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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.

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
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).
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)

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