Farm Reliance during COVID-19
support you in this trying time, the Cornell Small Farms Program would like to
offer you free access for any two of our online courses through the end of
April. These learning opportunities can help build local food security during
the COVID-19 pandemic, and beyond. They have set up a farm resilience resource
page that brings together information and resources from our partners in CCE
and other agencies, as well as learning opportunities to help you adapt for
this season. They will also be hosting some themed farmer-to-farmer discussions
starting next week. Stay tuned by ensuring you subscribe to our emails, or
check their website and social channels often! Learn more: https://smallfarms.cornell.edu/resources/
Farmer Tribute Fund to Cover COVID-related
If you are a farm owner or farmworker who needs help with COVID-19 related
healthcare costs, the New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Help is
able to financially support you. The maximum support they will provide is
$1,000 and will be delivered on a first-come-first-served basis. Please contact
Kathy Smith (1-607-547-6023 ext. 2206; firstname.lastname@example.org)
for more information.
There have been changes
to the Paycheck Protection Program. Below are a few main points.
- A business now has 24 weeks instead of 8 weeks
to spend the money and get 100% loan forgiveness (less the EIDL quick grant).
- You can receive exemptions for documented good-faith efforts to keep your 2020 FTE numbers at
the same level as their 2019 FTE, recognizing
that some workers don’t want to or can’t come back to work yet.
- The amount that needs to be spent on payroll has
been reduced to 60% from 75%, the other 40% can be used to pay utilities,
just as before.
- There is still over $100 billion left and
Congress has voted to extend it.
Online PSA Grower Training Course (6.9.2020)
The Online PSA Grower Training Course is now available. The online experience is not the same as the in-person experience, so it is important that anyone considering this course be aware of how they differ. This page describes the online course experience so potential participants can make an informed decision.
- The Online PSA Grower Training course is the same curriculum as the in-person training that was accepted by the FDA as meeting the requirements of the FSMA Produce Safety Rule § 112.22(c) that requires ‘At least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration.’
- The online course uses the PSA Grower Training Manual as a resource, sent to participants once they register.
- Successful completion of the online course results in participants receiving a certificate of completion from the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) and the PSA.
What to Expect
Current registration requirements:
- The course is currently only in the English language. You must be fluent in English to register.
- You must live in a US State, Territory or Commonwealth to enroll because we can currently only ship manuals within the United States.
- The development team is working on a Spanish-language version and a solution to enable enrollment for international participants.
Cost to attend:
- The enrollment cost of the Online Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Course will be $150 during the COVID-19 crisis (until 31 July 2020) by applying discount code VIRTUAL20. The standard enrollment cost is $450.
State Guidance for Farms to Prevent/Respond to
New York state has released official
guidance specific to farms addressing COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus). You can
find the document titled “Interim Guidance for Prevention and Response of
COVID-19 at Farms” at this link: https://agriculture.ny.gov/interim-guidance-prevention-and-response-covid-19-farms. The document covers: cleaning and disinfection, face
coverings, social distancing, high-risk locations, coordination with local
health departments, employee health screening, quarantine/isolation, and
farm-provided employee housing.
A companion document is a helpful
checklist for farms to be sure they have covered every required item: https://agriculture.ny.gov/covid-19-operator-checklist-farms.
NY FORWARD SAFETY PLAN TEMPLATE
Each business or
entity, including those that have been designated as essential under Empire
State Development’s Essential Business Guidance must develop a written
Safety Plan outlining how its workplace will prevent the spread of
COVID-19. A business may fill out this template to fulfill the requirement or
may develop its own Safety Plan. This plan does not need to be submitted to
a state agency for approval but must be retained on the premises of the
business and must made available to the New York State Department of Health
(DOH) or local health or safety authorities in the event of an inspection. https://www.governor.ny.gov/sites/governor.ny.gov/files/atoms/files/NYS_BusinessReopeningSafetyPlanTemplate.pdf
USDA : CFAP (Coronavirus Food Assistance Program) 5.13.2020
Are you a farmer or rancher whose operation has been directly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic? The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program will provide direct relief to producers who have suffered losses during the 2020 marketing year due to COVID-19.
Information is available here on the program and how to appl
Economic Injury Disaster Loans ((EIDL):
Eligible small businesses may now apply for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans
(EIDL) online at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Please review the important
information about the declaration and EIDL requirements. Businesses can take
advantage of free assistance offered by SBA’s network of Resource Partners for
help with preparing their loan applications. They may visit www.sba.gov/local-assistance to find local help.
At Home Learning Resources for Families:
In our blog post "At Home Learning: Resources for Families" you can find a curated list of free activities and
games from PBS KIDS and more to help keep your little one playing and learning
at home. And, if you’re looking for ways to turn screen time into learning
time, check out our blog post "Tips for Enhancing TV Learning Experiences."
PBS KIDS is launching a weekday
newsletter, PBS KIDS Daily, to help keep the learning going at home. Sign up
now here and
subscribe to WNET Education updates here!
COVID-19 and Your Dairy Webinar 3.20.2020
A link to the website that has both the recording and a PDF copy of the slides.
Safety Notices for farms
Best Management Practices for U-Pick Farms During the COVID-19 Pandemic
This document provides recommended practices and communication strategies for U-Pick operations for the 2020 season
American Farmland Trust is launching a new Farmer Relief Fund.
coronavirus pandemic is impacting businesses that rely on direct contact with
their customers, including farmers and ranchers that primarily sell their
products through farmers markets and to restaurants, schools, and other
fact, a new
report estimates that local and regional food systems could lose up to $1.3
billion between just March and May of this year.
help directly support farmers impacted by the current crisis, American Farmland
Trust is launching a new Farmer Relief Fund. 100% of
donations to the fund will go directly to farmers.
Dairy Responding to
Limited Podcast Series
1: COVID-19 OVERVIEW AND MILK DISTRIBUTION
includes interviews with: Rob Lynch, DVM, Dairy Herd Health and
Management Specialist, Cornell CALS PRO-DAIRY, and Mark Stevenson, Vice
President, Milk Division, Cayuga Marketing.
2: FEED AND NUTRITION SERVICES includes interviews
with: Scott Lyndaker, General Manager, Mercer Milling Company, and David
Horn, DVM, Nutrition Consultant, Poulin Grain.
3: DAIRY FARM AND FARM CONSULTANT PERSPECTIVES includes
interviews with: Meghan Hauser, Dairy Farm Co-Owner, Table Rock Farms, and
Corwin Holtz, Owner, Holtz Nelson Dairy Consultants.
4: ANIMAL HEALTH SERVICE PROVIDERS includes interviews with:
Rick Watters, Regional Director of Quality Milk Production Services,
Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine, and Dr. Allen Fournier, DVM Large
Animal Veterinarian, Co-Owner of Maplewood
Veterinary Associates, P. C.
5: ESSENTIAL CARE OF COWS AND EQUIPMENT includes interviews
with: Bob Church, General Manager of Finger Lakes Dairy Services, Steve
Zehr, Premier Select Sires, and Charles Biche, Biche Hoof Care.
6: MILK SUPPLY CHAIN CHALLENGES includes interviews with:
Andrew M. Novaković, PhD E.V. Baker Professor of
Agricultural Economics Emeritus
Chris Wolf, PhD Applied Economics and Policy, Charles H.
Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, SC Johnson College of
Business, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University