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Cornell Ag Workforce Development

Cornell Agriculture Workforce Development Website:

The Cornell Agricultural Workforce Development is part of Cornell Cooperative Extension and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Our mission is to help farms and agribusinesses build committed and effective teams who will carry out the important work of feeding the world. We believe that agricultural work can, and should be, engaging and rewarding for everyone involved. Managers can build committed teams by applying the best human resource management practices for the agricultural setting.

Initial program goals include:

  1. Providing leadership and management development education focused on farm supervisors, middle managers, and owners.
  2. Clarifying workforce regulations that apply to farms and increasing levels of compliance.
  3. Building consistent channels of communication and learning opportunities about agricultural workforce issues.
  4. Conducting research into workforce problems and challenges that confront agriculture.

COVID-19 Resources Webpage:

New York Forward is the state’s plan to begin re-opening in phases as regions of the state achieve certain COVID-19 management metrics. An important part of New York Forward is for all businesses to have a customized, written safety plan that details specifically how each business will prevent and manage COVID-19.

A statewide task force of Cornell Cooperative Extension professionals, who collectively are familiar with the many different types of enterprises and complexity of agricultural businesses in New York, have developed tools to assist farmers with meeting this state mandate to protect the people associated with your business.

NY Forward Business Safety Plan Support for Farmers:

Cornell Cooperative Extension Webinar Series on developing safety plans for compliance and to reduce liability risk.


Jarmila Haseler
Agriculture and Food System Educator
(585) 753-2565

Last updated June 29, 2020