Resources for Food and Agriculture Industries During COVID-19


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



    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 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:


    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


      NDA is still providing export inspection services as needed (Please contact Nick Bieser in southern Nevada at and Sheryl Hunnewell in northern Nevada at 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 guidelines should be strictly adhered to on farms, even in outdoor spaces: