COVID-19 Daily Farmers and Viticulture Update
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Prepared by Mark Hoffmann (Small Fruits Extension Specialist) and Xiaonan Shi (MS Student, Department of Horticulture)
As of 3/21/2020, 10:30 a.m.: 5,276 SARS-CoV-2 tests were performed in NC, and 184 people were tested positive for the virus. No COVID-19 related death case has been reported. NCDHHS Coronavirus Information Page
As of 3/21/2020, 3:14 p.m.: 298,293 people are currently known to be infected with SARS-CoV-2 world-wide! 12,755 deaths related to COVID-19 are reported world wide. World-Wide GIS Tracker SARS-CoV-2 (John Hopkins University).
N.C. Cooperative Extension as developed two response pages for the NC Farming Community
Please visit our Farming Resource Page: NC State Horticulture COVID-19 Farming Resources
- NC State Horticulture COVID-19 Food Safety Resources
- COVID-19 Farmers Market Guidelines
- COVID-19 U-Pick Guidelines
- COVID-19 Community Garden Guidelines
Please take our survey
Even if you are not impacted as of yet, please take our 3 min COVID-19 impact survey, so that we can learn how to react to this situation.
Grape and Wine Industry Specific Information
Message from Whit Winslow, Executive Director NC Wine & Grape Council
NC Dept. of Agriculture & Consumer Services
I know you are all very busy right now, but if you could take a few minutes to complete this survey from WineAmerica on the Economic Impact caused by the Coronavirus. The information you provide will help WineAmerica work with Congress to provide relief to the U.S. wine industry.
Even though everyone is still learning how the Coronavirus will ultimately affect your business, please act quickly to complete this survey to the best of your ability before close of business on Monday, March 23. The information you share in this survey will only be used in aggregate, no identifiable information will be shared outside of the WineAmerica team.
Any questions about this survey should be directed to WineAmerica, Vice President, Michael Kaiser at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’ve had several people reach out to me today seeking clarification regarding customers drinking their bottle purchases outdoors on winery property under EO118. Below I have highlighted the information available to allow each winery to determine the correct actions for their business. I hope this information offers a bit of clarity.
- Executive Order No. 118 – Section 1.(a)(vi) reads: “…restaurants are restricted to carry-out, drive-through, delivery, and onsite consumption in outdoor seating area, subject to mass gathering restrictions… Bars are directed to close…”
- Executive Order No. 118 – Section 1.(b) reads: “…restaurants are defined as permitted food establishments, under N.C. Gen. Stat. § 130A-248…”
- Executive Order No. 118 – Section 1.(c) reads: “…bars are defined as establishments that are not restaurants and that have a permit to sell alcoholic beverages for onsite consumption…”
Per ABC guidance, “All on-premise sales and consumption must stop. This includes patios and outdoor picnic tables.”
For full-text reference, visit the links below.
NC County Extension Center Updates
N.C. Cooperative Extension county centers are available to assist your community. In most counties, offices are still open, but with limitations. People can reach out through email, phone call (voicemail if the call is not answered) and other technical methods. An appointment is needed in some counties. Find your county center.
N.C. Cooperative Extension Center restrictions as of 3/21/2020
Alexander County Center has moved all programming online
Alleghany County Center encourages the public to make appointments before coming in.
Ashe County Center has canceled all events and meetings
Avery County Center has canceled all events and meetings
Beaufort County Center encourages people to reach out for technical assistance via email or phone
Buncombe County Center is closed to the public
Burke County Center is limiting access to the public. Appointments only
Cabarrus County Center will be closed on Monday (3/23/2020). Staff are still available by phone and email. Classes and Programs are canceled.
Caldwell County Center is closed to the public. Contact via phone or email.
Carteret County Center has locked the building, please call for assistance.
Catawba County Center encourages people to reach out for technical assistance via email or phone.
Chatham County Center encourages people to reach out for technical assistance via email or phone.
Chowan County Center is open, call for any assistance.
Clay County Center doesn’t allow visitors in the office but staff can be contacted by calling or email through April 1st.
Cumberland County Center is currently closed to the public, Staff are available for assistance by phone.
Currituck County Center offers access by appointment only. Please call to schedule an appointment.
Dare County Center is closed to the public until further notice. Staff are still available via phone or email.
Davie County Center was closed to the public, but agents are still available. Please call for assistance.
Durham County Center is open with limited service. Email and phone services are available.
Forsyth County Center encourages all members of the public to conduct business without coming into the Extension Office.
Halifax County Center has limited access. Please call for any assistance.
Harnett County Center will be closed for public access.
Haywood County Center is closed to the public.
Hertford County Center encourages the public to conduct business via phone/email.
Hoke County Center will be closed by coming Monday, 3/23/20 due to the COVID 19 pandemic. Please visit the link to get COVID-19 updates
Lee County Center will be close to the public.
Lenoir County Center will be closed to the public. Appointment only!
Madison County Center is closed to the public.
Mecklenburg County Center will be closed by coming Monday, 3/23/20 due to the COVID 19 pandemic. Please visit the link to get COVID-19 updates
Mitchell County Center has canceled all meetings and events
Montgomery County Center will be closed by coming Monday, 3/23/20 due to the COVID 19 pandemic. Please visit the link to get COVID-19 updates
Moore County Center staff will be available online or via phone/email.
Onslow County Center has reduced face-to-face interactions. Appointment only.
Pasquotank County Center is open by appointment only.
Pitt County Center is open by appointment only.
Polk County Center is currently closed.
Randolph County Center has postponed all classes and workshops.
Rockingham County Center encourages people to call in before coming in person.
Rutherford County Center is closed to visitors.
Sampson County Center will be closed by coming Monday, 3/23/20 due to the COVID 19 pandemic. Please visit the link to get COVID-19 updates
Scotland County Center is closed and accepts clients only by appointment
Stanly County Center will be closed by coming Monday, 3/23/20 due to the COVID 19 pandemic. Please visit the link to get COVID-19 updates
Stokes County Center asks to call and make an appointment before coming into their office.
Surry County Center has canceled all events until further notice.
Swain County Center will be closed until 3/27/20
Wake County Center will be closed by coming Monday, 3/23/20 due to the COVID 19 pandemic. Please visit the link to get COVID-19 updates.
- Coronavirus Resources for Farmers, Consumers, & Farmers Market Managers
- Methods of engaging and supporting your local food system: Farmers markets, Purchasing from farmers and small business, Food Banks and Food Pantries, Food Policy Councils. Update from Bertie county
- Find your local farmers. Consumers can stay in touch with farmers by looking through farm websites and following local food communities on social media, such as Facebook, Instagram. e.g., “Eat Drink and Be Local Facebook page and Instagram” established by Catawba County. Update from Catawba County
- COVID-19 Family Resources
- COVID-19 resources for parents
- Locating and Registering Health Care Powers of Attorney
- NC Court Trial Days extended 30 days
Plant Disease and Insect Clinic will now be closing for the next two weeks. Extension Plant Pathology
Covid- 19: Financial Assistance (by Whit Winslow, NCDA&CS)
- SBA Disaster Relief Loans Now Available in NC
- Disaster Assistance in Response to the Coronavirus
- 3 Step Process for Getting SBA Disaster Loans
- NCDOR Offers Expanded Penalty Relief for Taxpayers
- Important Notice: NC Department of Revenue Provides Penalty Relief to Persons Affected by COVID-19
- N.C. 2-1-1 (Helps families and individuals find information and resources in their community. (Health Tips)
- Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog FAQ’s for Employers
- RAFI Grants: https://www.rafiusa.org/blog/rafi-usas-response-to-covid-19/