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New York State Ag and Markets: Vaccination - What You Need to Know

Last update: March 21, 2021

Businesses should continue to check the State Health Department's website for further announcements regarding the inclusion of new groups in NYS Phase 1B as increased supply becomes available.

You can also sign-up for updates on the COVID response.

When eligible, those interested in receiving the vaccine must obtain an appointment to do so. To obtain an appointment you must call the COVID-19 vaccination hotline (1-833-NYS-4-VAX)

or visit

For further information on the vaccine, please visit

New York's Winter Farmers' Markets Are Open and Operating

Last update: December 7, 2020

Many indoor farmers' markets are open this winter, with markets following COVID-19 safety guidance


Agritourism Businesses Must Follow NY Forward Guidance

Last update: October 9, 2020

The Departments of Agriculture and Health reminded agritourism businesses to follow the NY Forward guidance


New Guidance for Agritourism Businesses

Last update: September 1, 2020

As we enter the fall season, new state guidance is available for corn mazes, pick-your-own fruit and vegetable operations, hayrides and haunted houses



State Encourages Farms to Register For Free COVID-19 Testing

Last update: August 20, 2020

Farmers are incouraged to register for COVID-19 testing for seasonal workers, as announced by Governor Andrew Cuomo last week


Taste NY Todd Hill Launches Online Ordering and Curbside Pickup

Last update: June 5, 2020

The Tast NY Todd Hill Market has implemented an online ordering and curbside pickup program during COVID-19 READ MORE

Food Bank of Northeaster NY Distributes Food Through Nourish NY

Last update: June 2, 2020

The Regional Food Bank of Northeastern NY is hosting a food distribution of New York agricultural products through Nourish NY... READ MORE

Horticulture Now Included in Statewide Reopening

Last update: May 21, 2020

Horticulture operations may now be fully open for business, but MUST follow both the interim guidance and the guidance for non-food agriculture production found HERE

FeedHV to provide dairy products to three area food assistance agencies

Last update: May 19, 2020

In collaboration with Scenic Hudson, FeedHV, the food rescue program operating in seven counties in the Hudson Valley, will be able to purchase and donate dairy products to three of the region’s food assistance programs serving children...READ MORE

Scenic Hudson, FeedHV provide dairy products to three area food assistance agencies

Last update: May 9, 2020

Dutchess Outreach, The Friends of Hudson Youth and the Kingston YMCA Farm Project will receive dairy products bought and donated by Scenic Hudson and FeedHV, according to a release from Hudson Valley AgriBusiness...READ MORE

Farmers Eligible for COVID Disaster Relief

Farmers can apply for disaster loans from the federal government after they were largely excluded from the first round of eligibility. The Small Business Administration began accepting applications from farmers for Economic Injury Disaster Loans on Monday after weeks of delays....READ MORE

Following Delgado Push, SBA Opens EIDL Application Portal for Farmers

Last update: May 4, 2020

Rep. Delgado Led Multiple Bipartisan Letters to the SBA Urging Farmers’ Inclusion in the EIDL Program. Today, the Small Business Administration (SBA) announced they have opened the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and Advance application portal for small agricultural enterprises...READ MORE

Delgado Leads Bipartisan Letter with Brindisi and Harder Urging SBA to Give Small Farms Access to Immediate COVID-19 Relief

Last update: April 2, 2020

Today, U.S. Representative Antonio Delgado (NY-19) along with Reps. Anthony Brindisi (NY-22) and Josh Harder (CA-10) led a bipartisan letter of 86 members urging the Small Business Administration (SBA) to ensure small farms can access immediate COVID-19 relief through the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program under the recently-passed CARES Act...READ MORE

Farms (And Others) On the Front Line: Columbia County

Last update: April 2, 2020

As in the Berkshires, trips to the supermarket have become an anxiety-laden exercise, making local farms and farm stores even more vital resources. Todd Erling, executive director of the Hudson Valley AgriBusiness Development Corporation, is seeing farmers and those who distribut the good to consumers connecting like never before....READ MORE


Farming becomes latest industry to suffer financially from COVID-19 outbreak

Last update: March 31, 2020

These Hudson Valley Distilleries Are Pumping Out Hand Sanitizer

Last update: March 27, 2020

While alcohol can’t cure COVID-19, it definitely can help take off the edge. Aside from placating fried nerves, distilleries across the county have realized, they’re equipped to offer another service: creating alcohol-based hand sanitizer to slow the spread of the virus. With standard hand sanitizer in a short supply nationwide, distilleries from Anheuser Busch and Bacardi to local craft makers in the Mid-Hudson Valley are pitching in to help..... READ MORE

NYS public statement on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Last update: March 20, 2020

While New York State’s efforts to mitigate the impacts of Coronavirus (COVID-19) continue, the state and our agricultural community are working together to keep agricultural products moving, our communities and families fed, and our animals cared for.  

Here is the latest guidance that the agricultural industry needs to know. The Department is continuing to monitor developments related to COVID-19, and we will continue to update this page as new information becomes available.... READ MORE

New York State on PAUSE

Last update: March 20, 2020

New York State on PAUSE: In New York we know that Policies Assure Uniform Safety for Everyone...