COVID-19

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the NABC was there for the blueberry industry, serving as a conduit to key resources and tools to help the industry navigate this challenging time. The NABC also worked to ensure blueberry growers qualified for Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) payments. After an initial USDA market analysis ruled that the blueberry industry was not eligible, the NABC rallied with industry leadership and advocated for the inclusion of blueberry growers in CFAP, providing a crucial lifeline to those severely impacted by COVID-19. 

As the impacts of the pandemic begin to ease, NABC will continue to help you  navigate remaining challenges and issues that arise. Provided below are links to the latest information and continued assistance programs from relevant federal agencies and NABC.

About the Virus
Supply Chain Implications

General

Labor 

Farming/Growing

Manufacturing and Warehouse

Transportation and Distribution

Point of Purchase

Consumer Food Safety at Home

Expert Assistance

If you’re experiencing any issues with supply chain/moving food/transportation, contact FEMA at [email protected]. This is a 24/7 operation of the National Business Emergency Operations Center. They will direct your inquiry to the proper party.

If you have questions for USDA about H-2A Visa processing, email [email protected]. If you have questions about food safety and COVID-19, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition is accepting submissions here.