Program focused keeping farms safe from COVID

The New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health has created a matching fund program for farms in the counties of Chenango, Delaware and Otsego, along with Tioga, to help pay for supplies and equipment needed to prevent COVID-19 from spreading on farming operations.

According to a media release, after completing an application, farmers will meet with a NYCAMH ag safety educator and arrive at suggested prevention measures that best meet their specific needs. The Stop Covid On Your Farm program allows for a receipt-based reimbursement of 50% up to $1,500.

The program is being funded with a grant from the Community Foundation for South Central New York. Foundation Program Officer Tina Barber stated in the release that, “Keeping farmers safe and healthy means they can continue to provide vital food and dairy products to communities experiencing food insecurity.” NYCAMH’s Director Julie Sorensen added, “The pandemic has presented challenges for all of us. However, given farmers designation as “essential workers” they have had the unenviable task of looking for ways to stay open while keeping workers safe. We hope the funding and technical assistance provided through the Stop COVID On Your Farm Program will make it easier for farms to balance these demands.”

The program application is available online at nycamh.org/about/funding-opportunities.php. Call 800-343-7527 or e-mail stopCOVIDonfarms@bassett.org for more information.

CCE to deliver annual work report via Zoom

The annual meeting of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Schoharie and Otsego Counties is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5. According to a media release, online via Zoom, the meeting will include a report of the work and accomplishments of the organization, especially its COVID-19 response.

Educators will discuss educational efforts and outcomes and the meeting will conclude with 4-H educators presenting an abridged version of the 4-H Virtual Showcase. The Virtual Showcase visually highlights the 4-H program participation for the year.

The ballot for at-large board members and program advisory committee members will be presented during the meeting. All members may cast ballots.

Participants are asked to register online at www.cceschoharie-otsego.org/annual-meeting. After registering, an online link to the meeting will be emailed to them. 

Visit www.cceschoharie-otsego.org, call CCE at 518-234-4303 ext. 111, or 607-547-2537 ext. 0, for more information.

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