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

Learn more about Minnesota’s COVID-19 Response and Preparation. You can read here about Governor Tim Walz's Executive Order 20-81, which requires Minnesotans to wear a face covering in indoor businesses and indoor public settings.

Do you have general questions about food and agriculture in Minnesota during the COVID-19 pandemic? Email the MDA at:

Critical and Non-critical Businesses (including family farms)

NEW: 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.

NEW: Q&A for Farm COVID-19 Preparedness Plans

NEW: WEBINAR: COVID-19 Preparedness Plans - Workplace Safety

NEW: WEBINAR: COVID-19 Preparedness Plans - Serving Food and On-Site Consumption

Livestock and Animals

Carcass Disposal and Livestock Permitting

Farmers and Ranchers

Dairy Producers

Worker Safety

Stress and Financial Help

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

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 Processors and Manufacturers

Food Makers and Food Establishments

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

Meat Processors


Wineries, Breweries, and Distilleries

Nurseries, Garden Centers, and Community Gardens

County Fairs

Indoor and Outdoor Seated Entertainment, Recreation, and Shows

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.