Daily COVID-19 Viticulture Update 3/30/2020

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Daily COVID-19 Viticulture Update 3/30/2020


  • Farm Bureau and Wine America explain the CARES act 
  • Facebook offers small business grants as COVID 19 response
  • FFCRA Act requires Employers to post federal notice on Employee legal rights.

Take Our Survey:

Please take our COVID-19 Survey. The survey will be closing April 2, 2020, at 1 p.m. Please let us know how we can sever the best. The survey is anonymous and will only take 3 min.


Grape and Wine Resources:

Wine Americas COVID-19 Resource Page

State-by-State Closures

State-by-state ABC Updates

Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), Employers MUST post notice of Employee rights 

Wine Business Blog

The American Farm Bureau COVID-19 resources

Please visit our NC State COVID-19 Farmers Resources homepage, updated every Wednesday, in which you find a collection of all resources found over the week + farmers market availability and County Cooperative Extension Center operations.

COVID-19 Bunch Grape Chores

COVID-19 Muscadine Chores



Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security

In total, approx. $49 billion will be used as stimuli of the agriculture sector (or 0.0245% of the total $2 trillion stimulus package). $9.5 billion (or 19% of all agriculture-related funding) will be received by the USDA to directly aid farmers and ranchers. Approx. 50% of the funding assists food and nutrition programs. 2% ($916 million) will be used to replenish staff positions in key mission areas. Please read this article from the Farm Bureau for more details.

Benefits of the CARES Act to the Wine Industry explained by Wine America. The bill authorizes $367 billion in Small Business Administrations Loans (max. of $10 Million per business), from Feb. 15, 2020, to Dec. 31, 2020. The bill also provides a refundable payroll tax credit for 50 percent of wages paid by employers to employees during the COVID-19 crisis. 

Other Financial Aid:

    • NC Rapid Recovery Loan Program launched for small businesses with a funding source of $15 million. Managed by the NC Rural Center, loans can be given to eligible businesses for up to $50,000 with zero interest and no payments for up to six months. See the news release for more information. 
    • RAFI-USA has announced to help NC farmers by issuing mini-grants for affected businesses. Please sign up to receive updates via email directly from RAFI.

Please refer to the links below for financial resources that we have included in our previous updates:


Agricultural work is considered essential work. The state issued a stay-at-home is in effect since 5 p.m.,  3/30/2020. Under this order, farmers and agricultural employees are still allowed to leave their homes to attend work. They will need printed documentation declaring their status, and it is recommended that they keep this documentation in their car or on their person. This document, created by the N.C. Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services is provided above and on the NCDA&CS COVID-19 website. Please also see the update posted on the NC State Extension website explaining how the NCDA&CS plans to assist farmers and agribusinesses in the event of a stay-at-home order. Please read the article “H-2A Update: State Department Increases Visa Waiver Capability.” 

NCDA&CS Agronomic Services Hours:

The Plant/Waste/Solutions and Media (PWSM) Lab will be operating this week from Tuesday through Friday and will accept all samples except routine liquid manures. As part of our planned ramp down in staff in-house hours, lab operational hours will be reduced to Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday beginning next week. Barring unforeseen circumstances, this will be the PWSM schedule moving forward. Samples can still be delivered/submitted on Mondays and Thursdays.

Daily NC and Global COVID-19 Update:

As of 3/30/2020, 1:48 p.m.: a total of 20,864 people in NC were tested for the virus. 1,307 people in NC were tested positive, 6 people have died in NC due to COVID-19.

NCDHHS Coronavirus Information Page

As of 3/30/2020, 8:08 p.m.: 784,314 people worldwide are known to be infected with the virus. 37,638 people worldwide have died due to COVID-19.

World-Wide COVID-19 GIS Tracker  


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This update was created by Emma Volk (evolk@ncsu.edu) and Mark Hoffmann.