Coronavirus Information Center

Transporting Livestock and Agricultural Products into Texas

Transporting Livestock and Agricultural Products into Texas all current health and phytosanitary requirements apply. In addition to health requirements you may carry the attached critical infrastructure letter for clearance through checkpoints.


On March 19, 2020 the Department of Homeland Security identified the specific industries that comprise Critical Infrastructure Industries (available at

If you are an Essential Critical Infrastructure Business, you may find a link to the authorization letter below.

The authorization letter is an official government document and a public record subject to the provisions of Louisiana Revised Statutes 14:132 – Injuring Public Records. Alteration or falsification of this document constitutes a criminal offense and may result in imprisonment for up to five years, a fine of up to five thousand dollars, or both.

USDA Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP)

Deadline Nearing for Additional Coronavirus Assistance for Ag Producers
Nurseries & specialty crop producers urged to apply for CFAP2

Baton Rouge, La. (November 9, 2020) – Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry Mike Strain, D.V.M., is reminding Louisiana farmers and ranchers that the deadline to apply for coronavirus assistance is nearing its December 11, 2020 deadline….Read the full news release

Farmers and Ranchers Impacted by Coronavirus to Receive Additional Assistance

Baton Rouge, La. (September 18, 2020) – Today, Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry Mike Strain, D.V.M.,  announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is expanding the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. An additional $14 billion will go to agricultural producers who continue to face market disruptions and associated costs as a result of COVID-19. In May, the USDA announced up to $16 billion in direct payments to America’s farmers and ranchers who suffered losses during the pandemic…Read the full news release

Baton Rouge, La. (May 19, 2020) – Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry Mike Strain, D.V.M., said the USDA announced details of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). CFAP will provide up to $16 billion in direct payments to America’s farmers and ranchers who suffered losses during the coronavirus pandemic…Read the full news release.

  • For the final rule, which includes the list of commodities for which USDA already has data, please CLICK HERE.
  • For the notice of funding availability, which outlines the application process for commodities not listed in the rule, please CLICK HERE.
  • Note: This is the document most relevant for nursery operations and inland aquaculture.
  • For general information about the CFAP direct payments, please CLICK HERE.

which farmers are eligible for coronavirus payments

LA Farm Food Map and Directory

Having trouble viewing the directory? You can also view the directory here (Farm Food Directory During COVID-19)

Coronavirus and PETS Press Release

According to the CDC:

·         It is not believed pets can be infected with COVID-19 nor is it believed they can spread the disease. However, pets may “temporarily harbor the virus” on the coat or other areas of the pet’s body.

·         If you are diagnosed with COVID-19, allow a family member to care for your pets. If no one is available, maintain a safe distance from your pet and frequently wash your hands before and after contact with your pet.

·         If you are hospitalized and family members cannot provide care, check with your local veterinary clinic, boarding facility or with a public animal shelter on availability for care.

·         Anyone who cares for a pet that has been in contact with an infected human, bathing the animal with a pet shampoo immediately should remove virus particles from the coat of the pet. Isolation from other animals is also recommended. Wear gloves, a face mask and immediately change your clothes after bathing the pet.

“Remember, in the event of any emergency, it is wise to have a pet plan as you would have a game plan for your family,” added Strain. “If possible, keep extra food and medications on hand. Also, wash your hands before and after handling your pets, their food and supplies.”

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COVID-19 and Your Pets FAQs
Can I get the COVID-19 virus from my pet?

At this point there is no evidence that companion animals, including pets, can spread COVID-19.

If I test positive for COVID-19 what should I do about my pet?

People with COVID-19 who are identified by public health officials as requiring home care and isolation should be advised to limit interaction with pets and other animals. Specifically, while these people are symptomatic, if possible, they should treat their pet as the would a family member and maintain separation from pets as they would with other household members, and avoid or limit direct contact with pets, including petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food. Service animals should be permitted to remain with their handlers.

If possible, designate another family member to care for your pet so your pet can be isolated from you especially when you are symptomatic just as you would for other household members.

If you have tested positive and must care for your own pet

You should wash your hands before and after caring for your pets and wear a facemask while interacting with pets, until you are medically cleared to return to normal activities. These are similar recommendations when dealing with any other household member. The facemask is to prevent the spread of virus particles to surfaces and decrease exposure to other people who come in contact with those surfaces.

If I have a family member caring for my pet, do they have to take any special precautions to care for my pet? 

Not if the pet is isolated from the person who has COVID-19 like other household members.

Should my pet’s caregiver wear a mask when handling the pet?

No, Masks are used by the person with COVID-19 to decrease spreading the virus in the environment.

COVID-19 and Animals – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Animals or Animal products imported from China

CDC does not have any evidence to suggest that animals or animal products imported from China pose a risk for spreading COVID-19 in the United States. This is a rapidly evolving situation and information will be updated as it becomes available. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) play distinct but complementary roles in regulating the importation of live animals and animal products into the United States.

Concerns with pets and other animals and COVID-19

While this virus seems to have emerged from an animal source, it is now spreading from person-to-person in China. There is no reason to think that any animals including pets in the United States might be a source of infection with this new coronavirus. To date, CDC has not received any reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19. At this time, there is no evidence that companion animals including pets can spread COVID-19. However, since animals can spread other diseases to people, it’s always a good idea to wash your hands after being around animals.

Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home

People: As much as possible, you should stay in a specific room and away from other people in your home. Also, you should use a separate bathroom, if available.

Animals: You should restrict contact with pets and other animals while you are sick with COVID-19, just like you would around other people. Although there have not been reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19, it is still recommended that people sick with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus. When possible, have another member of your household care for your animals while you are sick. If you are sick with COVID-19, avoid contact with your pet, including petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food. If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wash your hands before and after you interact with pets and wear a facemask. See COVID-19 and Animals for more information.

Content source: National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD), Division of Viral Diseases

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Other COVID-19 resources

USA Rice Federation COVID-19 Resources

World Health Organization

Travel Advisories