COVID-19 Resources for Farmers

Updated April 1, 2020 

It has been a busy few days nationally and in Alaska with the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act being passed, the Alaska State Legislature going into recess after passing the budget (HB205) and the COVID 19 declaration/relief bill (SB 241).

There were some additional Health Mandates that came out the end of last week – we distributed information on the intrastate travel mandate, below is a link to the press briefing with Governor Dunleavy and public health officials on these mandates, there is also important information during the Q&A portion of the briefing.

There is a lot of information out there on what’s in the COVID 19 relief packages. Below, find several links to resources on these packages. There are also links to pages that are good to keep monitoring to stay up to date on what’s happening with COVID-19 and farming. 

Make sure and check out links to different virtual classes and webinars coming up – especially the Alaska Farmers Market Virtual Conference coming up the end of the week – April 3rd & 4th! They have great sessions planned – check out the full schedule. 

Yes, there will be a session relating to COVID 19,

  • Friday 12:00-1:00 “State of the Markets Nationwide & COVID 19: Lessons from Washington, Minnesota and Beyond.” 

There will also be a great opportunity for folks to brainstorm working together for success during a potentially crazy season:

  • Saturday 4:15-6:00 “Resiliency, Together. Opportunities for Collaborations for Farmers Markets, Farmers, Food Hubs, Business and Educational Organizations Around Alaska”. Be sure and register for this event!


Alaska State Legislature

The Alaska State Legislature went into an extended recess early Sunday morning after passing a budget and coronavirus relief package. In the operating budget there is funding to continue dairy inspections as well as funding for the Division of Agriculture. You can find information below with links to the bills and press releases providing additional details on what is in the bills. 


Resources on the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act:


Good resources to keep monitoring:


Online conferences/webinars:


Additional Links:

 Office of the State Veterinarian: