COVID-19 Resources

A listing of resources for value-added agriculture entrepreneurs, direct farm marketers and agritourism operators that may be helpful during the COVID-19 outbreak is provided below. These resources have been gathered from many sources including UT Extension, other universities/Extension programs, government agencies and industry organizations. The list will continue to be updated as additional resources are created or discovered. If you are aware of a resource that should be considered for listing, please email Megan Bruch Leffew.

Financial Assistance Programs for Small Businesses

Special note on financial assistance programs: All businesses (including farms/farm businesses) are eligible for the Paycheck Protection Program Loans if they meet program eligibility requirements (see resources below for additional information). Interested producers who meet  program eligibility requirements should contact their bankers to apply immediately. Loans will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.


  • SBA Relief Loan Webinar for the Tennessee Grape and Wine Industry (Added 04/06/2020)
    Thursday, April 9, 1pmCDT  (View Recording)
  • National Federation of Independent Businesses Webinar Recordings (Added 04/06/2020)
    • NFIB Coronavirus Part I: How Small Business, Workers and Workplaces Should Respond to COVID-19 – March 13
    • NFIB Coronavirus Part II: Congressional and Legal Update for Small Business – March 20
    • NFIB Coronavirus Part III: Financial Resources and Updates for Small Business – March 30
    • NFIB Coronavirus Part IV: How to Apply for a Coronavirus Small Business Loan – April 3

Mental Health Resources

Tennessee Statewide Crisis Line
   Telephone: 1-855-274-7471

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
   Toll-free English: 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)
   Toll-free Spanish: 1-888-628-9454
   TTY: 1-800-799-4TTY (1-800-799-4889)
English Website
Spanish Website

For medical or life-threatening emergency, call 9-1-1.

Resources for Farms and Specific Types of Value-Added, Direct Marketing and Agritourism Enterprises

Resources for Farmers Considering New Market Channels

In the midst of the COVID-19 situation, producers may be thinking about marketing channel options. Online sales and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) may be among those options. Be mindful of the many factors that need to be considered before starting online sales or a CSA in any circumstance and, particularly, the special precautions that should be considered and followed related to avoid the spread of COVID-19.

Resources for Farmers Considering Farm to School Sales

The Tennessee Department of Education is seeking farmers that can sell their products to schools this spring and summer and will house farmers’ information in a database. Click here to submit your information to the database. To learn more about Farm to School and the specific needs of the schools during the current emergency, contact Rachel Draper, Farm to School Specialist with the TN Department of Education at with questions.

Resources for Farmers Considering Online Sales

Resources for Farmers Considering a CSA

Contributions to this list have been made by UT Extension Specialists:

  • Jared Bruhin, Center for Profitable Agriculture
  • David Bilderback, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics  – MANAGE
  • Troy Dugger, Center for Profitable Agriculture
  • Kevin Ferguson, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics – MANAGE
  • Rob Holland, Center for Profitable Agriculture
  • David Hughes, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics
  • Megan Bruch Leffew, Center for Profitable Agriculture
  • David Lockwood, Department of Plant Sciences
  • Charley Martinez, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics
  • Mark Morgan, Department of Food Science
  • Danny Morris, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics  – MANAGE
  • Aaron Smith, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics
  • Sreedhar Upendram, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics
  • Margarita Velandia, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics
  • Annette, Wszelaki, Department of Plant Sciences

Contributors from industry partners:

  • Adam Acampora, Tennessee Farm Winegrowers Alliance
  • Lee Manning, Mountain Harvest Kitchen
  • Wendy Sneed, Tennessee Department of Agriculture
  • Kacey Troup, Tennessee Department of Agriculture