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.

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Learn more about Minnesota’s COVID-19 Response and Preparation.

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

Livestock and Animals

Carcass Disposal and Livestock Permitting

Processing

The MDA is working to identify opportunities for livestock owners who need meat processing for a small numbers of animals (5-10) because of plant closures and lost markets. Options include plants that could move from “custom” to “equal to” and federally inspected processors that may have extra capacity. We are also exploring processing options in neighboring states.

If you need animal processing, contact our staff for help.
Jim Ostlie
320-842-6910
Jim.Ostlie@state.mn.us

Courtney VanderMey
651-201-6135
Courtney.VanderMey@state.mn.us

If you are interested in purchasing pork or a pig please contact Pam Voelkel to find a pig farmer that is selling pigs:

Pam Voelkel
Director of Events and Promotions
Minnesota Pork Producers Association
Minnesota Pork Board
151 St Andrews Court, Ste 810
Mankato, MN  56001
pam@mnpork.com

Farmers and Ranchers

Worker Safety

Stress and Financial Help

This situation is stressful for many, including farmers. The COVID-19 pandemic may be adding to financial problems, price and marketing uncertainties, marital difficulties, and social pressures. You can call the Minnesota Farm and Rural Helpline anytime at 1-833-600-2670 to speak to someone.

Assistance from the Rural Finance Authority (RFA) will be available to help farmers whose operations are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. New legislation expands the use of funding for the RFA that opens up the Disaster Recovery Loan Program for loss of revenue due to human contagious disease. Farmers interested in learning more about the assistance should visit the RFA Disaster Loan Recovery Program website or contact 651-201-6004.

Other Resources

General Employer/Employee Guidance

Sales Auctions

Food and Beverages

A person reaching into a grocery bagThe 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.

Food Makers and Food Establishments

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

Meat Processors

Customers

Wineries, Breweries, and Distilleries

Nurseries, Garden Centers, and Community Gardens

Your Health

Governor Tim Walz has unveiled a State of Minnesota COVID-19 dashboard that tracks the virus in Minnesota and provides the latest available data on available ventilators, ICU beds, personal protective equipment (PPE), and testing. The dashboard will be updated daily.
 
For the latest information on COVID-19 and your health:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has developed a list of disinfectants approved for use against COVID-19.