Key Links

CDC Guidance: Exposed Critical Workers

CDC Recommendations for Workplaces

OSHA Guidance for Workplaces

FAQs Regarding COVID Disinfectants





DATCP’s Wisconsin Farm Center

DATCP Farmer Resources-

DATCP Resource Coordination Center: (608) 224-4875

Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC)

A Five Step Approach to Alleviating Farm Stress

01/22/2020 Update

CFAP Rule Amended for Additional Funds

USDA unveiled additional assistance to certain pork producers and contract growers as part of the first two rounds of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), which provides direct payments to farmers impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. The direct, final rule is effective Tuesday, Jan. 19. The rule amends the CFAP 1 provisions to provide additional assistance for pork producers who previously applied for assistance during its application period.
Additional CFAP 1 payments are provided for hog and pig inventory owned between April 16, 2020-May 14, 2020, based on a rate of $17 per head. This results in a total CFAP payment rate of $34 per head, including the prior $17 per head payment for CFAP 1. Only producers who previously applied for CFAP 1 are eligible to receive this additional assistance. Eligible producers do not need to submit a new application or take any action. Producers are still subject to a $250K cap for all CFAP 1 payments.
The rule also amends the CFAP 2 provisions to provide assistance to certain pork contract producers, among other changes.  Contract growers are eligible if they produced swine under contract in both 2019 and 2020, suffered a loss in eligible revenue from Jan. 1, 2020-Dec. 27, 2020, as compared to Jan. 1, 2019-December 27, 2019, and meet all other requirements for CFAP eligibility.  Under this rule, a contract producer is one who grows or produces an eligible commodity under contract for or on behalf of another person or entity, and who does not have ownership in the commodity and is not entitled to a share from sales proceeds of the commodity. Swine and poultry contract producers were not covered under CFAP 1 or 2.  Payments to eligible contract producers will be calculated by subtracting the contract producer’s eligible revenue from the time periods in the previous bullet points and multiplying the result by 80 percent. This calculation is subject to the availability of funds and will be factored, if needed.  Contract producers are subject to a $250,000 payment limitation for all CFAP 2 payments, including payments received for other commodities not grown under contract. Sign-ups as part of CFAP 2 begin Jan. 19, through Feb. 26. To learn more or to apply, visit:

01/21/2021 Update

Experts featured on this month’s Pork Checkoff-hosted webinar shared considerations for pork producers related to the COVID-19 vaccine rollout. Here are the key takeaways.  

  • Two COVID-19 vaccines are authorized for use in the United States and additional candidates may be available soon. 
  • Food and ag workers are recommended to be vaccinated for COVID-19 along with other essential workers.
     A communications toolkit from the CDC is available to help employers educate their essential workers about the COVID-19 vaccine.  
  • A pdf resource Eight Things Producers Should Know About The COVID-19 Vaccine is now available to download in English and Spanish.

12/07/2020 Update

As we approach peak influenza season and COVID-19 cases continue to rise across the country, implementing employee health and safety precautions have never been more important. Please review the link below for recommendations regarding best practices for preventing the spread of both COVID-19 and influenza (according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).

Below are the enclosed resources to help you communicate with farm personnel regarding important health and safety topics:

11/24/2020 Update

Pork Donated By State (Pounds)

6/8/2020 Weekly Update

EPA Carcass Management Website

5/26/2020 Weekly Update

Update 24 – Near Term Issue Meat Supply Chain

Swine Disposal Checklist 5-26-20

Swine Depopulation Checklist 5-26-2

CFAP main page:

CFAP for livestock producers:

Release regarding the Wisconsin Farm Support Program/sign up for updates:

UW-Extension/Paul Mitchell COVID-19 resources page:

5/18/2020 Weekly Update

Assistance for Small Businesses
The Paycheck Protection Program is providing small businesses with the resources they need to maintain their payroll, hire back employees who may have been laid off, and cover applicable overhead.
Program Overview
• Top-line Overview of PPP PPP — Overview
• SBA Paycheck Protection Program Loan Report SBA PPP Loan Report Deck
• SBA Paycheck Protection Program Loan Report Round 2 – Updated 5/16 SBA-Paycheck-Protection-Program-Loan-Report-Round2
• Summary of Paycheck Protection Program Round 2 Data – Updated 5/19 • Summary of Paycheck Protection Program Round 2 Data

5/11/20 Weekly Update

Industry Outlook WPA Webinar COVID-19 Crisis

Wisconsin Supreme Court Strikes Down Safer at Home Order

5/4/20 Weekly Update

NRCS Emergency Animal Mortality Management Information

4/27/2020 Weekly Update

State Fair Park Official Statement 4.30.20

Playbook_Checklist Combined 4-28

GCHS Meat Packing Plant Update 5.1.2020

WKOW- WI Hog Farmers Fear Processing Plant Closures

TMJ4-Plant Closures strain WI meat producers

Tyson- Washington Post A Delicate Balance: Feeding the Nation and Keeping our Employees Healthy

4/20/20 Weekly Update

Iowa State Webinar- Feeding and Nutrition FAQ sheet FAQ

Legislature files suit against stay-at-home order

NPB COVID Safety Letter COVID Safety Letter

4/13/20 Weekly Update

Safer At Home Extended through May 26 Safer At Home Order #28



Wisconsin State FFA Convention Update FFA Convention Postponed

Wisconsin Coronavirus Response Bill Coronavirus Response Bill

Department of Transportation (DOT) -Emergency permits to help truckers respond to COVID-19 Emergency Order #24

Temporary Pesticide Applicator Certification –

Department of Health Services-  Get the Latest on COVID-19


4/6/20 Weekly Update 

Main Street Lending Program Information

Proposed Migrant Emergency Order DRAFT PROPOSED emergency orders- migrant labor

Wisconsin Farm Center Wis.FarmCenter_04_07_20

SBA FAQ Sheet SBA Information


3/30/20 Weekly Update 

DATCP, WEDC Notify Farmers of Federal Paycheck Protection Program- 4.3.20_DATCP_WEDC_Paycheck_Protection_Release

DeWitt CARES Act Resources & Practical Advice for Small Businesses and Nonprofits- CARES_Resources_Small_Business_Nonprofit_04_02_20

DATCP- Temporary Applicator Certification Available Online (April 4, 2020)

DeWitt- FFCRA Updates for Employers

Addressing Time Off Obligations for Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), March 31, 2020

Employers FAQ Regarding FFCRA, March 31, 2020

Smithfield Response to COVID-19

 DNR Response to COVID-19 Wisconsin DNR & COVID-19: We remain at your service through this emergency 

NPPC- Cancels 2020 World Pork Expo

NPPC Cancels 2020 World Pork Expo


3/23/20 Weekly Update 3/23/20

Wis. Show Pig Release WPA_Show_Pig_Release_03_27_20
Member Alert COVID-19_Member_Alert_Lamb_03_25_20
Employee Template Essential Critical Infrastructure Worker Letter_Word Doc
Health Order Safer At Home Order – March 24 2020 – WI Gov Rel Update_ COVID-19
DeWitt Update DeWitt-WI-Gov-Rel-Update_-COVID-19-March-23-2020

The following resources have been vetted by the National Pork Producers Council and the National Pork Board and made available to connect our industry with the best information the current situation, emergency planning tools, recommended control measures and talking points.

Current Situation
Situation Summary
Cases in U.S.
Locations with Confirmed COVID-19 Cases, by WHO Region

Control Measures
How to Protect Yourself
State & Territorial Health Department Websites
State Public Health Veterinarians By State

Emergency Planning/Response Resources
Farm Level Crisis Plan
Youth Resources- NPB

Pork Industry COVID-19 Talking Points
Coronavirus vs. ASF FAQ


Resources for Employers

COVID-19 Overview OSHA
Resources for Businesses and Employers-CDC
Travel: Frequently Asked Questions and Answers- CDC

Practical biosecurity recommendations to prevent COVID-19 in farm workers and allied operations – University of Minn