COVID-19 Resources for Fruit and Vegetable Producers

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Below please find a list of resources for fresh produce growers dealing with COVID-19. These resources are categorized for you into Labor Availability, Markets and Farm Markets, Cleaning and Sanitation, Worker Health and Hygiene, Trade Association Information, and Federal Coronavirus information sites.

You can find more information related to COVID-19 at NC State Cooperative Extension’s Farm and Agribusiness Coronavirus Resource page. https://covid19.ces.ncsu.edu/farms-agribusiness/


Labor Availability
 USDa’s update for the H2-A program updates. (USDA)
This site changes frequently to check back here often for updates. USDA can also be contacted directly at aglabor@usda.gov.
Cornell’s Ag Workforce development site. Helpful strategies for planning for unexpected workforce changes. (Cornell)
Markets and Farm Markets
NC State’s COVID-19 Food Safety Resources (NCSU)
Vermont Dept. of Health has a good guidance document for food establishments and markets. (Vermont DOH)
Alternative Delivery systems for Local Producers During COVID-19 Pandemic (Purdue)
Cleaning and Sanitation 
EPA has a list of Disinfectants for COVID-19
Worker Health and Hygiene 
Guidance and preparation for employers to plan and respond to COVID-19 (CDC)
OSHA Guidance to Help Prevent Worker Exposure (OSHA)
Recommended Protocol when Employee/Customer Tests Positive for COVID-19 Recommended protocols when employee:customer tests positive(United Fresh)
National Center for Farmworker Health (NCFH)
Advisory for Ag. Worker Protection During COVID-19 (Central CA) (Monterey County CA, Dept of Public Health)
What you should know about ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and COVID-19 (US EEOC)
Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 Among Field Workers (English and Spanish) Produce Marketing Association
Western Growers – Grower-Shipper Association of Central California’s Advisory for Agricultural Worker Protection During Covid-19 Crisis on the Central Coast of California (English and Spanish)
Trade Association Links
United Fresh Produce Association Coronavirus Resources for Fresh Produce (United Fresh)
Federal Coronavirus Sites/Service Centers
USDA Corona Virus Site for Farmers (USDA)
CDC Clearing House for Coronavirus Information (CDC)
FDA Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) (FDA)
World Health Organization COVID-19 Site (WHO)
For questions please contact:
Chris Gunter
Vegetable Production Specialist and Professor
Director of Graduate Programs
Horticultural Science
North Carolina State University
230 Kilgore Hall, Box 7609
Raleigh, NC  27695-7609
(o) 919-513-2807
cgunter@ncsu.edu