COVID-19 Outreach Opportunities and Resources
To keep you all informed and provide a place to find COVID-19 agricultural outreach related information, we have created this section which includes fact sheets and links to other informative sites.
UVM Extension protocols when working with all Producers (PDF), including contacts and field and farm visits.
COVID-19 Information for Farmers and Food Producers, a UVM webpage of resources - http://www.uvm.edu/newfarmer/?Page=covid19.html
Alltech COVID-10 Resource Portal - https://www.alltech.com/covid-19
Here is an update on what has been happening on Covid-19 for dairy including a Cornell’s Dairy Workforce Webinar on Covid-19 form Friday (3/20/2020), that was at max participants.
Also, here is a RFD Segment I (John Winchell) was in last week.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gRiXxS51Cjk (YouTube video)
Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets related website - https://agriculture.vermont.gov/covid-19-information
Economic Relief Available for the Food and Agriculture Community due to COVID-19 byVAAFM - https://agriculture.vermont.gov/sites/agriculture/files/doc_library/2020-04-27_VAAFMFederalStimulusFAQ.pdf
Op-ED: Farmers and Food Business Lead Vermont in the Age of the New Normal from Vermont Agricultural Secretary Anson Tebbetts
Relief for Farms During COVID-19 Pandemic (PDF), April 23, 2020
AgriSafe Learning Lab. What Ag Producers Need to Know About COVID19 (Recording) https://learning.agrisafe.org/products/what-ag-producers-need-to-know-about-covid19-recording
Center for Dairy Excellence COVID-19 Farm Resources - https://www.centerfordairyexcellence.org/covid-19-farm-resources/
Farm Commons - taped presentation of the Unemployment Insurance Benefits for Farmers and Ranchers webinar on their Facebook page:
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PASA Sustainable Agriculture COVID-19 related website - https://pasafarming.org/covid-19-guidelines-for-farmers/
What You Need to Know About Coronavirus (COVID-19) On Your Dairy (PDF-English) from Alltech On-Farm Support
What You Need to Know About Coronavirus (COVID-19) On Your Dairy (PDF-Spanish) from Alltech On-Farm Support
An Online Conversation Series: Sourcing & Selling Vermont Food in the Time of COVID-19 - https://www.uvm.edu/extension/sustainableagriculture/online-conversation-series-sourcing-selling-vermont-food-time-covid
Farmers interested in direct sales, as well as agricultural service providers and others supporting farms are invited to join with professionals from UVM Extension, the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets, NOFA-VT, Vermont Fresh Network, Vermont Farm to Plate, and farming peers to share strategies, challenges, and resources in a series of online conversations.
American Farmland Trust (AFT) announces application period for Farmer Relief Fund. AFT will award farmers with cash grants of up to $1,000 each to help them weather the current storm of market disruptions caused by the coronavirus crisis. Eligible applicants include any small and mid-size direct-market producers. These are defined as producers with annual gross revenue of between $10,000 and $1 million from sales at farmers markets and/or direct sales to restaurants, caterers, schools, stores, or makers who use farm products as inputs. The initial application period goes until April 23, with grants beginning to be made by May 1. View the website for more information and to apply - https://farmland.org/farmer-relief-fund/
COVID-19 Resources for Vermont Vegetable and Berry Growers - http://www.uvm.edu/vtvegandberry/Covid-19.html
Considerations for Fruit and Vegetable Growers Related to Coronavirus and COVID-19 by UVM Extension - https://blog.uvm.edu/cwcallah/2020/03/18/considerations-for-fruit-and-vegetable-growers-related-to-coronavirus-covid-19/
Small Farms, Local Food, and COVID-19: What do you need to know? PDF from Oregon State University
Small Farms, Local Food, and COVID-19: What do you need to know? https://smallfarms.oregonstate.edu/smallfarms/covid-19?fbclid=IwAR0yn6VOntRk2I3pL2xpt6VrI5NvLYjm5F5Wv9pFlOLBdFlpdte8BJaOZDg
ONLINE EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES
Farmer to Farmer Discussion Groups (PDF), next one scheduled for Wednesday, June 24, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Introduction to Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) for food manufacturers by UVM Extension. This class includes a review of the HACCP principles, the current food safety regulations in the US, the importance of prerequisite programs and how to design, build and implement a HACCP plan that meets state and federal regulatory requirements. Several auditing schemes within the Global Food Safety Initiative, such as SQF, also require food facilities to develop and implement a HACCP plan. Upon completion of this class, participants will receive a certificate with the International HACCP Alliance seal. The class takes at least 16 hours and participants can complete this class at their own pace. Registration is $400 per participant and discounts are available if two or more individuals from the same company register. The registration link is: http://go.uvm.edu/haccpba
UVM Extension Northwest Crops & Soils Program Online Educational Resources (PDF)
Staying Connected and Learning Together (PDF) - are free offerings of Organic Dairy online learning opportunities incuding UVM organized virtual discussion groups and eOrganic webinars in March and April.