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COVID-19 Guidance & Resources​

General Resources

Pennsylvania Department of Heatlh COVID-19 Information

Life Sustaining Business Information

Guidance for Businesses (PDF)

Public Health Safety Measures for Life Sustaining Food Businesses Permitted to Maintain Operations

Meeting Notices During COVID-19 Mitigation

Letter to Veterinarians

Changes to Pesticide Licensing Programs

Free Disaster Relief Food Safety Training

FDA Consumer Shopping Tips (PDF)

Temporary Waiver of Some Feed License Requirements (PDF)

Clarification Memo Weight Restriction Clarification for Feed Ingredients and Fertilizer (PDF)

PennDOT COVID 19 Exemption 2020-13A - Weight Restriction (PDF)

Coping during COVID-19

Critical Infrastructure Workforce Protection Plans (PDF)

Food Assistance

COVID-19 Guidance for Food Assistance Agencies (PDF)

TEFAP SFPP Participant Waiver COVID-19 (PDF)

CSFP Participant Signature Waiver due to COVID-19 (PDF)

Enforcement Guidance Waiving SFPP Eligibility Requirements (PDF)

Community Feeding

Find a Food Pantry

Guidance for Agriculture

Essential Ag Businesses

Farmers Markets

Farms & On-Farm Deliveries
Granjas y Entregas en las Granjas (PDF)

Retail Grocery, Restaurants & Bars

Food Processors (PDF)

Retail Food/ Manufacturing Processes for Sanitation and Diagnosed Employees

Grocery & Convenience Store Employees

COVID-19 Facts for Dairy Workers (PDF)

Agricultural Auctions & Markets

Temporary Certification Procedures for Manure Haulers and Brokers (PDF)

Special Notice to Veterinarians: COVID-19 Guidance (PDF)

Guidance on Veterinary Practices (PDF)

Guidance for Community Gardens

Modifications to Seasonal Farm Labor Camp Requirements


Guidance for Pet Owners (PDF)

Guidance for Kennels, Shelters & Rescues (PDF)

Pet Disaster Preparedness

Pet Pantry Resources

Waiver - Spay Neuter (PDF)

Federal Resources

U.S. Department of Agriculture

U.S. Food & Drug Administration


General Ag Inquiries

(717) 787-4737

Life-Sustaining Businesses

Contact DCED Customer Service by calling 1.866.466.3972 or by email at

Media Inquiries

Shannon Powers
Press Secretary


With the closure of the Department of Agriculture’s offices due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department’s Office of Chief Counsel has agreed to waive the in-person service of process requirement and will accept service via email or mail.  Any documents to be served on this office may be served by email or mail to:  
Jorge M. Augusto
Office of Chief Counsel
Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture
2301 N. Cameron Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110

As of March 16, 2020, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Harrisburg offices were closed in accordance with Governor Tom Wolf’s guidance on COVID-19 mitigation.  Any requests for public records submitted to PDA on or after March 16, 2020 will be deemed to have been received by the PDA’s open-records officer on the first day of the reopening of the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Harrisburg offices. Please note that the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records issued a statement indicating that “if an agency is closed on a given day, that day does not count toward the five business days referenced in Section 901 of the Right-to-Know Law, which governs the time period under which an agency must respond to a request.”