Protecting Our Farming Community From Coronavirus

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The coronavirus pandemic has been a challenge for us all, but there’s one industry that simply cannot close their doors and stop production. Those are the hands that grow our food and fiber, providing meals for us three times a day. Farmers, their employees, and seasonal farmworker laborers are doing all they can to stay healthy and provide nutritious, safe food for our state, our country, and world.

In response to COVID-19, NC State University and the Cooperative Extension Service have partnered with North Carolina Emergency Management and DHHS to provide personal protective equipment, hand sanitizer, and educational material to North Carolina farmers and farmworkers. Helping to spread knowledge to protect from and prevent the coronavirus has been paramount to Extension’s educational efforts, and one major goal is to ensure these supplies are easily accessible throughout the farming community. To date, N.C. Cooperative Extension in Sampson County has distributed 32,725 washable masks, 62,425 disposable masks, and 3900 bottles of hand sanitizer to our farming community. And we have more supplies. We encourage any farmers, employees, or farmworkers to reach out to us if supplies are needed, by calling the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Sampson County Center at 910-592-7161.

A tremendous amount of additional COVID-19 educational resources are available through our website. Visit for timely, useful information to cope through this pandemic. The COVID-19 Resources and Information page can be accessed here to find helpful resources for farms and agribusiness, food safety, health and wellness, youth and families, natural resources, etc. In addition, N.C. Cooperative Extension of Sampson County has created our own local resource page for COVID-19 resources, such as school meals, mental health, and internet services to benefit our local communities.

While we continue to adapt to the “new normal” of COVID-19, N.C. Cooperative Extension of Sampson County is here for our local citizens, families, and farming operations. Please contact us if we can provide guidance as you navigate through the resources on our website, or attend any of our virtual educational classes. We additionally encourage our farming community to let us know anything we can provide to keep you safe through these times.