COVID-19 Information for the Food and Agriculture Industry




COVID-19 industry questions should be submitted to MDARD at

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State Resources

Michigan COVID-19 Emergency Response Information and Resources

Coronavirus Executive Orders

Coronavirus Press Releases

COVID-19 Workplace Safety Guidance

MDHHS Issues Order Requiring Testing of Agricultural and Food Processing Employees to Protect Health and Safety of Workers, Community

Critical Infrastructure Guidance

Food and Ag Business Resources

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Federal Resources

CDC Guidance for Agriculture Workers and Employers

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide

FEMA National Business Emergency Operations Center

Stakeholders experiencing issues regarding supply chains, delivery of goods, or business continuity, please contact the FEMA National Business Emergency Operations Center at This is a 24/7 operation and they can assist in directing your inquiry to the proper contact.

U.S. Department of Agriculture

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

USDA Rural Development COVID-19 Response

FAQs Related to the FMCSA Emergency Declaration (US Department of Transportation -Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration)

Pesticide Products and Use

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) – Information on Disinfectants 

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: List N: Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: Worker Protection Standard

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General Food Safety

COVID-19 Overview (PDF)
English | Spanish/Espanol | Arabic | Chinese | French | Burmese | Swahili

COVID-19 Guidance for Food Establishments (PDF)

Best Practices for Food Establishments to Manage Coronavirus (PDF)

COVID-19 Resources for the Food Industry (The Acheson Group)

Coronavirus Resources (Food Marketing Institute)

Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) and Food Safety: A Time for Facts, Not Panic (Food Safety Magazine)

Memo from Food and Dairy Division Director Tim Slawinski - Food Establishments that Closed Due to COVID-19 (PDF)

FDA Issues Best Practices on Safe Food Handling and Employee Health in Retail Food Settings During COVID-19 Pandemic

FDA Food Products and COVID-19 FAQs

FDA Food Safety and COVID-19 FAQs

What to Do if You Have COVID-19 Confirmed Positive or Exposed Workers in Your Food Production, Storage, or Distribution Operations Regulated by FDA

Use of Respirators, Facemasks, and Cloth Face Coverings in the Food and Agriculture Sector During Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Pandemic

Water Transmission and COVID-19 (CDC)

Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) Coronavirus Website – Resources

Survival of Respiratory Viruses on Fresh Produce (Food and Environmental Virology Journal)


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Migrant Labor Housing Guidance – English (PDF) - Updated May 2020

Migrant Labor Housing Guidance – Spanish (PDF) - Updated May 2020

COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan Checklist - English (PDF)

COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan Checklist - Spanish (PDF)

COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan Editable Document - English (Word)

COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan Editable Document - Spanish (Word)

H-2A and COVID-19

General Farm Crisis Operations Planning Tool

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American Farmland Trust - Farmer Relief Fund

USDA Assistance for Farmers

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Fresh Produce

Coronavirus: Fresh Produce Industry Resources (United Fresh Produce Association)

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Restaurants/Food Service

Tips for Restaurants (National Restaurant Association)

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Farmers Markets

COVID-19 Resources for Farmers Markets (Michigan Farmers Market Association)

Resource for farmers market managers, vendors, and other members of the local food system (Farmers Market Coalition)

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U-Pick Farms

U-Pick COVID-19 Guidance (PDF) - Updated August 2020

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National Pest Management Association: COVID-19 Updates and Resources

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Livestock and Pets

COVID-19 Guidance for Animal Shelters (PDF) - Updated May 2020

Animals and Coronavirus Disease (CDC) 

COVID-19 and Animals (MSU College of Veterinary Medicine)

Coronavirus vs. African Swine Fever (ASF) FAQ 

Frequently Asked Questions About COVID-19 for Pig Farmers

American Veterinary Medical Association COVID-19 Resource Center

  • General COVID-19 Resources and Fact Sheets
  • Protecting your veterinary team during the pandemic
  • What veterinarians need to know
  • Caring for veterinary patients and interactions with clients
  • Use of PPE

Veterinarian Well-Being

AVMA Considerations for food animal veterinarians during the COVID-19 pandemic

Animal Feed

National Grain and Feed Association: COVID-19 Industry Resources

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General COVID-19 Information

Watch this video: Symptoms of COVID-19

Watch this video: Handwashing tips

Hand Sanitizers

Temporary Policy for Manufacture of Alcohol for Incorporation Into Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer Products During the Public Health Emergency (COVID-19) Guidance for Industry

Temporary Policy for Preparation of Certain Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer Products During the Public Health Emergency (COVID-19)

Policy for Temporary Compounding of Certain Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer Products During the Public Health Emergency

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Mental Health Resources

Help for Mental Illnesses – National Institute of Mental Health

Rural Mental Health

MSU Extension Training Modules: Managing Stress, Communicating with Distressed Farmers, and Suicide Awareness

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