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Business Safety Plans Required For All Farms

Cornell Cooperative Extension Webinar Series

on developing safety plans for compliance and to reduce liability risk

New York State requires businesses to have a specific business safety plan in place during the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes all farms, both food and non-food producing. In addition, a well-written and executed business safety plan will help reduce business liability risk during and after the pandemic. A Cornell Task Force recently developed materials to directly support farms in the plan writing process.

Cornell Cooperative Extension and Cornell Agricultural Workforce Development are offering a “NY Forward Business Safety Plan Support” webinar series with specialized webinars for Dairy/Livestock/Crop Farms, Fruit/Vegetable Farms, Retail Farms, Equine Farms and Greenhouse/Landscaping/Ornamental Farms.

The webinars, led by Extension specialists, will:

Walk farmers through the need for and process to complete a safety plan as is required by all businesses for compliance with NY Forward

Demonstrate project tools developed by Extension to write and complete a plan

Share curated resources for specific industries


NY Forward Business Safety Plan Support for (Dairy/Livestock/Crop) Farms:

7:30 – 8:30 PM | June 10

NY Forward Business Safety Plan Support for (Fruit/Vegetable) Farms:

12:00 – 1:00 PM | June 11

NY Forward Business Safety Plan Support for (Retail) Farms:

7:00 – 8:00 PM | June 11

NY Forward Business Safety Plan Support for (Greenhouse/Landscaping/Ornamental) Farms: 7:00 – 8:00 PM | June 15

NY Forward Business Safety Plan Support for (Equine) Farms:

7:00 – 9:00 PM | June 17

The webinars are free and pre-registration is required. Recording links will be posted on the Cornell Agricultural Workforce Development NY Forward Business Safety Plans page.

Last updated June 9, 2020