Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Workplace Health and Safety Information—Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing

COVID-19 Updates


Free COVID-19 diagnostic testing for NY's ag workers

May 26, 2020 - New York State's capacity to test for COVID-19 is expanding, "essential employees" and Phase 1 businesses in the state's re-opening are being prioritized for diagnostic testing, according to the NYS Department of Health's revised guidance. This means anyone who works in agriculture should be eligible for free COVID-19 testing....



NJ Releases Guidance for Farmworkers, their Employers and Housing Providers

May 26, 2020 - Three New Jersey Departments of Health, of Agriculture and of Labor and Workforce Development have partnered to asssist agricultural businesses and farm workers with interim COVID-19 Guidance for Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers, their Employers and Housing Providers. This guidance outlines best practices to maintain the health and safety of...



NY Farms Required to Have COVID-19 Safety Plans

May 20, 2020 - "New York Forward," the state of New York's re-opening plan requires all businesses, including farms, have written safety plans on how they plan to prevent and manage COVID-19. Cornell's Agricultural Workforce Development program outlines the requirements and what it means for farm businesses. The guidance includes a link to the New York's...



Webinar: Best Management Practices for COVID-19 Safety in Greenhouses and Nurseries

May 13, 2020 - Thurs., May 14, 2-3 ET / With gradual economic reopening, greenhouse and nursery operations and retail greenhouses need to create plans to fulfill the requirements of safe operation to protect themselves, their employees and their customers. This Cornell Agricultural Workforce Development webinar will address: employee training and standard operating procedures, best management...



WEBINAR: Coping with the Added Uncertainties of Farming during the COVID-19 Crisis

May 11, 2020 - A live webinar will be available for farmers and ranchers Tuesday, May 12, at 1 p.m. EDT titled "Behavioral Health Planning: A Key to Farming in the Era of COVID-19." Register for this free event at www.agrisafe.org ABOUT: COVID-19 adds new uncertainties to farming on top of a five-year or...



Safely Transporting Workers during the COVID-19 Pandemic

May 8, 2020 - Farmworkers often travel together in crowded pickup trucks, vans and buses, making social distancing a challenge. The NEC along with the New...



Free Technical Assistance for Farms on Workplace COVID-19 Prevention

May 6, 2020 - If you're a farm owner rattled by news of COVID-19 outbreaks on Northeast farm operations, you may be wondering, "How did this happen? Could this happen to me? What more can I do to protect my staff?"br style="color: rgb(28, 30,...



SBA EIDL re-opened to agriculture

May 5, 2020 - SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) re-opened temporarily to agricultural businesses.  If your agricultural operation has suffered economic loss due COVID-19, apply now!  According to the SBA news release: "The SBA will begin accepting new EIDL applications on a limited basis only, in...



Comprehensive Recommended Best Practices for U-Pick Operations

April 30, 2020 - Cornell University Small Farms Program has released recommended best practices and communication strategies for U-Pick operations for the 2020 season. ...



SAFE PICKING: Adapting U-Pick Operations for COVID-19

April 28, 2020 - Mark Hoffman, a small fruit Extension specialist with NC State University Extension, offers some guidelines for growers was well as possible field setup...



Webinars: Northern New England Dairy Discussions

April 27, 2020 - Dairy farmers in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont are invited to two free, virtual meetings to get industry updates and discuss strategies to help navigate through these challenging times. Farmers will hear from state extension specialists, Farm Service Agency, dairy cooperatives, and other dairy farmers in the...



Expanded testing planned after 'remarkable' rate of cases in agriculture housing

April 23, 2020 - Over the weekend, all 71 residents of an agricultural housing facility in North Central Washington were tested for COVID-19. Half of the results came back positive. All were previously asymptomatic. The area health department is now expanding its approach to testing people in communal housing, such as agricultural housing and homeless shelters.



Build a Field Handwashing Station for less than $20

April 23, 2020 - In 10 easy steps, learn how to build a field handwashing station for under $20. A great idea from our colleagues at the University of Minnesota Agricultural Safety and Health Program....



In This Together, Even if We're Working Alone

April 21, 2020 - They call them "wellies" in the UK. We call them muck boots around here. But one thing farmers are sharing in common on both continents is unprecedented stress. The Farm Safety Foundations' "A Guide to Coping with the Stresses of Covid-19" is a 32-page guide full of practical advice for...