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Governmental Guidance

NYS Ag and Markets: Horticulture (as of 5.5.20)

  • At this time, horticulture is designated as a non-essential business (with the exception of nurseries/greenhouses selling food producing plants). Please note that landscaping for maintenance and pest control purposes has been designated as essential. Please consult the Empire State Development Corporation’s (ESD) guidance for further information on essential businesses.
  • Guidance issued on March 24, 2020 is no longer applicable. Horticultural operations should continue to check back here for any updates.

NYS Empire State Development: 4.9.20. Subject to workforce reductions as of 5.6.20

Guidance For Determining Whether a Business Enterprise is Subject to a Workforce Reduction Under Recent Executive Orders

#3. Essential manufacturing including food-producing agriculture/farms

# 4 Essential retail including farmer’s markets, delivery for orders placed remotely via phone or online at non-essential retail establishments; provided, however, that only one employee is physically present at the business location to fulfill orders

#5 Essential services including (as of 4.17.20) maintenance for the infrastructure of the facility or to maintain or safeguard materials or products therein; landscaping, but only for maintenance or pest control and not cosmetic purposes

Requests by businesses to be designated an essential function as described above, should only be made if they are NOT covered by the guidance.

Request for designation as an essential business

Governor Cuomo


NYS Department of Taxation and Finance

NYS Department of Labor: Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (4.19.20)


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Financial assistance

Small Business Association (updated 4.27.20)

NYS Department of Financial Services

Check list in left hand column, too

NYS Department of Labor

US Department of Labor

Internal Revenue Service

EDEN (Extension Disaster Education Network)

New! Cornell Small Farms Program

Paycheck Protection Program Fact Sheet April 17 – suggestions if you have or haven’t applied


New! Respirators