COVID-19 Viticulture Update 04/20/20

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COVID-19 Viticulture Update 04/20/20

News Today:



The NC Wine Growers Association is taking a survey April 15 & 16’s, 2020 Frost impact. They are asking for information to share with the industry and will not name any specific winery or vineyard. Please email with the following information:

  • County and/or Town you grow in.
  • Percent of loss to which cultivar.
  • Your low temperature recorded.


Please take the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Agritourism Economic Impact Survey by April 23. 

NC State Extension and Economy:

Please take our NC State Horticulture survey. It will take 5 minutes and will help us to shape our COVID-19 response. All information will be handled confidentially. Thank you!

NEW: Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP)

On Friday, the USDA has announced the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). This program has about $ 2.1b in direct assistance to specialty crop farmers in the USA, if you have experience loss due to COVID-19. Please read the Farm Bureaus take on CFAP. We recommend highly that you monitor and record your losses on a weekly basis! 

Daily COVID-19 Update as of 4/20/2020:

  • North Carolina (10:35 a.m. EST): 6,764 positive/ 179 deaths
  • USA: (8:38 p.m. EST): 784,599 positive/ 42,138 deaths
  • World (8:38 p.m. EST): 2,473,209 positive/ 170,042 deaths


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Other Helpful Resources:

COVID-19: Farming Resources, NC State Extension

Food Safety, NC State Extension

COVID-19 Resources and Information, NC State Extension

NCDA&CS COVID-19 Resources and important Documents

CEFS COVID-19 Resources

NC Muscadine Grower Association COVID-19 Resource Page

NC Wine Database for NC Wineries. Please enter your information

NY Wine Grape Growers Association COVID-19 Resources

This post was created by Emma Volk and Mark Hoffmann

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Mark Hoffmann, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionDr. Mark HoffmannSmall Fruits Extension Specialist, Assistant Professor, Strawberry and Grape Call Dr. Mark Email Dr. Mark Horticultural Science
NC State Extension, NC State University
Updated on Apr 13, 2021
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