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February 4, 2016      
UPCOMING EVENTS

March 15
CAWG Board of Directors Meeting and CWGGF Wine Reception, Sacramento 
 
March 16
CAWG Day in the Capitol, Sacramento

May 11-12
CAWG Board of Directors Meeting, Sacramento 
 
May 22-24 
2016 National Grape and Wine Policy Conference, Washington, DC
 
July 20
CAWG PAC Golf Tournament and  5th Annual Awards of Excellence Program & Dinner, Monterey 
 
July 21
CAWG Summer Conference, Speaker Program and Annual Business Meeting, Monterey
 
July 22
CAWG Board of Directors Meeting, Monterey
 
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Registration and Certification of Grapevines: Red Blotch Testing
CDFA has released draft regulation that would add testing for Grapevine red blotch-associated virus (GRBaV) to the requirements for registration and certification of grapevines as to their variety, quality and apparent freedom from pests and diseases. Written comments may be submitted by March 14.
 
 


CA Ag Statistics: 2014 Farmgate Value of Farms, Ranches a Record $54 Billion
CDFA published its California Agricultural Statistics Review for the 2014 crop year. The 126-page report includes the grape crush report overview, summary of grape tonnages and prices, and leading grape varieties and districts.
 
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SIP Certified Honored with 2015 IPM Innovator Award
Sustainability in Practice (SIP) Certified was one of four organizations that received the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Innovator Award, the California Department of Pesticide Regulation's highest honor. Awardees are recognized for their innovative approaches to IPM and reduced-risk pest management and their leadership role in promoting these practices. 

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USDA Renews Ag Air Quality Task Force
The USDA Agricultural Air Quality Task Force has been renewed with new members selected for the 2016-2018 term. The task force promotes USDA research efforts and identifies cost-effective ways the agriculture industry can improve air quality.
 


Sonoma County Wineries Featured in Super Bowl City
More than 50 Sonoma County wineries will be offering visitors 125 wines at the Taste of Sonoma Wine Lounge at Super Bowl City in San Francisco.



WATER 
North Coast Water Board Adopts New Discharge Requirements for Wineries
The North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board has adopted general waste discharge requirements (WDRs) for wineries and beverage and food processors that update 2002 general WDRs for wineries and expands permit coverage to beverage and food processors within the North Coast region. The board actions aim to increase protection of groundwater quality, streamline the permitting process, improve consistency and incentivize water conservation. 
 


Formal Rulemaking Process for Water Storage Investment Program Regulations
T he California Water Commission has begun the formal rulemaking process with the Office of Administrative Law for the first draft regulations for the Water Storage Investment Program. A 45-day comment period started on Jan. 29; written public comments will be accepted through March 14.
 


DWR Ag Water Use Efficiency Grants Offer $30 Million in Funding 
The California Department of Water Resources released its final Agricultural Water Use Efficiency 2015-16 Grants guidelines and proposal solicitation package. DWR is seeking proposals - due March 30 - for agricultural water use efficiency projects that produce state benefits. The total amount of funding is $30 million.
 


The Drought So Far
On the California WaterBlog, the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences posted an article that provided a summary of conditions, reservoir and groundwater storage conditions, precipitation and snowpack, and data charts.
 


CAWG CONNECTION 
Save the Date:  CAWG Day in the Capitol and CWGGF Wine Reception
This year's Day in the Capitol and the California Wine Grape Growers Foundation (CWGGF) Wine Reception have been linked together to bring greater awareness to CAWG's advocacy efforts and to the foundation's work in providing scholarships to students whose parent or legal guardian is employed by a California winegrape grower.
 
CWGGF Wine Reception / March 15 / Senator Hotel:
The board has created a new and exciting format for this year's event! In addition to food, wine and a silent auction, the reception will feature an entertaining VIP wine tasting competition where legislators will serve as judges.  
 
CAWG Day in the Capitol / March 16:
Join CAWG members for a stimulating and informative lobbying day in Sacramento. This is a valuable way for members to engage with legislators and advocate for or against bills that are moving through the legislative process. The day will begin at 8:30 a.m. with several guest speakers, followed by afternoon legislative visits.
 
 


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IN THE NEWS
Experts address PD outbreak in grapevines / Wines & Vines, Feb. 2

Dunne on wine: What should be the California state wine? / Sacramento Bee, Feb. 2

Can Andy Walker save California wine? (Pierce's disease) / San Francisco Chronicle, Feb. 1

Michael David Winery named Winery of the Year  / PR Newswire, Feb. 1

Wine prices could go up after California wildfires leave tons of grapes unusable / The Guardian, Feb. 1

Wine here! A football bud gets competition / The New York Times, Jan. 31

Napa wineries ship $1 billion in wine to consumers in 2015 / Napa Valley Register, Jan. 31

In California, a Super Bowl kickoff with cabernet / CBS This Morning, Jan. 29
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Melissa Hansen: Building a world-class wine research program / Good Fruit Grower, Jan. 29

Lodi the star at N.Y. wine awards / Lodi News-Sentinel, Jan. 28

Why the American wine industry needs a shakeup / Entrepreneur, Jan. 26


UPCOMING INDUSTRY EVENTS
2016 National Grape & Wine Policy Conference
When: May 22-24
Where: Grand Hyatt, Washington, D.C.
 
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