Written by Greg Peck, Assistant Professor of Horticulture, Cornell University Gee whiz, 2020, you really have it in for us! In the midst of a global pandemic in mid-May apple growers throughout the Midwest and Eastern US endured several nights of potentially damaging cold temperatures. At our research farms in Ithaca and Lansing, NY we…

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We are working to bring our members relevant virtual content during this time. Our webinars are free if viewed live, and they are always accessible to our active members as recordings on our member page after logging in with your account. JUNE 18: New Developments in PPP Loan Forgiveness Speakers: Richard Lyons, Partner and Co-Chair…

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Today, Congress passed a bill that aims to address concerns over the structure of the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The program has been a bittersweet solution for cideries who have had to consider laying off staff due to state-mandated tasting room closures. Yes, it provided needed funds to pay employees. But the restrictions on…

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Virtual Listening Tour: May 12-15We’re hitting the virtual road! Please join the board of the American Cider Association for a listening tour next month. What you can expect:  Program & resource updates from Executive Director Michelle McGrath, including the legislative & compliance landscape for cider and COVID-19 pandemic updates Virtual Listening Session led by Michelle with your Regional…

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Urge Congress to Approve Economic Relief from COVID-19 for Craft Beverage Alcohol Producers Members of the Craft Beverage Coalition representing the nation’s brewers, distillers, vintners, cidermakers and mead producers are hosting a “Call to Action” on Wednesday, April 22 to urge Congress to provide much needed economic support for the industry.  As a result of…

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There’s a lot of information (and a lot of MISSING information) regarding stimulus funds currently. Here are a few new pieces of info to know: +According to the SBA, lenders supporting PPP loans “must make the first disbursement of the loan no later than 10 calendar days after the loan is approved.” Read more +The Treasury is…

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The TTB announced on March 31 that they will postpone excise tax filing and payment due dates for 90 days. The full announcement and details of their plan can be read in their newsletter. The craft beverage coalition, which the American Cider Association is proud to support, asked for excise tax relief in a joint…

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The US Senate just passed the CARES Act, or what is commonly known as the Phase III COVID-19 economic stimulus package. The bill includes many things (here is a good summary), but 3 things in particular will help the cider industry. It puts cash directly in the pockets of most Americans It extends unemployment and expands…

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