COVID-19 News

This page will be updated frequently. Please find information listed by category, then by date listed from most recent to oldest.

Agriculture

May 27th: 

Join the Institute for Food Safety on May 28th for their weekly Q&A and facilitated discussions during their Food Industry Virtual Office Hours. Speak directly to subject matter experts in sanitation, epidemiology, microbiology, virology, food safety culture, business continuity and the food safety of dairy foods, fresh fruits and vegetables, and processed foods and beverages.

During this session you can speak directly to the panel of experts (see below) to address your questions related to COVID-19. Food Industry Virtual Office Hours are free and open to anyone in the food industry from farm to fork.

Event Details:

Thursday, May 28, 2020 | 1:00 to 2:00 pm (EDT)

Registration for this event is required. Please register in advance using this URL:
cornell.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwsdO-prTovHdaAvxF_ll9i3rjwNenw61XR

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information to join the session. Submit questions when you register, submit them anonymously here, email them in advance to foodsafety@cornell.edu, or ask them live.

May 20th:

Employee Placement Help

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/

May 18th: 

New York's Guide to Re-Opening

https://eden.cce.cornell.edu/2020/05/15/new-york-forward-provides-a-guide-for-re-opening/

April 20th: 

Food Industry Virtual Office Hours to Answer Questions on COVID-19 and Its Impact on the Food Industry

https://eden.cce.cornell.edu/2020/04/20/food-indus...

April 14th: 

Special Dairy Foods Industry Office Hours to Address Questions on COVID-19

Join the Dairy Foods Research Centers on April 16, from 4-5 p.m

Please Register at this link:  https://cornell.us20.list-manage.com/track/click?u=f80d0ab5c9d864bad14c14569&id=4bd9d7bada&e=1ce93eeec6

More information can be found at this link:

https://eden.cce.cornell.edu/2020/04/13/special-dairy-foods-industry-office-hours-to-address-questions-on-covid-19/

April 7th:

COVID-19 Resources for Dairy Farmers:

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

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

April 1st:

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/

March 30th:

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 Small Farms

April 1st: Cornell Small Farms Offers Free Online Education and Resilience Resources in Response to Coronavirus

ttps://eden.cce.cornell.edu/2020/03/20/cornell-small-farms-offers-free-online-education-and-resilience-resources-in-response-to-coronavirus/


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...

March 30th:

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

April 1st: 

Interim Guidance for the Operation of Farmer's Markets

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


April 1st:  

COVID-19 Guidance and Resources for the Ag Community

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

March 30th:

COVID-19 Updates: 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

April 10th:

Spanish Call to Discuss Coronavirus

The Cornell Farmworker Program is hosting a Spanish language call with Dr. Canario, Medical Director of Finger Lakes Community Health. He will discuss the coronavirus, what it is, how to protect oneself, what one should do now, and have Q and A on Monday, April 13, 2020 at 6:30 PM (ET). He will also respond to questions submitted in advance.

Link to register and submit questions: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScsocEZCwGgIiGi3V2X-d0Ws_Zq78k5XSeSqGVbIReE13Jw9w/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1


April 1st: 

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

March 30th:

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

New York Farm Net

April 1st:

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

North Country Regional Ag Team

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

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 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/

March 30th:

Farmer COVID Relief Grant Funding:

https://blogs.cornell.edu/northcountryregionalagteam/2020/03/27/covid-19-relief-funding-and-other-resources-for-farms/?fbclid=IwAR03VSkQxUwVnqcGU6bSx_AeUT3-7kNfltd0gskey5JvYhZDwdFgGT5eKQ4

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/

April

COVID-19 Resources for Dairy Farmers:

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

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

March 30th:

Coronavirus Homepagehttps://www.farmers.gov/coronavirus

Business

May 19th: 

NYS Focused COVID-19 Information:

The resources on the hub outline how COVID-19 affects work, labor, and employment in an effort to help make sense of how the pandemic changes the workplace – from employment and legal policy, to labor relations and HR policies and practices.

The hub’s topics include paid leave, job numbers, COVID-19 and the Americans with Disabilities Act, workers in NYS at risk of layoffs, managing during the pandemic and much more.

https://www.ilr.cornell.edu/work-and-coronavirus

May 11th: 

The Northeastern IPM Center has put together a list of resources and guidance for pesticide businesses.

http://www.stoppests.org/frequently-asked-questions/covid-19-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 15th:

The New York Department of Health has released new instructions in regard to the use of face-masks for all essential employees interacting with customers. Please find information at the link below. 

DOH Employee Face-mask Policy 

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 1st:

Small Business Administration COVID-19 Loans

https://esd.ny.gov/small-business-administration-sba-covid-19-loans

April 1st:

USDA Implements Immediate Measures to Help Rural Residents, Businesses and Communities Affected by COVID-19

https://cpb-us-e1.wpmucdn.com/blogs.cornell.edu/dist/9/8787/files/2020/03/USDA_RD_SA_COVID19_ProgramImmediateActions.pdf

March 30th:

The U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship has released a Small Business owner's Guide to the CARES Act. 

It can be found at the following link:  Small Business Owner's Guide to the CARES Act


Family, Community & Workforce

April 1st: 

Talking to kids about COVID-19 (CCE Suffolk County)

http://ccesuffolk.org/resources/talking-to-kids-about-covid-19-novel-coronavirus/

April 1st: 

Guidance on Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family and Medical Leave under Families First Coronavirus Response Act

https://eden.cce.cornell.edu/2020/03/27/guidance-on-paid-sick-leave-and-expanded-family-and-medical-leave-under-the-families-first-coronavirus-response-act/

April 1st:

FDA Offers Assurance About Food Safety and Supply for People and Animals During COVID-19

https://www.fda.gov/news-events/fda-voices-perspectives-fda-leadership-and-experts/fda-offers-assurance-about-food-safety-and-supply-people-and-animals-during-covid-19 

Food Industry Resources

May 27th: 

Complete Listing From Institute for Food Safety at Cornell University 

https://instituteforfoodsafety.cornell.edu/coronavirus-covid-19/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.

Event Registration:

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/

April 14th:

The Institute for Food Safety at Cornell University invites you to join an online session of Food Industry Office Hours on Tuesday, April 14 from 4 pm to 5 pm. This session offers you the opportunity to speak directly to Cornell University Food Safety Experts in dairy, fresh produce, and processed foods and beverages. Food safety experts will answer your questions on COVID-19 and its impact on the food industry.

Join the Zoom Meeting here.

Or dial by your location:
877 369 0926 US Toll-free
855 880 1246 US Toll-free
Meeting ID: 141 124 936
Find your local number here.

Join by Skype for Business here.

*Ask questions live or submit questions in advance to: foodsafety@cornell.edu

APRIL 13TH:

Updated Interim Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfection of Food Manufacturing Facilities or Food Retail Stores for COVID-19.

http://cceclinton.org/resources/updated-interim-guidance-for-cleaning-disinfection-of-food-manufacturing

April 3rd: 

How to Apply for SNAP:

https://hungersolutionsny.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Statewide-SNAP-COVID19-flyer-3_25_2020.pdf

April 3rd: 

Hunger Solutions New York is working to provide updates that can help schools, community organizations, and families mitigate the impact of COVID-19 (coronavirus) on the food security of low-income people. 

https://hungersolutionsny.org/covid-19/

April 3rd: 

Cornell CALS has created a Food Industry Resource. Please see the link below

https://instituteforfoodsafety.cornell.edu/coronavirus-covid-19/food-industry-resources/

April 2nd: 

North Carolina State Extension has developed a Food Safety Resource. Please see the link below. 

https://foodsafety.ces.ncsu.edu/covid-19-resources/

April 1st:

Adirondack Harvest has created a list of local food producers who continue to serve the community during COVID-19. The pick-up/delivery list is searchable and you certainly could share it, hint-hint!

https://adirondackharvest.com/special-covid-19-services/

Health

May 27th: 

Dispelling Consumer Myths:Learning The Facts About COVID

Slideshow to complement the video or to be viewed as standalone PDF: Dispelling Consumer Myths

May 5th: Building Resilence to Stress During COVID-19

https://smallfarms.cornell.edu/2020/05/building-resilience-to-stress-during-covid-19/

APRIL 13TH:

Updated Interim Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfection of Food Manufacturing Facilities or Food Retail Stores for COVID-19.

http://cceclinton.org/resources/updated-interim-guidance-for-cleaning-disinfection-of-food-manufacturing

April 9th: 

CDC Provides Recommendations Regarding the Use of Cloth Face Coverings

https://eden.cce.cornell.edu/2020/04/07/cdc-provides-recommendations-regarding-the-use-of-cloth-face-coverings-especially-in-areas-of-significant-community-based-transmission/

April 1st:

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Photo-credit Clinton County Health Department

April 1st:

NYS Office of Mental Health: Managing Anxiety in an Anxiety-Provoking Situation

https://omh.ny.gov/omhweb/guidance/covid-19-managing-stress-anxiety.pdf


Ongoing: NYS Office of Mental Health: Guidance on COVID-19

https://omh.ny.gov/omhweb/guidance/

March 30th:

NAMI Champlain Valley: Has come forth with agency updates/changes including remote office hours and online services. 

The complete announcement can be found at the following link:  NAMI Champlain Valley Updates/Changes

Last updated May 27, 2020