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

COVID-19 Updates


Ag groups call for more resources to protect employees

September 28, 2020 - Over 160 farm, food and agriculture organizations today sent a letter to the White House Coronavirus Task Force calling for the federal government to take additional steps and devote new resources to help farmers, ranchers and growers across the country protect their employees from the novel coronavirus. Learn morefont...



New bilingual video: cleaning and disinfecting for COVID-19 prevention

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Best Management Practices for Agritourism

September 9, 2020 - Cornell Small Farms Program has released a guidance document for agritourism operations on management and communication strategies for the 2020 season to support agritourism farms as they navigate the COVID-19 outbreak....



Support for Maine Coast Fishermen

September 2, 2020 - The Maine Coast Fishermen's Association (MCFA) has been working diligently over the past year to advocate for more mental health and wellness support services for Maine fishermen. And in light of current uncertainties that have been exacerbated by the pandemic, MCFA sought and received funding to...



Safe Harvest: COVID-19 Office Hours for Producers and Packers

August 29, 2020 - Cornell CALS and CCE are hosting office hours for farmers and packers Tues., 9/1, from 1-4, to answer any questions about managing and responding to protect the farm workforce during COVID-19. Participants can log in from a computer or call in from a phone to ask questions or...



CDC/NIOSH webinar discussing impacts of covid-19 in Maritime Industry

August 17, 2020 - August 19, 11:00–11:30 a.m. and 10:00–10:30 p.m. (EDT): COVID-19 Prevention and Mitigation: American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) and the CDC Discuss Impacts of COVID-19 in the Maritime Industry Hosted by the ABS, this webinar presents information for preventing COVID-19 exposure and mitigating the impacts after exposure...



Face Masks in the Heat

August 12, 2020 - Working in the heat has its risks— let alone when working with some kind of face mask. See tips for farms on preventing heat stress here....



CDC Publishes Checklist for Seafood Processing Worksites

July 30, 2020 - CDC Publishes "Checklist for Seafood Processing Worksites: Align Your COVID-19 Assessment and Control Plan with CDC/OSHA Worker Protection Guidance" This checklist can be used plan, modify, and reassess the worksite for increased worker and community safety.  ...



New Guidance for Workers and Employers on Families First Coronavirus Response Act

July 21, 2020 - The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) has released additional guidance for workers and employers about the requirements and protections of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and...



COVID-19 webinar with Dr. Jose Canario in Spanish and English for Farmworkers and Farmers

July 16, 2020 - "COVID-19 Webinar: What we know, reopening safely, and guidance for social situations", Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at 4 p.m. (ET) in English/"COVID-19: lo que ahora sabemos, reapertura segura y guía para situaciones sociales"- el martes (28/07/2020) en Español a las 6 de la tarde, Register/Registrese. Offered by the Cornell Farmworker Program and the...



Enter to Win $200 through NEC's COVID-19 "Smart Solutions" Contest

July 10, 2020 - Just 5 days left to enter NYCAMH/NEC's "Smart Solutions" contest. The farm business owner or employee who shares the best tip on how they've adapted, changed...



A users guide to masks, what's best at protecting others and yourself

July 2, 2020 - This short guide gives an overview of the different mask options and how to choose what will best protect you and others. ...



Guidance for Essential Workers Arriving to NY from "Hot Spots"

June 30, 2020 - Any NY farm business bringing in agricultural workers from states with significant community spread should read the NYS Department of Health's guidance summarized here by Cornell's Agricultural Workforce Development program. The guidance currently requires anyone entering NY from restricted states to quarantine for 14 days. NYSDOH is regularly updating...



Protecting Seafood Processing Workers From COVID-19

June 29, 2020 - Interim guidance is now available to help the seafood processing industry decrease the spread and impact of COVID-19 in the workplace. This guidance outlines recommended actions employers can take to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 in both onshore and offshore seafood processing worksites....



Q&A Session for Fruit and Vege. Farmers: Managing Your Operation During COVID-19

June 23, 2020 - On Wednesday, June 24, at 7 p.m., a panel of experts will field questions from fruit and vegetable growers about managing their farm businesses during COVID-19. Sponsored by Cornell Coooperative Extension Ontario Fruit Program, the event will address common questions such as: When should my employees wear face coverings? Should I screen my visitors...



Checklist Available for Safety of Children and Youth Living or Working on Farms through COVID-19

June 19, 2020 - The diverse nature of agriculture in the United States means that older teens and young children can also be found in ag work sites, some of which are family-owned and not subject to labor laws. The National Children's Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety worked with colleagues at CDC/National...



CDC Releases a COVID-19 Checklist for Agricultural Employers

June 19, 2020 - CDC has published an Agricultural Employer Checklist for Creating a COVID-19 Assessment and Control Plan. Agricultural employers can use this checklist to create an assessment and control plan to prevent or control the spread of COVID-19. This checklist has been developed based on the Agriculture Workers and...



Ag Employers Must Be Prepared for All COVID-19 Scenarios: We Can Help

June 17, 2020 - This news article about two COVID-related deaths of temporary farmworkers from Mexico in Canada is a sobering reminder that farms must remain vigilant in protecting their workers as the growing season gets busy. If you are a farm owner or operator and have any questions about your farm's safety plan or access to healthcare...



Help for NY Farms Needing to Complete Required Safety Plans

June 9, 2020 - Webinar Series on Developing Safety Plans For Compliance and to Reduce Liability Risk | If you are a NY-based farm operation and do not have a written safety plan (as is required of all businesses in the state), get a jump on it by attending the upcoming Cornell Agricultural Workforce Development webinar that best...



Managing Field Crews during COVID-19: Q&A Session June 9

June 8, 2020 - Join Cornell Cooperative Extension's lunchtime Q & A Session, Tuesday, June 9th: Managing Field Crews During COVID-19: What Actions Should Apple Growers Take? A panel of experts will address common questions that apple growers and other producers have about managing their...



Pandemic Hits Hard At Fishermen's Income

June 4, 2020 - An online survey from April 14-May 3 by Juneau-based nonprofit SalmonState asked fishermen about their primary concerns both before the COVID-19 outbreak and in the midst of the pandemic in April. It also asked what elected officials at local, state and federal levels can do to help them directly. The survey...



CDC Releases COVID-19 Guidance for Agricultural Workers and Employers

June 2, 2020 - The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released specific guidance today for agricultural workers and employers to assist in preventing the spread of COVID-19 and to help lower the disease's impact at agricultural worksites. Read NEC's news summary on the guidance in our Press Room. ...



NEW VIDEO: How to Disinfect Half-Face Elastomeric Respirators

June 1, 2020 - Watch our newly created video—available in English and in Spanish—on how to clean and disinfect a half-face elastomeric respirator. With the shortage of N95s respirators, many working in agriculture are using—and sharing—this type of respirator as an alternative. Proper disinfection is essential in order to protect you from dangerous chemicals and,...



Support for Developing an Agricultural Business Safety Plan

June 1, 2020 - As part of its economic re-opening, New York State requires that each agricultural business has a written safety plan that details how it will provide protection for its employees and customers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Cornell Agricultural Workforce Development released today a broad list of safety plan resources and sample...



NYS Releases COVID-19 Guidance for Farms

May 28, 2020 - NYS Departments of Health, Labor and Agriculture and Markets has released a revised COVID-10 guidance documents for farms and farmworkers focused on prevention and response. A farm operator checklist to help maintain a healthy workforce and a tip sheet were also released. These documents are presently only...



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...