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Well wishes from home!  I hope everyone is taking care during this strange time and finding ways to keep sane, enjoy time at home, and stay healthy.  It was heartbreaking to see the many exciting events planned for this spring get cancelled, but communities are coming together in creative ways to stay connected and share knowledge.  In this newsletter you will find a request for your input on virtual training, info on how markets and growers are facing new obstacles, and resources for food safety.

Please send us your input!

Although we can't gather for a workshop or conference, we still want to get you the information you need.  Louisiana SARE needs YOU to share your opinions on online training so that we can continue to serve you best.
Go to LA SARE Online Training Survey
Farmer insights are now being sought for the sixth nationwide cover crop survey by SARE, the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) and the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA).  The survey seeks answers not just from long-time cover crop fans, but also from new users and farmers who have not planted cover crops at all.  It takes 10-15 minutes to complete and you will be entered into a drawing to win a $100 or $200 Visa giftcard!
Share Your Insight in SARE/CTIC/ASTA Cover Crop Survey

Overcoming Challenges

Baton Rouge Farmers Market Drive Through
BREADA's Red Stick Farmers Market in Baton Rouge started drive-thru service last Thursday, and TWILA's Jennifer Finley took her family to get a first hand look at how this works. Watch the video at facebook.com/TWILATV/videos/573633083248182/.
Ruston Farmers Market Online Ordering & Curbside Pick-Up
A virtual farmers market in Ruston will allow participants to order online by Friday and pick up their groceries at the market, without ever leaving their car.  It's like grab-and-go groceries from Walmart, but all local food!  Check out their online order form at rustonfarmersmarket.org/harvest-fresh.html.

Food Safety Resources

Best Practices to Minimize COVID-19 Risk at the Farmers Market

Buenas prácticas para minimizar el riesgo de COVID-19 en los mercados de productores

Food Takeout and Delivery During a Public Health Emergency

Cleaning and Disinfection of Food-Contact and Touch Surfaces for the COVID-19 Virus

Limpieza y Desinfección de superficies de contacto y contacto con alimentos para el COVID-19

Emergency Food Supply

Best Practices to Minimize COVID-19 Risk While Harvesting Fresh Produce

Mejores practicas para minimizar el riesgo de COVID-19 al momento de cosechar producto fresco

Handwashing and Hand Sanitizer Use (CDC)

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Don't see your event or have a resource to share?  Contact Sydney Melhado at smelhado@agcenter.lsu.edu.

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