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: firstname.lastname@example.org
- All critical and non-critical businesses, including farms and farmers' markets, are required to have a COVID-19 preparedness plan. A template is available to assist in creating a plan.
- Updated Preparedness Plan Requirements Guidance – Agriculture
- Q&A for Farm COVID-19 Preparedness Plans
- WEBINAR: COVID-19 Preparedness Plans - Workplace Safety
- Minnesota Department of Health: What to do if an employee has COVID-19
- Preparing for Sick Agricultural Workers and COVID-19 - English | Hmong | Somali | Spanish
- Minnesota Department of Health: Resources for businesses and employers
- Minnesota Department of Health: Protecting yourself & others from COVID-19
- Minnesota Department of Health: Employee Exposure to COVID-19: Contact Tracing Guidelines for Employers
- EPA: List of disinfectants approved for use against COVID-19
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.
- COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidelines for Food Processors and Manufacturers
- Food Processing and Manufacturing COVID-19 Best Practices Checklist
- Reducing Food Waste through Donation The MDA and Minnesota Department of Health have compiled information for food businesses impacted by the dine-in service prohibition to donate surplus food to help your communities.
- FDA: Temporary Flexibility Policy Regarding Certain Labeling Requirements for Foods for Humans During COVID-19 Pandemic
- Food Establishment and Cottage Food Producer Guidance - English | Hmong | Spanish
- Guidelines for Small Minnesota Meat Processing Plants - English | Hmong | Somali | Spanish
- COVID‐19 Health and Safety Guidelines for the Meatpacking Industry. This document is available in English, Amharic, Hmong, Karen, Laotian, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, and Vietnamese.
- WEBINAR: Dairy Plant COVID-19 Preparedness
- FDA: Best Practices for Retail Food Stores, Restaurants, and Food Pick-Up/Delivery Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic
- Food Safety for Delivery and Pick-up Services - English | Hmong | Somali | Spanish
- Frequently Asked Questions about Executive Orders Related to Bars, Restaurants, and Other Places of Public Accommodation
- Customers Best Practices For Reusable Bags and Food Takeout Containers - English | Somali | Spanish
- Guidance for Grocery and Convenience Stores
- Farm Winery Alcohol Sales - Minnesota Department of Public Safety: On Sale Liquor Licenses and On Premises Consumption
- Production of Hand Sanitizer for Donation or Sale
- FDA: Temporary Policy for Manufacture of Alcohol for Incorporation Into Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer Products
Farmers and Ranchers
- WEBINAR: The ABCs of Small Meat Processing Options in Minnesota, or view the presentation slides (PDF).
- MAP: Minnesota Meat Processors
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.
- USDA’s Coronavirus and USDA Assistance for Farmers page that provides easy-to-find information about federal help available to farmers.
- University of Minnesota Extension’s Ag Business Management Team offers information as well as help navigating financial assistance programs (including loan and direct payment programs).
- Farmers Legal Action Group, Inc. (FLAG) has published a A Farmers’ Guide to COVID-19 Relief.
- The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development has a guide for small businesses (including farms) that need help.
Farmers' Markets, U-Pick Operations, and On-Farm Markets
- FLYER: Shopping the Farmers' Market During COVID-19 flyer (Digital Version)(Print-Ready Version) | Hmong | Somali | Spanish
- SIGNAGE: COVID-19 Farmers' Market (32"x48") (Digital Version) (Print-Ready Version)
- FACT SHEET: Guidance for Minnesota Farmers' Markets and Vendors
- FACT SHEET: Guidance for Minnesota U-Pick Operations and On-Farm Markets - English | Hmong | Spanish