The MDA has created and compiled information related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and food and agriculture. This page will be updated as information changes.

A woman at a farmers' market wearing a face mask

Governor Walz has announced a four-week dial back to control the spread of COVID-19. The state is currently operating under Executive Order 21-01 which is protecting recent progress and cautiously resuming certain activities.

Do you have general questions about food and agriculture in Minnesota during the COVID-19 pandemic? Email the MDA at: mdaresponds@state.mn.us

General Information

Food and Beverage

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report there is no evidence to suggest that COVID-19 can be transmitted through food grown in the United States or imported from other countries. However, food safety is important at all times and the MDA helps to ensure that food is produced and sold in a safe manner.

Farmers and Ranchers

If you need assistance with carcass disposal, call the Carcass Disposal Hotline at 651-201-6041 (this hotline is for livestock carcasses only) to schedule a one-on-one consultation to talk about carcass disposal options, technical guidance, or get connected with contractors for equipment/materials. The Minnesota Board of Animal Health also has emergency carcass disposal resources on their website.

The COVID-19 pandemic may be adding to farmers’ financial problems, price and marketing uncertainties, marital difficulties, and social pressures. You can:

  • Contact the Minnesota Farm and Rural Helpline anytime (call 833-600-2670 or text FARMSTRESS to 898211).
  • Visit the Minnesota Farm and Rural Helpline website for information and resources.
  • Reach out to a of Minnesota Farm Advocate who can offer one-on-one help for many kinds of crises (e.g., operating loan problems, mediation, foreclosure, natural disasters).

The Minnesota Rural Finance Authority (RFA) also helps farmers whose operations are affected by COVID-19. New rules mean farmers can access the Disaster Recovery Loan Program if they they experience loss of revenue due to human contagious disease. Visit the RFA Disaster Loan Recovery Program website or contact 651-201-6004.

Other Resources:

Farmers' Markets, U-Pick Operations, and On-Farm Markets

Nurseries and Garden Centers

Events