NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets Requesting Information to Connect Impacted Producers to Purchasing Opportunities
The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, in coordination with its partners, is reaching out to New York producers that have surplus agricultural products as a result of COVID-19-related supply chain disruptions. The Department is working to connect affected farmers to potential new purchasing opportunities through various institutions, such as food banks, retailers and more. Governor Cuomo has made a commitment to using local foods to support the emergency food system, and we are looking to connect producers to food banks and those in need. This information will be provided to the Department’s partners and posted on its website.
If you are a producer with surplus product, the Department asks that you send your name, contact information, and the type of product(s) you have in surplus to Lindsey McMahon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please provide this information by Monday, May 4th, 2020, if possible.
Looking for more information on COVID-19 response:
General Questions & Links: https://eden.cce.cornell.edu/
Food Production, Processing & Safety Questions: https://instituteforfoodsafety.cornell.edu/coronavirus-covid-19/
Employment & Agricultural Workforce Questions: http://agworkforce.cals.cornell.edu/
Cornell Small Farms Resiliency Resources: https://smallfarms.cornell.edu/resources/farm-resilience/
Financial & Mental Health Resources for Farmers: https://www.nyfarmnet.org/