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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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COVID-19 Update on EIDL Program and PPP Funding

By Elizabeth (Liz) Higgins / May 12, 2020

Economic Injury Disaster Loans Application Reopened for Ag Businesses and Updates to Paycheck Protection Loan Program Cornell Cooperative Extension educators have been compiling the latest update on various emergency funding opportunities for agricultural businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. In their most recent fact sheet, they provide more information about the EIDL program, which was…

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Updated Guide Provides Regulatory Information for Marketing for Livestock and Poultry Products

By Anna Birn / May 11, 2020

We are excited to announce that our “Guide to Direct Marketing Livestock and Poultry” has undergone an extensive update. The guide, first published in 2010, provides useful information on how to legally sell meat and poultry in New York State. This resource provides guidance on everything from meat certifications to butchering cuts and everything in…

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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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Reducing Dairy Production Costs Through the Use of Pasture

By Fay Benson / May 6, 2020

The current and future disruption of the dairy industry will require producers to think outside the box and possibly inside the fence. Two dairy enterprises that can benefit the most from pasture are the heifers and cull cows. Raising livestock on pasture can reduce the cost of production for certain groups of dairy animals. Allowing…

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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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