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)
These resources related to ECONOMIC IMPACT have been provided in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic from university and other sources.
Impacts of COVID-19 on U.S. aquaculture, aquaponics, and allied businesses in the USDA Western Aquaculture Region: Quarter 1 Results Virginia Cooperative Extension, January 18, 2021
Impacts of COVID-19 on U.S. sportfish farms: Quarter 1 Results Virginia Cooperative Extension, January 18, 2021
Impacts of COVID-19 on U.S. tilapia farms: Quarter 1 Results Virginia Cooperative Extension, January 18, 2021
Impacts of COVID-19 on U.S. trout foodfish businesses Quarter 1 Results Virginia Cooperative Extension, January 18, 2021
- Impacts of COVID-19 on U.S. mollusk businesses: Quarter 1 Results March 23, 2020 to April 10, 2020 Virginia Cooperative Extension, January 15, 2021
- Impacts of COVID-19 on U.S. ornamental fish farms: Quarter 1 Results Virginia Cooperative Extension, January 15, 2021
Impacts of COVID-19 on U.S. aquaculture, aquaponics, and allied businesses located in the USDA Tropical and Subtropical Region: Quarter 1 Results Virginia Cooperative Extension, January 14, 2021
Impacts of COVID-19 on U.S. aquaculture, aquaponics, and allied businesses: Quarter 1 Results March 23, 2020 to April 10, 2020 Virginia Cooperative Extension, January 13, 2021
- Impacts of COVID-19 on U.S. aquaculture allied business: Quarter 1 Results Virginia Cooperative Extension, January 12, 2021
Farms & Agribusinesses
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.
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.
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
These resources related to SUPPORTING LOCAL FOOD-RELATED BUSINESSES have been provided by institutions of higher education in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic:
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