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COVID-19 Resources for Farmers and Consumers

Hello Michael Fields Community,

We’re hoping that you and your family are doing well during this increasingly tough time.

The COVID-19 pandemic is touching nearly every part of our lives – including food and agriculture. We are compiling a list of resources for farmers and for consumers, below.  Thank you to the organizations, government agencies, and community groups that have worked to assemble resources so quickly. This resource page is being updated as we learn of new resources available to help our farmers fulfill their crucial role in society, and for consumers; there are several new resources from the last weeks.

Michael Fields Agriculture Institute’s main office is closed to the public during this time. We at MFAI are available by email, phone, text and video conference. Find contact info here.

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Please be safe and responsible as we work together to support each other and the agriculture community during this time.

MFAI Staff and Board



USDA CFAP2 – Another $14 billion available for farms/ranches, application Sept. 21 – Dec. 11, 2020

DATCP Farm Center Farmer Wellness Program & Resources – 24/7 hotline for immediate support, tele-counseling sessions and counseling program

Dairy Business Innovation Alliance (DBIA) Grant – a new program that provides grants and technical support to help Midwestern dairy farmers and processors diversify or develop value-added products

‘We’re All In’ Small Business Grant – $2,500 grants, pandemic relief for small businesses in Wisconsin – Apply by 11:59 p.m., Tuesday, June 23.

USDA Coronavirus Food Assistance Program – (CFAP) direct farmer aid program

WI Dept of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection

NSAC How the relief aid package impacts farmers

NSAC  Response to and Resources for COVID-19

NCAT ATTRA COVID Response Assistance, funding and general resources

MOSES  Resources for Farmers

FARM AID Resources for Farmers

UW Extension Preparing for Coronavirus on Farms

UW Extension Covid-19 Strategies for Farmers Markets

U.S. Small Business Administration’s Disaster Assistance Loans

American Farmland Trust  Farmer Relief Fund – Apps due April 23 – Grants up to $1000

Purdue University A guide for local producers to navigate the COVID-19 outbreak

Compeer Financial

CSA Innovation Network

Farm Commons PPP (Paycheck Protection Program) for Farms, and other Farm legal resources – All FREE

Small Business, Non-profit, Farmer Relief Funding

Direct Market Farmer’s Guide to COVID-19

UW Extension Guidance for Farm Employers; Planning to mitigate Labor Disruption; Financial Resources; etc.  

Great Lakes Response – COVID-19 Farmer Resilience Initiative  National program. Wisconsin application is now closed, google “Farmer Resilience Initiative in Response to COVID-19 apply” to find your state’s application through a Farm Aid partner organization.


The Risks – Know Them – Avoid Them  an impressively clear explanation of how the virus often spreads inside confined spaces, like restaurants, churches, workplaces and schools, by biologist Erin Bromage

Face Masks Really Do Matter. The Scientific Evidence is Growing. The Wall Street Journal

Free COVID Testing at Reliant Energy Center

Ethnic Minority Grants for Small Businesses

Reopen Guidelines for Small Businesses

Hmong Chamber of Commerce Emergency Loan Program

USDA Federal Rural Resource Guide

UW Extension Financial Resources to Help Get Through COVID-19

Evolving List of Policy Wins in the Face of COVID

REAP’s partner project with Roots4Change, and Rooted Donate to buy food from farms and get it to those in need in the Madison area

What Can Consumers Do During the COVID-19 Crisis to Support Family Farms & Our Local Food System?

How to Support Sustainable Food Systems During the COVID-19 Crisis

Local Funding Resources

CDFA Collection of Financing Programs and Resources

Navigating COVID-19 in the Food Industry

Resources for Restaurant Workers

COVID-19 Resources for Rural People and Communities

Farm Fresh Atlas for local WI food

QuintaMKE CSA Subscription

Food Tank

State Department of Health Services Youtube Channel

State Department of Health Services COVID-19 Updates

FEMA COVID-19 Rumor Control (facts on COVID-19)

Disaster Distress Hotline for those who need to speak with trained counselors

Facebook Small Business Grants Program

COVID Resources

Information on Unemployment Benefits

Hmong Chamber of Commerce list of business resources (including grant and loan programs) 

That Discomfort Your Feeling is Grief

How to Respond to Coronavirus Racism “Speak Up” strategies

Madison COVID Resources

How to Make a Face Mask no-sew