COVID-19 Outreach Opportunities
To keep you all informed and provide a place to find COVID-19 agricultural outreach related information, we have created this section which includes fact sheets and links to other informative sites.
UVM Extension protocols when working with all Producers (PDF), including contacts and field and farm visits.
Alltech COVID-10 Resource Portal - https://www.alltech.com/covid-19
Here is an update on what has been happening on Covid-19 for dairy including a Cornell’s Dairy Workforce Webinar on Covid-19 form Friday (3/20/2020), that was at max participants.
Also, here is a RFD Segment I (John Winchell) was in last week.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gRiXxS51Cjk (YouTube video)
Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets related website - https://agriculture.vermont.gov/covid-19-information
Op-ED: Farmers and Food Business Lead Vermont in the Age of the New Normal from Vermont Agricultural Secretary Anson Tebbetts
Please join Congressman Peter Welch for a conference call to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on dairy farmers and the dairy industry this Thursday, April 9, from 1-2PM. NEED TO REGISTER AHEAD, See below.
Call details are below. Please register in advance. If you have any questions please contact Ryan McLaren in my office (firstname.lastname@example.org)
What: Dairy Conference Call with Congressman Peter Welch
When: Thursday, April 9, 1:00 pm-2:00 pm
How to Join: Register in advance for this meeting: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/uZQocO-oqzkoWpJLn6JTzJ3zA-WBlb-yLw
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. There is a limit to the number of attendees the conference line can support so please register as soon as possible.
Topic: Coronavirus impact on Vermont dairy
• Update from Congressman Welch on Federal COVID response
• State of Vermont Response from Anson Tebbetts, Secretary of Agriculture, Food, and Markets
• Dairy price forecast from Catherine De Ronde, Agri-Mark Dairy Economist
• Industry Update from Leon Berthiaume, St. Albans Cooperative Creamery/DFA
• Organic Dairy Update from Kyle Thygesen, Stonyfield Organic
• Q&A from call participants
AgriSafe Learning Lab. What Ag Producers Need to Know About COVID19 (Recording) https://learning.agrisafe.org/products/what-ag-producers-need-to-know-about-covid19-recording
Center for Dairy Excellence COVID-19 Farm Resources - https://www.centerfordairyexcellence.org/covid-19-farm-resources/
PASA Sustainable Agriculture COVID-19 related website - https://pasafarming.org/covid-19-guidelines-for-farmers/
What You Need to Know About Coronavirus (COVID-19) On Your Dairy (PDF-English) from Alltech On-Farm Support
What You Need to Know About Coronavirus (COVID-19) On Your Dairy (PDF-Spanish) from Alltech On-Farm Support
American Farmland Trust (AFT) announces application period for Farmer Relief Fund. AFT will award farmers with cash grants of up to $1,000 each to help them weather the current storm of market disruptions caused by the coronavirus crisis. Eligible applicants include any small and mid-size direct-market producers. These are defined as producers with annual gross revenue of between $10,000 and $1 million from sales at farmers markets and/or direct sales to restaurants, caterers, schools, stores, or makers who use farm products as inputs. The initial application period goes until April 23, with grants beginning to be made by May 1. View the website for more information and to apply - https://farmland.org/farmer-relief-fund/
COVID-19 Resources for Vermont Vegetable and Berry Growers - http://www.uvm.edu/vtvegandberry/Covid-19.html
Considerations for Fruit and Vegetable Growers Related to Coronavirus and COVID-19 by UVM Extension - https://blog.uvm.edu/cwcallah/2020/03/18/considerations-for-fruit-and-vegetable-growers-related-to-coronavirus-covid-19/
Small Farms, Local Food, and COVID-19: What do you need to know? PDF from Oregon State University
Small Farms, Local Food, and COVID-19: What do you need to know? https://smallfarms.oregonstate.edu/smallfarms/covid-19?fbclid=IwAR0yn6VOntRk2I3pL2xpt6VrI5NvLYjm5F5Wv9pFlOLBdFlpdte8BJaOZDg
ONLINE EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES
Cornell Small Farms program is offering their online 6-week courses for free due to COVID19 if you register before Friday, March 27, at noon, with the coupon code COVID19. There are courses on farm budgeting, soil health, and starting new livestock operations - https://smallfarms.cornell.edu/2020/03/offering-you-free-online-course-access/
UVM Extension Northwest Crops & Soils Program Online Educational Resources (PDF)
Staying Connected and Learning Together (PDF) - are free offerings of Organic Dairy online learning opportunities incuding UVM organized virtual discussion groups and eOrganic webinars in March and April.