COVID-19 Resources

USDA's Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

Are you a farmer whose operation has been directly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic? The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program will provide direct relief to producers who faced price declines and additional marketing costs due to COVID-19. Watch this video to learn how to apply.

Resources

What Changes Are in the New Stimulus Bill That Affect Farmers?

On December 27, 2020, the Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA) of 2021 was signed into law.  There were many items in this legislation that affected...

National Impact and Response to COVID-19

The outbreak of COVID-19 and its impact on people’s health and the economy is unprecedented in most of our lifetime. It is projected the...

What is in CARES Act for Agriculture?

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic that has roiled the U.S. economy, Congress passed the  Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act)...

Additional $1 Billion in Loan Guarantees for Rural Businesses and Ag Producers

Business and Industry CARES Act Program (Announced May 21, 2020, funding expires Sept. 30, 2021) U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced that USDA is making...

Farm Bureau Sends Guidance to the President, Congress, and Federal Agencies

Farm Bureau and several other organizations concerned about possible disruptions in the food supply chain have jointly sent a letter to President Trump emphasizing...

Employee Retention Tax Credit

Updates since the Consolidated Appropriations Act was passed: CAA removed restriction that prevents employers who obtained PPP loans from claiming the credit. They can...

Guidance on Paid Leave and Sick Leave

The IRS and DOL have released details about the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). These details explain employer requirements to provide leave and...

Mental Health

From the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network: When it comes to what is happening with COVID-19/novel coronavirus, a lot is changing in our state, our country,...

USDA Federal Rural Resource Guide

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue unveiled a one-stop-shop of federal programs that can be used by rural communities, organizations and individuals impacted by...

Homeland Security Guidance on Critical Infrastructure

Update April 20, 2020: The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), a DHS agency, released version 3.0 of the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers guidance to...

Guidance for Livestock Sales from TN Department of Agriculture

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture has released guidance to livestock markets and farm production sales based upon CDC guidelines to prevent the spread of...

Guidance for Pick-Your-Own Operations

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture has released guidance to Pick-Your-Own operations based upon CDC guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Access to fruits...

Farm Worker and Food Safety

Safety remains a top priority across the food chain, with everyone—from the farm to the grocery store—doing their part to take great care and...

H2A Update

Press Release 4-15-20:  Department of Homeland Security to Temporarily Amend Certain H2A Requirments The State Department revised its restrictions on the processing of visa applications...

USDA Resources

Information on direct relief to producers who have suffered losses due to COVID‑19.

TN Dept. of Ag Response & Resources

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation following Governor Bill Lee’s State of Emergency declaration.

UTIA COVID-19 Resources

A listing of resources for value-added agriculture entrepreneurs, direct farm marketers and agritourism operators that may be helpful during the COVID-19 outbreak is provided below.