COVID-19 Resources

Note: All NOFA-NY staff are working remotely until further notice. NOFA-NY is currently planning to perform on-site inspections for the 2021 season; continuing to follow any NYS required safety protocols to protect the health of our inspectors, certified operations, and communities while ensuring compliance with the USDA organic regulations. However, note that on-site inspections could be halted if additional COVID concerns arise or as mandated, and procedures are subject to change. Please review the following guidance on inspections (producers will also receive this information with their 2021 applications):

Please see our News Updates page for additional updates.

For upcoming webinars hosted by NOFA chapters and other partner organizations, check out the calendar on our homepage.

Funding & Services

  • Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP): The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program provides financial assistance to producers of agricultural commodities who have suffered a five-percent-or-greater price decline or who had losses due to market supply chain disruptions due to COVID-19 and face additional significant marketing costs. A second round of funding is now available, and CFAP-2 applications will be accepted through December 11, 2020.
  • Economic Injury Disaster Loan Emergency Advance: Farmers and other agricultural enterprises are now eligible for the EIDL program. The EIDL advance program will issue grants of up to $10,000 that do not need to repaid. Funds will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Unlike PPP, applications for the EIDL program are made directly to SBA. Apply here.
  • Guide to COVID-19 Relief from Farmer’s Legal Action Group (FLAG)
  • The COVID-19 Legal Support Project is providing pro bono legal services to New York State’s farmers and food, beverage, and agricultural businesses, through the Food and Beverage Law Clinic at Elisabeth Haub School of Law and by attorneys at Shearman & Sterling LLP. Learn more here.
  • Producers interested in donating excess product to food banks can contact FarmLink here.

Technical Assistance

State and Federal Guidance

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