Daily COVID-19 Viticulture Updates 3/31/2020

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Important

  • 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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COVID-19 WINE Business Related Resources

Other Resources

Important TBB Information

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.

Stress Management

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.

Produce/Fresh-market

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.

More information and phone numbers.

Labor

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 &

http://www.ncagr.gov/disaster/documents/COVID-19.htm

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.

NCDHHS Coronavirus Information Page

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.

World-Wide Covid-19 GIS Tracker  

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