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COVID-19 Resources for Businesses, Farms, and Communities

Mississippi FARM Corps

The mission of Mississippi FARM Corps is to provide a ready, willing, and able workforce of National Guard and Reserve soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, and other military veterans in service to American agriculture.

Handouts:

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Hand Hygiene

Handwashing_COVID-19_Flyer_031220-1.pdf

Info in PDF above.

MSUHandwashing_COVID-19_Flyer_Spanish.pdf

Info in PDF above.

Homemade Hand Sanitizer – Small scale recipe from World Health Organization formulation

Homemade-Hand-Sanitizer_COVID-19_Flyer.pdf

Information in PDF above.

MSUHomemade-Hand-Sanitizer_COVID-19_Flyer_032920-Spanish.pdf

Info in PDF above.

Cleaning and Disinfection

Cleaning-and-disinfection_COVID-19_Flyer_031520.pdf

Info in PDF above.

MSUCleaning-and-desinfection_COVID-19_Flyer_031720-Spanish.pdf

Info in PDF above.

Foodservice

General FAQs and Employee Health
Retail-FAQ_COVID-19_031520.pdf
ProduceProduction_Food-Safety_COVID-19_Flyer_MSU.pdf
MSUSpanish_Food-Safety_COVID-19_Flyer.pdf

Cleaning and Disinfection
Retail-Cleaning_COVID-19_032620MSU.pdf

Receiving and Food Packaging
Retail-Packaging_COVID-19_031520.pdf

Restaurant Reopening Information
AFDO Restaurant Reopening Fact Sheet v.5.pdf
National-Restaurant-Association-COVID19-Reopening-Guidance.pdf

Grocery Store

General FAQs and Employee Health
Grocery-Store-Cleaning-and-Disinfection-FAQ_COVID-19_031520.pdf

Cleaning and Disinfection
Grocery-Store-Cleaning-and-Disinfection-FAQ_COVID-19_031520.pdf

Receiving and Food Packaging
Grocery-Store-Cleaning-and-Disinfection-FAQ_COVID-19_031520.pdf

Grocery Shopping
MSUSpanish_Grocery-Shopping_COVID-19_Flyer.pdf

Food Bank

Best Practices and Communication
Food-Bank-Best-Practices_COVID-19_031620.pdf

Receiving Food and Cleaning 
Food-Banks-Receiving-and-Cleaning_COVID-19_031620.pdf

Farmers’ Markets

Handling COVID-19 at Farmers’ Markets
Farm-Stand_COVID-19_FlyerMSU.pdf

U-Pick Farms  

Handling COVID-19 at U-Pick Farms
U-Pick-Farms_COVID-19_031620.pdf

Additional

Community-Gardens_COVID-19_Flyer MSU.pdf

Virtual Backgrounds 

Bulk-Beef-Sales_COVID-19_Flyer MSU.pdf

Bulk-Pork-Sales_COVID-19_Flyer MSU.pdf

Bulk-Poultry-Sales_COVID-19_Flyer MSU.pdf

COVID_RetailBestPractices_Infographic_04092020.pdf

COVID_RetailBestPractices_FullFactSheet_04092020_2.pdf


Online Resources:

USDA - https://www.usda.gov/coronavirus

Retail Food Environments, Farms, and Industry

Preparing Businesses

OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 - https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3990.pdf

World Health Organization - https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/getting-workplace-ready-for-covid-19.pdf

Industry

Food Marketing Institute (FMI) Coronavirus and Pandemic Preparedness for the Food Industry: https://www.fmi.org/docs/default-source/food-safety/pandemic-planning-final_verison3-12-20-6.pdf?sfvrsn=347510a0_2

The Acheson Group (TAG), COVID-19 FAQ for the Food Industry: https://www.achesongroup.com/covid-19faqs

Farms

Cornell University - Novel Coronavirus Prevention & Control for Farms - http://agworkforce.cals.cornell.edu/2020/03/12/novel-coronavirus-prevention-control-for-farms/

EPA, List N: Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2 https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/list-n-disinfectants-use-against-sars-cov-2

EPA, Drinking Water and Waste Water - https://www.epa.gov/coronavirus/coronavirus-and-drinking-water-and-wastewater

CDC, How to Remove Gloves https://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/pdf/poster-how-to-remove-gloves.pdf

National Restaurant Association (ServSafe) - https://foodsafetyfocus.com/FoodSafetyFocus/media/Library/pdfs/Coronavirus_2019-nCoV_Info_TipsforRestaurants.pdf

National Restaurant Association (ServSafe) - https://foodsafetyfocus.com/tools-research

National Restaurant Association (ServSafe) Webinar - https://event.on24.com/eventRegistration/EventLobbyServlet?target=reg20.jsp&referrer=&eventid=2216823&sessionid=1&key=50D3E4DFAC40026D6518A91355C476F9&regTag=&sourcepage=register

Fightbac, Cleaning and Sanitizing High-Touch Surfaces, https://www.fightbac.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Cleaning_and_Disinfecting_High-Touch_Surfaces.pdf

Georgia Department of Agriculture, Food Safety Recommendations COVID-19 http://agr.georgia.gov/Data/Sites/1/media/ag_consumerprotection/food_safety/files/covid19preventionrecommendations.pdf

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Publications

News

Medical worker in protective clothing takes a throat swab from a male patient.
Filed Under: Health and Wellness, Health, Coronavirus September 10, 2021

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- The risk of infection and hospitalization from COVID-19 is significantly higher in unvaccinated people, but some fully vaccinated people are also being infected due to the contagiousness of the delta variant of the virus.

Though no vaccine is 100% effective, it is the best method to avoid contracting the virus or suffering a severe illness from a breakthrough infection, said Dr. Tami Brooks, Starkville physician and retired professor of pediatrics at the University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Medicine.

Two girls coloring.
Filed Under: Coronavirus August 19, 2021

With the uptick in COVID-19 cases due to the Delta variant, it’s not uncommon to hear of loved ones and friends who have been infected or who are in quarantine due to exposure. Children, especially, may be confused, worried, and afraid about classmates, friends, and family members who are sick.

Two medical ampoules of COVID-19 vaccine with a syringe.
Filed Under: Health and Wellness, Coronavirus August 9, 2021

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- With the Delta variant of COVID-19 spreading three times as easily as previous strains in Mississippi and unvaccinated patients comprising most of the state’s cases, receiving the vaccine is now more critical than ever to slow the spread.

State health leaders are strongly encouraging Mississippians still grappling with vaccine hesitancy to consult governmental sources when seeking out data to inform their decisions. As of Aug. 5, 39% of Mississippians had received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, while only a third were fully vaccinated.

Two medical ampoules of COVID-19 vaccine with a syringe.
Filed Under: Health and Wellness, Coronavirus January 15, 2021

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- The saying goes that tough times bring out the best and worst in people. The COVID-19 pandemic is no exception, and consumers need to be wary of potential fraud related to the vaccine as it is rolled out.

Those who have not yet scheduled an appointment to receive their first dose will be waiting another month. On Jan. 15, the Mississippi State Department of Health reported that appointments may be limited until late January, as most of the state’s available vaccine inventory had already been scheduled or distributed.

Two children in masks stand in front of an activity center in a classroom.
Filed Under: MSU Extension Head Start, Coronavirus January 8, 2021

The Mississippi State University Extension Service Head Start Program in Harrison County is proving resilient in safely living up to its mission of easing the transition to school for families with young children.

Success Stories

Two masked women with glasses and brown hair holding a brown bag.
4-H, Commercial Horticulture, Healthy Homes Initiative, Food and Health, Health, Coronavirus, Nutrition
Volume 7 Number 2

Extension Brown Bags flying off shelves in DeSoto County

Mississippi State University Extension agents in DeSoto County are partnering with public librarians throughout the county to distribute Extension Brown Bags to members of the community. Extension has offered a range of educational programs at these libraries, so joining with them to expand the giveaways was a natural choice.

Four people stand behind a recently cut large red ribbon on a new bridge over a body of water.
Food and Health, Health, Coronavirus, Natural Resources, Water, Water Quality
Volume 7 Number 2

Extension distributes 78,000 masks in Mississippi

When a federal agency made mass shipments of thousands of masks available nationally, the Extension health director in Washington, D.C., Dr. Roger Rennekamp, reached out to his longtime colleague Dr. David Buys, an associate professor with the Mississippi State University Extension Service and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Three men and one woman standing, spaced out in front of a red brick building.
Community, Food and Health, Food Safety, Health, AIM for CHangE, Coronavirus, Nutrition and Wellness, Natural Resources, Fisheries, Forestry, Forest Economics, Water, Wildlife
Volume 7 Number 1

Four Extension experts named fellows in their disciplines

Four well-respected Mississippi State University Extension Service experts were recently named fellows in prestigious academic and service organizations.

A man wearing a blue shirt and a woman wearing a maroon shirt sitting on a four-wheeler in tall green grass in front of dark green trees.
4-H, Volunteers, Agriculture, Livestock, Coronavirus, Forestry
Volume 7 Number 1

Extension agent in Pontotoc County held local meetings online in 2020

The Mississippi State University Extension Service has been part of Terry Barron’s life in many ways since she moved back to her home state more than 12 years ago.

Leanetra Carter, 4-H'er in Adams County
4-H, Volunteers, Coronavirus
Volume 7 Number 1

4-H provides programs, support online during pandemic

Even as COVID-19 puts a damper on activities of all kinds across the country, Mississippi 4-H agents and personnel remain dedicated to shaping tomorrow’s leaders.

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Your Extension Experts

Portrait of Mr. Tom Ball
Extension Associate III
Portrait of Dr. David Buys
Associate Professor
State Health Specialist
Portrait of Dr. Courtney Crist
Assistant Extension Professor
Food Safety, Food Science, Food Processing, Home Food Preservation, ServSafe
Portrait of Ms. Anne Howard Hilbun-Benoit
Extension Instructor
Portrait of Dr. Rebecca Campbell Smith
Associate Extension Professor