COVID-19 Operational Update



The Collins and Pleasant Hill locations are currently closed due to an employee testing positive for COVID. This employee had no direct customer contact. Our team is getting COVID testing and will return to work as results come back negative. During the testing and quarantine process, we are deep cleaning the location. Our Landus team continues to serve from other locations or by making arrangements with Jason Lemmert, Location Manager at Collins (515) 494-5581 or Dennis Frohwein, Location Manager at Pleasant Hill (515) 263-9813. Thank you for your flexibility. Stay safe. 


USDA to Host Webinar for Producers Interested in Applying for Direct Payments through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) and Farm Service Agency (FSA) will host a webinar on Thursday, May 14, 2020, at 1 p.m. ET, for farmers, ranchers and other producers interested in applying for direct payments through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP).

As part of President Trump and Secretary Perdue’s April 17 announcement of a $19 billion Coronavirus Farm Assistance Program, USDA will provide $16 billion in direct support based on losses for agricultural producers where prices and market supply chains have been impacted. Also, USDA will assist eligible producers facing additional adjustment and marketing costs resulting from lost demand and short-term oversupply for the 2020 marketing year caused by COVID-19.

USDA is hosting this webinar to share what information is needed to apply for direct payments through CFAP, once the application period begins. The webinar is an opportunity for producers to learn about the general application process and required documentation prior to the official beginning of signup. Producers who are new to participating in FSA programs are especially encouraged to join the webinar. 

Producers interested in participating may register in advance.


We will continue business as we are with social distancing measures until May 15 and re-assess. The health and safety of our employees and farmers have been a top priority during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the AgPro article on the three things we're focusing on.


USDA Announces Relief Plan for Producers, Including Purchases

Current Status: The USDA yesterday evening announced the $19 billion Coronavirus Food assistance Program (CFAP) to provide relief to farmers and ranchers as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The program will include two key efforts:

  • $16 billion in direct payments for farmers and ranchers, funded using a $9.5 billion emergency program included in the CARES Act and $6.5 billion in Credit Commodity Corporation (CCC) funding. This will fully deplete the CCC until July when additional Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding is made available. More information below.
  • $3 billion in purchases of agriculture products, including meat, dairy and produce to support producers and provide food to those in need. USDA will work with local food and regional distributors to deliver food to food banks, as well as community and faith-based organizations to provide food to those in need. USDA expects to release a Notice of Funds Available (NOFA) as soon as possible with purchases for dairy, specialty crops and meats beginning in the next three-four weeks.

Direct Assistance for Farmers and Ranchers 

USDA will provide $16 billion in direct payments to farmers and ranchers including:

  • $9.6 billion for the livestock industry 
    • $5.1 billion for cattle 
    • $2.9 billion for dairy 
    • $1.6 billion for hogs
  • $3.9 billion for row crop producers
  • $2.1 billion for specialty crops producers
  • $500 million for other crops 

Producers will receive a single payment determined using two calculations: 

  • Price losses that occurred in the first quarter of this year. Producers will be compensated for 85% of price loss during that period.
  • Qualified commodities must have experienced a 5% price decrease during the first quarter of the year. 

Additional payments will be made for the second quarter. The payment limit is $125,000 per commodity with an overall limit of $250,000 per individual or entity. 

All further details on the payment calculation and sign-up date are subject to a final rule, which is expected to be posted in May. 

The CCC will have $14 billion available for additional assistance that is accessible in July, as stipulated in the CARES Act.

Source: NCFC


This morning, Governor Reynolds declared additional restrictions for NE Iowa, Region 6. It is effective tonight at 11:59 P.M. through April 30th. Read the full order here.

To confirm your participation in an essential industry, you may print these documents for you and your operation’s employees. Landus Cooperative is providing these documentations as guidance and is not providing legal advice. 


Information on Federal COVID-19 Programs available to farmers found here. 


The average farmer is in the COVID-19 high risk category. Read about our role in protecting their health


Read what Landus Cooperative is doing in this panic-stricken market. 


Letter from CEO, Matt Carstens on Landus Cooperative's actions behind the scenes. 


Gowrie Agronomy re-opens today (3/23) and Gowrie Grain re-opens tomorrow Tuesday (3/24) fully staffed. Thank you for your patience!

If you would like to sign up to receive location-based updates in the event your location must change hours or operations as a result of COVID-19, please log-into the customer portal and subscribe to “Harvest Hours” for your preferred location.

If you or someone you know is seeking help during this time of uncertainty, Your Life Iowa has resources available. Call 855.581.8111 or visit

We urge you, like our team, to use CDC resources to identify symptoms & practice good hygiene. Thank you for your business.


Governor Signs Proclamation for Agriculture Weight Exemptions and Hours of Service

Critical National Infrastructure. Yesterday, the Dept. of Homeland Security announced all parts of the food chain and agriculture would be designated as “critical infrastructure. This ensures ag and food are considered essential and conveys that any closures or shelter in place will exclude this critical infrastructure. This means Landus Cooperative will continue to work even IF a local or state shelter-in-place order is in place, which Governor Reynolds said March 19, 2020, she is NOT currently considering for Iowa. 

The Gowrie agronomy location will re-open Monday fully staffed. The grain site's re-open date is yet to be determined. 


With the on-going changes in the COVID-19 response, including the March 17th declaration of a State of Public Health Disaster Emergency by Governor Reynolds, Landus Cooperative is updating its processes to continue to protect our employees, customers, and communities while balancing spring operational needs. 

  • Please make arrangements to have your grain checks mailed to you versus being picked up in person. 
  • Please work with your location to have your grain contracts mailed to you, signed, and returned in a postage-paid envelope. We need your original signature! Our 15-day settlement window remains in place. Please work with your locations if you have questions or concerns about these timelines. 
  • If arriving to pick-up seed, chemicals, etc. we are happy to meet you outside. Just give the office a call, and we’ll get our team out to you. 
  • We continue to practice social distancing whenever possible. Please don’t be offended that we’re turning off our coffee pots and popcorn makers and opting for hello’s instead of handshakes. It’s temporary. 

If you would like to sign up to receive location-based updates in the event your location must change hours or operations as a result of COVID-19, please log-into the customer portal and subscribe to “Harvest Hours” for your preferred location.


Landus Cooperative continues to assess the COVID-19 situation. We are ready to serve your spring operational needs. We are also working to implement social distancing, wherever possible. We are asking those visiting our locations, to do so ONLY TO CONDUCT BUSINESS. We urge you, like our team, to use CDC resources to identify symptoms & practice good hygiene. Thank you for your business.


Landus Cooperative Gowrie: The Gowrie location will be closed today until further notice and we have more science-based information. Thank you for your patience. Please contact Matt Thompson, Location Manager at (515) 544-3213 with questions.


Spring planting season is upon us, and unfortunately, so is nation-wide concern about COVID-19 (coronavirus). We're communicating to our growers with this letter.