NY Farm Bureau Encourages Farms to
Implement New COVID-19 Guidance
The guidance follows a letter NYFB President David Fisher wrote to Governor Cuomo in April asking for this assistance. Farms have implemented a number of health and safety practices to protect their families and employees, but still had lacked comprehensive protocols from state officials that are specific to the unique aspects of agriculture. The new guidance includes information for farmworkers, detailed cleaning protocols and a checklist for farms to follow.
NYFB has emailed the guidance to its members as well as published the information on the COVID-19 page of its website. Since the pandemic began, the organization has worked with its partners across agriculture to provide members with the resources they need in these times. In addition, NYFB and Cornell Cooperative Extension have been conducting outreach to county health departments across the state to assess preparedness and quarantine housing options should an outbreak occur on a farm. NYFB has also established a farmworker relief database to connect farms with potential temporary employees should they be needed.
- Prevention Tips for Farmworkers
- Interim Guidance for Prevention and Response on Farms
- COVID-19 Farm Checklist