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CFAES Response to Local Food Producers

  • Collaborated with the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) to source personal protective equipment for producers.  
  • Partnered with ODA to clarify recommendations on managing farmers markets during the shutdown.  
  • Shared information on nutrition incentive programs to help Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – Education (SNAP-Ed) recipients stretch their food dollars.  
  • Offered multiple educational webinars (475 views to-date) via the AgMadness Tournament of Education, addressing ways producers would need to adjust operations to continue to sell their products.  
  • Worked with producers to provide information about online sales platforms they could use to sell products in a low- or no-contact manner. 
  • Developed webinars to share information about federal assistance made available to farmers, such as personal protective equipment programs, Economic Injury Disaster Loans, and Farmers to Families Food Box programs.  
  • More materials under development to help producers operate through the fall season (you-pick pumpkins, agritourism, etc.) while adjusting for social distancing, sanitizing, and other COVID-19 restrictions.