social distancing, quarantined workers and invoking contract impossibility  

Legal Considerations:

Farm Commons – COVID-19 Legal questions  

Farmers’ Legal Action Group Farmers’ Guide to COVID-19 Relief 2nd Edition   

Pick Your Own:

UT Extension COVID-19 FAQ for U-Pick Farms

UT Considerations for Operating a Pick-Your-Own Operation During the COVID-19 Pandemic

University of Maryland Extension COVID-19 and Agritourism in Maryland

Produce Auctions:

OSU COVID-19 Food Safety for Produce Auctions

Retail Signs:

Florida Department of Health Handwashing Poster

Please Don’t Shop While Sick – Red

Please Don’t Shop While Sick – Blue

Please Don’t Shop While Sick – Green

Please Don’t Shop While Sick – Gray

TN Health Department Handwashing Poster

Worker Health and Hygiene:

NCSU Always Be Cleaning & Sanitizing + Understanding Disinfection Webinar and Notes

Gloves:

How to Remove Gloves

Proper Glove Use Factsheet

Handwashing:

NCSU Handwashing Units- An Overview of Units for Small to Large-Scale Agricultural Operations

University of Minnesota – Build a Portable Handwashing Station for Less Than $20, Instructions and Video

Masks:

Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19 (and instructions for making your own- sewn or no-sew templates)

NCSU COVID-19 Preventative Measures: Bandanas as Facecloth Coverings (English)

NCSU COVID-19 Preventative Measures: Bandanas as Facecloth Coverings (Spanish)

NCSU COVID-19 Preventative Measures: DIY Cloth Face Coverings (in Spanish)

FDA Use of Respirators, Facemasks, and Cloth Face Coverings in the Food and Agriculture Sector During Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Pandemic