COVID-19 Resources

To our members, friends, family and community,

During this uncertain time we want to reach out to you with a quick update about The Livestock Conservancy’s COVID-19 response and a reminder that we are all in this together. We recognize the considerable weight placed upon our farmers and other essential personnel during this time. You are our most important partners for rare breed conservation and we want to support the work you are doing to help our country in this time of need.

We remain dedicated to protecting endangered livestock and poultry breeds from extinction, even during this pandemic. Our operations are continuing as normally as possible as we follow the ever-changing guidelines of our state and country to keep everyone safe.

Below are some helpful links for farmers and consumers as we navigate our changing future:

Consumer and Farmer Resources
Where to buy local map in NC and SC:
Heritage Breed Marketplace:
Heritage Breeders and Products Directory:
Meredith Lee’s resource list for consumers and farmers:
NC State Extension resources for farmers and consumers:
Carolina Farm Stewards resources for consumers and farmers:
USDA list of farmers markets across the US:
Cornell Small Farms Program:
Farmer Veteran Coalition:

Shearing Operations - Protocols in response to COVID-19:

The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) ATTRA program has resources for farmers, ranchers, market gardeners, extension agents, researchers, educators, farm organizations and others affected by the pandemic.

Carolina Farm Stewardship Association posted an article about COVID-19 Relief Funds Available to Farmers Starting April 3:
RAFI-USA will be issuing emergency mini-grants to North Carolina farmers impacted by COVID-19:
American Farmland Trust has set up a Farmer Relief Fund:
Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) has a new mini-grant program for livestock and poultry producers:
CARES Act Emergency Resources for Farm Businesses Paycheck Protection Loan Program:


Market Resources for Farmers
NC Extension, Chatham County Center webinar on How to Create a Free Online Store for Your Farm on Thursday, April 9, 2020, from 7–9 p.m. Free registration here:
Food Animal Concerns Trust Mini Grants:
Farmers Market Coalition:
Cornell Small Farms Classes:
National Hog Farmer:
Carolina Farm Stewards resources for consumers and farmers:
Direct Sales Software Platforms list from the Young Farmers Coalition:
Niche Meat Processing:

National Resources
USDA Farmers.Gov:
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:
U.S. Small Business Administration:

Center for Dairy Excellence:
American Horse Council:

State Resources: Check your state’s Department of Agriculture website.

COVID-19 and Animals:
World Organization for Animal Health:

Schedules are continually changing. Before attending an upcoming event, please check our calendar page and with event organizers for the most current information, including cancellations, re-scheduling, news and updates.

We are still available by phone, email and social media, if you need to contact us. We hope you will reach out with questions or comments about how we can continue to support you during this time.

Thank you for being a valued part of The Livestock Conservancy community. We hope you will continue to stay safe, healthy and well.