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COVID-19 Resources for Fruit and Vegetable Growers

Farmer with Ipad in a greenhouse wearing a mask

Below is a list of resources for fruit and vegetable growers related to understanding the COVID-19 situation.

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)
Tips for Physical (Social) Distancing at Farmers Markets (NCDA&CS)
COVID-19, social distancing and farmers markets; markets need the public’s help. (NCDA&CS).  http://www.ncagr.gov/paffairs/release/2020/4-20Helpthemarketssocdistp.htm
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
ABC+D Always Be Cleaning & Sanitizing + Disinfecting Webinar (April 3, 2020).
This is the video of the Webinar hosted by NCSU’s Produce Safety Team.
Worker Health and Hygiene 
Agriculture Workers and Employers – Interim Guidance from CDC and the U.S. Department of Labor
Guidance and preparation for employers to plan and respond to COVID-19 (CDC)
OSHA Guidance to Help Prevent Worker Exposure (OSHA)

Communal-Housing Harvesting Processing Guidance (United Fresh)

https://www.unitedfresh.org/content/uploads/2020/06/Communal-Housing_Harversting_Processing-Guidance_version-2.1-May_27_2020.doc.pdf

Food Industry Recommended Protocols When Employee/Customer Tests Positive for COVID- 19 (United Fresh)

Recommended protocols when employee:customer tests positive

Advisory for Ag. Worker Protection During COVID (Central CA) (Monterey County CA, Dept of Public Health)
What you should know about ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and Covid-19 (US EEOC)
Farm and Meat Plant Workers COVID-19 Toolkit. Includes video training materials in multiple languages. (NCDHHS)
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)
*New 4-6-2020*
Food Safety and the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). It provides guidance on a variety of topics including Food Supply; Social Distancing, Disinfecting & Other Precautions; and Workers Testing Positive for the illness. A link to access this document.
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