Two new CFAES groups are helping Ohio farmers handle coronavirus challenges.
The COVID-19 Crisis Working Group for Specialty Crop Producers, working with The Ohio State University Fruit and Vegetable Safety Team, is providing science-based recommendations on best operating practices for farms and farmers markets, details about online sales platforms, information on disaster assistance, and more.
The CFAES Lean on Your Land Grant Food Supply Chain Task Force is working with livestock producers and meat processors on issues such as finding local processors, finding new markets, and starting or increasing direct selling to consumers.
“While much has changed since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, what hasn’t changed is that Ohio’s specialty crop farmers are still farming, and you’ll still be able to access safe, healthy, and locally produced foods,” Christie Welch, CFAES direct food and agriculture marketing specialist, said.
“Ohio farmers and livestock producers," Welch said, “are still working to provide local foods in abundance.”