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Archived COVID-19 Agriculture Resources

Department of Agriculture and Markets

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



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.


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


Financial Resources

April 2nd:

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



Food Industry Resources

June 4th:

Guidance to provide owners/operators of outdoor & take-out/delivery food services sites & their employees & contractors with precautions when re-opening


June 1st:

Hi All Food Service Establishments –

We understand that restaurants are included in Phase 3 of the re-opening plan and could be able to open around June 12th. We’re assuming that the restaurants will be able to open with limited seating capacity or outdoor seating during this phase. In anticipation of a potential opening, we offer the following:

  1. New York State may require restaurants to keep a log of customers (name, address, phone number). We understand that other businesses have been asked to complete this task (i.e., hair salons). The Clinton County Health Dept would complete the contact tracing, if necessary. We recommend preparing for this requirement and establishing a procedure.
  2. There is free antibody testing (see attached) for restaurant workers from June 1 to June 4 (10am-530pm) that is available at:

SUNY Albany – SEFCU Arena (Albany)

SEFCU Arena (please enter via Western Avenue)

1400 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12222

  1. If facilities plan to utilize new outdoor seating, please work with your local code enforcement officer and the CCHD to ensure you are following proper protocols.
  2. New York State may require periodic COVID-19 testing for restaurant employees – perhaps every 2 weeks.

As we gather more information over the next week or so, we’ll share any information that would be helpful. Please let me know if anyone has any specific questions.

Ryan E. Davies, P.E., Director/Engineer of Environmental Health, (518) 565-4870 ryan.davies@clintoncountygov.com

Environmental Health & Safety Division (EHS), Tele (518) 565-4870, Fax (518) 565-4843

Resources to be Read:

NYS Antibody Testing Food Delivery and Restaurant Workers.pdf

COVID Testing Fact Sheet.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:


North Country Regional Ag Team

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 11th:

North Country Ag Advisor (May) 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.


May 7th:

April 28th:

Considerations for Whole Milk Feeding


April 27th:

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


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:


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!


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.


April 20th:


April 17th:

Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue Comments on Federal Aid Program


April 13th:

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


Farmer COVID Relief Grant Funding:

Updated April 9th: