NOFA-NY has some great resources on COVID 19, please sign in up for their webinars!
- Friday 5/1 at 10AM EST – Get Seen Online: Ten Tips For Your Food Business, hosted by CCE St. Lawrence. Register here.
- Wednesday 5/6 at 8PM EST – Working with Employees Under COVID, hosted by FairShare CSA Coalition. Register here.
- Thursday 5/7 at 2PM EST – Organic Inspections During COVID-19: Challenges & Solutions, hosted by Accredited Certifiers Association, Inc. Register here.
- Thursday 5/7 at 4PM EST – Scenario Planning, hosted by the Farmer’s Office. Register here.
- Friday 5/8 at 5:30PM EST – Grass to Garden in Under 3 Hours, hosted by NOFA/Mass. Register here.
- Farmers Market Coalition webinar on Farmers Markets Physical Redesign for COVID-19: recording available here.
- Farmers Market Coalition webinar on 2020 FNS EBT Equipment Grant Program: recording available here.
- Farm Credit East webinar on the Paycheck Protection Program: recording and presentation PDF available here.
- Oregon Tilth webinar on online sales platforms for farmers (Barn2Door, Harvie, Local Food Marketplace, and Open Food Network): recording available here.
- Farm Commons webinar on unemployment benefits for farmers affected by COVID-19: recording available here.
Funding & Services
- Paycheck Protection Program: The Small Business Administration resumed accepting Paycheck Protection Program applications from participating lenders on Monday, April 27, 2020 at 10:30am EDT. SBA program; agricultural producers are eligible to participate in this program and should reach out to their bankers and/or agricultural lenders to apply immediately.
- Economic Injury Disaster Loan Emergency Advance: The Small Business Administration is not accepting new applications for EIDL until further notice. Applications that have already been submitted will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Farmers and other agricultural enterprises are now eligible for the EIDL program. The EIDL advance program will issue grants of up to $10,000 that do not need to repaid. Funds will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Unlike PPP, applications for the EIDL program are made directly to SBA. Apply here.
- Guide to COVID-19 Relief from Farmer’s Legal Action Group (FLAG)
- FAQ on Funding Programs Available to Small and Mid-Size Farms in Response to COVID-19 from Food and Beverage Law Clinic at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University
- American Farmland Trust Farmer Relief Fund: AFT’s Farmer Relief Fund will award farmers cash grants up to $1,000 each to help them weather the current storm of market disruptions caused by the coronavirus crisis. Initially, eligible applicants include any small and mid-size direct-market producers. Applications are now available in English and in Spanish on AFT’s website here.
- The COVID-19 Legal Support Project is providing pro bono legal services to New York State’s farmers and food, beverage, and agricultural businesses, through the Food and Beverage Law Clinic at Elisabeth Haub School of Law and by attorneys at Shearman & Sterling LLP. Learn more here.
- CCOF’s Bricmont Hardship Assistance Fund provides direct financial assistance exclusively to organic producers who suffer financial losses due to extreme hardship Award amounts range from $1,000-$2,500. Applications due May 25. Learn more here.
- Allowed Detergents and Sanitizers for Food Contact Surfaces and Equipment from NOFA-NY Certified Organic, LLC
- “Stop the spread” posters available in multiple languages from the NYSDOH (scroll down to the bottom of the page for PDFs
- Farmers Guide to Direct Sales Software Platforms from the National Young Farmers Coalition
- Resources for CSA Farmers from the CSA Innovation Network
- Food & Land Sovereignty Resource List for COVID-19 compiled by Soul Fire Farm, Black Farmer Fund, and Northeast Farmers of Color
- Recommendations for fruit and vegetable growers from Fruit Growers News
- Best practices for U-Pick farms from Cornell University
- Recommendations for food businesses from the Food Marketing Institute
- Recommendations for farmers markets from the Farmers Market Coalition
- Healthy and safety guidance from the Agricultural Justice Project
- Food Industry Resources from the Institute for Food Safety at Cornell University
- Consumer FAQs are also available on this site.
- What you need to know about Coronavirus (COVID-19) on your dairy (also available in Spanish) from Alltech
- Considerations for Fruit and Vegetable Growers Related to Coronavirus & COVID-19 from UVM Extension
- Stress management resources from NY FarmNet
- Remote training options from the Produce Safety Alliance
- Social Media Guide for Farmers from the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project