Guide COVID-19 Resources for Agriculture

In response to the spread of COVID-19 and the measures being taken to address it, MDAR has compiled a list of resources to keep our agricultural community informed and aware of relevant policies and best practices. Following the guidelines of health and government officials in light of the Coronavirus pandemic, MDAR is temporarily limiting face-to-face meetings, visits to farms, educational events, etc. We will work with farmers and our agricultural stakeholders via phone, email, and webinar to ensure that work continues to move forward.

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Addressing COVID-19 Impacts, Bulletins and Guidance

Guidance of the Commissioner of Public Health Regarding Operations of Nurseries, Greenhouses, Garden Centers, and Agricultural Supply Stores Under the Essential Services Orders

Agriculture Day 2020 Letter from Commissioner Lebeaux - 3/25/20

Travel Template for MA Ag Employers - 4/1/20

COVID-19 Essential Services - Emergency Order - 3/23/20 - Food & Agriculture “Essential” - Governor Charlie Baker issued an emergency order requiring all businesses and organizations that do not provide “COVID-19 Essential Services” to close their physical workplaces and facilities to workers, customers and the public as of Tuesday, March 24th at noon until Tuesday, April 7th at noon. *Governor Baker's order has been extended until May 4th.

*Updated list of Essential Services - As of March 31st.

COVID-19 Essential Services FAQs

MDAR Bulletins

UMass Extension Message to Ag and Landscape Stakeholders

Food Safety

Farmers' Markets

The following organizations have information relating to farmers' market operations during the COVID-19 outbreak:

Guidance for Farmers Markets, Farm Stands and CSAs- 3/26/20

Animal Health

Farm Labor

Financial Resources and Funding Opportunities


Last night(4/3), the Department of Treasury (Treasury) and Small Business Administration (SBA) released an interim final rule on the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Agricultural producers are eligible to participate in the program and should reach out to their bankers and/or agricultural lenders to apply immediately. While SBA still needs to confirm some administrative details, loans will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis and producers can get started on the application now:

Mental Health Resources

In the Spotlight: Farms, Food Banks, and Ag Businesses Supporting the COVID-19 Response

MassGrown: COVID-19: How & Where to Buy Local

More Resources