The coronavirus has taken a toll on farms across New York. Milk prices are down, restaurants and schools are closed, slowing demand, and workers have fallen sick both farms and processing plants.
At the same time, unemployment is soaring with the state paying out $10 billion in benefits to more than 2 million New Yorkers since the pandemic began.
The New York Farm Bureau launched an online database connecting farmers in need of laborers with people in need of work.
"During this time of uncertainty, farms may temporarily be down some employees who may have to quarantine due to the virus or to take care of a sick family member," the Bureau wrote. "This could potentially create issues on the farm, especially when livestock need to be cared for or during a critical time of the growing season."
It will be up to each farm to each farm to interview and hire employees, but people who are looking for agricultural work and willing to work on a farm are encouraged to apply.