Topic: Operational & Public Health Protocols

National Association of State Departments of Agriculture NASDA Foundation

The Delaware Farmers’ Market Coalition and the Delaware Department of Agriculture worked together to develop the following protocols that must be met by all Delaware farmers’ markets during the COVID‐19 pandemic. Individual farmers’ markets may choose to implement more specific and stringent protocols established by market managers and their individual governing entities and agencies. What is most important is opening Delaware farmers’ markets in a way that maximizes the safety of market staff, agricultural…

National Association of State Departments of Agriculture NASDA Foundation

Late spring through the fall is a time when Delaware’s U‐Pick (or “you‐pick”) farm operations open to allow residents and visitors to pick their own strawberries, blueberries, peaches, apples, pumpkins, live Christmas trees, etc. These seasonal opportunities allow individuals young and old to create a connection with local farms to learn where food and agricultural products are grown. During the COVID‐19 pandemic, the Delaware Department of Agriculture wants to ensure that visitors to U‐Pick…

Farmers Market Coalition

Farmers market operators are among those leading for how local food is meeting this historic moment including “drive-thru” models, delayed entry, pre-bagged goods, new layouts and more. For this webinar, market operators shared how they actually implemented a new COVID-19 practice through the physical redesign of market spaces. It did not cover online platforms that some market leaders are using to build new, off-site purchasing systems; that topic will be covered in future webinars….

National Association of State Departments of Agriculture NASDA Foundation

Supermarkets and convenience stores are primary operations that are critical to public health. They must be up and running for a community to survive and recover. They are exempt from Executive Order No. 2020-9 (COVID-19). Although food has not been identified as a likely source of COVID-19 infections, close contact with people/groups (not social distancing) leads to the spread of the COVID-19 virus. COVID-19 can survive on cardboard for up to 24 hours and…

National Association of State Departments of Agriculture NASDA Foundation

The purpose of this plan is to establish the coordination and response efforts of the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA), Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Oregon OSHA), and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) when one or more cases of COVID-19 are identified in a food processing facility. This coordinated response will help to mitigate and slow the spread of COVID-19 and when it’s possible, ensure that these facilities can continue to operate while protecting…

Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network

NMPAN Director Rebecca Thistlethwaite will hold bi-weekly Zoom office hours in June and July for folks contemplating building or purchasing a small-scale meat processing facility (slaughter and/or cut & wrap), as well as retail exempt butcher shops. Informal discussion where attendees can submit questions and then we talk about them….

Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network

A webpage that is updated every other week with COVID related information and resources for meat producers and meat processors/distributors. It includes information on workplace sanitation practices, keeping employees safe, paid sick time laws, COVID symptoms to watch for in employees, how to pivot to online sales, online sales platforms, a recorded webinar about shipping meat, CDC Guidance documents, and more….

Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network

NMPAN is now a sponsor of the Meatspad Podcast, a production of PhD student Francisco Najar of Kansas State University meat science program. NMPAN is sponsoring 12 episodes of the podcast, both in English and in Spanish, that relate to meat processing, COVID response, market changes and pivoting markets, and keeping both employees and customers safe and satisfied during these challenging times. The target audience is meat processors, butchers, meat scientists, and others in…

Wallace Center at Winrock International

With schools and other community sites closed due to the COVID 19 pandemic, garden-based programming is being adapted to build household food sovereignty and resilience. Hear from Deb Crockett and Beau Gromley from Garden Raised Bounty and Margee Green from SPROUT NOLA about how backyard victory gardens are supporting their communities….
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