COVID-19 Farmers Update 04/23/2020
COVID-19 Farmers Update 04/23/2020
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- Governor Cooper issues extension of stay-at-home order – here the press release
- Updates on the CFAP (Coronavirus Food Assistance Program)
- What to do when you have a COVID-19 case on your farm?
- COVID-19 recommendation for NC Food Processing Facilities
- COVID-19 Videos for Spanish Speaking Community
Local Food Program:
- N.C. Cooperative Extension’s Local Food Program is hosting two webinars next week. Registration is required. Please register.
- April 27, 7-8:30 p.m.: Will highlight collaborative efforts of farmers that are not tied to a food hub. Panelists will include representatives of Vacationer Supported Agriculture, Piedmont Progressive Farmers Group, and Carolina Common Enterprise.
- April 30, 7-8:30 p.m.: will highlight food hub efforts to link consumers with local food.
- Dr. Ben Chapman: Eating Berries does not cause COVID-19
- Consumer sign and social media post: Washing produce (image)
- Print-out Food Safety for Consumers (pdf)
- “What We Know – And Don’t Know – About Food Safety and COVID-19” written by NC State Extension
- NC State Extension article: ‘Strawberry Season Arrives Early and in Abundance’
What to do if there is a COVID-19 case on the farm?
- COVID-19 is a reportable disease and affected people need to be quarantined. Please see here important information from the NCDHHS on how to act if farm workers are tested positive!
- Please find here guidelines on personal protective equipment on NC farms.
- Temporary Worker Housing COVID-19 Guidance.
- N.C. Cooperative Extension Fact Sheet: FAQ: COVID-19 and small produce farms.
- COVID-19 Resources for fresh fruit and vegetable producers.
- Webinar: Cleaning. Sanitizing and Disinfecting.
Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP)
- Last 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 experienced 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!
- Producers can receive single payments determined on two calculations:
- Losses that occurred January 1-April 15, 2020. Producers will be compensated for 85% of price loss during that period.
- Second part of the payment will be expected losses from April 15 through the next two quarters, and will cover 30% of expected losses.
The payment limit is $125,000 per commodity with an overall limit of $250,000 per individual or entity. Qualified commodities must have experienced a 5% price decrease between January and April. The rules for the program, which will give us more information, are expected to be published in early May. You can sign-up through your county FSA offices.
Daily COVID-19 Update as of 4/23/2020:
- North Carolina (12:30 p.m. EST): 7,608 confirmed positive/ 253 deaths
- USA: (12:30 p.m. EST): 843,981 positive/ 46,859 deaths
- World (12:30 p.m. EST): 2,659,557 positive/ 185,494 deaths
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This post was created by Emma Volk and Mark Hoffmann