COVID-19 Daily Farmers Update 3/30/2019

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COVID-19 Daily Farmers Update 3/30/2019

Important:

  • Farm Bureau explains the CARES act
  • Facebook offers $100 Million in small business grants as COVID-19 response
  • Sign up for the Small Fruits Newsletter. First issue end of April.

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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.

 

Plant tissue samples submitted on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays should be completed in one business day and plant tissue samples submitted Wednesdays and Fridays should be completed in two business days. This is the only delay in services that we anticipate at this time.

 

Resources

FarmFresh Web helps you to connect with others when you primarily sell through farmers markets, buying co-ops, restaurants, etc.

The American Farm Bureau COVID-19 response page

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 Extension Center operations.

Webinars

CARES ACT

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 Farm Bureau for more details.

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:

3-Step Process for Getting SBA Disaster Loans

Ag Americas

The Community Foundation of Western NC Emergency and Disaster Response Fund

COVID-19 Relief for Student Loan Borrowers

Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog FAQ’s for Employers

Department of Labor COVID-19 Response (Unemployment Insurance Flexibilities, Support for dislocated workers and states, Supporting workforce needs in the agricultural sector, etc.)

Disaster Assistance in Response to the Coronavirus

Foreclosure and eviction moratorium on all USDA Single Family Housing Direct (SFHD) loans for 60 days effective 3/19/2020

Important Notice: NC Department of Revenue Provides Penalty Relief to Persons Affected by COVID-19 

Meals for kids during school closures

NC 2-1-1 (Helps families and individuals find information and resources in their community.  (Health Tips

NC State Government COVID-19 Response Page

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

Outer Banks Community Foundation Rapid Response Grants

Labor

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 NCDA&CS, is provided through a Google Doc on our site and on the NCDA&CS COVID-19 website. Please also see the update posted on the NCSU 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” 

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