The Pennsylvania-based Center for Dairy Excellence has launched a library of farm resources to help dairy farm families and small business owners navigate the COVID-19 crisis. The resources include crisis management tools, stress and wellness resources, and financial planning information.
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“We recognize these are very challenging times for everyone and especially for dairy farm families and other small business owners who are working to operate as best they can through this crisis,” said Jayne Sebright, Executive Director at the Center for Dairy Excellence. “Part of the Center’s mission is to connect Pennsylvania dairy farm families to the resources they need to strengthen their dairy operations. With that, we believe an important role we can play is providing a library of resources available to help farmers work through the COVID-19 situation.”

Dairy professionals can access the free resources at centerfordairyexcellence.org/covid-19-farm-resources. The library includes:

A COVID-19 overview so dairy farms can understand its transmissibility, host range, incubation period, environmental stability, and other required information for infectious disease outbreak response.
A COVID-19 fact sheet to assist farm employees in understanding the virus and what they can do to help prevent it on the farm.
Crisis planning resources to guide dairy producers through the crisis planning process and limit the impact of COVID-19 on their operation.
Stress and wellness resources to help dairy farm families cope with financial and farm stress, and find the support to keep moving forward.
Financial planning resources to help dairy producers navigate uncertainty through risk management tools and business planning resources.
The center will also attempt to connect those who experience labor shortages in Pennsylvania 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 info@centerfordairyexcellence.org or call 717-346-0849.

The resource library will be updated as more resources are made available.

As U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration seeks to revive its ambitious social spending and climate plan in Congress, environmental groups and the farm industry are at odds over proposed subsidies aimed at offsetting agriculture’s substantial contribution to global warming.

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