New York Farm Bureau Encourages Farms to Implement New COVID-19 Guidance
New York State has issued comprehensive guidance to help farms manage and mitigate the spread of COVID-19, and New York Farm Bureau is asking farms across the state to review the information and put it to practice.
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.
“Planting season is underway and guest workers are arriving on farms. If we are to farm and produce food in a safe and responsible manner, we need to understand how best to do that amid a pandemic. I would like to thank Governor Cuomo as well as the Commissioners of Agriculture and Markets, Health and Labor for the newly released guidance. Farm safety is extremely important, and we must do all that we can to inform our farms, protect our valuable employees, and prevent a potential spread of the virus. No place of business is immune from the virus, and I ask my fellow farmers to continue to be proactive in their efforts,” said David Fisher, New York Farm Bureau President.
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.
Links to the NYS documents in English are below. NYFB expects NYS to release similar versions in Spanish in the near future.
- Prevention Tips for Farmworkers
- Interim Guidance for Prevention and Response on Farms
- COVID-19 Farm Checklist
New York Farm Bureau is the State’s largest agricultural lobbying/trade organization. Its members and the public know the organization as “The Voice of New York Agriculture.” New York Farm Bureau is dedicated to solving the economic and public policy issues challenging the agricultural community. www.nyfb.org