It's no secret life on a farm is tough. Working from long before the sun comes up to long after it goes down, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. There's no time for sick days or even vacation. And there's no overtime pay until after 60 hours. But that may soon change in New York and it's not all good news.
Representative Anthony Brindisi (NY-22) introduced bipartisan legislation to expand access to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans for farmers and ranchers. The PPP was created by Congress under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act in order to assist small businesses keep employees on payroll and cover other business related expenses, helping them weather the economic damages caused by COVID-19.
The New York State Departments of Health and Agriculture & Markets are cautioning state residents, visitors and farmers about the continued importance of protecting against ticks, as a new species has been found in New York. The "longhorned tick" was recently discovered in Westchester County.