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COVID-19 Resources for Ag Producers

There is an ecosystem of Ag and food system professionals working hard in Colorado and throughout the US to find viable solutions to the challenges imposed by the current pandemic and societal responses to it. Below you will find a list of resources available to producers during this time. This list will be updated regularly as new information becomes available.

Producer Resources:

As we remain in high temperatures and ongoing mask wearing, OSHA and NIOSH have a smartphone app to help you understand how to protect ag workers. Click here for more information.

Click here to read: Preventing, Reporting and Mitigating Workplace and Non-Health Care, Non-Residential Facility Outbreaks

Click here to read: USDA Announces Details of Direct Assistance to Farmers through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

Click here to read: Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 Information

Click here to read: Economic Impact of Ag in Mesa County

Click here to read: Preparing for Food Supply Chain Disruptions

Click here to read: USDA’s COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide

Click here to read: COVID-19: Best Practices for Sharing Farm Vehicles

Click here to access the buyer-grower matchmaking tool

Click here to read: April 2020 edition of RightRisk News (How Might the CARES Act Impact You?)

Click here to read: Cattle Processing in an Unusual Year: Recommendations to Prevent COVID-19 Transmission

Click here to read: H2A Update

Click here to read: Commentary About the Cattle and Beef Markets by Steve Koontz, CSU Extension’s Marketing Specialist

Click here to read: Considerations on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) for Farm Operations

Click here to read: Know Before You Go To The Livestock Sale: COVID-19

Click here to read: Colorado Small Acreage Management Newsletter Special Edition COVID-19

External Resource Sites:

Click here for the USDA Resource Hub on Local Food System Response to COVID-19

Click here for cattle market issues and advice from CSU Extension

Click here for COVID-19 resources from the American Veterinary Medical Association

Click here for grower resources from the Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association

Click here for The American Farm Bureau Federation’s COVID-19 resource page

Click here for Colorado Business and Workforce Resources

Click here for COVID-19 information from the Colorado Department of Agriculture

Click here for CSU Extension COVID-19 Resources Website

Click here for information from The Farm Service Agency about the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

Upcoming FREE Webinars:

COVID-19 legal considerations for Colorado agriculture employers and employees
What are the requirements for paid sick leave and health information disclosures and what are the potential liabilities for ag employers? What financial supports and job retention are ag employees entitled to? Kathleen O’Grady and Jonathan Siegel from JacksonLewis, a US labor and employment law firm, explain legal responsibilities and rights related to COVID-19 for the Colorado agriculture sector. Sep 10, 2020 12:10 PM 
Click here to register

What to do if an agriculture employee tests positive for COVID-19
Join us for a Colorado agriculture sector oriented presentation from COVID-19 mitigation leaders at Colorado Department of Health and the Environment as they explain key points of outbreak mitigation as determined by County or State public health officials after a positive COVID-19 case is reported to public health. Q and A will follow the presentation.
Click here to watch the recorded webinar

Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP)
CSU Extension and the USDA Farm Service Agency teamed up to conduct a Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) webinar. This webinar addresses mechanics of CFAP including signup procedures and required documents, Economic Injury Disaster Loan for farmers and ranchers, maintaining supply chains during a pandemic, and commodity
outlook post COVID-19.
Click here to watch the recorded webinar

Online Sales Platforms for Direct Marketing
With restaurants and some farmers markets shutting down, we know many of you need to find alternative sales channels for your products. Customers are also looking for new solutions to buy quality, organic food safely.
Join our free webinar on to learn more about direct-to-consumer online sales platforms. Representatives from four online food sales platforms will talk about how to prepare for the online sales marketplace, special considerations, and business/consumer safety practices
Click here to watch the recorded webinar

Reaching Out to Customers in an Ever-Changing COVID-19 Environment
CFVGA in collaboration with the Colorado State University Extension is working with Diane Mulligan, M&C Communication, to offer suggestions for CFVGA and individual growers to communicate with customers about what Colorado growers do to reduce the risk of COVID-19 in their workforce and at point of sale.
Click here to watch the recorded webinar

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COVID-19 Impact

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