Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Resources for Food and Agriculture

Latest Updates


Federal and State Financial Assistance for Farmers and Ranchers

Federal Assistance

California Assistance


Guidance for Food and Agriculture

Critical Infrastructure

Updated Industry Guidance for Reopening with Modifications

On May 7, following up on the state’s announcement that it will begin modifying the stay-at-home order on Friday, May 8, Governor Gavin Newsom updated industry guidance – including for retail, manufacturing and logistics – to begin reopening with modifications that reduce risk and establish a safer environment for workers and customers. Among the guidance released are the following for food and agriculture:

Guidance for Retail Food, Beverage and Other Related Service Venues

Guidance for Livestock Markets

Guidance for Junior Livestock Auctions

Guidance for Equestrian Facilities

Guidance for Nurseries

Guidance for Meat and Poultry Processing Facilities


Food Safety

Consumer Information

Inspections for Food Safety

  • Food safety is a critical function and all state food inspection programs will continue, including inspections for leafy greens, milk, eggs, and other commodities. Inspectors will provide a five-day notification to ease the burden for processors and allow time for inspectors and staff to take precautions for social distancing. The Produce Safety Program (PSP) operates under a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and will follow guidelines as set forth by FDA.
  • Food inspectors are following CDC guidelines, including not traveling or working when feeling ill, washing hands regularly, maintaining person cleanliness, maintaining social distancing, not shaking hands and not touching their own faces. Inspection staff follow best food safety practices and any specific industry protocols when performing on-site inspections, which may range from using a hairnet to wearing gloves, booties or other protective gear, depending upon the environment. Inspectors are following all industry standards recommended by firms, including washing and sanitizing all field gear between farm visits, or wearing any protective gear a firm requires.

Employment Resources for Agriculture

General Employee Health and Safety Resources for Employers:

Specific Resources for Regions or Associations

Access to PPE and Sanitation Supplies

Childcare

Resources for Food and Agriculture Employees

USDA Information on H2A


Business Resources for Agriculture

Resources for Starting Direct Delivery

Transportation


Farm to Family and Food Bank Donations


CDFA Program Updates

Public Meetings: CDFA is working diligently to plan and implement measures for our employees while continuing to provide essential resources to the food and agriculture industries. Due to COVID-19, physically attending board and program meetings will be delayed or otherwise affected until further notice (Order No. 3, pp. 2-4, of Executive Order N-29-20). CDFA staff will be available to call into board meetings and will be staying in constant communication with the industry. If you have a question about a specific public meeting, or are interested in requesting reasonable accommodation, please contact the relevant CDFA program.

Plant Pest and Animal Disease Detection and Response Activities

  • This work is critical to the long-term continuity of the food supply. The cascading effect of not doing monitoring for and responding to pest/disease outbreaks would have severe repercussions for the supply chain. CDFA plans to continue all our pest exclusion, detection, rapid response, management, and diagnostic functions with appropriate social distancing and/or alternative measures such as personal protective equipment. We also plan to continue in our role of providing support to County Agricultural Commissioners’ offices involved in these essential functions.

Animal Health and Food Safety Services

Animal Feed

  • The CDFA Commercial Feed Regulatory Program (CFRP) has shifted field activities to focus on end-product testing, when possible, in an effort to adhere to social distancing and minimize additional stress on firms. We will continue to respond to all animal health-related consumer complaints in order to meet those directives. This plan is in place through mid-April and will continue to evolve as information is received. Please do not hesitate to contact the field staff member in your area with any questions or concerns. We want to ensure that our feed and livestock industries are maintained in California. Additionally, please reach out to the field staff member in your area if you are anticipating a feed ingredient deficit so that the program can alert the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal-OES) resources of the issue.
  • Animal feed is considered critical infrastructure and companies will be able to continue to ship feed throughout the state, even in restricted areas. Ensuring no disruptions in the feed and livestock supply chain is a top priority for CDFA. Please notify CFRP immediately should you have any issues with the movement of feed products.
  • CDFA inspection staff will follow all biosecurity procedures, including wearing masks, gloves and booties upon entering any feed manufacturing facility.

Grant Program Activities

  • CDFA recognizes that due to COVID-19, grant requirements such as outreach events, field days, etc. will be delayed or otherwise affected. CDFA will work with grantees to the extent possible to adjust the Scope of Work and timelines. For example, some of our grant programs, such as our dairy digester grants, are allowing flexibility to satisfy community engagement/outreach obligations by hosting online events instead of physical events. Please reach out directly to your grant contact for more specific information.
  • For the following grant programs, please email grants@cdfa.ca.gov or call (916) 657-3231
    • California Agriculture License Plate Grant Program
    • California State Trade Expansion Program
    • Spay and Neuter Grant Programs
    • Pet Lover's License Plate Grant Program
    • Animal Homeless Cruelty Fund
    • Specialty Crop Block Grant Program
    • Specialty Crop Multi-State Program
  • For the following Office of Environmental Farming and Innovation (OEFI) grant programs, please email cdfa.oefi@cdfa.ca.gov or call (916) 654-0433
    • Dairy Digester Research and Development Program
    • Healthy Soils Program
    • State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program
    • Alternative Manure Management Program
    • Technical Assistance grants
  • For the Healthy Stores Refrigeration Grant Programs, please email cafarmtofork@cdfa.ca.gov.

Licensing and Permit Activities

  • CDFA recognizes that due to COVID-19, licensing and permits may not occur in a timely manner. Certain licenses and permits may be prioritized based on criticality to the food supply. As the prioritization and delays may vary, please reach out directly to program staff for more information on the impact to each particular program. Their contact information can be found on their respective web pages.

Fairs and Expositions

  • Due to COVID-19, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) recommends against any gatherings. As such, many fairgrounds have canceled events. Please contact your local fairgrounds for an update on the status of your local event and the CDPH website for the most updated gathering guidance.
  • As California fairgrounds continue to support and serve their local communities and provide essential resources during emergencies, F&E staff is ready and available to assist. F&E staff will be available to call into board meetings and will be staying in constant communication with the fair industry. Please do not hesitate to call us if you have any questions or emergencies. Our main line number is (916) 999-3000. Visit the CDFA Fairs and Expositions COVID-19 Alert: Updates web page for more information.

CDFA Office of Farm to Fork


Information and resources for this COVID-19 emergency response are growing and evolving rapidly. We will continue to update this site as the situation progresses. Please address any questions to CDFA at OfficeOfPublicAffairs@cdfa.ca.gov.