As cases of the coronavirus disease (also known as COVID-19) continue to appear in the United States, many dairy farm families and small business owners are working to navigate the crisis and manage their operations the best they can.
The Center for Dairy Excellence is committed to connecting Pennsylvania dairy farm families with tools and resources to strengthen their dairy operations. Below you’ll find a library of resources to help you manage crisis planning, stress and wellness, and financial planning during this time.
The Center will attempt to connect those who experience labor shortages due to COVID-19 with individuals who are willing to provide temporary relief. If you have concerns about staffing your dairy facilities due to COVID-19 or if you are willing to provide relief milking services to those who may be affected, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 717-346-0849.
COVID-19 Farm Resources
- Coronavirus Overview – Understand the COVID-19 and its transmissibility, host range, incubation period, environmental stability, and other required information for infectious disease outbreak response.
- What You Need to Know About COVID-19 in Your Dairy – Learn how COVID-19 is spread and how you can protect yourself and the employees at your dairy. Download a guide from the PA Dept. of Agriculture.
- COVID-19 Fact Sheet for Dairy Workers – It’s likely your farm employees have questions about the virus. Download this dairy fact sheet to help your employees understand the virus and what they can do to help prevent it on the farm. Alltech also offers this poster in Spanish to help protect Spanish-speaking employees.
- Prevention and Control for Farms – As an employer, your farm workforce is not immune to coronavirus. Follow this guide to begin taking steps to protect yourself and your employees.
- Managing Farms and On-Farm Deliveries – The PA Department of Agriculture has developed the following guidance for farms to limit exposure and risk related to COVID-19. Read the recommendations for practicing biosecurity for the safety of animals and the public.
- COVID-19 and Your Dairy – Cornell Cooperative Extension shares the steps that dairy managers should consider to protect their workforce, their business and their markets. View slides from their webinar to learn more about the steps employers should take to protect employees, animal health considerations, and more.
- Pennsylvania Labor Laws and COVID-19 – See how Pennsylvania labor laws, including new federal sick leave policies, workers’ compensation modifications, and unemployment compensation, may affect you or your employees. See the updates to the labor laws.
- Employee Rights Under Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) – Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), any employer with fewer than 500 employees is required to provide the following benefits. Dairy farms with employees on the payroll would fall under these guidelines and should share this information with their employees. Review employee rights and download this poster to send to your farm employees so they understand their rights.
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) Prevention and Management: Dairy Farmer Handbook – By following U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) precautions, the dairy industry can minimize the risk to dairy farmers, family, employees, and essential professional and service providers to be on the farm. View this dairy farmer handbook from the National Milk Producers Federation.
- Preventing Workplace Exposure – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend strategies for preventing workplace exposure to COVID-19. View the recommendations.
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources – Our nation’s small businesses are facing an unprecedented economic disruption due to the COVID-19 outbreak. View resources from the U.S. Small Business Administration.
- How COVID-19 May Affect Ag Lending – Two bankers weigh in on what impact the coronavirus pandemic could have on farm lenders and the farmers who borrow from them. Read the article.
- Impacts of COVID-19 on the PA Dairy Industry – Jayne Sebright, executive director of the Center for Dairy Excellence, discusses current challenges in the dairy industry related to the COVID-19 crisis and resources available for dairy farmers. Listen to the podcast.
- Farm Credit Services of America Financial Webinars – Farm Credit Services of America is supplementing their monthly financial series with a weekly webinar aimed at helping producers manage the financial fallout of COVID-19. Join the webinars.
- Preparing the Farm for the Novel Coronavirus – As farms and agricultural businesses work to prepare for COVID-19, this resource will help you determine where to start.
- 5 Crisis Planning Tips to Combat COVID-19 – The coronavirus and public health measures being implemented across the country reinforce the importance of having a crisis plan for your dairy. Follow these crisis planning tips to limit the impact of COVID-19 on your farm.
- 9 Steps for Managing a Crisis – Crisis events don’t happen to every dairy producer, but they could happen to any producer at any given time. Appropriate communication is vital during a crisis, especially for famers. View this resource to learn more about establishing a crisis plan.
- 7 Steps to Reduce Stress – Managing crises can lead to stress and anxiety for individuals from any industry. Consider these suggestions on how to cope with financial and farm stress.
- Stress and Wellness Resources – When faced with a stressful situation, internalizing that stress can lead to both physical and mental health issues. View our library of stress and wellness resources to help you and your employees find the support to keep moving forward.
- Financial Planning Resources – COVID-19 may be leading to uncertainty about milk supply and profitability. View our library of financial planning resources to help you manage risk and find solutions.
- Social Media and Crisis Communications Tips – For farmers who are active on social media, it’s crucial we share credible information from reputable sources. There is also a larger audience of families looking for interesting, educational material to pass the time. Read these tips for communicating on social media during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- How Dairy Farmers Are Navigating the Pandemic – The National Milk Producers Federation’s Vice President for Sustainability and Scientific Affairs, Dr. Jamie Jonker, discusses why U.S. milk supplies are safe and details the precautions dairy farmers are taking to protect their workers and facilities. Listen to the podcast.
- Ag Events Canceled or Modified Because of Coronavirus – View a list of agriculture events that have been cancelled or modified in the midst of COVID-19.
This page will be updated as more resources related to the COVID-19 are made available.