ATTRA COVID-19 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 shadowsocks被封:ATTRA Events calendar.

Please reach out to us and let us know how we can better serve you at: or 800-346-9140.


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Videos and Blogs by NCAT Agriculture Specialists

NCAT agriculture specialist Robert Maggiani talks with vendors at the New Braunfels, Texas, Farmers Market about their strategies to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.

On Tuesday, April 14, NCAT hosted an online listening session where farmer veterans could share their challenges and strategies for resiliency. NCAT’s Margo Hale, NCAT Southeast Regional Director and director of NCAT’s Armed to Farm program, along with NCAT Northeast Regional Director Andy Pressman, facilitated the listening session. Rusty Rumley, Senior Staff Attorney with the National Agricultural Law Center, joined them to share information on legal issues and how COVID-19 is impacting farmers. Margo, Andy, and Rusty also took questions from participants.

On March, 30, 2020, the Virginia Association for Biological Farming partnered with NCAT and other partners to conduct an online listening session with farmers to learn about the challenges and opportunities associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Members of each organization, as well as a number of farmers, talked about their strategies ranging from marketing to safety protocols, as well as taking questions from participants.

NCAT Sustainable Agriculture Specialist Colin Mitchell discusses how his local farmers market in San Antonio, Texas, has adapted to a drive-thru format to provide local, sustainable food to the public under a shelter in place during the COVID-19 pandemic. He then takes you on a ride-along while he picks up his order from the Pearl Farmers Market Curbside service.

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.

CFAP 2 — It’s Better!
In this webinar from NCAT and the Montana Organic Association, Jeff Schahczenski, NCAT agricultural economist, leads a discussion about the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP-2) that is making $13.21 billion in aid available to farmers whose prices, markets, and supply chains have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications for the program are due by December 11, 2020.

Blog 34. USDA Programs Can Help Farmers Succeed
An introduction to many resources available from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to assist farmers in their farming journey.

Blog 32. The Sequel is Better: CFAP2 is Available Now
The second Coronavirus Farm Assistance Program (CFAP2) is an expansion and improvement on the original. The USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) began taking applications for CFAP2 on September 21, 2020, and will accept them until December 11, 2020. About $14 billion has been made available to fund this relief effort for U.S. agriculture producers impacted by COVID-19.

Blog 29. How Farmers and Ranchers Can Find Recovery Assistance and Plan for Resilience
Our region is one of many farming communities across the country impacted by storms, fires, and other disasters this season. If you have been recently affected, here are some ways to learn about and seek disaster assistance for relief and recovery.

Blog 20. Feeding Communities Impacted by the Pandemic
In San Antonio, Texas, I saw a large number of organizations born or given new energy in order to respond to the national crisis in only a matter of weeks.

Blog 18. Selling Meat During the COVID-19 Pandemic
As soon as COVID-19 hit, though, people who have never bought meat from us before began reaching out to see if we had any meat available for sale. They wanted to stock their freezers! I heard from farmers all over the country that this was happening to them, too. This demand is great for producers, but it also comes with some challenges.

Blog 11. How about growing your own food during the COVID-19 restrictions?
As we are spending more time at home than we could have imagined a few months ago, why not also consider buying plant starts or seeds and growing your own food?

Blog 3. Rethinking Crop Insurance in the Time of Pandemic: Risk and Uncertainty
Have changes in risk and uncertainty brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic impacted the need and desire to re-examine crop insurance?

General Information for Agricultural Producers

CDC and the U.S. Department of Labor
This guidance provides a template of action to protect agriculture workers from coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Information on how to interact with your USDA Service Centers during the coronavirus pandemic.

An extensive list of frequently asked questions related to COVID-19.

, Agricultural Justice Project
Guidance for farms on how to consider COVID-19 in health and safety on the farm (how to develop a farm plan around COVID-19).

, Michigan State University Extension
Recommendations for farmers who wish to develop or improve their biosecurity standards.

, A Greener World
A series of questions helps farmers look objectively at their own situations to make realistic and honest decisions for the future.

Food Hub Listening Session, Wallace Center and the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT)
The Wallace Center and NCAT, through its ATTRA sustainable-agriculture program, recently hosted an online listening session focused on strategies and challenges for food hubs during the COVID-19 pandemic. A of the discussion and from participants are now available. There is an online four-question available for those who took part in the session, and organizers are asking those who weren’t on the call to answer Question 4 in the survey to help determine topics for future sessions.

, Farm Commons
Part 5 of Farm Commons’ podcast series discusses COVID-19’s impacts on workers on the farm through diversification into farmstand sales and delivery, as well as social distancing practices. This is one of many offered by Farm Commons.

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
Economic impact assessment and policy recommendations for supporting farms and ranches that sell through local and regional food markets.

, Cornell Agricultural Workforce Development
A list of employer action steps and links to printable fact sheets and posters.

, Cornell Agricultural Workforce Development
Webinars, printable resources, news items and blog posts are listed as credible, multi-lingual information about COVID-19.

, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
NSAC provides analysis of aid programs and food systems impacts, as well as a Statement on COVID-19 and its Impacts on the Farm and Food System and policy recommendations.

, 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.

Resources for Specific Types of Producers

, University of Vermont
Planning and communication advice for markets and farmers markets.

, United Fresh Produce Association
An industry resource page to help address commonly asked questions, and provide resources for businesses.

, Wine Institute
Updates regarding winery and vineyard operations in California.

, University of Maryland Extension
Tips and links to resources and examples for u-pick and other agritourism operations.

, American Association of Meat Processors
Information on food safety, industry guidance, labor laws, and more.

, Pennsylvania’s Center for Dairy Excellence
A listing of resources to help dairy farmers navigate COVID-19.

, National Farm to School Network
Resources related to COVID-19 relevant to the farm to school and farm to early care and education community.

, Equitable Food Initiative
Resources and ideas for educating workers and implementing safety measures on fresh produce operations. Includes processes and ideas shared from EFI-certified farms where worker-manager collaborative teams were consulted in creating safety measures in response to coronavirus.

, University of Vermont Extension
This three-page resource addresses key decisions and options for managing risk related to Pick-Your-Own operations.

, American Pastured Poultry Producers Association
A quick-start guide for pastured poultry producers on shipping directly to consumers.

, Organic Trade Association
Updated news on critical developments for the organic industry.

A blog series that explores how the organic community is navigating the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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 .

, 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.

, University of Vermont
Information on health and food safety steps that growers should take.

(List N), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
This list includes products that meet EPA’s criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes the disease COVID-19.

, Institute for Food Safety at Cornell University
Virtual office hours for food safety questions, processing checklist, and other information, including training videos and commodity-specific resources.

CCOF offers information on cleaners and sanitizers allowed in organic production.

Information and Best Practices for Farmers Markets

Covid-19 Farmers Market Response and Best Practices
This tipsheet from the Montana Farmers Market Network was created to provide best practices and recommendations to Montana farmers market operators and vendors in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

, California Alliance of Farmer’s Markets
A collection of public health guidelines from farmers across the country who are working quickly to comply with public health officials’ guidance and requirement to keep farmers market open. 

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.

, Farmers Market Coalition
Videos, pictures, links, and best practices from market organizations around the country, explaining how they are mitigating exposure while still providing healthy food to residents.

, Minnesota Department of Agriculture
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s one-page PDF guide helps customers know what they can do to ensure a safe market visit.

, 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.


Alternative Marketing Options for Farmers and Ranchers

ATTRA offers numerous free print, video, podcast, and other resources on marketing. Visit our shadowsocks被封:Marketing and Business topic area to find these resources.

, Farm to Institution New England
A spreadsheet for available food and needed food throughout the institutional system in New England. This includes: food, storage, trucking services, labor, and technical assistance.

, Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) and CSA Innovation Network
A collection of useful resources for Community Supported Agriculture (CSA).

, Local Line
A guide to help your business survive in a time of outbreak, prepare to reduce the impact of quarantine, and avert losses.

, Farm Commons
This Farm Commons podcast discusses key legal considerations for farmers diversifying into collective distribution programs, farmstand sales, and product delivery in response to COVID-19’s changes to marketing channels.

, Farm Commons
This podcast episode discusses the legal mechanics of online sales platforms and CSA agreements as part of special coverage on COVID-19’s effects on farm businesses.

, Land Stewardship Project
An online clearinghouse of farmer-member products available, to help connect producers with customers.

, Cornell Small Farms Program
A collection of resources to help you access markets for your farm products and reach customers.

, University of Maine Cooperative Extension
An interactive map and directory of farm products and seafood, to increase public access to products.

, 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.

, 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.

, Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
Information on setting up online sales, listing in online directories, and other marketing options.

, Connecticut Department of Agriculture
Tips, content and social media posts for you or your organization to activate, including graphics of Connecticut-grown products.

, 3 Cow Marketing
This podcast offers a step-by-step process for implementing drop sites and deliveries.

Financial Assistance for Farmers and Ranchers

Find information about more general financial assistance sources in our listing of shadowsocks被封:Funding Opportunities, updated daily.

(CFAP 2)
Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 payments will provide eligible producers with financial assistance that gives them the ability to absorb some of the increased marketing costs associated with the COVID-19 outbreak. USDA is accepting applications until December 11, 2020.

, California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF)
Provides direct financial assistance exclusively to organic producers who suffer financial losses due to extreme hardship.

, Community Alliance with Family Farmers
California farmers whose operations make a minimum of $10,000 and a maximum of $400,000 in gross sales annually can apply for grants of $1,000 to $5,000. At least 50% of all grant funds will be awarded to farmers of color, immigrant farmers, and undocumented farmers.

, Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture
Zero-interest loans up to $25,000 for farms in Franklin, Hampden, and Hampshire counties, Massachusetts, that have been affected by COVID-19.

, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC)
NSAC breaks down how the senate aid package in response to the COVID-19 crisis provides relief to farmers and ranchers.

, 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. 

, 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. 

A one-stop-shop of federal programs that can be used by rural communities, organizations and individuals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

, Small Business Administration
Information on available SBA loan and debt-relief options.

, NOFA Vermont
NOFA Vermont is building a list of people skilled enough to lead milkings on farms if dairy farmers become sick. NOFA-VT will make funds available through its Farmer Emergency Fund to pay the relief workers.

, 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.

, Farmers’ Legal Action Group
An updated 63-page PDF guide that focuses on how various programs, including the CARES Act, can provide relief to farmers.

, Minnesota Department of Agriculture Rural Finance Authority
Offers Minnesota farmers affordable financing and terms and conditions not available from traditional lenders.

, Adirondack Foundation 
Accepts applications from nonprofits, municipalities, and schools, for programs that provide food access and other services.

, 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

, Arkansas Department of Agriculture
An interactive map showing the location of school meals, food pantries and community meals, and farmers markets and farm sales.

, California Agricultural Tourism Directory
Resources to help California consumers purchase directly from local farms and ranches.

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.

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:
, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association
Information for farmers, consumers, and farmers markets.

, Council for Healthy Food Systems
Resources for farmers, market managers, and consumers.

, Slow Food USA
The Slow Food Mutual Aid database offers information on local initiatives across the country, supporting local food and 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.

Oregon Tilth
A list of resources to assist farmers in responding to the COVID-19 crisis.

, Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network
Worker safety and online sales information.

, National Young Farmers Coalition
Mapping, policy, advocacy, mental health, food safety, marketing, and other resources, searchable by type and state.

, 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.

, 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.

, Land for Good
A collection of resources for farmers, people who want to support farms, and policymakers, including sources of farm grants and loans.

, Farm Aid
Links to articles and information, food safety details, marketing options, and links to information offered by  individual states.

, Ecological Farming Association
Resources for farmers, advocacy information,  and resources for finding food and CSAs.

Get Involved

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

American Farmland Trust’s routes 100% of donations to the fund directly to farmers, in cash grants of $1,000 each.

, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association
Tools and information to support you in advocating for farmers markets to remain open during emergency orders related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

, Cornell Small Farms Program
Share ideas about how we can take care of ourselves, our farms, and our local communities.

USDA is that add commodities for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program and requesting specific information related to certain specialty crops. Comments are due by June 22, 2020.

Recursos en Español

Información para Empleadores y Agricultores:


-Recursos para empleadores, trabajadores y recursos adicionales.

American Farmland Trust:

-El Fondo de Ayuda para Agricultores proveerá subvenciones en efectivo de hasta $1,000 por agricultor(a) con el propósito de ayudarles a sobrellevar la actual interrupción de los mercados por causa de la crisis del coronavirus.

La solicitud (que estará disponible a partir del 26 de marzo hasta el 23 de abril) será simple y fácil de llenar e incluye suficientes datos para garantizar que AFT estará otorgando el fondo a los productores con las necesidades más grandes.


-Ofrecen préstamos de bajo interés para pequeños negocios que han sufrido por causa de la corona virus. En los casos de negocios agrícolas, estos fondos son disponibles solamente para cooperativas agrícolas, viveros, y negocios de aquicultura.


-Esta página contiene los últimos recursos del Estado de California.

Publicaciones y Videos:

sobre varios temas relacionados al coronavirus (Español y otras lenguas)



Lenguas Indigenas:

Video: (varias lenguas indígenas)

Video: Información General sobre el Coronavirus (español y mam)

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Información General:

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-Recursos y respuesta del Gobierno ante el coronavirus (COVID-19)


-Estadísticas generales de la infección, ¿Qué hacer si está enfermo?

¿Qué sucede si no tengo seguro de salud y necesito pruebas de detección o tratamiento para COVID⁠-⁠19?

-Contacte a un (en inglés) o hospital.

-Averigüe si es elegible para (Español).


-¿Que se puede hacer para reducir el riesgo de infección?

-¿Que puedo hacer para reducir el riesgo de transmisión de COVID-19 en mi lugar de trabajo?


-General, precauciones, síntomas ¿Que hacer si esta enfermo?

COVID-19 y el Suministro de Comida, Departamento de Alimentación y Agricultura de California

, Departamento de salud de Minnesota
-Lista de recursos sobre COVID-19.

, Departamento de Salud Pública De California
-California publica actualizaciones diarias sobre COVID-19. Consulte la actualización más reciente en la .

, Multnomah County, Oregon

Otros Recursos sobre el virus en Ingles:

Una mirada más cercana a la ayuda del agricultor en el , National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC). NSAC desglosa cómo el paquete de ayuda al Senado en respuesta a la crisis COVID-19 proporciona alivio a los agricultores y ganaderos.


-General, seguridad alimentaria, farmers markets (mercado de agricultores), Mercados alternativos, y ayuda financiera.


-General, seguridad alimentaria, farmers markets (mercado de agricultores), Mercados alternativos, y ayuda financiera, noticias.