Below are publications and resources for fruit and vegetable growers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.
COVID-19 FAQ for Community Gardens
Community Alliance with Family Farmers – On-Food Farm Safety during COVID-19: How to Prepare CSA Pick Up Sites?
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.
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 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
UT Weekly Webinar Wednesday Information for Agricultural Employees on the COVID-19 Virus in Spanish (Un nuevo virus COVID19 información para empleados agrícolas)
Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act): Employee Paid Leave Rights
Employee Rights Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family and Medical Leave Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act Posters:
CDC Agricultural Employer Checklist for Creating a COVID-19 Assessment and Control Plan
Agriculture Workers and Employers Interim Guidance from CDC and the U.S. Department of Labor
TN Department of Health COVID-19 Prevention, Monitoring, and Management for Agricultural Settings
UT Extension Expansión de los criterios para aplicantes a la visa H-2A que no necesitan una entrevista en persona
University of Michigan Extension – Families First Coronavirus Response Act
University of Winconsin, Madison – Families First Coronavirus Response Act
First Coronavirus Recovery Act: Legal Obligations for Farms with Employees
during COVID-19 – Paul Mitchell
DEPARTAMENTO DO TRABAJO DE ESTADOS UNIDOS DERECHOS DEL EMPLEADO
CDC Guía para las familias grandes o extendidas que viven en el mismo hogar
CDC 10 maneras de manejar los síntomas respiratorios en casa
CDC Lo que usted debe saber acerca del COVID-19 para protegerse y proteger a los demás
CDC Síntomas del coronavirus (COVID-19)
NCSU Extension Farmworker Health and Safety Education Program Videos:
Part 1 of 3 – ¿Qué es el coronavirus y los síntomas? / What is coronavirus and it’s symptoms?
Part 2 of 3 – ¿Cómo se transmite el coronavirus? / How does coronavirus spread?
Part 3 of 3 – Trabajadores del campo y el coronavirus / Farmworkers and COVID-19
Knox Co. Health Department Coronavirus videos:
¿Flu o Coronavirus?
Alguien en casa salió positivo. ¿Cómo evitar transmisión al lavar la ropa?
Alguien en casa salió positivo. ¿Cómo evitar transmisión del virus por medio de comida?
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
OSU COVID-19 Food Safety for Produce Auctions
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:
FDA and OSHA Employee Health and Food Safety Checklist for Human and Animal Food Operations During the COVID-19 Pandemic
NCSU Always Be Cleaning & Sanitizing + Understanding Disinfection Webinar and Notes
Worker Health & Hygiene Posters:
How to Remove Gloves
Proper Glove Use Factsheet
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
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