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NC State Extension

Farms & Agribusiness

The agriculture industry and farming community are essential to our economy and the daily well-being of families across North Carolina. While the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is causing significant challenges and disruptions, NC State Extension will support our farmers and agribusinesses throughout this event. Together we will see it through, one day at a time.

While many resources are provided on the Farming Resources page linked below, we have included a selection of materials on this page to highlight some key information that is available.

COVID-19 Farming Resources

General Agribusiness Guidance

Agritourism

  • Agritourism operators are encouraged to join the N.C. Agritourism Network Association, as they are recommending actions and procedures to members as things progress (contact Kristy Phillips at kristyncana@gmail.com to learn more).
  • Sign up for the NCDA&CS Agritourism Marketing Office’s Monday Marketing Message.
  • Watch the COVID-19 Response Roundtable from the North American Farmers Direct Marketing Association.
  • The Visit NC Farms app has become a vital way for growers and producers to connect to consumers for fresh and local food, with updates and real-time notifications via county/regional app administrators to help keep their revenue streams going.

Animal Agriculture

Cleaning and Sanitization

Community Gardens

Farmers Markets / Retail

Farmers Markets

Consumer Sales

Retail

Financial Aid

Fruits and Vegetables

Find a comprehensive list of resources for fresh produce growers dealing with COVID-19 organized into Labor Availability, Markets and Farm Markets, Cleaning and Sanitation, Worker Health and Hygiene, Trade Association Information and Federal Coronavirus information on NC State Extension’s Fresh Produce Safety site:

Additional guidance and resources are available below:

Staffing and Farmworker Safety

State Agencies

Official Guidance

The CDC offers extensive guidance to United States citizens and residents about COVID-19. Visit the resources below to learn the status of the disease and how you can respond.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention World Health Organization U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Get the latest information about coronavirus and travel restrictions from the CDC. Access information and recommendations about COVID-19 from the World Health Organization (WHO). Find resources available to industry members and consumers on COVID-19 and food safety.