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COVID-19 Resources for Fruit & Vegetable Growers

collards, carrots, kale, lettuce and turnip greens lying on a butcher block table with kitchen in the background.

Below please find a list of resources for fresh produce growers dealing with COVID-19. These resources are categorized for you into Labor Availability, Markets and Farm Markets, Cleaning and Sanitation, Worker Health and Hygiene, Trade Association Information, and Federal Coronavirus information sites.

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Mertect for Black Rot Control in Sweet Potatoes

bunch of sweet potatoes

The environmental protection agency (EPA) has renewed the specific exemption section 18 emergency label, originally obtained in 2016, for the use of Mertect (thiabendazole) postharvest to control black rot (caused by the fungus Ceratocystis fimbriata) in sweet potatoes. The renewed label is intended for use in 2020 and will expire on April 3, 2021. The renewed label is intended for use in 2020 and will expire on April 3, 2021.

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Employer of Farmworkers: Spanish COVID-19 Educational Videos
The N.C. Cooperative Extension Farmworker Health and Safety Program is pleased to present a set of three introductory videos focusing on the Coronavirus and farmworkers. They were developed as a resource for farmers, farm labor contractors, and farmworkers to learn about Coronavirus and to promote preventative behavior within the farming community. The videos are in Spanish and use very simple and direct language to help understand the Coronavirus pandemic. Each video addresses one specific topic of the Coronavirus:
We strongly recommend watching the three videos consecutively as their content builds and complements each other. In addition, we recommend that you consider the following options when watching the video:
  1. Promote each farmworker to watch the video on their personal smartphone and provide discussion and Q & A time to be sure the message was understood.
  1. Set up a space at the farm for the workers to watch the videos in small groups (maintaining social distance regulations) and promote discussion and Q & A time to be sure the message was understood.
  1. The Extension farmworkers program staff is available to help facilitate virtual small groups (keeping social distance regulations) discussion and Q&A time
Also, a video on how to make hand sanitizer at home from our Family and Consumer Science agent, Ivelisse Colón, in Orange County:
Please contact Roberto Rosales, program educator for any questions.
Email – rmrosale@ncsu.edu Cell-phone – 252-883-5721
For more resources please visit COVID-19 Resources for Farmer and Farmworker page: COVID-19 Farmer and Farmworker Resources >>

Bridging the GAPsNC Vegetable Growers Association logo

A Cooperative Extension Program. Bridging the GAPs: Approaches for Treating Water On-Farm is a Cooperative Extension educational program led by a multi-state team from North Carolina State University, Virginia Tech, the University of Tennessee, Washington State University, and the University of Florida. There are four parts to the training and it’s designed especially for you as produce growers to understand water treatment. This curriculum has been tested with growers across the southeast and improvements have been made, but we need your help! Our Extension team is conducting research among produce growers in the Southeast and need some advice from you. If you are willing to help, please volunteer to participate in a survey related to your water and water treatment systems.

Please complete this form now available >> by May 5, 2020, and we will get in touch with you.

Chris Gunter

Vegetable Production Specialist and Professor

Director of Graduate Programs

NC State University, Horticultural Science

230 Kilgore Hall, Box 7609

Raleigh, NC 27695-7609

(o) 919-513-2807 (f) 919-515-2505

cgunter@ncsu.edu


Impact of COVID-19 on Farming Operations

NC State wants to assess the impact of COVID-19 on farming operations in order to shape its Extension response. Please fill out this voluntary and anonymous NC State Extension COVID-19 impact survey. The survey will be open from Apr 23- May 7. NC State COVID-19 impact survey >>

Thank you in advance for participating and letting us know your thoughts.

Your opinions and needs matter to us,

Dr. G.

Extension Veg. Specialist
Horticultural Science
NC State University

Chris Gunter

Vegetable Production Specialist and Professor

Director of Graduate Programs

NC State University, Horticultural Science

230 Kilgore Hall, Box 7609

Raleigh, NC 27695-7609

(o) 919-513-2807 (f) 919-515-2505

cgunter@ncsu.edu