Dear Friends,

Happy Friday! Is this working from home thing starting to feel normal? I went from Zoom meeting to Zoom meeting today, with a few breaks to refill my water glass. I definitely will need a break from Zoom meetings when it is safe again to interact in-person and share the same space together.

I know this remains a stressful and uncertain time, so we should all do our best to take care of our health, especially our mental health. Harvard Business Review emails a management tip every morning and lately they have been tailoring them to how to handle COVID-19 related stress. I have republished below their tip on managing your to-do list. Also, New York State has established the COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314 to offer free support, consultation and referrals to those dealing with coronavirus-related stress or anxiety.

We should also be sure to thank our New York State Congressional delegation on successful passage today of the CARES Act. Senator Schumer took a leading role this week to shepherd the legislation through the Senate and delivering over $40B billion dollars of additional help to New York. The CARES Act does include provisions which benefit farmers including a $14 billion increase in USDA’s borrowing authority under the Commodity Credit Corporation, consistent with a long history of the CCC being tapped to support agriculture in times of crisis, and $9.5 billion to assist specialty crop producers, direct retail farmers and livestock operators. New York Farm Bureau has an updated fact sheet with a summary of the bill’s provisions and implications for farmers . This fact sheet will be updated with new information as more details of the package are known.

Finally, be sure to participate in tomorrow's “Open That Bottle of Local Wine Night.” I plan to open a special bottle of New York Sparkling Wine and share on my Instagram .