COVID-19 Updates

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COVID-19 Latest


The Latest from Gov. Cuomo’s Daily Briefings*

  • Every region in the state is now reopening.
  • Long Island entered phase two today.
  • The focus during this phase will be on data, mainly daily testing results.
  • Governor said, "We all have a role to play... our response to COVID has been a social issue depending on people participating in measures to prevent the spread from employers to employees and other individuals.”
  • Governor reiterated the need to be smart and safe when reopening especially in a place like NYC.
  • Moving forward we must:
    • Monitor the reopening
    • Energize the reopening
    • Stimulate the economy with large scale development projects that can help drive economic growth
  • In response to a question on the reopening of outdoor swimming pools in phase two, Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa stated that guidance will be put out for municipalities in the coming days.
  • In response to schools reopening in the fall the Governor stated that he is unsure as he does not know where we will be in terms of COVID
  • He continued stating that theoretically, there could be different measures in different regions, but that all depends on COVID-19.

*Courtesy of Statewatch


  • Click here to see all four phases of projected industry reopening including the guidelines for non-food related agriculture. This website also has information on how to file a complaint to assist local authorities with enforcement of Executive Orders and restrictions on business operations and activities, as well as gatherings.
  • Click here to view a Regional Monitoring Dashboard to see where each region stands.
  • Click here to see the frequently asked questions (FAQ) on New York Forward and the contact information for your regional control center.
  • Click here to see the list of members in each regional control room.
  • Click here for a tool that will help you determine whether or not your business is eligible to reopen.


NYFB State Office is Reopening

We are happy to announce that the NYFB State Office reopened today at 25% capacity! The rest of the staff continues to work remotely.


CEO Liz Dribusch convened a Reopening Task Force headed by Henry Talmage, Director of Member Relations and Economic Services, last month and charged the members with developing procedures for the safe reopening of the office as well as completing New York State’s Business Reopening Safety Plan.


Please Note: In an effort to keep staff safe and healthy, visitors to the State Office are discouraged at this time. Anyone who does visit must have an appointment and must certify their health by answering four COVID-19 specific questions upon arrival. Logs are set up in reception for staff, visitors, and cleaning staff as contact tracing would be of paramount importance to a positive case of COVID-19 in our office.


We are all in this together! Please don’t hesitate to let NYFB know if you have any questions or concerns.


Your Input is Needed: NYFB Survey on COVID Impacts and Ongoing Issues for Agriculture

Please participate in New York Farm Bureau’s new survey on the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 on New York agriculture. It is a brief questionnaire that should take no longer than five minutes to complete. The information gathered will be helpful moving forward as NYFB seeks to address member issues and advance public policy initiatives related to the pandemic and beyond. The survey is anonymous unless you choose to provide info. Thank you for participating! Click here to take the brief survey.


NY Forward Business Safety Plan Support Webinar Series Offered

New York State requires businesses to have a specific business safety plan in place during the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes all farms, both food and non-food producing. In addition, a well-written and executed business safety plan will help reduce business liability risk during and after the pandemic. Cornell Cooperative Extension and Cornell Agricultural Workforce Development are offering a "NY Forward Business Safety Plan Support" webinar series with specialized webinars for Dairy/Livestock/Crop Farms, Fruit/Vegetable Farms, Retail Farms, Equine Farms and Greenhouse/Landscaping/Ornamental Farms.


The webinars, led by Extension specialists, will:

  • Walk farmers through the need for and process to complete a safety plan as is required by all businesses for compliance with NY Forward.
  • Demonstrate project tools developed by Extension to write and complete a plan.
  • Share curated resources for specific industries.
  • The webinars are free and pre-registration is required. Recordings will be posted on the Cornell Agricultural Workforce Development NY Forward Business Safety Plans page.

Click here to see the dates and times for each webinar and how to register.


DOT Modifies National Emergency Declaration for Commercial Vehicles

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has modified their expanded national emergency declaration to provide hours-of-service regulatory relief to commercial vehicle drivers transporting emergency relief in response to the nationwide COVID-19 outbreak. Beginning June 15, regulatory relief will be limited.


Beginning June 15 and extending until July 14, regulatory relief will be limited to motor carriers and truck drivers transporting the following freight: Livestock and livestock feed; Medical supplies and equipment related to the testing, diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19; and supplies and equipment necessary for community safety, sanitation, and prevention of community transmission of COVID-19 such as masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, soap and disinfectants. In its notice, FMCSA stated that it has concluded that there is no longer a need for emergency relief with respect to the other categories of supplies, equipment, and persons covered by the May 13 extension and expansion of Emergency Declaration No. 2020-002.


EPA Provides Clarity to Farmers on Use of Dicamba Stocks

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued an order providing farmers with needed clarity following the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’ June 3, 2020 vacatur of three dicamba registrations. EPA’s cancellation order outlines limited and specific circumstances under which existing stocks of the three affected dicamba products can be used for a limited period of time. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has vacated the registrations of three dicamba herbicides: Bayer’s Xtendimax, BASF’s Engenia and Corteva’s FeXapan, meaning they can not longer be used. The court’s decision does not address Tavium, Syngenta’s dicamba herbicide. However, EPA has allowed existing stocks of dicamba purchased before June 3, 2020, may be used until July 31, 2020. Such use must be consistent with the product’s previously-approved label, and may not continue after July 31, 2020. NYFB has reached out to New York Department of Environmental Conservation for further gu! idance and clarity regarding use of existing dicamba stock by New York farmers and commercial applicators. NYFB will provide updates as information is available.


NYSDAM Announces NYS Dairy Promotion Order Advisory Board Members

On June 9, Commissioner Richard Ball announced the members of the 2020 New York State Dairy Promotion Order Advisory Board. The Board, responsible for administrating the Dairy Promotion Order and evaluating dairy marketing promotion programs, is made up of ten New York milk producers appointed by the Commissioner. New York Farm Bureau is authorized under state law to endorse a member of the Advisory Board.


The members of the 2020 Advisory Board are:

  • Larry Bailey of Fort Ann, endorsed by Dairy Farmers of America
  • Kim Nelson of West Winfield, endorsed by Agri-Mark
  • Julie Patterson of Auburn, an at-large member
  • Jason Kehl of Strykersville, endorsed by Niagara Frontier Cooperative Milk Producers’ Bargaining Agency, Inc.
  • LouAnne King of Waddington, endorsed by NY Farm Bureau
  • Dean Handy of St. Johnsville, an at-large member and new to the Board*
  • Alicia Lamb of Oakfield, an at-large member and new to the Board*
  • Judy Whittaker of Whitney Point, an at-large member and new to the Board*
  • Donald Harwood of Perry, endorsed by Rochester Cooperative Milk Producers’ Bargaining Agency, Inc. and new to the Board*
  • Sheila Marshman of Oxford, endorsed by New York State Grange and new to the Board*

Each member will serve a three-year term starting May 1, 2020.





NY 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


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

1-800-273-8255 (TALK),


Crisis Text Line Text

“GOT 5” to 741-741,



  • For 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.
  • COVID-19 Guidance from NYSDAM is available on its website. The department has also published a general resource guide for the agricultural community.