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Purdue Extension: Expert Resources for COVID-19

AGRICULTURE: Resources for Indiana's Green Industry

May 12, 2020
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The timing of the COVID-19 pandemic has jeopardized the Indiana green industry’s ability to maintain traditional activities related to maintenance, planting, sales and/or public interaction.

At this time, there may be instances under which products from the green industry — i.e., plants that can be purchased for purposes of growing food — fall under definitions of essential functions during Indiana’s statewide shelter-in-place.

For those who have such products, we recommend consulting the following Purdue Extension guides:

Maintenance activities provided by the green industry are also defined as essential functions. These include:

Purdue Extension’s green industry specialists also will continue to support you as much as possible during this time.

We also suggest bookmarking applicable trade association websites to stay updated on their latest efforts.

When undertaking any activity related to essential work, we advise that you:

In such a public setting, the Centers for Disease Control now recommend wearing cloth face coverings. For a guide on how to create your own cloth face coverings, visit the CDC website.

Below, we have included a list of online resources that we advise you consult regularly for the most up-to-date and accurate information.


Federal Resources


State Resources


Sample Critical Infrastructure Travel Permits (only for essential work)


Trade Association Websites



Nursery and Greenhouse


Landscape Maintenance and Arboriculture



Cliff Sadof, Purdue University Professor of Entomology and Purdue Extension Entomology Coordinator

Janna Beckerman, Purdue University Professor of Botany and Plant Pathology

Tom Creswell,
Purdue University Clinical Engagement Professor of Botany and Plant Pathology and Director of the Purdue Plant and Pest Diagnostic Laboratory

Kyle Daniel, Purdue Extension Nursery and Landscape Outreach Specialist

Aaron Patton, Purdue University Professor of Horticulture and Interim Head of the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture

Lindsey Purcell, Purdue Extension Urban Forestry Specialist

Doug Richmond, Purdue University Associate Professor of Entomology

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