COVID-19 Resources for Farmers

As we navigate through this pandemic together, farmers are continuing to struggle with the economic fallout of COVID-19. In order to ensure our farmers have direct access to guidance, I compiled this list of resources from state and federal agencies. 

My office is here to help, please give us a call if we can be of assistance or you have any questions at (425) 657-1001 (Issaquah), (509) 850-5340 (Wenatchee), or (202) 225-7761 (Washington, D.C.).

Statewide Resources

The Washington State Government Coronavirus Response website can be found here

WSDA’s COVID-19 Information site can be found here

WSDA’s Produce Safety Program information can be found here

The Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network launched a resource finder that can be found here

USDA

The USDA has posted answers to frequently asked questions along with summaries of their activities surrounding COVID-19 at this site.

For information on different mission area responses to the coronavirus within USDA, visit this website.

USDA’s Rural Development page on COVID-19 is located here.

USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) COVID-19 page is located here.

USDA has posted information about COVID-19’s impact on service centers here.

For information on how to assess food product dates, or “best by” dates, visit USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service’s frequently asked questions page here.

USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has posted resources for partners here.

Information about the impact of COVID-19 on the H2-A visa program is located here.

The USDA’s Federal Rural Resource Guide for COVID-19 can be found online here.

FDA

The FDA COVID-19 resource page is located here.

FDA has posted food safety information related to COVID-19 here.

FDA’s COVID-19 Frequently Asked Question page is located here.

FDA has posted a guide for the use of masks, respirators, and face coverings in the food and agriculture sector during the COVID-19 epidemic here.

FDA has posted a guide for what to do if you have COVID-19 confirmed positive or exposed workers in your food production, storage, or distribution operations regulated by the FDA here.

Other Federal Agencies

The CDC COVID-19 resource page is located here.

The EPA COVID-19 resource page is located here.

EPA Frequently Asked Questions related to COVID-19 are located here.

EPA has posted a guide on what disinfectants to use against COVID-19 here.

The SBA has extended its Economic Impact Disaster Loan (EIDL) temporarily to farmers and other agribusinesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. More information about the program and eligibility requirements can be found here.

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has posted information regarding COVID-19’s impact on commodity futures here.

House Agriculture Committee

The House Agriculture Committee majority staff has posted a fact sheet on The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) available here.

Information about TEFAP and COVID-19 available here.

USDA COVID-19 Food Assistance Program (CFAP) information is available here.

COVID-19 SNAP provisions are discussed here.

Discussion of COVID-19 and anti-hunger programs covered here.

Other National Resources

COVID-19 Farm Resources for dairy and non-dairy farmers available here from the Center for Dairy Excellence.

Michigan State University grad student Vanessa Garcia Polanco has compiled this list of resources related to COVID-19 and its effect on the food system, available here.

Growing Farmers has compiled a list of federal resources for farmers here.

The Farmers’ Legal Action Group has compiled federal resources available under the CARES act here.

American Farmland Trust’s Farmer Relief Fund can provide up to $1000 for small- and mid-size direct-market producers.