SUSTA, along with all branches of the USDA, is closely monitoring reports concerning COVID19. If you have questions about our upcoming Global Events, please direct them to Penney Lawrence, Global Events Director. Should any questions arise concerning SUSTA's CostShare program, please contact Deneen Wiltz, CostShare Director.
It is always our recommendation that anyone making international travel plans consult the travel advisories posted by the U.S. Department of State.
To date, these are the trade missions and trade shows, where SUSTA has a pavilion, that have been canceled or postponed:
Food Hotel Asia
Seafood Expo Global (New dates TBD)
SIAL China (Postponed to September 28 - 30, 2020)
Antad & Alimentaria (Postponed to October 14 - 16, 2020)
USDA Outbound Trade Mission to the Philippines (New dates TBD)
Seoul Food & Hotel (Postponed to September 15 - 18, 2020)
Canada Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) Show
Canada Beer, Wine and Spirits Trade Mission to LA and NC (Postponed to October 13 - 16, 2020)
USDA Trade Mission to Spain and Portugal
Central America Outbound Trade Mission (Postponed to November 2 - 6, 2020)
The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The most up-to-date information:
Last updated on April 7, 2020
Email Sent 3/17/2020:
Dear SUSTA Participant,
First, we hope you and your loved ones are healthy. We share everyone’s concerns about the coronavirus pandemic and prioritize health and safety above all.
This type of disruption to life is difficult on many levels though, and we would be remiss if we did not also acknowledge the difficulties you face as a small business owner. To that point, SUSTA remains committed to supporting you during this uncertain time. We are available via email and phone during normal business hours should you have any questions about the current state of our programs or if you are strategizing for the future. We will come out of this. When we do, U.S. agriculture, known for its high standards of safety and quality, will be in demand.
We are updating individual Global Events if they are postponed or canceled, and the full list is being updated on our Monitoring COVID 19 page.
Here is our staff contact information.
We are thinking of you all,