Resources for Food and Agriculture Industries During COVID-19


The NDA is still closed to the public, but all industry services are operational. Many staff are working remotely, and response times may still be slowed.

In the Governor’s Risk Mitigation Initiative, agricultural, food processing, veterinary services, gas stations, and supply chain operations were all outlined as essential businesses. In addition, NDA Director Jennifer Ott issued a more detailed list of agency recommendations for essential agriculture and support businesses that should stay open, as well as guidance for essential agriculture businesses. The Governor’s Office of Energy also announced additional guidance for the fuel supply chain. DHS/Cyber and Infrastructure Security Administration (CISA) has more specific outlines for what “food and agriculture” critical infrastructure workers are included.

As COVID-19 guidance evolves, this page will be updated with resources available for agribusinesses and related industries. Last updated: August 25, 2020.

    FOOD SAFETY

    Consumer information
    FDA, CDC and USDA have all stated that at this time, there are no reports that suggest COVID-19 can be transmitted by food or food packaging. CDC reports that, in general, because of poor survivability of these coronaviruses on surfaces, there is likely very low risk of spread from food products or packaging that are shipped over a period of days or weeks at ambient, refrigerated, or frozen temperatures.

    It is always important to follow good hygiene practices (like washing hands, tools and surfaces frequently) when handling or preparing foods.

    Industry information
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been updating and expanding their list of approved COVID-19 disinfectants.

    USDA ensures food safety during COVID-19 outbreak (and pertinent contact info for each of their continuing services can be found in this USDA COVID-19 FAQ).

    FDA offers assurance about food safety and supply for people and animals during COVID-10  

    NDA FSMA Produce safety resources

    Food handling guidelines from Nevada DPBH

      BUSINESS AND EMPLOYMENT

      Labor

      Nevada Department of Business and Industry factsheet about the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) - an SBA loan that helps businesses keep their workforce employed during the COVID-19 pandemic

       Interim guidance from the CDC and U.S. Department of Labor for agriculture workers and employers

      USDA labor information
      Department of Labor COVID-19 page

      H2-A Visa program applications and extensions for labor information

      AgCareers.com is offering free temporary and seasonal job postings during the pandemic.
      NV Health Response page has resources for both businesses and workforce (new resources are added every day), including:

      Agribusinesses

      Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act

      BLM Nevada offices still open for business via phone or email, and the Department of Interior does not anticipate any permittee approval delays.

      CDC's Agriculture Employer Checklist for Creating a COVID-19 Assessment and Control Plan

      USDA COVID-19 Resources:

      Small Business
      Governor's Office of Economic Development (GOED) COVID-19 Disaster Response Business Resources
      Small Business Administration (SBA):

      Rural Communities

      The USDA compiled a list of federal programs that can be used by rural communities, organizations and individuals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic: The COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide

        TRADE

        NDA is still providing export inspection services as needed (Please contact Nick Bieser in southern Nevada at nbieser@agri.nv.gov and Sheryl Hunnewell in northern Nevada at shunnewell@agri.nv.gov to schedule an appointment.

        Western United States Agricultural Trade Association (WUSATA) office is closed through April 6, but contact information is provided here for questions regarding events or the FundMatch program.

          SOCIAL DISTANCING

          Social distancing guidelines should be strictly adhered to on farms, even in outdoor spaces: