This guide is for farmers, farm workers, and producers in Ulster County to help navigate staying healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to view the Ulster County Farmworker COVID-19 Health Guide (PDF 19 pages)
Farm operators who employ temporary workers from outside of New York State and that are located in Clinton, Genesee, Orleans, Ulster and/or Wayne Counties can participate in the COVID-19 testing initiative. Testing is voluntary, free and will be set-up at sites selected by the farms who wish to participate. Farm operators should register to participate in a testing event by clicking on this link. Once registered, a representative from the mobile testing team will contact you.
Click here to visit the NYS Ag and Markets page to review the full statement by Commissioner Ball on the COVID-19 Testing Initiative.
To voluntarily participate in this initiative, farm operators must ensure that they:
COVID-19 is creating hardships and challenging times for so many members of our community. It’s important that we keep our local food systems supported during this time and Cornell Extension offices around the state are here to help. As of May 15, 9,500 gallons and 22,000 masks have been delivered to 13,000+ farmworkers statewide in a 10 day period!
Through this initiative, Cornell Cooperative Extension offices across the Hudson Valley and New York State are distributing FREE hand sanitizer and face coverings to farm businesses helping to ensure clean, safe food production, harvesting, and distribution. Hand sanitizer is available in gallon containers with hand pumps (it's a powerful pump, press gently!) and face coverings in packages of five while supplies last. The products are provided free of charge, thanks to New York State Ag and Markets who’ve provided the supplies. *Please contact the County Extension where your farm business is located for these free supplies! To find contact information for your local County Extension office visit cce.cornell.edu.
At this time Ulster County is no longer taking requests for hand sanitizer or masks. Please check this website periodically to see if we re-open the requests. If you have a farm in New York State that is not in Ulster County, please visit cce.cornell.edu to find contact information for your Extension office and information on product distribution. CCE Ulster thanks the Rondout Valley Growers Association and the NY Army National Guard for their assistance in the distribution of supplies!
Last updated August 26, 2020