COVID-19 Daily Farmers Update 04/09/2020
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COVID-19 Daily Farmers Update 04/09/2020
- For Agents ONLY: Southern Region Small Fruit Consortium survey: what certifications are important for you? (only one minute)
- Vermicomposting Workshop (Virtual Event, RSVP): Rhonda Sherman, NC State Extension. April 24th; 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
- “What We Know – And Don’t Know – About Food Safety and COVID-19” written by NC State Extension
- Weekly webinar for Farmers Market Managers to discuss best practices under COVID-19 conditions
- COVID-19: Farming Resources, NC State Extension: Updated April 8 by the Small Fruits Team.
- MARCH COVID-19 SURVEY RESULTS (pdf)
Strawberries Food Safety:
Educate your consumers how to clean and how not to clean produce: Two print out and social media signs:
- Consumer sign and social media post: Washing produce (image)
- Print-out Food Safety for Consumers (pdf)
Consumers should not use any chemical, wipes or acid to clean produce. COVID-19 is not a food borne illness, and washing produce under running water while keeping hand hygiene standards at all times is sufficient to safely eat the product.
Can other customers pick berries from the same row, after the first customer has left?
Yes, it is safe for the customer to pick berries from the same row. All customers should obey hand hygiene regulations.
There is some evidence that the virus can stay airborne for up to 3 hours. Do I have to wait 3 hours before I can let staff or new customers into the field? No, despite earlier recommendations, there is no risk to contract the virus through airborne particles. However, people which display disease symptoms should not be let into the field.
- How to set up a strawberry U-Pick during the COVID-19 pandemic
- Handling COVID-19 at U-Pick stands (English)
- Preguntas Frecuentes en Granjas de Recolección Directa the Producto (Espanol)
Update on Paycheck Protection Program:
“AgCarolina Farm Credit, Cape Fear Farm Credit, and Carolina Farm Credit are not SBA approved lenders. We have been working through the approval process, as another way to offer our members additional support during these challenging times.
These groups are currently unable to process Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) applications at this time. We know these funds will not last long, so we are encouraging our members to reach out to their depository banks with any immediate needs.” – NCAGR
March COVID-19 Survey:
Our survey from 3/22/2020 to 04/02/2020 showed that 71% of farms are very concerned that COVID-19 will affect their business negatively. Most farms have taken measures to adjust to the situation, from social distancing (25%), offering sanitation and protective gear (31%) to offering take-out only and online services (25%). Loss of income (31%), safety of customers and staff (23%) and impact on supply chains (15%) were of larger concern. Please see here the detailed survey results (pdf)
Daily COVID-19 Update as of 4/9/2020:
- North Carolina (11:00 a.m.): 3,651 positive/ 65 deaths
- USA: (8:21 p.m.): 462,135 positive/16,513 deaths
- World (8:21 p.m.): 1,596,496 positive/ 95,506 deaths
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