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Maine Farmers: Covid-19 Survey And Resources

Maine Farmers: Covid-19 Survey and Resources

As Covid-19 makes its way through our community, farmers are faced with unique challenges in an unpredictable market. The following survey was made in collaboration with agricultural organizations agencies across the state to better assess the impact this virus is having on Maine farms. Your responses will help ag service providers learn how we can best support you through direct assistance and policy in this changing time.
The following link provides a streamlined list of resources to support farmers in the Covid-19 pandemic. This includes resources around food safety, recommendations and federal support programs. It is updated daily by agricultural organizations agencies across the state including the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, the Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry, and the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association. If you would like something added to this list as a resource, please email Bo Dennis, bdennis@mofga.org.

Farmers who are offering ways for customers to purchase local food can add or update their information on this map on the UMaine Extension website: Farm Product & Pick Up Directory

UMaine Cooperative Extension is hosting WEEKLY Zoom calls Fridays at 7 PM for farmers to share thoughts and resources with each other. Click the link for more information and details on how to join via your phone or computer: Join UMaine’s Farmer to Farmer Conversations

Extension also a form for farmers to submit questions about COVID-19 here.

American Farmland Trust set up a Farmer Relief Fund to award eligible farmers grants of up to $1,000 to help weather the current crisis. Applications are now live in English and Spanish: Farmers can apply for AFT’s Farmer Relief Fund here

*We’ll continue to update this post with new resources as they emerge.*

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