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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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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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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U-Pick is a critical direct marketing approach for many of our small farms and provides customers with a unique connection to fresh produce grown close to home. The time spent outdoors gathering one’s own produce is a chance to share in our local bounty, support our farmers, and stock up for the future. U-Pick farms…

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CARES Act’s Emergency Resources for Farm Businesses: Paycheck Protection Loan Program Funding Expanded The recent CARES Act provided additional emergency funding through Small Business Administration (SBA) for businesses who are facing losses due to COVID-19. If you are a farm business, the most important program to be aware of right now is the Paycheck Protection Loan…

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Offering guidance on how to sell online to help build your farm’s resilience through this pandemic. Many of you have already geared up to be doing sales differently this year. Whether you are running your farmers market booth with new physical distancing practices, or have joined with other farmers to sell your products via direct…

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According to the latest Census of Agriculture, there are nearly 8000 U.S. farms growing tomatoes in protected settings including greenhouses or high tunnels with a total value of $419 million. How does New York rank? #2 in the U.S. for number of farms growing in protected settings with a total of 489 farms #3 in…

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How you can start planning now for assistance to stay in business during the COVID-19 pandemic and recover afterwards. Based on my experience with previous federal and state disasters, you are more likely to be able to access these resources if you have kept good records. I spoke to Sam Kandel, our local Small Business…

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When you’re hiring contractors for a farm infrastructure project, what you don’t say is just as important, if not more so, as what you do say.  It‘s inevitable, at some point in time you‘re going to have to hire a contractor to carry out a project or simply to complete a portion of it. Remember,…

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