In an effort to compile all resources in one place, CCE Clinton has been working with/tracking news releases and websites offered by our partners to bring the farmers/food producers of the North Country accurate, timely and practical information.
Due to the amount of information and the ongoing nature of COVID-19, an archived page has been set-up to house older materials. Only items that are no longer timely or valid have been moved to this page. You may find archived resources at the following link: http://cceclinton.org/resources/march-agriculture-resources
New York Farm Bureau is launching a new system to connect farms in need of labor during the COVID-19 pandemic.
EIDL Application Re-Opening
The EIDL Advance/Loan portal will be re-opening shortly. The re-opening of the portal is for agricultural businesses that were previously ineligible for the program. New non-agricultural business applications will not be accepted.
The portal will be opened for a limited period, and it is recommended that you apply as soon as possible. The link to the portal will be:
If you have already applied under the streamlined application (March 30th to program closure), there is no need to re-apply.
Agricultural Businesses Defined:
Agricultural businesses includes those businesses engaged in the production of food and fiber, ranching, and raising of livestock, aquaculture, and all other farming and agricultural related industries (as defined by section 18(b) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 647(b)).
SBA is encouraging all eligible agricultural businesses with 500 or fewer employees wishing to apply to begin preparing their business financial information needed for their application.
April 27th: Statewide Family Economics and Resource Management (FERM) Program Work Team
COVID-19 Financial Wellness Resources
Cares Act to help with Child Care Expenses for Farm Employees and Food Processors
NYS has decided they will be utilizing $30M of federal CARES act assistance to help with child care expenses for essential workers. Farm employees and food processors are considered essential workers.
As of 3/20/2020 licensed child care businesses in New York State are considered essential services and allowed to operate. NYS announced on 4/24/2020 that child care scholarships will be available for child care expenses for essential workers; which includes food processing and farm employees. Scholarships are being paid for from $30M in federal CARES Act funding received by NYS, and are open to families who are at 300% or less of the federal poverty level – or $78,600 or less for a family of four. More information can be found here: https://ocfs.ny.gov/main/news/article.php?idx=2119. The parent application is here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScvxhLCNWoq4koXGsY2QbInTgj8MTB3911ZO9Kw2rgz5ciLrQ/viewform. The scholarships will be available for the duration of the NY Pause order. The Office of Children and Family Services provides guidance to New York State licensed child care centers during the COVID-19 crisis here. While child care centers are being given flexibility to add spots for child care for essential workers, facilities are also being mindful of social distancing guidance. The Office of Children and Family Services maintains a listing of licensed day care providers to search for child care options although not all of the providers may be open during this current time. In certain regions, local YMCA’s have been expanding child care options for local essential workers and may be an option to explore. The ABCD program, which serves as a primary resource for the children of farm employee and food system employees, is currently closed and will re-evaluate its status regularly so please call local Centers for availability.
The Consumer Finance Protection Bureau has compiled resources to help/proect yourself from the financial impact of COVID-19.
Paycheck Protection Program: Agriculture & Food Producers Now Eligible
CARES Act’s Emergency Resources for Farm Businesses: Paycheck Protection Loan Program 1
Borrowing to cover losses:
Guidance for Workers Exposed to COVID-19
May 5th: Cloth Face Coverings vs. Respirators:
March 30th: Biosecurity for People: 7 Steps to Protect Farmers from COVID-19
Novel Coronavirus Home Page:
Novel Coronavirus Prevention & Control for Farms:
We have created short videos in Spanish and English that outline information about the virus that causes COVID-19, and strategies employees can adopt to protect themselves and others. These videos include subtitles and cover the following topics:
We encourage the industry to utilize these videos by displaying them on their closed circuit video systems in the workplace, or through other outlets.
You can find the YouTube links here:
Best Management Practices for U-Pick Farms
Using Online Marketing to Build Resilience:
Building Farm Resilience in this Crisis:
Pesticide Use Guidance During COVID-19
March 31st: Interim Guidance for the Operation of Farmer's Markets
March 30th: COVID-19 Guidance and Resources for the Ag Community
Ongoing: COVID-19 Updates (What you need to Know):
The Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture (ENYCH) Program released a new podcast on April 13th, to help educate and support growers amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Stephen Weir, Agricultural Business Professor with SUNY Cobleskill, and Liz Higgins, ENYCH Ag Business Management Specialist discuss strategies to help farms manage their cash flow and get through the COVID-19 pandemic, and more.
COVID-19 Impact on Farm Businesses in New York: ENYCHP Podcast
Join Matrix Sciences International, Inc., the Institute for Food Safety at Cornell University, and the Dairy Foods Extension Program for a live webinar on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 from 2:00-3:00p.m. EST on Validation, Verification, and Development of a COVID-19 Control “Culture.”
Join the Institute for Food Safety at Cornell University for our weekly Q&A and facilitated discussions during our Food Industry Virtual Office Hours to address your questions on COVID-19 and its impact on the food industry.
May 21st, 2020 | 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Food Industry Office Hours to Answer COVID-19 Questions
May 7th, 2020 | 4:00pm EST
Register here: https://proxy.qualtrics.com/proxy/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fcornell.zoom.us%2Fmeeting%2Fregister%2FtJAode-oqDMrH9wN5JQBTx6FIcmB_UGFXC-a&token=CFhBOIIg%2F5Yl8tUBUrYNMUp1XbZ3C%2BavGGBtkbn9Tds%3D
Special Produce Industry Virtual Office Hours to Address Questions on COVID-19
Do you have questions about how the COVID-19 outbreak might impact your farm or packing house operation? If so, please join us for Produce Industry Virtual Office Hours on April 29 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm (EDT). More information including registration can be found at the link below.
Food Industry Virtual Office Hours to Answer Questions on COVID-19 and Its Impact on the Food Industry
Join the Institute for Food Safety at Cornell University for a Q&A and facilitated discussion during their online Food Industry Office Hours, on April 30, from 4:00-5:00 pm. More information as well as the Zoom link can be found at the link below.
PennState Extension is offering 56 online classes for free. If you have been interested in learning about everything from beekeeping to growing raspberries and blackberries, pruning ornamental trees and shrubs to new lawn establishment and much more, then now's the time. Find all classes listed at the link below.
March 31st: Managing Financial Stress on the Farm in Uncertain Times
April 7th: Interim Guidance for Pre-Occupancy Migrant Farmworker Housing Inspections
The New York State Department of Health issued interim guidance to Permit-Issuing Officials regarding pre-occupancy inspections of migrant farmworker housing during COVID-19 response efforts. The Department of Labor (DOL) has indicated that, until further notice, they will be using a virtual inspection process for all federal H-2A Worker Visa Program housing, regardless of the number of occupants. As a result, it will not be necessary for local health departments or state district offices to conduct inspections for this purpose.Follow the link below to view the memo:
ALERT: NEW STATE GUIDANCE FOR FARMS TO PREVENT/RESPOND to COVID-19 Cornell Agricultural Workforce Development
Are you busy getting your crops in the ground and tired of listening to the radio on the tractor? Check out this AUDIO episode where one of our Dairy Management Specialists was interviewed by University of Missouri Extension on feeding molasses to dry cows!
This video is part of the "Dairy Science Digest" series, a podcast created by the University of Missouri Dairy Extension Team. This series is currently offered on 'podbean' and will feature new dairy science research on a monthly basis!
"The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) and Farm Service Agency (FSA) will host a webinar on Thursday, May 14, 2020, at 1 p.m. ET, for farmers, ranchers and other producers interested in applying for direct payments through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP).
This webinar is an opportunity for producers to learn about the general application process and required documentation prior to the official beginning of signup. Producers interested in participating may register in advance for webinar at https://www.zoomgov.com/…/register/WN_SPWI7yOFSqaGG1JKzhEbjA.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. We encourage participants to submit questions through the Q&A box or by emailing CFAP.email@example.com. While questions will not be answered live during the webinar, answers will be posted at farmers.gov/CFAP."
FUNDING UPDATE- see the link for details on EIDL and PPP.
North Country Ag Advisor is a newsletter of the NNY Regional AG Team.
It provides readers with information on upcoming meetings, pesticide updates, pest management strategies, cultural practices, marketing ideas and research results from Cornell and Cornell Cooperative Extension.
Considerations for Whole Milk Feeding
PPP and EIDL Fact Sheet #4- By Elizabeth Higgins, Nicole Tommell, and Myron Thurston
Tune in to hear Lindsay give an excellent explanation of the changes to the FARM program that came into effect Jan 1, 2020.
Starting field work?
Catching up on office tasks?
TURN ON A PODCAST! Hear this conversation with a market analyst looking ahead at how markets may look after the pandemic, and how we can navigate getting there.
Check out this useful guide to evaluating herd size and special considerations for current milk markets.
Thanks NWNY Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Team for this great resource!
PRO-DAIRY has released an info sheet on "Diet and Management Considerations for Emergencies: Reducing Milk Flow Without Harming Cows and Threatening Future Production".
Check this out for some ideas on how to temporarily reduce production on your farm if necessary.
Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue Comments on Federal Aid Program
Using Surplus Milk as Fertilizer: Provisional Guidance for COVID-19 Emergency Response + NYSDEC Memo
Ongoing: North Country Regional Ag Team has a YouTube Channel and will be uploading timely materials in the days and weeks ahead. To check out previous videos and or to subscribe to be alerted when new videos are posted, please visit:
Ongoing: North Country Regional Ag Team FB Page:
Farmer COVID Relief Grant Funding:
Updated April 9th:
Do you have questions about how the COVID-19 outbreak might impact your farm or packing house operation? If so, please join us for Produce Industry Virtual Office Hours on May 14th, from 4:00-5:00pm EST
Cornell's Pro-Dairy Program has started a limited podcast series discussing how farmers are adapting during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Special Dairy Foods Industry Virtual Office Hours on May 19th
May 19, 2020 | 1:00-2:00p.m. EST
Dairy Foods Industry Virtual Office Hours on May 5th
COVID-19 Resources for Dairy Farmers:
Reliable Resources for Spanish- & English-Speaking Farmworkers about COVID-19 https://eden.cce.cornell.edu/2020/04/08/reliable-resources-for-spanish-english-speaking-farmworkers-about-covid-19/
USDA Addresses Milk Dumping
April 17: Recording
Discussion on what the beef markets are looking right now and how they've been affected by the pandemic. Information is not just for beef producers, but for dairy producers to keep in mind, because of the impact on cull cow prices and marketing. Please find the video at the link below.
The COVID-19 and Your Produce Farm webinar, provides steps that produce farm managers and individuals working with fruit and vegetable farms should consider to protect their workforce, their business, and their markets.
Last updated May 28, 2020