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

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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Cornell AgriTech Center Helps Business Adapt to COVID-19

By Carrie Wheeler-Carmenatty | July 20, 2020

While many businesses in the New York state food industry have been physically closed since mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the demand for their products has not stopped. Cornell…

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Cornell Farmworker Program Mobilizes Protections for NY Farmworkers

By Kelly Merchan | July 20, 2020

Supporting NY farmworkers with masks, COVID-19 information and Q&A with Mary Jo Dudley.   More than 55,000 farmworkers across New York play critical roles sustaining the local and global food…

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COVID-19 Update on PPP Loan Forgiveness, Program Changes and More

By Elizabeth (Liz) Higgins | July 6, 2020

Applying for Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness, Program Changes and a Possibility of an Extension Cornell Cooperative Extension educators have been compiling updates on various emergency funding opportunities for agricultural…

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COVID-19 Update for Equine Operations

By Kacey Deamer | June 12, 2020

Interim Guidance for Equine Operations The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets released the following Interim Guidance for Equine Operations on June 11, 2020. This guidance is provided…

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COVID-19 Update: Nursery/Greenhouse/Flower Survey on CFAP Funding

By Kacey Deamer | June 11, 2020

Are you a nursery/greenhouse/cut flower grower who has been impacted by COVID-19 market disruptions? Completing this survey will help us provide data to USDA, which may help impacted farms qualify for…

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