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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 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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New York State Sanitizer and Cornell’s U-Pick Guide Boost Farm Success

By Blaine Friedlander | October 20, 2020

Even in the coronavirus era, New York’s pick-your-own farms are flourishing.  “After months of enduring lockdowns, especially in New York, the pick-your-own berry farms around the state are booming this…

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Building Resilience During COVID-19 Requires Diligence

By Kacey Deamer | October 13, 2020

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we have worked with farmers to help build resilience for their businesses. In building resilience, we must also remain diligent in maintaining health and safety requirements. …

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COVID-19 Update on Exposure Notification App for New York State

By Kacey Deamer | October 5, 2020

New York Joins New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware to Create Regional COVID Alert App Network to Stop the Spread of COVID-19 New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced the…

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COVID-19 Update on CFAP Payments and Expanded Eligibility

By Kacey Deamer | August 14, 2020

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced updates to the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). This includes coverage for additional specialty crops, including nursery crops and cut flowers, and…

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