COVID-19 Daily Viticulture Update 3/23/2020

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COVID-19 Daily Viticulture Update 3/23/2020

Dear grape and wine community in NC,

COVID-19 has shut down tasting rooms, events and restaurants throughout the state. Many of you are already hurting, especially under the premise that we can expect several weeks or months of potential closure. In California, state and local orders reinforce prohibition on on-site consumption. The NC Grape and Wine Council is working with the the NC Grape and Wine Associations in the state and with WineAmerica to mitigate some of the economical damage as good as possible. If you are not member of the associations, please find information here:

North Carolina Muscadine Grape Growers Association

NC Winegrowers Association

French Broad Vignerons

Daily NC and Global COVID-19 Update:

As of 3/23/2020, 1:30 p.m.: a total of 8,438 people in NC were tested for the virus. 297 people in NC were tested positive. Until now, NC has no COVID-19 related deaths

NCDHHS Coronavirus Information Page

As of 3/23/2020, 6:16 p.m.: 375,458 people worldwide are known to be infected with the virus. 16,371 people worldwide have died due to COVID-19.

World-Wide Covid-19 GIS Tracker  

Internet Connectivity Survey NC Farm Bureau:

The North Carolina Broadband Infrastructure Office, with the Friday Institute at NC State University, is conducting a five-minute survey to gather data on internet connectivity from North Carolina farmers. The survey was developed in part from information gathered during NC Farm Bureau Federation listening sessions conducted with local farmers and agriculture partners. The data will be used to inform research, policy and funding recommendations to assist communities where internet access is inadequate. The current survey will run until April 30. This survey is meant to be taken only by farmers, or their employees, about their farms. LINK to the Survey: NC State Internet Connectivity Survey 

General questions about the Internet Connectivity Survey for NC Farmers can go to Angie Bailey, Broadband Infrastructure Office:, 919-817-0541. 

Our survey:

Please take our COVID-19 Survey. This is important to us in such a situation. No-one of us has ever experienced something like this before nor were we prepared. We need to know what you think, so that we can respond better to this emergency. The survey is anonymous and will only take 3 min.


H2-A Labor:

As of now, visas won’t be issued. However, the government is aware of the priority of H2-A labor and is working on H2-A visas. The USDA has set up a special email to address any concerns regarding H2-A labor:

Web resources Tasting Room:

The American Craft Spirits Association has a resource and webinar page with a large amount of legal and practical information.

Wine Direct Updates

Beer Brewers Association COVID-19 Blog

Webinars about COVID-19 and Farming:

The University of Illinois has launched a COVID-19 webinar series. They meet every Tuesday and Friday from 12:00 to 12:30 p.m. EST with guest speakers, and they discuss a range of topics.

A list of webinars from University of Illinois can be found here.

Iowa Learning Farms will lead weekly webinars in order to replace their canceled extension events. They will stream their webinars over Zoom every Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. EST.

Financial Farming Resources:

Please find potential financial farming resources also on the NC State Horticulture COVID-19 Farming Resources page.

Ag Americas COVID-19 Blog Ag Americas Covid-19 blog 

Meals for kids during school closures

COVID-19 Relief for Student Loan Borrowers

The Community Foundation of Western NC Emergency and Disaster Response Fund

Outer Banks Community Foundation Rapid Response Grants

RAFI USA gives small grants to NC farms that are affected by COVID-19

Links from Saturday’s COVID-19 Update:

SBA Disaster Relief Loans Now Available in NC

Disaster Assistance in Response to the Coronavirus

3 Step Process for Getting SBA Disaster Loans

NCDOR issues a limited-waiver of certain penalties on failure to file or pay a tax due between March 14, 2020 and March 31, 2020

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

Prepared by Emma Volk ( and Mark Hoffmann