COVID-19 resources for our farm, food systems, and business clients

March 19, 2020

Here are some up-to-date resources to support you in your work with Iowa’s small farms, food systems, and business enterprises during the novel corona virus (COVID-19) pandemic. Our team is currently working from home along with the rest of ISU Extension and Outreach, but please feel free to contact us by email or phone with any questions or suggestions. We’re here to help!

Looking for COVID-19 resources for farm to school and early care settings? Find them here.


General info:

Legal concerns:

Fruits and vegetables:



Direct Markets:


Farmers markets + U-pick

Donation and community gardens

Farm to school & ECE

Food systems


Relief funds



Request technical assistance

COVID-19 Food Systems Technical Assistance Platform

Institutions and organizations—including farmers, food businesses, cities, schools, state agencies, and nonprofits—are encouraged to share their needs for food systems engagement in regards to COVID-19 responses and/or other on-going efforts.

Please complete this short online form to share your technical assistance needs and be connected with ISU Extension and Outreach staff who can provide assistance on a variety of projects. 

Support can range from quick, one-time consultations, to intermediate and long-term support. Examples include: 

  • Connecting with Iowa food system networks and specialists
  • Strategizing, brainstorming, and problem solving
  • Food system-based research and assessments, including data interpretation and evaluation
  • Technical assistance for community food systems projects, including conceptual design development, project management, etc. 
  • Supporting coalition development, which may include facilitation support, developing or refocusing a coalition
  • Creating a design or community outreach plan for a school or community garden
  • Direct to Consumer or mid-tier market development support including: sourcing and purchasing local food into a meal program at a school or early care site, or supporting a farmer to find new opportunities for direct market opportunities 
  • Understanding impacts and identifying local/national best practices for food systems

COVID-19 response projects will be prioritized at this time. Based on the scope of the project proposal, free consultations may be available while more in-depth and long-term projects may involve the development of a fee for service agreement. 

Please let us know how we can best support you during these challenging times. For questions and/or more information on this effort, please contact program coordinator Chelsea Krist,

Ag workers + employers

  • Agricultural Employer Checklist for Creating a COVID-19 Assessment and Control Plan (CDC). To prevent and slow the spread of COVID-19, agricultural employers can use this checklist to create a COVID-19 assessment and control plan for applying specific preparation, prevention, and management measures. This checklist has been developed based on the Agriculture Workers and Employers Interim Guidance from CDC and the U.S. Department of Labor.

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