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COVID-19 Resources for Vegetable Growers (5/7)

New 5-7-2020: COVID-19 response plan template and FAQ for fruit and vegetable farms from UMN; Guidelines to Exercise Essential Status for a Farmers’ Market; SBA Covid19 disaster loans for Indiana small business

What is new? (5-7-2020)

COVID-19 response plan template and FAQ for fruit and vegetable farms from UMN.
https://blog-fruit-vegetable-ipm.extension.umn.edu/2020/04/covid-19-response-plan-template-and-faq.html
This template can help you plan and communicate with others about changes in your operation that are needed to deal with the corona virus pandemic.

Guidelines to Exercise Essential Status for a Farmers’ Market
https://www.purdue.edu/dffs/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/COVID-DFFS-INDIANA_Farmer-Market-Guidelines.pdf

SBA COVID-19 DISASTER LOANS FOR INDIANA SMALL BUSINESSES (link update 5/7)
https://isbdc.org/indianacovid19smallbusiness/
https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options

Here are the categorized information resources

Financial

SBA COVID-19 DISASTER LOANS FOR INDIANA SMALL BUSINESSES (link update 5/7)
https://isbdc.org/indianacovid19smallbusiness/
https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options

SBA Help for Small (and Family) Businesses, Purdue Institute for Family Farms (update) (4/28)
https://ag.purdue.edu/agecon/fambiz/Documents/SBA_Help_for_Small_Businesses.pdf

COVID-19 Affected Business and Employee Resource Guide from Sen. Braun (3/27)
https://www.braun.senate.gov/sites/default/files/2020-03/Senator%20Mike%20Braun%20COVID-19%20Affected%20Business%20and%20Employee%20Resource%20Guide_0.pdf
Information about the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES Act); the Families First Coronavirus Response Act; and Small Business Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL).

Production

COVID-19 response plan template and FAQ for fruit and vegetable farms from UMN. (5/7)
https://blog-fruit-vegetable-ipm.extension.umn.edu/2020/04/covid-19-response-plan-template-and-faq.html
This template can help you plan and communicate with others about changes in your operation that are needed to deal with the corona virus pandemic.

A Guide for Community Gardens During the COVID-19 Pandemic (3/25)
https://extension.purdue.edu/article/36666 

Purdue Crop Chat Podcast Episode 2, COVID-19 Implications (3/25)
https://www.hoosieragtoday.com/purdue-crop-chat-podcast-episode-2-covid-19-implications/

Labor and Family

Be Careful When Employing Youth to Do Farm Work This Spring – Know the Laws (4/23)
https://extension.purdue.edu/INPREPared/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Be-Careful-When-Employing-Youth-to-do-Farm-Work-–-Know-the-Laws1.docx

Protecting Farm Labor during the COVID-19 Pandemic (4/28)
https://extension.purdue.edu/article/36891

Safety for Farm Children During COVID-19 Stay-at-Home Orders (4/23)
https://extension.purdue.edu/INPREPared/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/COVID-and-Farm-children.docx

Indiana State Dept. of Health – Interim Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Guidance for Migrant Farm Workers, Labor Camps Operators and their Employers (3/25)
https://www.coronavirus.in.gov/files/IN_COVID-19%20worker%203.25.20.pdf

H2Ahttps://www.farmers.gov/manage/h2a
Temporary final rule to change certain H-2A requirements to help U.S. agricultural employers (4/16)
https://www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2020/04/15/dhs-and-usda-move-protect-american-farmers-and-ensure-continued 
H2A Update: Waiver of in-person interview requirements for certain H-2A and H-2B visa applicants. (3/27)
https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news/important-announcement-on-h2-visas.html

Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) from CDC (3/24)
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-business-response.html 

OSHA Guidance to Help Prevent Worker Exposure to COVID-19 (3/19)
https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/covid-19/controlprevention.html

U.S. Dept. of Labor – COVID-19 and the American Workplace. (3/27)
https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic

Food Safety and Sanitation

Please check Safe Produce Indianafor more updated information related to food safety

FDA Q&A regarding food safety and the coronavirus disease. Updated questions including: How do I maintain social distancing in my food production/processing facility?; What do I need to do if a worker in my farm has tested positive for COVID-19? (4/07)
https://www.fda.gov/food/food-safety-during-emergencies/food-safety-and-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19

FDA food safety recommendations for producers and restaurant owners (3/19)
https://extension.purdue.edu/article/36599

USDA Temporarily Extends Expiration Dates for Some Good Agricultural Practices, Domestic Origin Verification, Plant Systems Audit Program Certifications (3/31)
https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDAAMS/bulletins/283fd87 

Indiana State Dept. of Health – Food Safety Guidance (update 4/18)
English: https://www.coronavirus.in.gov/files/IN_COVID-19_FoodGuidance_4.8.20.pdf
Spanish: https://coronavirus.in.gov/files/IN_COVID-19_FoodGuidance_03.31.20_version%20nueva.pdf

Indiana Registered Disinfectants for Use Against COVID-19 (4/27)
https://www.oisc.purdue.edu/pesticide/pdf/COVID-19-disinfectants_042420.pdf

EPA List of Disinfectants for COVID-19 (3/19)
https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/list-n-disinfectants-use-against-sars-cov-2

A Guide to Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Disinfecting for Produce Farms, from Univ. Vermont (3/31)
https://blog.uvm.edu/cwcallah/2020/03/30/clean-sanitize-disinfect/

Build Your Own Handwashing Station, Rutgers (3/31)
https://onfarmfoodsafety.rutgers.edu/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Build-Your-Own-Hand-Washing-Station.pdf

Food Safety and Sanitation Resources from NCSU (3/25)
https://foodsafety.ces.ncsu.edu/covid-19-resources/
Simple 2-page, large-font materials about food safety and sanitation. Social media images. Spanish and English.

Markets/Marketing

Guidelines to Exercise Essential Status for a Farmers’ Market (5/7)
https://www.purdue.edu/dffs/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/COVID-DFFS-INDIANA_Farmer-Market-Guidelines.pdf

A Guide to Alternative Delivery Systems for Local Producers During the COVID-19 Pandemic (3/24)
https://extension.purdue.edu/article/36645

Ag Economist weighs in on impacts of COVID-19 on food markets (3/24)
https://extension.purdue.edu/article/36559

A guide for local producers to navigate the COVID-19 outbreak (3/19)
https://extension.purdue.edu/article/36549

A guide for farmers’ markets to navigate the COVID-19 outbreak (3/19)
https://extension.purdue.edu/article/36616

A consumer guide to buying from local farmers during the COVID-19 outbreak (3/19)
https://extension.purdue.edu/article/36596 

Recommendations for Produce Auctions During the COVID-19 Pandemic (4/28)
https://extension.purdue.edu/article/36888

Working with Food-Purchasing Assistance Programs (4/28)
https://extension.purdue.edu/article/36927

USDA – if you wish to provide suggestions (3/25)
For solutions to feeding children impacted by COVID-19, email feedingkids@usda.gov.
For solutions impacting America’s food supply chain and other logistical complications, email foodsupplychain@usda.gov.
(from https://www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2020/03/17/usda-working-private-sector-response-covid-19)

Resources from Trade Associations, etc. 

Farmers Market Coalition Resource Page – includes examples of practices across the country (3/27)
https://farmersmarketcoalition.org/covid-19-crisis-farmers-market-new-guidelines/

Hoosier Young Farmers Coalition Resources Page (3/25)
https://www.hoosieryfc.org/resources.html

Supporting the Supply Chain During COVID-19 from United Fresh Produce Association (3/25)
https://specialtyagriculture.secondstreetapp.com/api/message_contents/1749388/2077401/A3D52D2F-6160-4476-9816-EC3EB82F2DE3

Agency and Organization Updates

Indiana State Chemist and Seed CommissionerCOVID-19 Adjustments Update (4/16)
https://www.oisc.purdue.edu/pesticide/pdf/covid-19_adjustment_update_041620.pdf

Key Sites – General

Coronavirus and USDA Service Centers (3/24)
https://www.farmers.gov/coronavirus 

Indiana Disaster Prep from Purdue Extension (3/19)
https://extension.purdue.edu/INPREPared/coronavirus/

Indiana State Dept. of Agriculture (3/24)
https://www.in.gov/isda/3555.htm

Indiana State Dept. of Health (3/19)
https://www.in.gov/coronavirus/

U.S. Centers for Disease Control (3/19)
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

U.S. FDA (3/19)
https://www.fda.gov/emergency-preparedness-and-response/mcm-issues/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19

World Health Organization (3/19)
https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019 

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