COVID-19 Resources

The COVID-19 situation in Iowa is changing rapidly. The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship is working alongside the Governor’s office, Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) to monitor the situation closely. This page will be updated as additional information becomes available, based on guidance from the CDC and IDPH.

Pesticide Applicator Testing

Deadline for Pesticide Applicators to Renew Certification Waived

The deadline for pesticide applicators to renew their certifications has been waived by a proclamation signed by Gov. Kim Reynolds on March 22.

"Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6), I temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code § 206.5(2)(a) solely as it applies to commercial applicators, public applicators, and private applicators who were certified applicators as of December 31, 2019."

Iowans who were certified through Dec. 31, 2019, can retain their status and now have until Dec. 31, 2020, to submit the testing or training required to renew a pesticide applicator certification.

This waiver comes after the Department canceled its in-person testing sessions through March 31, based on social distancing recommendations from the CDC. Applicators still need to meet pesticide certification standards by Dec. 31, 2020. They are encouraged to apply for recertification upon completion of the testing or training requirements.

This waiver does not apply to individuals who are receiving their pesticide applicator certification for the first time. 

Compliance Guidance in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic | Updated 3/26/20

Memorandum: Distribution of Restricted Use Pesticides to Certified Applicators

Pesticide Applicator Certification FAQs | Updated 3/26/20

Alternative Pesticide Testing Dates and Locations | Updated 3/27/2020

Alternative Testing Partners | Updated 3/27/20

ISU Extension and Outreach Events Canceled | ISU Extension

State Registered Pesticides for Use Against COVID-19

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship pesticide program oversees safe and judicious use of pesticides in Iowa. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released a list of disinfectants by EPA Product Number (primary registrant) for use against SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes the disease COVID-19. For more information, contact pesticides@iowaagriculture.gov or 515-281-8591.

Food Safety

The Centers for Disease Control, Food and Drug Administration, United States Department of Agriculture, and the European Food Safety Authority are in full agreement that there is currently no evidence that COVID-19 has spread through food or food packaging. Previous coronavirus epidemics likewise showed no evidence of having been spread through food or packaging, according to an article from ISU Extension and Outreach.

No Evidence COVID-19 Is Transmitted through Food and Food Packaging | ISU Extension and Outreach

Food safety and the coronavirus disease | FDA

Livestock Auction Markets

COVID-19 is currently circulating in Iowa communities. All Iowa businesses have a responsibility to take measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. It is critical that livestock auction markets institute immediate changes to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among their staff, sellers, and buyers.

On April 2, Gov. Reynolds signed a Proclamation stating, "all auctions with more than 10 people present in person are prohibited at all locations and venues, except for livestock auctions that only include food animals, which may continue to operate so long as there are no more than 25 people present in person. People who remain inside parked cars, trucks, or other enclosed motor vehicles shall not be counted in considering the number of people present, provided all people remain inside the vehicle at all times, and the vehicle remains enclosed with all windows, sunroofs, and convertible tops closed."

Inspections

The Department will continue business-critical dairy, meat and poultry and livestock inspections during the COVID-19 outbreak. Inspectors are following increased biosecurity protocols and will call ahead before visiting a licensee's facility.

Animal and Livestock Care

The COVID-19 pandemic is a rapidly evolving situation. The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship is working with state and federal public and animal health officials to monitor it closely.

At this time, the CDC and the World Health Organization do not believe animals play a role in the transmission of COVID-19, but we always encourage animal owners to practice good biosecurity. This includes washing your hands frequently.

  • If you are sick, try to limit contact with your animals until we learn more about COVID-19. If possible, find someone else to care for the animal(s) until you are feeling better. 
  • If your animal appears to be sick, you should contact your veterinarian immediately.

This is a good reminder of the importance of emergency preparedness. You should have a plan to care for your animals if any situation, including a disease-outbreak or natural disaster, temporarily disrupts daily activities.

Guidance for Facilities Handling Animals and Interacting with the Public |IDALS and IDPH

American Veterinary Medical Association COVID-19 Resources

FAQs for Veterinarians and Veterinary Clinics | American Veterinary Medical Association

Animal Services' Role in COVID-19 Support | University of Wisconsin Shelter Medicine

Interim recommendations for intake of companion animals from households where humans with COVID-19 are present | American Veterinary Medical Association

Other Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention | CDC

Iowa Department of Public Health | IDPH

How to donate PPE | IDPH

COVID-19 in Iowa | State of Iowa

COVID-19 FAQs | USDA 

Health Screening Algorithm | IDPH

Hours of service regulatory relief for commercial vehicles | U.S. DOT

IDOT issuing restricted CDLs remotely | IDOT 

COVID-19 update hub | American Trucking Associations

Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers | US Dept of Homeland Security CISA

Production of Hand Sanitizer | Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau

COVID-19 Volunteer Opportunities | Volunteer Iowa