How do I protect my employees? Where can I sell my produce now that my farmers market closed? Is there grant money available for my business? Despite the pandemic we find ourselves facing, Vermont has mobilized, and an incredible amount of resources have become available to farmers to help provide financial relief as well as business guidance during this difficult time. Below is a list of these resources as well as helpful advice on the laws that are in flux.
Firms Publishing COVID-19 Help Articles:
Downs Rachlin Martin, PLLC
Gravel and Shea
Primmer Piper Eggleston & Cramer PC
Paul Frank and Collins
Stitzel Page & Fletcher, PC
Northeast Farmer Association of Vermont As you are making significant adjustments to your business, production, labor, and marketing strategies for this upcoming season, one-on-one assistance is available to help you with these critical decisions and ensure the continued viability of your farm.
University of Vermont Considerations of Fruit and Vegetable Growers Related to Coronavirus and COVID-19. Vermont has put out comprehensive information on what growers can and should do to protect themselves, their employees, and their customers.
Vermont’s Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets This post contains importation information regarding COVID-19 and agriculture and food businesses.
Vermont Farm & Forest Viability Program The Viability Program provides business advising and technical assistance to farm, food, and forest businesses in Vermont to help them achieve long-term success. They are also supporting businesses navigating COVID-19 by providing shorter-term disaster response services.
Legal Guides Developed by the Hub:
Employment Law FAQ for Vermont Farmers and Farm Workers Related to COVID-19 Topics include Paid Sick Leave, Sick Leave Exemptions for Small Businesses, Unemployment Insurance and Compensation, Additional Legal Resources.
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