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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.

COVID-19 Update on Prevention and Response for Farms

By Kacey Deamer / May 29, 2020

Recently, New York State detailed its plan to begin re-opening in phases, as regions of the state achieve certain COVID-19 management metrics. An important part of this New York Forward plan is for all businesses to have a customized, written safety plan that details specifically how each business will prevent and manage COVID-19. All farms…

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Building Resilience through Farm Employee Training Resources

By Kacey Deamer / May 28, 2020

Sharing training videos, labor resources and standard operating procedures to help your farm business. As we start to gear up for this new season, many of us may face some uncertainty with our farm labor. While we are implementing best management practices to protect our employees during this pandemic, it is likely that we may find…

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COVID-19 Update on Applying for Financial Assistance through CFAP

By Kacey Deamer / May 26, 2020

Farmers and Ranchers Can Now Apply for Financial Assistance through USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program Agricultural producers can now apply for USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), which provides direct payments to offset impacts from the coronavirus pandemic. The application and a payment calculator are now available online, and USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) staff…

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COVID-19 Update on Safety Plans Required for All NYS Businesses

By Kacey Deamer / May 20, 2020

COVID-19 Safety Plans Required for All Businesses in “New York Forward” Re-Opening Plan Agricultural workforce specialist Richard Stup prepared the following overview of how all businesses need to have a written safety plan that details how they will prevent and manage COVID-19. This post appeared first in The Ag Workforce Journal. New York State’s plan to…

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Building Resilience through COVID-19 Health and Safety

By Kacey Deamer / May 14, 2020

Sharing information on how to take care of ourselves, our employees and our customers. As we move toward reopening our businesses and lives, we need to make sure we are prepared for doing things differently. Taking care of ourselves, our employees and our customers will require planning ahead to make sure we have COVID-19 safety…

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COVID-19 Update on the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

By Kacey Deamer / May 13, 2020

Coronavirus Food Assistance Program to Offer Direct Support to Farmers The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), authorized in the CARES Act, will provide $16 billion in direct support to agricultural producers impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Direct support for farmers and ranchers available via CFAP will include direct support based on actual losses for agricultural producers…

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Building Resilience for Livestock and Dairy Producers

By Kacey Deamer / May 7, 2020

Offering information on how to navigate market changes due to this pandemic. The most common refrain we are hearing from livestock producers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic is the need to change how they market their products. Some have never tried direct marketing meat; others suddenly need to switch their marketing from in-person to online.…

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COVID-19 Update on Reopening of Economic Injury Disaster Loans

By Kacey Deamer / May 4, 2020

Economic Injury Disaster Loans Application Reopening for Ag Businesses The recent CARES Act provided additional emergency funding through Small Business Administration (SBA) for businesses who are facing losses due to COVID-19. This included making the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) available to farms for the first time. If you are an agricultural business and…

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Building Resilience to Stress During COVID-19

By Kacey Deamer / May 4, 2020

Offering strategies to manage stress and anxiety to help build your resilience through this pandemic. While our efforts to shelter in place help protect us and our communities from COVID-19, this sequestering can be challenging. All of us have felt anxiety and worry as this disease has traveled while we sit still. Whether you are…

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COVID 19 Update on Connecting Producers to Purchasing Opportunities

By Kacey Deamer / May 1, 2020

NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets Requesting Information to Connect Impacted Producers to Purchasing Opportunities The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, in coordination with its partners, is reaching out to New York producers that have surplus agricultural products as a result of COVID-19-related supply chain disruptions. The Department is working to connect…

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