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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.

This content was curated in partnership with educators, researchers and others. It will be consistently updated as new information and resources are available. Please check back often, subscribe to our emails, or follow our social channels for updates.

News and Updates

COVID-19 Update on Availability and Expansion of Aid for Farmers

By Kacey Deamer | March 29, 2021

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…

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COVID-19 Update on Paycheck Protection Program Access for Small Farms

By Mary Kate MacKenzie | March 16, 2021

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…

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COVID-19 Update on NYS Agricultural Assessment Revenue Threshold Exception

By Joan Sinclair Petzen | February 11, 2021

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…

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COVID-19 Update on Vaccine and Distribution

By Kacey Deamer | January 21, 2021

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…

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COVID-19 Prevention Efforts by New York Farmers

By Richard Stup | January 11, 2021

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…

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COVID-19 Update on NYS Entering 1b in Phased Vaccination Distribution

By Kacey Deamer | January 11, 2021

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…

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COVID-19 Update on NYS Phased Vaccination Plan

By Kacey Deamer | January 8, 2021

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…

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COVID-19 Update on Horticultural and Agritourism Businesses in Cluster Sites

By Kacey Deamer | November 13, 2020

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…

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Can Farm Employers Require Employees to Wear Face Coverings/Masks?

By Richard Stup | October 20, 2020

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…

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New York Organic Dairy Market: The Silver Lining to the Dark Cloud of COVID-19

By Fay Benson | October 20, 2020

With more than 600 dairies, New York has more organic dairies than any other state.  Four months have passed since the COVID-19 pandemic caused a shutdown of nearly all aspects…

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