Farmers get COVID-19 assistance from Cornell Cooperative Extension

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HUDSON VALLEY – Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) offices across the Hudson Valley and New York State will be distributing hand sanitizer and face coverings to help support local farms. The products will be provided free of charge, thanks to New York State Ag and Markets who have provided the supplies.

COVID-19 is creating hardships and challenging times for so many members of the CCE community. It’s important that we keep our local food systems supported during this time and Cornell Extension offices around the state are here to help.  If your farm is in need of hand sanitizer and face coverings, reach out to your County Extension office. To find contact information for your local County Extension office visit

CCE Ulster released its distribution sign-up this week for farms in Ulster County. In less than 24 hours, 28 farms responded, with a total of over 500 employees reported. The need for support is there and Cornell Extension is ready to respond.

If you have a farm in Ulster County and would like to request hand sanitizer and/or face coverings for your operation, fill out our request form at CCE Ulster will be distributing products from the Kingston office on May 12 and 13 and will contact you with pick-up times. If you have a farm in New York State that is not in Ulster County, please visit to find contact information for your Extension office and information on product distribution.

CCE Ulster thanked the Rondout Valley Growers Association for their assistance in the distribution of supplies in a statement issued this week.