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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

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

Homemade-Hand-Sanitizer_COVID-19_Flyer.pdf

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

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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

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.

A boy and girl sit at a wooden table and use markers to draw on different colored sheets of paper.
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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