FARM BUSINESS MANAGEMENT
ALERT:NEW STATE GUIDANCE FOR FARMS TO PREVENT/RESPOND to COVID-19
Reopening:Follow this link to plan template
The Farm Business Management Team has developed Guidelines and Recommendations for completing the NYS Safety Plan- This will be made available shortly, please check back.
If you or your farmers have questions or would like help with how to become compliant with these required measures and guidelines, PLEASE direct them to KELSEY O'SHEA via email at email@example.com or phone at 315-955-2795.
Business Mgmt and Funding:
PPP FORGIVENESS INFORMATION HERE The SBA has posted forgiveness information, the link above will take you to it along with the form to apply for loan forgiveness.
PPP and EIDL- expanding to Agricultural Businesses CLICK HERE for Application Information. UPDATED INFORMATION SHEET HERE
USDA, Agricultural Marketing Service, and FSA hosted a webinar on CFAP sign ups here it is: CFAP INFO WEBINAR
The Pro-Dairy team has developed tools to evaluate the purchase of Dairy Milk Base- - to get access to these tools reach out to KELSEY O'SHEA firstname.lastname@example.org
NY FarmNet is Open- 1-800-547-3276 and www.nyfarmnet.org
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255 (TALK), www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org
Crisis Text Line Text “GOT 5” to 741-741, www.crisistextline.org
|One option to help reduce production is to lengthen the dry period, but before you do that, watch this new YouTube video on considerations for extended dry periods (click hereto watch)|
CROPS & SOIL MANAGEMENT
| New alfalfa-grass quality report posted
to the website, blog and Facebook.
Providing farm visits as needed, using face coverings, social distancing and other safety measures.
Several troubleshooting calls with farms across the region this week – addressing dry weather concerns, hay field repair plans, first cutting management, corn seedling pests.
General Questions & Links
Food Production, Processing & Safety Questions
Employment & Agricultural Workforce Questions
Cornell Small Farms Resiliency Resources
Financial & Mental Health Resources for Farmers
Produce Safety AllianceMany resources including templates for farm food safety plans
LOANS & GRANTS
ANCA, Local Food System Security GrantFarmers have reported labor issues, market closures, and fears of supply chain disruption due to COVID-19. To bolster local food security and ensure the resilience and sustainability of our local farms, ANCA announced a $100,000 Local Food Security Grant program for 2020 for farms in the 14-county region.This program offers awards of $2,500-$25,000 for projects that aim to enhance food and farm security in the region. Deadline to apply is 4/10/20 at midnight.
John May Safety Fundgrants up to $5,000 to improve work-related safety on the farm, from NYCAMH (New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health), applications accepted on a rolling basis
American Farmland Trust, Farmer Relief Fund
Grants up to $1,000 per farm for direct marketing farmers impacted by COVID-19
Small Business Administration Resources and Disaster Loans
Low-interest loans for working capital are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small aquaculture businesses and most private non-profit organizations suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Information on the program, how to apply, and a webinar can be found on ESD’s website located here:
Ag and Markets
Includes latest news, interim guidance for animal care handlers, guidance for food manufacturing facilities, waivers, mass gatherings and more
University of Vermont (UVM), Ag EngineeringConsiderations for fruit and vegetable growers amid COVID-19, Chris Callahan
FDA Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Coronavirus
Farmers Market Federation
Recommendations for markets including best practices, resources and examples
NYS Farmers Market FederationGuidelines in New York State
US Dept.of Transportation, Emergency Declaration
National Young Farmers Coalition List of Online Sales PlatformsCompares features and pricing
Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Facility
NYS Guidance on Essential Businesses and Executive Order of Workplace Reduction
Last updated May 29, 2020