COVID-19 Information for Agriculture and Food Businesses

DACF continues to ensure functions critical to the agency and industry needs are met and carried out in the interest of public safety and public health. To keep our agricultural producers, businesses, and service providers as up-to-date as possible on health and safety issues with the ongoing COVID-19 situation, DACF will maintain the most recent information and guidance from the Maine Centers for Disease Control and our federal and state partners. We are in contact with producers and agricultural organizations across Maine to try and find effective ways to minimize the negative impact on growers and address your concerns and issues. Please continue to reach out, and we will do our best to respond and share as much information as we can during this time.

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Essential Services Interim Guidance

Guidance documents last updated May 6, 2020.

Agriculture was broadly deemed an essential service by the Governor’s Emergency Proclamation of March 24, 2020. The Department created its essential services interim guidance documents to assist agricultural entities in safely operating and conducting business during the pandemic. The recent staged reopening plan announced by the Governor on April 28, 2020 does not change how agricultural businesses operate other than to require that cloth face masks be worn where physical distancing measures are difficult to maintain. The Department’s guidance regarding implementing sanitation and physical distancing measures available on this website remain appropriate for farms, food producers and other ag businesses to utilize in their daily operations.

Physical Distancing Guidance

Essential Public Health Information

Financial Resources for Farmers, Producers, Loggers, Truckers, & Wood Processing Facilities

The federal government recently passed the Phase Three Coronavirus Package which included the Coronavirus Relief Fund ($150B), the Agriculture Secretary’s Relief Fund ($9B), and USDA Commodity Credit Corporation funding ($14B). The Department will update this page as more details emerge regarding how these funds will be made available to food producers and farmers.

Resources for Planning & Responding to COVID-19 for Farm and Forestry Producers

Cleaning and Sanitizing

Food Safety

Farmers’ Markets & Pick Your Own Operations

Horticulture

Livestock

Farm Labor

Information for Veterinarians, Shelters, Kennels & Pet Owners

Find Local Food and Food Assistance

Other Resources

Maine CDC

Governor’s Office

Maine DECD

CDC

Notice of Temporary Building Closure

  • DACF’s Deering Building, which houses the Bureau of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources, and Harlow Building, which houses the Maine Forest Service, are temporarily closed to the public. Should you require assistance, please call (207) 287-3200. Thank you.