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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.


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Hand Hygiene


Info in PDF above.


Info in PDF above.

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


Information in PDF above.


Info in PDF above.

Cleaning and Disinfection


Info in PDF above.


Info in PDF above.


General FAQs and Employee Health

Cleaning and Disinfection

Receiving and Food Packaging

Restaurant Reopening Information
AFDO Restaurant Reopening Fact Sheet v.5.pdf

Grocery Store

General FAQs and Employee Health

Cleaning and Disinfection

Receiving and Food Packaging

Grocery Shopping

Food Bank

Best Practices and Communication

Receiving Food and Cleaning 

Farmers’ Markets

Handling COVID-19 at Farmers’ Markets

U-Pick Farms  

Handling COVID-19 at U-Pick Farms


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



Online Resources:


Retail Food Environments, Farms, and Industry

Preparing Businesses

OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 -

World Health Organization -


Food Marketing Institute (FMI) Coronavirus and Pandemic Preparedness for the Food Industry:

The Acheson Group (TAG), COVID-19 FAQ for the Food Industry:


Cornell University - Novel Coronavirus Prevention & Control for Farms -

EPA, List N: Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2

EPA, Drinking Water and Waste Water -

CDC, How to Remove Gloves

National Restaurant Association (ServSafe) -

National Restaurant Association (ServSafe) -

National Restaurant Association (ServSafe) Webinar -

Fightbac, Cleaning and Sanitizing High-Touch Surfaces,

Georgia Department of Agriculture, Food Safety Recommendations COVID-19

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Filed Under: Agriculture, Coronavirus May 21, 2020

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Mississippi producers affected financially by the COVID-19 pandemic can now access a guide on applying for monetary relief through a new federal program.

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Filed Under: Family, Children and Parenting, MSU Extension Head Start, Family Dynamics, Coronavirus May 6, 2020

Following nationwide closures of pre-Ks and early childhood education centers due to coronavirus, millions of parents are now caring for their young children at home.

Many Mississippi parents are wondering how to continue their young child’s learning, said Louise Davis, a Mississippi State University Extension Service professor with the School of Human Sciences. With a little bit of structure and some fun activities, young children can continue to develop the skills they need for school and beyond.

A bowl of blueberry baked oatmeal.
Filed Under: Food, Coronavirus, Nutrition May 4, 2020

My husband and I cook dinner at home 99 percent of the time. Now that we are practicing social distancing under the governor’s safer-at-home order, our kitchen is really getting a workout.

Individual purple flowers rise above the greenery placed on an open-grid surface.
Filed Under: Coronavirus, Lawn and Garden, Flower Gardens May 4, 2020

May 4 marks a milestone for me and my wife as the last Star Wars movie, “Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker,” is being released straight to digital, thanks to COVID-19.

A combine harvester cuts hay in a field.
Filed Under: Agriculture, Farming, Coronavirus May 1, 2020

Mississippi State University Extension is helping U.S. Rep. Trent Kelly (R-Tupelo) and other partners in launching a new FARM Corps program to connect furloughed or unemployed veterans and members of the National Guard, Reserve and all service branches with local farm and ranch jobs

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Your Extension Experts

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Extension Associate III
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Assistant Professor
State Health Specialist
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Assistant Extension Professor
Food Safety, Food Science, Food Processing
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Professor and Head
Public health education, health promotion
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Extension Instructor
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Assistant Extension Professor