Webinars and Trainings (Time Sensitive)

These resources are webinars and training opportunities in other categories related to food system production, marketing, and consumption.

Virtual Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training – April 13 & 14; 1:00 – 5:00 PM EST – Registration deadline March 26 – We are pleased to offer this course to help produce growers learn about the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and help them fulfill the educational requirement associated with the Produce Safety Rule. All non-exempt farms are required to have at least one person on the farm who has attended an approved FSMA PSR training, like this one. How do you know if the Produce Safety Rule applies to your farm? Watch this great video here! Even if you are exempt, you are required to keep specific records, which we will go over in the workshop. There will be time for discussion, so participants should come prepared to share their experiences and produce safety questions. From beginners to experienced growers, everyone can benefit from taking the time to think about food safety on their farm!  The course will include remote delivery over two days. Each day, trainers will spend approximately four hours of instruction time covering content contained in these seven modules: 1) Introduction to produce safety, 2) Worker health and hygiene, 3) Soil amendments, 4) Wildlife, domesticated animals and land use, 5) Agricultural water (production and postharvest water), 6) Postharvest handling and sanitation, and 7) How to develop a farm food safety plan

Sustainable Vegetable Production Webinar in Spanish – Sembrador Huerta Familiar Sostenible – Wednesdays, March 17 to June 9, 2021; 6:30-8:00 PM Central Time  – Cada miércoles del 17 de marzo al 9 de junio 2021 Hora estándar central – El seminario en línea se impartirá en español utilizando la plataforma Zoom. El seminario cubrirá temas ralacionados al cultivo sostenible de vegetales en huertas, fertiliad de suelos, manejo de pestes, beneficios nutricionales y a la salud, preservación de vegetales, liderazgo e integración comunitaria, y consideraciones/desafíos de la transición a la producción comercial. Los participantes tendran acceso a grabaciones de las clases (disponobles hasta el 9 de julio), residentes de Kansas City (KC) recibiran una membresia al KCCG, residentes fuera de KC recibiran paquetes de semillas (cortesía del KCCG), registro sin costo para residentes de Missouri, y copias en PDF de las diapositivas y recursos.  $100 (sin costo para residentes de Missouri gracias al patrocinio del FCS Financial en Missouri)

Economic Impact

These resources related to ECONOMIC IMPACT have been provided in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic from university and other sources.


Farms & Agribusinesses

Global economy


US Economy


These resources relate to the Management of Farmers Market once they’ve been established. 

Market Manager FAQs

    • The Farmers Market Coalition has compiled a list of FAQs for managing a farmer’s market. This resource addresses concerns ranging from insurance to staffing to outreach. 

Standards Handbook and Guide

    • A key strategy in maintaining standards and quality within a market is creating a handbook with regulations and policies for vendors. Tennessee’s Department of Agriculture has created a set of standards for farmers markets in their state that ensure a level of quality is always maintained—regardless of where in the state the market is found. 

Direct Marketing Guide

    •  An important component of maintaining a farmers market is continuing to grow your vendor list and consumer base. In the link below, Florida Extension provides a collection of articles on how to approach marketing for your farmers market.

Market Growth, Outreach, and Evaluation for Markets 

    • The Farmers Market Coalition continued this FAQ series to address growth and outreach concerns for farmers markets.

Managing Farmers Markets Webinar

    • Iowa State Extension recorded and published a webinar they conducted that focused on resources available for market managers.

Management Skills Series 

    • The UC Small Farm Center created a workbook to follow to develop general management skills and then how to apply newfound skills to a farmers market. This is volume 2 of their farmers market management series. 

Mitigating COVID-19 Risks in Farmers Markets

    • Due to COVID-19, markets cannot carry on “business as usual”. Mississippi State has created a succinct article that addresses a few simple ways to maintain safety and keep markets open. 

Video Series on COVID Safety in Farmers  Markets

    • Alabama A & M and Auburn University Extension has produced a mini-series of videos that tackle some of the possible solutions to COVID concerns in a market environment.

Workers’ Compensation

For more information on the impact of COVID-19 on farmers markets, please look under the COVID-19 Farmers Market tab in the menu above.

2020 SERA-47 Leadership Team


    • Chair – Dr. Virginie Zoumenou, Professor & Extension Specialist, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, 1890 Nutrition & Program Leader
    • Vice-Chair – Mr. Marcus Coleman, Program Director, Grow Louisiana Beginner Farmer Training Program, Louisiana State University AgCenter
    • Secretary – Jayesh Samtani, Assistant Professor and Small Fruit Extension Specialist, Hampton Roads AREC, School of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Virginia Tech.
    • Past-President – Dr. Karen Vines, Assistant Profesor & Extension Specialist, Virginia Tech & Virginia Cooperative Extension

Working Group Leadership:

Learning Communities:

    • Chair – Dr. Iris Crosby, Extension and Outreach Manager, University of Arkansas Pine Bluff Agriculture Demonstration and Outreach CenterMr. Russ Garner, Extension/Research Associate, Southern Rural Development Center
    • Vice-Chair – Mr. Russ Garner, Extension/Research Associate, Southern Rural Development Center

Resource Bank:

    • Chair – Dr. Janie Burney, Professor & Extension Specialist, University of Tennessee Extension, Knoxville
    • Vice-Chair – Mr. Russ Garner, Extension/Research Associate, Southern Rural Development Center

Strengthening Impact Evaluation:

    • Chair – Dr. Dara Bloom, Associate Professor & Extension Specialist, North Carolina State Extension
    • Vice-Chair – Ms. Hannah Dankbar, Local Food Program Manager, North Carolina State Extension

Successful Food System Models:

    • Chair – Dr. Quisto Settle, Assistant Professor, Oklahoma State University
    • Vice-Chair – Dr. Dave Lamie, Professor, Clemson University

Visioning Committee:

    • Dr. Vivian Carro-Figueroa, Assistant Dean of Research, Experiment Station, University of Puerto Rico
    • Dr. Hannah Dankbar, Local Food Program Manager, North Carolina State Extension
    • Dr. Dave Lamie, Professor, Clemson University

Administrative Advisors:

    • Extension – Dr. Edwin Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech
    • Research – Dr. Robert Houtz, Director, Kentucky Agricultural Experiment Station & Associate Dean for Research, College of Agriculture, Food, & Environment, University of Kentucky


Other Local and Regional Foods Resources

2021 Eastern Virginia Virtual Annual Crops Conference Channel on YouTube Virginia Cooperative Extension

2021 Pest Management Guides

Plate it Up Recipes by Season website Kentucky Extension

Putting Local on the Menu: Tools and Strategies for Increasing the Utilization  of Locally Raised Food in Restaurants and Food Service PDF (SCALE) Sequestering Carbon, Accelerating Local Economies

Soil, Conservation, and Place YouTube Channel Virginia Cooperative Extension

Virginia Whole Farm Planning for Beginners website  Virginia Cooperative Extension

Youth, Community, and Therapeutic Gardening website North Carolina State Extension

COVID 19: Local Producers & Direct Marketers

These resources related to LOCAL PRODUCERS & DIRECT MARKETERS have been provided by institutions of higher education in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic:

Food Safety Protocols for Produce

Cleaning & Sanitation

Connecting Producers, Markets, and Food Lovers



Other Relevant Resources

COVID-19: Personal Care

These resources related to PERSONAL CARE have been provided by institutions of higher education in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Cleaning and Disinfection


  • Clean Your Hands Often (Co-branded)
    • NC State Extension (PDF)
    • UF/IFAS Extension (Website, PDF)
    • Virginia Cooperative Extension (PDF)
  • Handwashing and Sanitizers (Blog) Alabama Extension
  • Homemade Hand Sanitizer (PDF) NC State Extension
  • How Clean are Your Hands? PDF, LSU AgCenter