COVID-19 News and Resources

The national COVID-19 emergency is having deep impacts on our farming community, and we are working on ways to help. Please watch this page for additional information and resources that can help farmers, food and farm workers, and consumers navigate this unprecedented challenge.

View this week’s COVID Resilience Resources Weekly UpdateVolume 2: April 6, 2020

OEFFA Operations and Certification Services

OEFFA remains open for business, albeit with some changes. For the foreseeable future, all events, including the annual Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series, have been cancelled or moved online.

We are responding to emails, receiving your 2020 applications for certification, and maintaining other functions. We are working to develop a contingency plan for organic inspections during a pandemic.

Direct calls regarding Certification to (614) 262-2022. All other calls should go to (614) 421-2022. If you are calling an individual staff member, you can find their direct line on our staff directory here.

For a more detailed update on OEFFA’s operations and certification services, read this announcement from March 23, 2020.

Take Action!

Please take a minute to email Governor DeWine and tell him that #LocalFoodIsEssential! OEFFA, Produce Perks Midwest, the Ohio Farmers’ Market Network, the Ohio Food Policy Network, Summit Food Coalition, Countryside, and others are championing six important policies that will help keep family farms in business, farmers’ markets open, and Ohio’s families fed.

Ohio Stay at Home Order

  • Ohio Stay at Home Order—The state of Ohio has updated its Stay at Home order to extend through May 1, 2020. Agricultural operations and farmers’ markets have been identified as “essential.” Read OEFFA’s blog post for an analysis of the order for small farmers and related businesses or Peggy Kirk Hall’s analysis on the Ohio Agricultural Law Blog.
  • Template In-Transit Letter for Agriculture Employees—This is a template letter agricultural businesses and employees can edit, print, and carry while driving and engaged in business during Ohio’s Stay at Home order.

Marketing and Farmers’ Market Resources

Community Supported Agriculture Resources

Farm Labor Resources

Legal Resources

Online Sales Resources

Financial Resources

  • Kiva—Kiva is a nonprofit micro-lending service that helps farmers crowdfund projects and receive loans up to $15,000 at no interest. As a Kiva Trustee, OEFFA can endorse your loan request and help guide you through the process.
  • Farmer Relief Fund—The American Farmland Trust is offering cash grants of up to $1,000 to small and mid-sized direct marketing farms to help them cope with market disruptions caused by COVID-19.
  • Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program—The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced the availability of $27 million in grant funding. May 26, 2020 is the deadline to apply.
  • FACT Mini-Grants—The Food Animal Concerns Trust is accepting mini-grant applications of up to $500 from livestock and poultry farmers who are experiencing hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Payroll Protection Program LoansCornell, University of Wisconsin, and the Farm Bureau each have overviews of the PPPL and how it relates to agriculture.
  • What are Payroll Costs?—This blog helps clarify what you do, and do not, need to calculate as payroll costs when applying for or a PPPL.

Policy Resources

Health Resources

Citizen Resources

  • Four Ways to Support Family Farmers—Continue to support farmers during this difficult time by signing up for a CSA (see above), shopping farms and food businesses online, shopping local retailers and farm stands, or by contacting your farmer.
  • Farmer Relief Fund—The American Farmland Trust is offering cash grants of up to $1,000 to small and mid-sized direct marketing farms to help them cope with market disruptions caused by COVID-19. If you don’t farm, but want to help, please consider donating to the fund.

USDA Resources

OSU Resources

Other Resources

Contact Us

We’re here to help. Call (614) 421-2022, email, or contact one of our staff members if we can be of assistance.

Donate or Become a Member

During this difficult time, OEFFA is responding to the new and urgent challenges faced by family farmers. If you find value in these resources and OEFFA’s work, and you’re able to afford it, please consider making a donation or becoming a member, so we can continue to help others. Together, we’ll get through this and grow.