Daily COVID-19 Viticulture Updates 3/31/2020
- TBB Resources
- CARES Act Webinar: Tomorrow (Apr.1), 2 p.m.
- COVID-19 Responses of Wine and Grape grower associations in the country
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Please take our COVID-19 Survey. The survey will close on April 2 at 1 p.m.. Please let us know how we can serve you the best. The survey is anonymous and will only take 3 min.
COVID-19 WINE Business Related Resources
- Please see this page of the American Craft Spirits Assoc. for all resources and forms needed to produce Hand Sanitizer
- Department of Labor: Occupational Safety and Health Administration COVID-19 Overview
- Department of Labor: Questions about Family Medical Leave Act and Fair Labor Standards Act
- EPA-approved list of Coronavirus antimicrobial products
- National Restaurant Association: Coronavirus – Tips for Restaurants
- U.S. Small Business Association (SBA): Disaster Assistance Loans & COVID-19
- National Restaurant Association: COVID-19 Business Continuation Planning Basics
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Staying Connected with Customers Through the Coronavirus Outbreak
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce: 5 Resources to Help Your Business Survive the Corona Virus
- U.S. Department of the Treasury: Treasury and IRS Issue Guidance on Deferring Tax Payments Due to COVID-19 Outbreak
- California Association of Winegrape Growers COVID-19 Homepage
- NY Wine Grape Growers Association COVID-19 Resource Page with daily updates
- Virginia Vineyard Association: Exchange and Resources
- A small list of Programs that wineries have put in place due to COVID-19 in Napa Valley (J. A. Kodmur)
- State-by-State Closures
- State-by-state ABC Updates
- COVID-19 Page of NC Hospitality Industry
- The Brewers Assoc. has put together an impressive homepage of resources, covering policy, production and sales! Check it out.
Important TBB Information
- TTB: Tips for Timely Processing of TTB Approvals and Requests During COVID-19 Emergency
- TTB: Updated Hand Sanitizer Guidance to Address the COVID-19 Pandemic
- TTB: Returns of Products Purchased for Events Cancelled Due to COVID-19
- TTB: TTB Informal Advice on Brewers Producing Hand Sanitizer
Important CARES Act Information
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.
For those curious about how the $2 trillion stimulus package will affect the agricultural industry, please see the information provided by the Farm Bureau.
There will be a webinar led by U.S. Congressman Buddy Carter and lobbyist Bill Redding on Wednesday, April 1, @ 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Their goal is to teach you more about the CARES act, and they will have time for questions and answers. REGISTER HERE.
As times may be particularly stressful at the start of the growing season, pressure, negative thoughts, depression and stress in the wake of a pandemic can be quite overwhelming.
Please use this resource to find helpful information.
- University of Maryland Extension: Managing farm stress
- American Farm Bureau Federation Rural Resilience initiative
- Iowa State University Farm Stress Management resources
- Michigan State University Extension Managing Stress on the Farm
- North Dakota State University Extension Farm and Ranch Stress initiative
- University of Georgia Rural Georgia Growing Stronger initiative
Produce Safety Training For Farmers: Friday, Apr 3, 8:30 a.m.
Are you getting questions about cleaning and sanitizing from your customers dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic? NCSU Cooperative Extension’s Produce Safety Team has put together a ZOOM workshop to talk about the issues around cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfection for produce growers and to answer questions you may be having on these issues. Simply click on this link Friday morning at 8:30 a.m.. You will be prompted to download the Zoom software if you have not already done so. The meeting should last about an hour and there will be time for questions.
NCDA&CS Important Information: Produce Availability
The North Carolina Department of Agriculture is aware that farmers have seen disruptions in their normal distribution during this period of COVID-19 and social distancing. Retailers have seen panic buying patterns and are challenged to keep produce in stock and merchandised. If you are a NC grower of produce and looking to sell products that you don’t have a market for, we want to know. We will be compiling information, from NC growers, to distribute to major retailers on a weekly basis. This is not to be used as an alternate for markets that you already have. This service is set up to help those who don’t have markets to sell what they would normally. Call us weekly to update your availability and be listed in the distribution. This service will last until we no longer see a major need from the growers or interest from the retailers.
Department of Labor COVID-19 Resource Page: https://www.dol.gov/coronavirus
Agricultural Essential work documentation (required for ag laborers under the state-issued COVID-19 order): https://docs.google.com/document/d/1v2EPrj3siRbaD0GRorIyygEKPUPHeyP7RHbY5uoh06g/edit?usp=sharing &
H-2A Update – State Department Increases Visa Waiver Capability: https://covid19.ces.ncsu.edu/2020/03/h-2a-update-state-department-increases-visa-waiver-capability/
Daily NC and Global COVID-19 Update
As of 3/31/2020, 9:05 a.m.: a total of 23,106 people in NC were tested for the virus. 1,498 people in NC were tested positive, 8 people have died in NC due to COVID-19.
As of 3/31/2020, 7:49 p.m.: 857,487 people worldwide are known to be infected with the virus. 42,107 people worldwide have died due to COVID-19.
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This update was written by Emma Volk (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Mark Hoffmann