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Building Farm Resilience During COVID-19

These publications detail various aspects of farming during a crisis, with a focus on the current COVID-19 pandemic. Here we are offering ideas on how we can take care of ourselves, our farms, and our local communities.

The content here was created 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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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Active Learning Calendar for Virtual Opportunities and Webinars

This new calendar is dedicated to the various webinars and other virtual learning opportunities being offered during this time of physical distancing.

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How to Build Market Resilience

News, resources and opportunities to help you access markets and reach customers to ensure local food security.

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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.

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COVID-19 Guidance and Resources for the Ag Community

New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets has created an official COVID-19 resource document offering details and latest guidance as it relates to agriculture in New York State. Further updates can be found on their website.

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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.

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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.

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NY FarmNet

FarmNet offers services to all farms in New York State, including financial and mental health resources and support for farmers.

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News and Updates

Accessing Federal, State and Local Disaster Resources

By Elizabeth (Liz) Higgins | April 6, 2020

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…

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Basic Recommendations for Farmers Related to Coronavirus & COVID-19

By Chris Callahan | April 6, 2020

The current COVID-19 pandemic is a common concern and many are wondering what they can and should do. The information here is intended to help guide the farming community. COVID-19…

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Letter from the Editor, Spring 2020

By Anu Rangarajan | April 6, 2020

Never before has our work as farmers and stewards been so important.  In times like these — when uncertainty upsets the daily rhythms of our communities — we agriculturists have…

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COVID-19 Update on Emergency Resources for Farm Businesses

By Elizabeth (Liz) Higgins | April 6, 2020

CARES Act’s Emergency Resources for Farm Businesses: Paycheck Protection Loan Program Ag business specialist Elizabeth Higgins, with the CCE Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Team and a member of our program’s…

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COVID-19 Update for Farmers’ Markets Operators and Vendors

By Kacey Deamer | March 31, 2020

Interim Guidance for Horticulture and Seafood from NYS Ag & Markets The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets released the following Interim Guidance for the Operation of Farmers’…

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COVID-19 Update for Nursery Operations and Seafood Processors

By Kacey Deamer | March 24, 2020

Update 4/2/20: At this time, horticulture is designated as a non-essential business (with the exception of nurseries/greenhouses selling food producing plants). Please note that landscaping for maintenance and pest control purposes…

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COVID-19 Update for Livestock Farms

By Kacey Deamer | March 23, 2020

Interim Guidance for Animal Care Operations from NYS Ag & Markets The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets released the following Interim Guidance for Animal Care Operations on March 22,…

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Offering You Free Online Course Access Until March 27

By Kacey Deamer | March 19, 2020

Update: This offer has now closed. We have had an overwhelming response to our solidarity offer for free access to our online courses. We are so glad that many of…

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Building Farm Resilience in this Crisis

By Anu Rangarajan | March 13, 2020

Update 3/24/20: We have launched a curated resource page to support the farming community through this challenging time. Offering ideas on how we can take care of ourselves, our farms,…

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