October 10, 2019
Government Relations Report
Yesterday the California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal EPA)  announced an agreement  between the Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) and pesticide manufacturers to end the use of chlorpyrifos in California.
Under  the settlement agreement , DPR, Dow AgroSciences and other companies agreed that:
  • Chlorpyrifos sales by manufacturers will cease by Nov. 8, 2019.
  • Dealers/distributors will cease sales by Feb. 6, 2020.
  • Users can continue to use affected products until Dec. 31, 2020.
  • Product take-back will occur through normal business practices/channels – with outreach to growers to explain the terms of continued use.
DPR and the  California Department of Food and Agriculture  (CDFA) have also established a cross-sector working group to identify, evaluate and recommend pest management alternatives to chlorpyrifos. It will hold its first meeting this month and will hold three public workshops beginning in January.
The following steps are also being taken relative to potential alternatives to chlorpyrifos.
  • CFDA will fund approximately $1.5 million in research to develop alternatives.
  • DPR will award more than $2.1 million in grants to fund projects that identify, develop and implement pest management alternatives.
  • CDFA will award approximately $2 million in grants to expand outreach about innovative, biologically integrated farming systems.

The California Legislature adjourned for the year on Sept. 13. The governor then has 30 days (until midnight Sunday) to act on legislation sitting on his desk. This year, 1,042 bills were sent to the governor for consideration. This begs the question: Did California really have 1,042 problems that needed to be solved by a new law?
Through yesterday (Oct. 9) Gov. Newsom has acted on 745 measures. He signed 707 bills and vetoed 38 bills. That leaves 297 bills to be acted upon by Sunday’s deadline. This means he will need to do just shy of 75 bills per day to finish on Sunday.
Once a bill is signed by the governor, it is sent to the secretary of state, where it is chaptered and becomes law upon the effective date of the bill. Most of that legislation takes effect Jan. 1 of the following year. 
If the governor does not act on the bill, it becomes law without his signature. Consequently, maintaining the inventory of bills is a big job. No governor wants to ever forget to veto any objectionable bills by the deadline. Should that occur, the California Highway Patrol will be in the governor’s office at midnight Sunday to bring any unvetoed bills to the secretary of state, where they will be chaptered and become law. 

Bills recently signed/vetoed by Gov. Newsom:

-Michael Miiller / michael@cawg.org / 916-379-8995
Celebrate the Leadership of CAWG Chair Bill Berryhill and Outgoing Directors
Mark your calendar for a CAWG celebration on Thursday, Nov. 7!

Join us for a reception and dinner to recognize outgoing CAWG chair Bill Berryhill and outgoing CAWG directors for their leadership and years of service. We will give special recognition to Berryhill for leading the association for the past two years. Harvest will be wrapping up, so it's a perfect time to gather for a wonderful celebration!
California Congressmen Visit Mexico's President to Discuss USMCA
Reps. Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel) and Jimmy Gomez (D-Los Angeles) were part of a Congressional delegation trip to Mexico this week to discuss improvements to the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). The delegation of five Democrats -- which included House Ways and Means Committee chair Richard Neal (D-Mass.) -- met with Mexican President Andres Manuel López Obrador, government officials, local workers and labor leaders. "Our meeting with President López Obrador allowed us to have a forthright discussion about improvements that can be made to the USMCA, and the importance of protecting both U.S. and Mexican workers," Panetta said in a press release. "I appreciate today’s positive discussions and hope to see Mexico implement the substantial labor and enforcement reforms necessary to comply with its obligations under the agreement. I will continue to advocate for the strongest possible deal, one that gives certainty to our farmers and agriculture industry here on the Central Coast."

> LA TIMES ARTICLE (Democrats warm to Trump’s revised NAFTA trade deal after Mexico pledges labor reforms)
It's Official! US, Japan Sign Trade Deal
President Trump, U.S. and Japanese officials, and several ag leaders gathered this week at the White House for the official signing of the U.S.-Japan trade agreement. In their remarks, Trump and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer mentioned wine (11:40 and 17:08 marks) among several commodities that will benefit from the deal.

Upcoming House and Senate Hearings on Farm Bill
Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research Subcommittee
“Review Implementation of USDA Farm Bill Research Programs.” Watch the live stream video on Oct. 17 at 10 a.m. ET.
Senate Ag Committee - Full
“Implementing the 2018 Farm Bill” featuring USDA Deputy Secretary Stephen Censky. Watch the live stream video on Oct. 17 at 10 a.m. ET.
Spotted Lanternfly on Agenda for PD/GWSS Board Committee Meeting
Joint meeting of the PD/GWSS Board Intellectual Property Committee and the Other Pest and Disease Designation Committee

WHEN / WHERE: Oct. 14 / 10:30 a.m. at CDFA, 2800 Gateway Oaks Dr. (room 267) in Sacramento OR via teleconference in Exeter and Temecula

AGENDA : The meeting will highlight several projects, as well as spotted lanternfly designation (discussion and recommendation).

The spotted lanternfly has been found nine times during Northern California airport inspections of flights from Pennsylvania.  All flies were dead and the airport in Pennsylvania has since been aggressively treated.

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Madera County: Winegrapes Increase in Value
The value of winegrapes in Madera County was $125.3 million in 2018, up from $119.2 million in 2017. Production for red varieties was 22,000 harvested acres, 223,300 tons and $330 per ton, totaling $73.7 million. Production for white varieties was 12,800 acres, 164,992 tons and $313 per ton, totaling $51.6 million. The report ranks Madera County as the No. 9 county in California for winegrape production .

Tulare County: Winegrape Production Down
Tulare County dropped one spot to California’s third-largest ag county, with the gross value of all ag commodities totaling $7.2 billion in 2018, a 2.5 percent increase over 2017’s $7 billion. For winegrapes, harvested acres totaled 8,410 (9,450 in 2017). Production was 149,000 tons (164,000 in 2017), $314 per ton ($308 in 2017), totaling $46.8 million ($50.5 million in 2017).

Wine Business, Oct. 10

San Francisco Chronicle, Oct. 9

CBS-Sacramento, Oct. 9

Aerial imaging companies using high-resolution cameras and artificial intelligence data analysis are giving the California ag community a high-tech boost.
New York Times, Oct. 8

Team from Purdue University working with growers in West.
Western Farm Press, Oct. 8

Sacramento Business Journal, Oct. 8

Glenn Proctor of Ciatti Company (CAWG member) interviewed.
North Bay Business Journal, Oct. 7

Lodi meeting updates growers on recent research.
Wine Business, Oct. 7

CAWG members interviewed/mentioned.
San Francisco Chronicle, Oct. 4

Ciatti Company

Registration and Housing Open at 9 a.m. PDT on Oct. 22
Registration: Up to a $200 discount per registrant (through Jan. 28) for CAWG members! Call the CAWG office at 916-379-8995 if you need your discount code. Hotels rooms go fast, so reserve as soon as it opens!

Check Out Sponsorship and Advertising Opportunities!

Get on board now and take advantage of sponsorship and advertising opportunities at the 2020 Unified Wine & Grape Symposium, Feb. 4-6. North America’s largest wine and grape industry event is an ideal way to promote your business and increase your visibility. Opportunities include banners, signs, print and online ads. For additional information, click on the link below or contact Jenny Devine at (916) 379-8995. 

Relation Insurance Workers' Compensation 101 Seminar
WHEN: Oct. 17 in Paso Robles
ABOUT: Seminar will guide you through the workers’ comp claims process and present ways to minimize costs.


Preparing the Vineyard for Winter (Webinar)
WHEN: Nov. 4 / 2 - 3:30 p.m.
ABOUT: Key tips and practices for preparing your vineyard for winter and how to prevent erosion in the vineyard during the rainy season.

Tree & Vine Expo  
WHEN: Nov. 12 / 7 a.m. - 2 p.m.
WHERE: Stanislaus County Fairgrounds, Turlock
FEATURES: Grower seminars, free grower/PCA breakfast and lunch, PCA credits.

Sonoma Grape Expo
WHEN: Nov. 15 / 7 a.m. - 2 p.m.
WHERE: Cloverdale Citrus Fairgrounds, Cloverdale
FEATURES: Grower seminars, free grower/PCA breakfast and lunch, PCA credits.

Grape, Nut & Tree Fruit Expo
WHEN: Nov. 19 / 7 a.m. - 2 p.m.
WHERE: Big Fresno Fairgrounds, Fresno
FEATURES: Grower seminars, free grower/PCA breakfast and lunch, PCA credits.

November 6
CAWG PAC event / Casino Night at Galletto Ristorante , Modesto

November 7

November 7