At this time there is no evidence that food is a source or transmission route for Coronavirus. However, as it can survive on hard surfaces, such as food packaging, and spread through person-to-person contact before symptoms appear, it is important to ensure that you’re taking precautions to minimize the risk of spreading the virus.
The FDA is currently suggesting farms, like other work establishments, follow protocols set by local and state health departments, which may vary depending on the amount of community spread of COVID-19 in a particular area. We encourage coordination with local health officials for all businesses so that timely and accurate information can guide appropriate responses in each location where they have operations.
UVM's Considerations for Fruit and Vegetable Growers Related to Coronavirus & COVID-19
Cornell's Novel Coronavirus Prevention & Control for Farms
International Rescue Committee: How Farms and Farmers Markets can respond to COVID
List of EPA Registered Disinfectants to use against SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes the disease COVID-19
Dear TOFGA Members,
We hope that you and yours are safe and well in these uncertain times. We are all concerned for our families, friends, farms, and much more. The events of COVID-19 are unprecedented in modern history, and it is something that we are all struggling to come to understand how to best address.
COVID policy updates at the local, state, and federal levels seem to be changing almost hourly. Know that TOFGA is plugged into the larger conversation with farm advocacy groups around the state as we all work to communicate and find solutions for our farms and members. Our Board has heard from farms and ranches from around Texas, and we understand the urgency of this situation. Some of the issues we've heard and seen are: farmers markets closing (or uncertainty around this), other sales channels closing down (restaurants in particular), and confusion around increased food safety measures to reassure consumers and remain in compliance as a business.
As a statewide organization, we would like to hear from y'all - our TOFGA members. We recognize that many of our members are looking for information - and are also more than willing to share the information they may have found some clarity on. We encourage our members to post their questions, concerns, and solutions to the TOFGA Facebook Page, where we hope a conversation can get started amongst our members and the farming community at large. Please do share your stories and insights with us! If you'd prefer to send an email, feel free to shoot it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
As TOFGA continues to learn more and get updates, we will be sure to pass this along to our membership. In the meantime, stay safe and wash those hands (for 20 seconds!)
If you know if other resources that would be useful to Texas farmers and ranchers that should be shared on this page, please email them to email@example.com.