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The guidance is available for farmers, ranchers, food businesses and communities navigating the pandemic.

April 21, 2020

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FOOD DELIVERY: During the outbreak of COVID-19, there are more questions than answers for the farmers who provide locally grown food to their communities. The Kansas Rural Center is providing a webpage of resources for farmers, consumers and rural community leaders. P.J. Griekspoor

The Kansas Rural Center has been listening and responding to questions on COVID-19, mostly from farmers and community leaders working quickly to respond to the new realities of the pandemic.

Like many, KRC has responded virtually by moving meetings, resources and communicating information exclusively online. One tool KRC has curated is a webpage with an extensive list of COVID-19 guidance, resources and FAQ’s specifically for farmers, ranchers, food businesses and communities responding to the pandemic. 

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A few key takeaways include that producers are still ready and willing to get safe food to Kansans despite opening season of farmers markets being delayed or tentatively closed. Farmers need to know that it’s still okay to sell products to consumers (following best practices for public safety, of course).

There are more and more resources becoming available by state and national agencies and organizations to help both farmers and consumers make shifts in access to food and markets.

Among the resources KRC lists, the FAQ page tackles questions addressing how the shelter in place orders affect mobility and markets for farmers, grants, and loans available to farms and small businesses, and how to purchase locally grown food from farmers.

Here in Kansas, organizations and agencies have created new COVID-19 resources such as best practices for farmers markets and produce safety resources and webinars from K-State Extension. Many farmers are pivoting to online sales, and many resources have become available to help farmers make that shift.

Navigating the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act aid options available specifically for farmers has so far proven confusing and overwhelming however many resources are becoming available to help clarify the options and processes.  

Farm Commons, a nonprofit that provides resources and services on farm law, has provided several resources on farm eligibility and guidance on CARES Act aid provisions such as the Paycheck Protection Program. Farmers' Legal Action Group just released a “Farmers’ Guide to COVID-19 Relief,” which focuses on how these various programs can provide relief to farmers. All of these resources and more are linked on KRC’s COVID-19 resource pages.

KRC is updating the webpage everyday with new information and resources. For questions or comments on what may be helpful to farms and communities amid the pandemic, please reach out to KRC at [email protected] or 866-579-5469.

The mission of KRC, founded in 1979, is to promote the long-term health of the land and its people through community-based research, education, and advocacy that advances an economically viable, ecologically sound, and socially just food and farming system in Kansas.

Source: Kansas Rural Center, which is solely responsible for the information provided and is wholly owned by the source. Informa Business Media and all its subsidiaries are not responsible for any of the content contained in this information asset.

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