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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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News

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.

Four panels display a chicken, a cotton boll, a timber stand and a dried soybean plant.
Filed Under: Agriculture, Agricultural Economics, Coronavirus December 17, 2020

Mississippi farmers generated an estimated agricultural value of $7.35 billion in 2020, a 5% increase from 2019 that saw soybeans top forestry for the No. 2 spot behind poultry.

Four glass containers with plastic lids contain food leftovers.
Filed Under: Food Safety, Coronavirus December 8, 2020

While Thanksgiving is an obvious food holiday, Christmas also brings numerous opportunities to celebrate with food, and every one of these should be done with care to keep guests healthy.

Byron Williams, state food processing specialists with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said safety is always a concern any time food is prepared, but it can become a bigger issue when there are lots of leftovers.

A woman stands on the front steps of a home.
Filed Under: Family, Health, Coronavirus, Nutrition and Wellness December 7, 2020

Because many families are celebrating this holiday season a little differently, we might feel a little stressed. One of the things that helps me stay grounded during this time is physical activity. It’s one of the most important things you can do for your health.

Success Stories

Two men standing in a row crop.
Agriculture, Crops, Corn, Cotton, Soybeans, Coronavirus
Volume 6 Number 2

Variety trials exemplify Extension’s service to growers through pandemic

For 10 years, a small portion of Moody Farms in Tishomingo County has been sectioned off for cotton variety trial plots. That streak continued in 2020, despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

A woman wearing a light blue blazer and pink shirt stands smiling with her hand on a light pole.
Health and Wellness, Community, Health, AIM for CHangE, Coronavirus
Volume 6 Number 2

Lexington coalition organizes food giveaway amid pandemic

When the Guardian (U.S. edition) released its article “In the poorest county, in America’s poorest state, a virus hits home: ‘Hunger is rampant’” in early April 2020, a local coalition in Holmes County had already organized to create a food pantry in Lexington.

A young boy wearing a NASA sweatshirt stands on a sidewalk holding a camera by his side.
4-H, Join 4-H, STEM – Science Technology Engineering and Math, Coronavirus
Volume 6 Number 2

4-H’er creates instructional video

4-H’ers learn by doing, pandemic or no pandemic. So, even though Aaron Lampley could not meet with the Winston County Photography Club, he could leverage technology to increase his own skills and share his expertise with other photo enthusiasts.

A smiling woman holding a tablet stands outside in front of a flagpole.
Community, City and County Government, Coronavirus
Volume 6 Number 2

Extension supports city clerks during pandemic

Many things about the way Jo Ann Robbins did her job changed when coronavirus hit.

“The COVID-19 pandemic impacted my work and my personal life in ways I never dreamed possible” 

A smiling young girl wearing an orange shirt sits on a ledge in front of flowers.
4-H, Join 4-H, Leadership and Citizenship, STEM – Science Technology Engineering and Math, Coronavirus
Volume 6 Number 2

4-H’er uses tech to unite club, serve community

Not many teens—or adults, for that matter—know the ins and outs of Robert’s Rules of Order, but 17-year-old Chasity Moses is making a habit of knowing and doing things that set her apart.

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Your Extension Experts

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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
Portrait of Ms. Anne Howard Hilbun-Benoit
Extension Instructor
Portrait of Dr. Rebecca Campbell Smith
Assistant Extension Professor