COVID-19

Grower resources

 Please also see Consumer resources at the bottom of this page.

April 8, 2020 CFVGA COVID-19 Ag Producer Feedback Survey | Summary pdf | Report pdf
CFVGA will conduct another survey early May and provide a next situational report

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External communications

 

Reaching Out to Customers in an Ever-Changing COVID-19 Environment

Free webinar Wednesday, March 25 from 12:10 – 1:10 pm.

Diane Mulligan has more than 15 years of journalism experience complementing her 16 years of award-winning communications/PR experience. In her career, Diane has worked as a Senior Editor at NBC News in New York, Vice President of National Communications for the National Stroke Association and founder of M&C Communications in 2009 working with organizations such as The Colorado Department of Agriculture, Rocky Ford Growers Association, Hirakata Farms, CFVGA, Colorado Chefs Association and King Soopers.

Hear an interview by Brian Allmer of the The BARN with Diane Mulligan, webinar presenter as preview of the webinar

Hear an interview by Lorrie Boyer of KSIR radio with Diane Mulligan

6 Weeks to Improve Resiliency For Farmers

Why is it that some farmers can handle a lot of stress? Researchers have examined differences and the key is your capacity for stress resilience. Resilience is important, as we are all subject to the unknown. While we cannot always anticipate when risk factors or stressful events enter our lives we can learn how to manage our response to stress. This FREE webinar series, 6 Weeks to Improve Resiliency for Farmers, will equip you with tools and skills to effectively manage aches and pains, increase your resilience towards crises and stressful situations such as COVID-19 related workforce, marketplace and business health challenges, plus help you maintain steady energy throughout the day with enhanced focus and confidence.

Lauren Ziegler is a teacher of mindfulness and meditation since 2012. She holds a degree in Psychology from the University of Minnesota with an emphasis in mindfulness-based stress reduction. She is a leader in the Center for Mindfulness at Colorado State University.  She has advanced formal and clinical training and is certified with the International Association of Yoga Therapists. She has specialized expertise working with spinal decompression, chronic pain management and anxiety. Lauren is a speaker and educator leading over a hundred thousand people in guided meditation for stress reduction, relaxation and deep sleep. She provides a blend of education and practical, experiential tools with the goal of showing you how to use them as needed to feel better, think better and work better.

The series dates are Thursdays, April 9, 16, 23, 30 and May 7 and 14. 

Each session builds upon the last session, so you are encouraged to attend all.

Sessions are only 30 minutes for you to learn and get on with your day!  NOTE: separate registration for each session.

Week 1: Resilience: Navigating changes

Thursday, April 9 from 12:10 – 12:40

“It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” -Charles Darwin. In this session we’ll look at what helps build resilience and awareness, as well as a tool to organize your mind as you reassess priorities and respond to changing conditions.

Week 2: Managing Daily Aches & Pains

Thursday, April 16 from 12:10 – 12:40

This session will equip you with a toolbox of practical remedies for managing physical aches and pains, as well as improving circulation and ergonomics.

Week 3: Hands-on Tools for Stress Management

Thursday, April 23 from 12:10 – 12:40

In this session, we will discuss stress management, what happens with the stress response and how to wield stress into being an asset, without getting destroyed by it. You will learn an incredibly useful tool that you can do anywhere, anytime to manage stress. You will learn how to override your tendency for negativity and how to improve your health by shifting perspectives of people and processes.

Week 4: Exercises During Work

Thursday, April 30 from 12:10 – 12:40

This session will equip you with a tool to increase stamina throughout the day and train your brain to focus better. We will discuss what it means to get healthy movement throughout the day as well as how to return your body and brain to baseline in order to improve energy and endurance.

Week 5: Tools for Insomnia

Thursday, May 7 from 12:10 – 12:40

This session will show you the latest research on sleep and what you can do to set yourself up to sleep better without medication. You will learn tools for resting well at the end of the day and for relaxation, including “Tense and Release”, an exercise effectively used with the military, veterans and for PTSD.

Week 6: Lifestyle for High Performance Moving Forward

Thursday, May 14 from 12:10 – 12:40

This session is about supporting high performance by discussing how to move forward with mindfulness by “setting the day” with goals, because small changes ripple outwards. You will learn a 2-minute mindfulness tool to take stock of everything and we will do a review of all of the skills you learned in this series.  Click here for more resources from Lauren Ziegler

April 14, 2020 Webinar: 

Worker Health and Hygiene During COVID-19 | Learn up-to-date best practices for keeping your workforce healthy and safe, as well as resources to use on your farm.

PDF of slides

Additional resources at Colorado Produce Safety Collaborative 

April 21, 2020 Webinar: 

Cleaning, Sanitizing and Disinfecting on Your Produce Farm During COVID-19 | Learn which products and strategies are appropriate for different surfaces and uses in production, handling, and sales of fresh produce and other food products.

PDF of slides

Additional resources at Colorado Produce Safety Collaborative 

April 28, 2020 Webinar: 

Point of Sale Best Practices During COVID-19 | Learn about strategies and approaches to keep farm staff, other vendors, and customers safe and healthy at a variety of sales venues, based on recommendations sourced from public health authorities and businesses across the US.

PDF of slides

Additional resources at Colorado Produce Safety Collaborative 

Colorado COVID-19 Matchmaking: Food, resources, labor, technical assistance

As part of the social distancing measures required to combat COVID-19, the way people, institutions, and governments buy and acquired food has changed. We recognize that this has disrupted markets for some Colorado producers at the same time as it has created some new opportunities. In order to promote information sharing such that buyers get access to Colorado grown and raised products and producers are informed about emerging market opportunities and resources needed for production we created this spreadsheet. Please use this spreadsheet to enter information about:

·  Farm grown and ranch raised product(s) that you have available for sale;

·  Food product(s) that you or your business/institution are looking to purchase;

·  Assets that you have available to store or transport product (e.g., freezers, trucks);

·  Areas where you need technical assistance or other support (e.g., help making products available online);

·  Supplies or services needed for your business;

·  Labor that is needed or available for hire.

In order to ensure this spreadsheet stays up to date, the list moderator (Adrian Card: adrian.card@colostate.edu) will remove all listings that are over 14 days old. If you have questions, please contact: Marion Kalb Marion.Kalb@denvergov.org

 

Marketplace

 

USDA Farmers to Families Food Box Program

Online sales platforms for farmers

Colorado Proud – online marketplace for Colorado food products

Colorado COVID-19 Matchmaking: Food, resources, labor, technical assistance – see food tab in this spreadsheet

Media Stories

 

Week of May 4:

How COVID-19 will change healthy and sustainable retailing

USDA plans to buy $105 million in surplus produce

Survey: 47% of households report pay cut, job loss amid COVID-19

 

Week of April 27:

USDA: SNAP benefits up 40 percent

Feeding America invites distributors for collaboration on Farmers to Families Produce Box

Sens. Moran, Feinstein & 26 Senators Urge President Trump to Address Payment Limits for Farmers and Ranchers

 

Week of April 20:

Fruit and vegetable industry targeted for $2.7 billion in financial relief

 

Week of April 13:

Temporary rule to help H-2A employers find farm workers

USDA Announces Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

 

Week of April 6:

Lawmakers, industry leaders, lobby for produce relief program | Direct link to proposal

Produce sales growth slows as COVID-19 crisis continues

PMA campaign addresses consumer COVID-19 concerns

Congressman Panetta, 108 House Members Call on USDA to Provide Direct Support to Specialty Crop Producers

 

Week of March 30:

PMA’s virtual town halls keeping industry close despite social distancing

Industry leaders reach out to USDA about stimulus funds

Produce sale during COVID-19 by the numbers

 

Week of March 23:

Fresh produce sales up 33.9% amid growing number of COVID-19 cases

Gov Polis issues executive order outlining “critical businesses” to include agriculture as “food supply chain”

 

Week of March 16:

Experts say empty shelves are “not a supply issue”

Food service distributions, restaurants, seek federal support

Colorado Produce Industry Responds to COVID-19
CFVGA to Offer Growers Free Webinar on Communicating with Customers March 25

Western Growers, Ag Coalitions Sends Letter to President Trump

Emergency Hours-of-service Relief Declared for Truck Drivers