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COVID 19 Updates & Resources for Farmers

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.

Update: April 24th

Due to the amount of information and the ongoing nature of COVID-19, an archived page has been set-up to house older materials.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

Employee Placement Help

May 20th:

New York Farm Bureau is launching a new system to connect farms in need of labor during the COVID-19 pandemic.

https://eden.cce.cornell.edu/2020/05/19/new-york-farm-bureau-creates-farm-relief-worker-database/

Financial Resources

May 4th:

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:

http://www.sba.gov/Disaster

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

https://cpb-us-e1.wpmucdn.com/blogs.cornell.edu/dist/9/8787/files/2020/04/COVID_Financial_Resources._FERM_PWT._Updated_4.13.20_003.pdf

April 24th: 

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.

(Updated 4/24/20)

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.

April 10th: 

The Consumer Finance Protection Bureau has compiled resources to help/proect yourself from the financial impact of COVID-19.

https://www.consumerfinance.gov/about-us/blog/protect-yourself-financially-from-impact-of-coronavirus/

April 6th: 

Paycheck Protection Program: Agriculture & Food Producers Now Eligible 

https://eden.cce.cornell.edu/2020/04/06/paycheck-protection-program-producers-can-apply-now/

April 2nd:

CARES Act’s Emergency Resources for Farm Businesses: Paycheck Protection Loan Program 1 

http://cceclinton.org/resources/cares-act-s-emergency-resources-for-farm-businesses-paycheck-

protection-loan-program

April 2nd:

Borrowing to cover losses:

http://cceclinton.org/resources/borrowing-to-cover-operating-losses

CDC Guidance

April 10th:

Guidance for Workers Exposed to COVID-19

https://eden.cce.cornell.edu/2020/04/09/new-cdc-guidance-for-workers-exposed-to-covid-19/

Cornell Agricultural Workforce Development

May 5th: Cloth Face Coverings vs. Respirators:

http://agworkforce.cals.cornell.edu/2020/04/28/cloth-face-coverings-vs-respirators-whats-the-difference-and-when-should-we-use-them/?fbclid=IwAR3W6tkCY_-P_WklPiDeUXpdyQ6MJN2ziyGuLhkb-DjmUX2MKADBYJ0RJVk

March 30th: Biosecurity for People: 7 Steps to Protect Farmers from COVID-19

https://blogs.cornell.edu/scnydairyandfieldcrops/2020/03/28/biosecurity-for-people-7-steps-to-protect-farm-workers-from-covid-19/

Novel Coronavirus Home Page:

https://agworkforce.cals.cornell.edu/novel-coronavirus-covid-19/?fbclid=IwAR1R1t33XPxCMeJ2Djmx2OZWZgz2BqnoU43Bz0S3dfl1CahJD71Ag5LHlRM


Novel Coronavirus Prevention & Control for Farms:

http://agworkforce.cals.cornell.edu/2020/03/12/novel-coronavirus-prevention-control-for-farms/

Cornell CALS

May 27th: 

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:

  • Why COVID-19 is not a foodborne virus
  • What to do if symptoms appear
  • Mitigations strategies employees can adopt:
    • Social distancing at work and at home
    • Hand washing
    • Avoid touching the face
    • Wearing face coverings
    • Where employees can go to find answers

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:

ENGLISH:



SPANISH:

April 29th:

Best Management Practices for U-Pick Farms

https://cpb-us-e1.wpmucdn.com/blogs.cornell.edu/di...

April 20th: 

Using Online Marketing to Build Resilience:

https://smallfarms.cornell.edu/2020/04/using-onlin...

Building Farm Resilience in this Crisis:

https://smallfarms.cornell.edu/2020/03/building-farm-resilience-in-this-crisis/

Cornell Pesticide Management Education

May 11th:

Pesticide Use Guidance During COVID-19

http://eden.cce.cornell.edu/2020/05/08/cornell-pesticide-management-education-program-provides-pesticide-use-guidance-during-covid-19/

Department of Agriculture and Markets

March 31st: Interim Guidance for the Operation of Farmer's Markets

https://agriculture.ny.gov/system/files/documents/2020/03/interimguidancefarmersmarkets.pdf

March 30th: COVID-19 Guidance and Resources for the Ag Community

https://agriculture.ny.gov/system/files/documents/2020/03/covid19_resourceguide_3.pdf

Ongoing: COVID-19 Updates (What you need to Know):

https://agriculture.ny.gov/coronavirus

ENYCHP

April 16th:

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.

https://soundcloud.com/easternnewyorkvegnews

COVID-19 Impact on Farm Businesses in New York: ENYCHP Podcast

https://soundcloud.com/easternnewyorkvegnews/covid-19-impact-on-farm-businesses-in-new-york?fbclid=IwAR33RmBUkF5rAjoQMt5u839sbuH3qOTLA87PieqfMFIWc63udQJTtr1FveM


Updates:

http://cceclinton.org/agriculture/enychp-covid-19-update-changes

Food Industry Resources

May 18th:

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.”

Registration: 

https://cornell.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcsc-Copz8iEtUddCuzHl8391_i9O-0_EDa

May 18th:

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.

Registration:

http://cornell.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUpfumgrDwuHtePTkSNAveJP5SOL9ThHmOH

May 5th: 

Food Industry Office Hours to Answer COVID-19 Questions

http://eden.cce.cornell.edu/2020/05/04/food-industry-office-hours-to-answer-covid-19-questions-2/

Event Details:
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

April 27th: 

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. 

http://eden.cce.cornell.edu/2020/04/27/special-produce-industry-virtual-office-hours-to-address-questions-on-covid-19/

April 27th:

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. 

http://eden.cce.cornell.edu/2020/04/27/food-industry-virtual-office-hours-to-answer-questions-on-covid-19-and-its-impact-on-the-food-industry-3/

Learning opportunities: Free

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.

https://extension.psu.edu/shopby/online-courses

Marketing/Business Resources

New York Farm Net

March 31st: Managing Financial Stress on the Farm in Uncertain Times

https://cpb-us-e1.wpmucdn.com/blogs.cornell.edu/dist/9/8787/files/2020/03/COVID-Financial-Stress-on-the-Farm-Final.pdf

New York Department of Health

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:

https://cpb-us-e1.wpmucdn.com/blogs.cornell.edu/dist/9/8787/files/2020/04/DOH_COVID19_MFWH_040220.pdf

North Country Regional Ag Team

May 28th: 

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ALERT: NEW STATE GUIDANCE FOR FARMS TO PREVENT/RESPOND to COVID-19 Cornell Agricultural Workforce Development

http://agworkforce.cals.cornell.edu/…/important-state-guid…/

https://agriculture.ny.gov/…/agm-doh_covid19_cleaningfarm.p…

May 19th:

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!

May 14th: 

May 13th: 

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"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.webinars@usda.gov. While questions will not be answered live during the webinar, answers will be posted at farmers.gov/CFAP."

May 13th: 

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FUNDING UPDATE- see the link for details on EIDL and PPP.

https://bit.ly/3fHwjzG

May 11th: 

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.

https://ncrat.cce.cornell.edu/newsletter.php?fbclid=IwAR3GWIkXjH5UHYRH0HPLOBuQ742DMnwuvcdgYTdARJpXZD_qiYJw3OisFio

May 7th: 

April 28th:

Considerations for Whole Milk Feeding

https://blogs.cornell.edu/northcountryregionalagteam/2020/04/28/considerations-for-whole-milk-feeding/?fbclid=IwAR0pMjvSWgDHYGxY7IhHz79kzOr_MPD3g9kE-WTh6p4ZdIa_V-XFYDfI8pw#.Xqg_9jbalzY.facebook

April 27th:

PPP and EIDL Fact Sheet #4- By Elizabeth Higgins, Nicole Tommell, and Myron Thurston

https://blogs.cornell.edu/northcountryregionalagteam/2020/04/27/ppp-and-eidl-fact-sheet-4-by-elizabeth-higgins-nicole-tommell-and-myron-thurston/?fbclid=IwAR2_bAKGz-M3kVGKMcvaOk_0vux3Cl5AqtGrIxfK1Z3c2zuH6KYs3mngNew

April 22nd: 

Tune in to hear Lindsay give an excellent explanation of the changes to the FARM program that came into effect Jan 1, 2020.

April 21st: 

Starting field work?
Catching up on office tasks? 
Making lunch?
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.

April 21st: 

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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!

https://nydairyadmin.cce.cornell.edu/uploads/doc_750.pdf

April 20th:

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.

https://prodairy.cals.cornell.edu/sites/prodairy.cals.cornell.edu/files/shared/documents/Diet%20and%20management%20considerations%20for%20emergencies.pdf?fbclid=IwAR3VB1_vjGCAUJqL3u8DSWj0X-Q63tBpTLM6A73Q1hQspnAC-90WwkU-ZhY

April 20th: 

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https://blogs.cornell.edu/northcountryregionalagteam/2020/04/20/usda-announces-coronavirus-food-assistance-program/?fbclid=IwAR0Diw529Ow3jYCJYm4-z4m4DX3wKwggHhqqr7oXQbljrBruT08Moco05Qw

April 17th: 

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April 17th:

Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue Comments on Federal Aid Program

https://blogs.cornell.edu/northcountryregionalagteam/2020/04/17/secretary-of-agriculture-sonny-perdue-comments-on-federal-aid-program/?fbclid=IwAR1_P1lNBG5-3eMR8rSRwxa3viDND1Caze_yk2pzoA5kr-GXnmMdPcSmq3k

April 13th:

Using Surplus Milk as Fertilizer: Provisional Guidance for COVID-19 Emergency Response + NYSDEC Memo

https://blogs.cornell.edu/northcountryregionalagteam/2020/04/10/using-surplus-milk-as-fertilizer-provisional-guidance-for-covid-19-emergency-response-nysdec-memo/?fbclid=IwAR1Jg0pdv1Tc0t7YIxZfzf0jmJNE7k9vB3JB0SaTL_Dfnlm2MP-bxFJV_vU

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:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxb3fv12XdCA3GjuDsfkM3Q?fbclid=IwAR3CA_vDPvSTLFhhu1ql_QRU9_6DLyXnk6UkrokFV0ERwoWJuflUGYjIOt4


Ongoing: North Country Regional Ag Team Blog:

https://blogs.cornell.edu/northcountryregionalagteam/


Ongoing: North Country Regional Ag Team FB Page:

https://www.facebook.com/NorthCountryRegionalAgTeam/

Farmer COVID Relief Grant Funding:

Updated April 9th:

https://blogs.cornell.edu/northcountryregionalagteam/2020/04/02/cares-act-emergency-resources-for-farm-businesses-paycheck-protection-loan-program-elizabeth-higgins-ag-business-management/?fbclid=IwAR2orprSChb2h7N0mMjRvAhBXJyUT0q8SnhyTwHjsJiwMLhd3wt6EGQI7uw

Produce Industry Virtual Office Hours

May 13th:

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

Registration:

http://cornell.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEqcOCqqz0pGdSi13gkrcIZjvFLUZe0BU1D

Pro-Dairy

Cornell's Pro-Dairy Program has started a limited podcast series discussing how farmers are adapting during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

https://soundcloud.com/user-846439092/cornell-prod...

Resources for Dairy Farmers

May 18th: 

Special Dairy Foods Industry Virtual Office Hours on May 19th

Event Details:
May 19, 2020 | 1:00-2:00p.m. EST

Registration link: https://cornell.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYodeqgpz8iGNWQQ_Ji8YMjEBpYqK-SlHsK

May 5th

Dairy Foods Industry Virtual Office Hours on May 5th

http://eden.cce.cornell.edu/2020/05/04/dairy-foods-industry-virtual-office-hours-on-may-5th/

Register here: https://proxy.qualtrics.com/proxy/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fcornell.zoom.us%2Fmeeting%2Fregister%2FtJAkduysqzgtHdSWOG5Cv0JUafIPb-S_9UZ9&token=JEDPBjvaWwVhoK5rv1nziR4EAyJQF%2FNOg4FR3JWE2eI%3D

In episode 15 of Dairy Voice podcast, Joel Hastings, Editor & Publisher of DairyBusiness News talks about important items for dairy farm managers to consider in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.

https://www.dairybusiness.com/dr-richard-stup-of-cornell-university-discusses-dairy-farmers-managing-coronavirus/

Ongoing: 

COVID-19 Resources for Dairy Farmers:

http://cceclinton.org/resources/covid-19-resources-for-dairy-farmers

Resources for Farmworkers

April 9th:

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

April 13th:

USDA Addresses Milk Dumping

https://rma.usda.gov/en/News-Room/Press/Press-Releases/2020-News/USDA-Addresses-Milk-Dumping-Authorizes-Other-Flexibilities-To-Help-Producers-Amid-Pandemic?fbclid=IwAR3QIAkdV7Nnk-bd_XMEkv_u7lxJuG6AK_iqy1Y_BLJLquZf6B41x5swBys

Ongoing:

Coronavirus Homepage: 

https://www.farmers.gov/coronavirus

Webinars

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. 

https://vod.video.cornell.edu/media/t/1_la1lmpe2

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.

https://eden.cce.cornell.edu/2020/04/09/covid-19-and-your-produce-farm-webinar-recording/

Last updated May 28, 2020