Building Farm Resilience During COVID-19
Here we are offering ideas on how we can take care of ourselves, our farms, and our local communities. These resources offer support on the various aspects of farming during a crisis, with a focus on the current COVID-19 pandemic.
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Resources and Links
A Letter from Our Director: Building Farm Resilience in this Crisis
Never before has our work as farmers and stewards been so important. Here our director shares how we in agriculture have the opportunity to strengthen our communities and provide hope in a time of stress.
Best Management Practices for Agritourism Farms During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Providing recommendations for best management practices and communication strategies for agritourism operations for the 2020 season.
Building Resilience through Farm Employee Training Resources
Sharing training videos, labor resources and standard operating procedures to help your farm business.
Building Resilience through COVID-19 Health and Safety
Sharing information on how to take care of ourselves, our employees and our customers.
Building Resilience for Livestock and Dairy Producers
Offering information on how to navigate market changes, financials and other impacts from this pandemic.
Building Resilience to Stress During COVID-19
Offering strategies to manage stress and anxiety to help build your resilience through this pandemic.
Best Management Practices for U-Pick Farms During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Providing recommendations for best management practices and communication strategies for U-Pick operations for the 2020 season.
Using Online Marketing to Build Resilience
Offering guidance on how to start selling online or grow your farm's online marketing presence.
Financial Resources, Grants and Other Support to Build Resilience
Sharing grants, loans or legal support to help farmers build their own resilience through this pandemic.
Building Resilience With Labor and Workforce Planning
Offering a curated list of resources on labor and workforce issues for farmers and employees to navigate COVID-19.
Active Learning to Build Resilience During COVID-19
Like farming, learning is, at its core, an optimistic act. Learn to develop farm skills during this time of physical distancing.
How to Build Market Resilience
News, resources and opportunities to help you access markets and reach customers to ensure local food security.
How Are You Building Farm Resilience in this Crisis?
We want to hear your stories of farm resilience. How has your farm adapted to this pandemic? Share ideas about how we can take care of ourselves, our farms, and our local communities using our submission form.
COVID-19 Guidance and Resources for the Ag Community
New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets has created an official COVID-19 resource page offering details and latest guidance as it relates to agriculture in New York State.
New York Extension Disaster Education Network
This Cornell Cooperative Extension network offers a collection of links about COVID-19, including simple steps we can all take to stop the spread of the virus, farm and food industry resources, and more.
Food Industry Resources for 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.
FarmNet offers services to all farms in New York State, including financial and mental health resources and support for farmers.
News and Updates
If your farm or food business is an SBA “small business” you may be eligible for funding for grants to help you respond to coronavirus. The recently announced USDA Pandemic…Read More
USDA Announces ‘Pandemic Assistance for Producers’ to Distribute Resources More Equitably After Identifying Gaps in Previous Aid USDA recently announced Pandemic Assistance for Producers to distribute resources more equitably after…Read More
Updates to the PPP Loan Program make forgivable loans available to small farms with little or no hired labor expense. Act fast to meet the March 31 application deadline! If…Read More
Farmland owners across New York State participate in Agricultural Assessment to reduce their real property tax costs. Each year an application (RP-305) or renewal (RP-305-r) must be filed for each…Read More
Throughout the pandemic, the Institute for Food Safety at Cornell University (IFS) has answered questions around the risks associated with food production with useful links to expert resources to ensure…Read More
A survey of farm managers conducted during summer 2020. New York farmers confronted a massive, new challenge in 2020 from the global pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus and the…Read More
Beginning on January 11, 2021, New York State has entered Phase 1b of its phased distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine. As was the case with Phase 1a, the list of…Read More
This week New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the latest prioritization for New Yorkers eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The state is currently in Phase 1a. “While we’re…Read More
As we enter the colder months, we must remain vigilant in maintaining health and safety requirements to stop the spread of COVID-19. The New York State Department of Agriculture and…Read More
Can Farm Employers Require Employees to Wear Face Coverings/Masks? The science about wearing face coverings/masks to reduce the spread of novel coronavirus is increasingly clear; wearing a mask dramatically reduces…Read More