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COVID-19 Update on Webinars for Farm Business Safety Plans

Cornell Cooperative Extension is offering a webinar series on developing safety plans for “New York Forward” compliance and to reduce liability risk. A version of this post first appeared in The Ag Workforce Journal.


New York State requires businesses to have a specific business safety plan in place during the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes all farms, both food and non-food producing. In addition, a well-written and executed business safety plan will help reduce business liability risk during and after the pandemic. A Cornell Task Force recently developed materials to directly support farms in the plan writing process.

Cornell Cooperative Extension and Cornell Agricultural Workforce Development are offering a “NY Forward Business Safety Plan Support” webinar series with specialized webinars for Dairy/Livestock/Crop Farms, Fruit/Vegetable Farms, Retail Farms, Equine Farms and Greenhouse/Landscaping/Ornamental Farms.

The webinars, led by Extension specialists, will:

  • Walk farmers through the need for and process to complete a safety plan as is required by all businesses for compliance with NY Forward.
  • Demonstrate project tools developed by Extension to write and complete a plan.
  • Share curated resources for specific industries.

The webinars are free and pre-registration is required. Recordings will be posted on the Cornell Agricultural Workforce Development NY Forward Business Safety Plans page.


NY Forward Business Safety Plan Support Webinar Dates

Business Safety Plan Support for Dairy/Livestock/Crop Farms on Wednesday, June 10, from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Business Safety Plan Support for Fruit/Vegetable Farms on Thursday, June 11, from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Business Safety Plan Support for Retail Farms on Thursday, June 11, from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Business Safety Plan Support for Greenhouse/Landscaping/Ornamental Farms on Monday, June 15, from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Business Safety Plan Support for Equine Farms on Wednesday, June 17, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.


For Additional Information:

The NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets has created an official COVID-19 resource page offering details and latest guidance as it relates to agriculture in the state.

The Cornell Small Farms Program is keeping a list of resources for farms to build resiliency through potential impacts from COVID-19.

The Cornell EDEN website is the hub of information for COVID-19 issues and resources.

The Cornell Ag Workforce is a great resource for updates on labor management issues and programs and policies related to ag workforce issues and COVID-19.

The Institute for Food Safety at Cornell University answers questions around the risks associated with food production with useful links to expert resources to ensure that a safe and robust food supply is maintained.

Kacey Deamer

Kacey Deamer

Kacey is the Cornell Small Farms Program’s communications specialist. In this role, she manages all storytelling and outreach across the program’s website, social media, e-newsletter, magazine and more. Kacey has worked in communications and journalism for more than a decade, with a primary focus on science and sustainability.
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