In a statement disseminated mid-morning Thursday, Dutch breeder Schoneveld announced it will not attend CAST 2020 due to the ongoing concerns regarding the coronavirus. The statement comes a day after President Trump issued a 30-day travel ban period from Europe. Schoneveld was scheduled to trial at the Green Fuse Botanicals stop in Santa Paula, California. As of March 12, Green Fuse Botanicals has not pulled out of the event.
Schoneveld’s statement reads as follows:
“We value the health of you, your employees and our colleagues above anything else. Because of recent events concerning COVID-19 we have decided to cancel the California Spring Trials for 2020.
As COVID-19 continues to spread, we feel it is the best interest of everyone to limit exposure to this new disease. We apologize for any inconvenience this will cause our customers or the organization of this annual event.”
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Their departure from CAST 2020 joins a growing number of breeders — such as Beekenkamp, Syngenta Flowers, Sakata Seed America and more — to withdraw from the event due to COVID-19 concerns. The latest information on CAST is available here.