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alert wasn't sent on its original publication date of April 27, 2020. NYFB
apologizes for the delay.
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Latest from Gov. Cuomo’s Daily Briefing on COVID-19*
- The overall hospitalization rate is dropping, but
hospitalizations were flat yesterday.
- Intubations and new cases are still down.
- 337 new deaths yesterday: 313 in hospitals / 24 in
- The state has tested 7,500 people for antibodies.
- 14.9% of people tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies.
- Additional drive-thru testing sites will be opened.
- People must call in advance to
schedule an appointment
- Governor Cuomo reiterated that the NYS on PAUSE order is
set to expire on May 15 and can be extended if there is a need.
- Guidelines for reopening:
- Follow CDC guidelines
- Industries, Phase I, including
- A business plan that includes social
- Healthcare capacity
- Develop testing and tracing regimens
- Develop isolation facilities
- Follow regional coordination
- No "attractive nuisances"
- Any popular points for tourists
- Places where people will flood
- There are four factors for monitoring:
- Hospitalization rate
- Antibody testing
- Diagnostic testing
- The rate of transmission
- Food banks are seeing an increase in demand.
- Governor Cuomo will commit $25 million in emergency
funding for food banks, and he wants more philanthropies to help.
- Launching NY Nourish initiative to deal with excess in
upstate farms. Companies will be cooperating with the state to buy
*Courtesy of Statewatch
Governor Cuomo had extended the NYS on Pause Act to May 15, which mandates non-essential workers to work from home and a
six-foot social distancing space be observed in public places. Click here for more information.
For the latest number of infection cases, including a
breakdown by county, click here.
Announces $25 Million Food Purchase Program
The Governor is committing $25 million from the state’s
emergency relief fund to purchase New York farm products to be donated to
regional food banks across the state. The program is called “Nourish NY.”
Cuomo said the state is also partnering with companies like Cabot, Chobani,
and Upstate Niagara, as well as the Dairy Farmers of America, to purchase
excess milk and dairy products. Click here to read NYFB’s statement.
Embassy in Guatemala Resumes H-2 Visa Processing
The U.S. Embassy in Guatemala City has resumed processing of
H-2 visa applications for seasonal agricultural and non-agricultural
employment in the United States. To comply with necessary health
requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic, in-person interviews will not be
required for most H-2 visa applicants.
Under these provisions, individuals will be able to submit
their materials to apply for H-2 visas by courier and will not need to
appear at the Embassy for an interview. Applicants must show proof of
employment with a qualifying U.S. company that has obtained the necessary
Foreign Labor Certification from the United States Department of Labor and
an approved petition from the United States Customs and Immigration Service
(USCIS). Individuals who do not have employment with a qualifying U.S.
company or who lack the necessary documentation are not eligible to apply
for an H-2 visa. Further information can be found here.
Expected Benefits of Dairy Revenue Protection and Dairy Margin Coverage
American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Chief Economist John
Newton and University of Minnesota Assistant Professor Marin Bozic have put
together a Market Intel article that explores what support the Dairy
Revenue Protection (Dairy RP) and Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) may provide
to dairy producers that signed up for coverage. A copy of the article can
be found here.
on Dairy Risk Management Concepts for the Current Environment
Farm Credit East and Crop Growers invite dairy farmers and
industry professionals to hear Dr. Marin Bozic and Farm Credit East
Business Consultant Gregg McConnell address the current dairy situation
during a free webinar at 12:30 on Thursday, April 30. During this time Dr.
Bozic will provide a dairy markets update as well as discuss tools
available to dairy producers to manage risk on their operation. Gregg
McConnell will be educating on how to evaluate your farm's risk profile and
the suitability of the risk management tools for different situations. Click here to register. After registering, you will receive a
confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Guidelines for PPP: Schedule F and H-2A Workers
The Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Treasury
Department have released two new documents for the Paycheck Protection
Program (PPP). The Treasury Department released new guidance for
calculating the maximum PPP loan, which includes guidance for farmers who file
an IRS Schedule F. The updated guidance can be viewed here.
Question: I am a self-employed individual who reports my income on IRS
Form 1040 Schedule F. What documentation must I provide in place of
Schedule C and how should my maximum loan amount be determined (up to $10
Answer: Self-employed farmers (i.e., those who report their net farm
profit on IRS Form 1040 Schedule 1 and Schedule F) should use IRS Form 1040
Schedule F in lieu of Schedule C, and Schedule F line 34 net farm profit
should be used to determine their loan amount in place of Schedule C line
31 net profit. The calculation is otherwise the same as for Schedule C
filers above. The 2019 IRS Form 1040 Schedule 1 and Schedule F must be
included with the loan application.
The SBA also released new FAQs, which include how businesses
could interpret the definition for an employee’s “principal place of
residence” for H-2A and H-2B workers. The updated FAQs can be viewed here.
Question: Is there existing guidance to help PPP applicants and
lenders determine whether an individual employee’s principal place of
residence is in the United States?
Answer: PPP applicants and lenders may consider IRS regulations (26
CFR § 1.121- 1(b)(2)) when determining whether an individual employee’s
principal place of residence is in the United States.
*Lenders may interpret these factors on a case-by-case basis
which, unfortunately, do not provide overall clarity for farmers.
Farms Now Eligible for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans
Agricultural enterprises are now eligible for Economic
Injury Disaster Loans if they have 500 or fewer employees. The term ‘‘agricultural
enterprises’’ means those small business concerns engaged in the production
of food and fiber, ranching, and raising of livestock, aquaculture, and all
other farming and agricultural-related industries. The EIDL provides an
advance of up to $10,000 which does not need to be repaid. The loans offer
up to $2 million in assistance and can provide vital economic support to
small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are
experiencing. These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts
payable and other expenses.
SBA has not updated the EIDL website to allow applications. Individuals should check the website occasionally to see if the applications become available.
Farmers should consult with their accountant, tax preparer and/or financial
advisor about the EIDL application for their particular situation.
Upstate NY District Office to Host PPP Webinar on Tuesday, April 28
The SBA Upstate NY District Office has scheduled a webinar for
1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 28, to cover updates to the Paycheck Protection
Program and SBA’s COVID-19 relief efforts for small businesses. This
webinar is free and open to the public. The event can only be viewed online
via the link below, and voice questions will not be available. Please
submit questions in advance to Syracuse.DistrictOffice@sba.gov. Live questions via the event chat will also be available. Click here to join the meeting.
Opens Solicitation for Farmers to Families Food Box
The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service has issued a
solicitation for the procurement of boxes of fresh produce, dairy products,
fluid milk, and pre-cooked meat products (chicken and pork) intended to
serve Americans in need as part of the Coronavirus Farm Assistance Program.
The solicitation is available here.
FarmNet Webinar: Stress Management & Mental Health Awareness
Stress is inevitable - it's how you respond to and manage the
cause, or stressor, that can make a difference in your daily life. Whether
the stressor is a medical diagnosis, low milk and commodity prices, weather
that impedes crop production, or tensions within the family, there are
tools we can use to help manage our emotions during challenging times.
Join Kate Downes and Brenda O’Brien of NY FarmNet on April 29
from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. for a free Zoom webinar as they discuss managing
stress and the impact it can have on mental health, building resiliency,
suicide prevention, and the importance of breaking down the stigma related
to these topics.
To register, please click here.
FarmNet is Open
Please keep these numbers and websites available to call or
share should you, a family member or friends need someone to speak with in
these uncertain times. Support is available at 1-800-547-3276 and www.nyfarmnet.org.
Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-8255 (TALK), www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org
Text Line Text
“GOT 5” to 741-741, www.crisistextline.org
you have concerns about how COVID-19 will affect your agricultural
operation, please give New York Farm Bureau a call at 518-436-8495. We can
only help those who ask. Who knows, maybe your question will cause us to
get ahead of a problem instead of reacting to it after it has become a
previous NYFB COVID-19 alerts and the latest info, click here.
Click here for the
latest information from New York State on COVID-19.
The CDC has created a
website for the latest news on the virus.Click
here to access it.
COVID-19 Guidance from NYSDAM is
available on its
department has also published a
general resource guide for the