Horticulture Now Included in Statewide Reopening
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:
Landscaping must also follow the Non-food guidance.
All businesses, regardless of whether or not they have previously been deemed essential or are only now being deemed essential under the “low risk” category, MUST still file a reopening plan that allows for the appropriate employee and public health and safety protections. The reopening plan template may be found here:. https://www.governor.ny.gov/sites/governor.ny.gov/files/atoms/files/NYS_BusinessReopeningSafetyPlanTemplate.pdf
Businesses can adopt a plan that is more stringent than the guidelines, but may not adopt a plan that is less stringent. The plan does not need to be sent to the state of NY, but must be available at the place of business.
Landscapers who engage in construction related work may need to follow additional guidance, and may need to comply with the Phase re-opening depending upon the nature of the construction. Please consult with the ESDC NY Forwards plan to determine whether the construction related aspect of landscaping businesses is available for reopening. https://forward.ny.gov/industries-reopening-phase
Need information? View the following Cornell CALS and CCE Resource Pages Updated Regularly
General Questions & Links:
Food Production, Processing & Safety Questions:
Employment & Agricultural Workforce Questions:
Cornell Small Farms Resiliency Resources:
Financial & Mental Health Resources for Farmers:
Information for Farm Employees Including Spanish & Mam Language videos on COVID-19:
Dairy Specific Resources: