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October 27, 2016

November 10-11, 2016
CAWG Board of Directors meeting, Santa Rosa

November 15, 2016
Webinar: Crop Insurance

November 16, 2016
Webinar: Winegrape Grower's Guide to Solar

January 24-26, 2017
Unified Wine & Grape Symposium, Sacramento

January 25, 2017
WGA Leadership Luncheon, Sacramento

February 8-9, 2017
CAWG Leadership Forum, Sacramento

March 15, 2017
CAWG Winegrape Day in the Capitol, Sacramento

March 15, 2017
CWGGF Wine Reception, Sacramento

March 16, 2017
CAWG Board of Directors meeting, Sacramento

May 7-9, 2017
National Grape & Wine Policy Conference, Washington, D.C. 

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Unified Registration is Now Open!  
Online registration and lodging opened on Oct. 25. If you prefer to register by phone, the call center is open from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. (PT) Monday through Friday until Jan. 17. Call 888-559-9530 or 781-688-8229. ** If you are a CAWG member and have not received your Unified code, please contact the CAWG office at 916-379-8995**

Click on the link to see the daily schedule, detailed program information and speakers.

It is recommended to reserve a room as soon as possible. Please read the information and FAQs on Unified's housing page. Attendees may also visit the   Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau website for additional hotels.

Raise a Glass! Marking the End of the European Grapevine Moth

Growers, winemakers, government officials and industry representatives - including CAWG President John Aguirre - gathered in Oakville on Oct. 21 to celebrate the eradication of the European grapevine moth after a seven-year effort. " The growers and their communities where this pest carved out its foothold deserve the lion's share of the credit for eradicating the European grapevine moth," CDFA Secretary Karen Ross said at the event at Robert Mondavi Winery. "They formed and sustained the cooperative effort with our agencies that ultimately achieved this goal. We...celebrate this mutual achievement, but perhaps more importantly we are here to say how proud we are of the partnership that got us here - a partnership that remains ready to respond to the next threat to venture into our vineyards." 

Proposal for Petaluma Gap AVA Underway

The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) will publish a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register on Oct. 28 to establish the 202,476-acre "Petaluma Gap" American viticultural area in Sonoma and Marin counties. The petition was filed by the Petaluma Gap Winegrowers Alliance. TTB is also proposing to expand the boundary of the approximately 3 million-acre established North Coast AVA by 28,077 acres. The expansion would eliminate what would otherwise be a partial overlap with the proposed Petaluma Gap AVA. The Sonoma County portion of the proposed AVA is located within the established Sonoma Coast AVA, but TTB is not proposing to expand the established viticultural area to include the Marin County portion of the proposed viticultural area. 

Ross in Top Five of Clinton's Ag Secretary List

According to an article in Politico, CDFA Secretary and former CAWG President Karen Ross is on the A-list of contenders for the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture position - if Hillary Clinton is elected. Others at the top of the evolving list include Blanche Lincoln, a former Arkansas senator; Kathleen Merrigan, former deputy secretary of agriculture; John Hickenlooper, governor of Colorado; and Steve Beshear, former governor of Kentucky. "Many in agriculture are giving the early edge to Ross, who oversees the largest farming state in the country with deep experience in tough issues for agriculture, ranging from labor to trade and water availability and quality," states the article.


Rabobank has released a new report - "California Land Values: Outlook 2016."
Rabobank press release, Oct. 26
Farmland values are tumbling in the Central Valley, reflecting a drop in key commodity prices as well as concerns over water shortages and the enduring drought.
Sacramento Bee, Oct. 26
Winemakers might be the prom queens of the wine business, but winegrape growers play just as important a role in producing the wine in your glass.
VinePair, Oct. 24
LangeTwins' Aaron Lange (CAWG chair) speaks to the importance of holistic sustainability in viticulture.
PR Newswire, Oct. 24
CAWG member Ben Drake interviewed about Temecula harvest and labor situation.
California Ag Today, Oct. 20
Q&A with fifth generation vintner Karl Wente about the family business, winemaking, succession planning and farming for the future.
CSWA Down to Earth newsletter, September 2016

Be Prepared for Flash Flooding

Five years of severe drought, dry lands and fire-scarred areas means a heightened risk of flash flooding, landslides and soil erosion in certain areas. Flood and fire officials are urging the public to begin preparations for potential flood events. Families should be aware of weather conditions and forecasts, know their risk and prepare to evacuate quickly if ordered by local officials. The Department of Water Resources offers a website with preparation steps and resources.

Water Articles and Resources
Conclusions from an evaluation about how adjudicated basin performance aligned with SGMA's goals for sustainable groundwater management.
UCD Center for Watershed Sciences, Oct.23
A State Water Board report and the San Joaquin draft rule are meeting fierce opposition from northern San Joaquin Valley farmers and San Francisco water officials.
San Francisco Chronicle, Oct. 23
An editorial from the LA Times editorial board about the State Water Board's proposal.
LA Times, Oct. 22

Join Us in Santa Rosa for a Regional Wine Reception and Dinner

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The CAWG board of directors and staff are looking forward to a wonderful evening of wine, food and networking on Nov. 10 at the Hyatt Vineyard Creek in Santa Rosa. The reception begins at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. The cost is $75 per person. All CAWG members are invited to attend!
REGISTER ONLINE: For CAWG members registering online,  click here. Please call the office at 916-379-8995 for member ID and password.
REGISTER USING FORM: click here for form.  

Shop AmazonSmile: An Easy Way to Support the CAWG Foundation

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support the CAWG Foundation, at no extra cost to you.  When you shop, Amazon will donate 0.5 percent of the purchase price to the foundation . Eligible products are marked "Eligible for AmazonSmile donation" on their product detail pages. 

Seminar: "Complex Relationships - Farm Labor Contractors and Employees"
Guadalupe Sandoval, managing director of the California Farm Labor Contractor Association, is the guest speaker at this seminar hosted by the Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety.

WHEN:  Nov. 7 / 4-5 p.m.
WHERE:  UC Davis Center for Health and the Environment, Old Davis Road, Davis

Webinar: Crop Insurance
An important part of 2017 planning is risk management of your crop. CAWG is hosting a webinar about the Federal Crop Insurance Program. Presenting will be Greg Merrill, senior vice president and director of crop insurance services with Pan American Insurance Agency, Inc.  Topics will include:
  • What's covered and not covered?
  • How do I sign up?
  • How do I file a claim?
  • Can I insure to my winery contract price?
  • 101: Crop insurance policy basics
  • How much is really subsidized? 
WHEN:  Nov. 15 / 10 a.m.
CONTACT:  CAWG Manager of Member Relations Natalie Collins at or 916.379.8995.

Webinar: Winegrape Grower's Guide to Solar
CAWG is hosting a webinar discussing the benefits of solar in vineyards and wineries and the process of going solar. Presenting will be Daryl Franks, western area sales manager with SunPower.  Participants will learn:

  • How to determine if solar is right for you.
  • What financing options are available, including grants, low-interest loans as well as tax credits for qualified customers.
  • How to evaluate solar technologies and partners.
WHEN: Nov. 16 / 11 a.m. to noon
CONTACT:  CAWG Manager of Member Relations Natalie Collins at or 916.379.8995.

New Automatic Mechanical Grapevine Pruner Tested at UC Davis 
From (Ted Rieger): A design prototype of a new automatic mechanical grapevine pruning head - developed by Midwest Grower Supply Manufacturing for use on the company's V-MECH tool carrier trailer - was recently tested in the UC Davis Tyree Vineyard. The new pruning head is designed to perform all pruning operations in one pass, including final pruning, as compared with currently available pre-pruners and box hedging pruning heads that remove the bulk of vine material but commonly require hand pruning follow-up for the final pruning cuts.

UC Davis Center Receives $10 Million for Ag Health and Safety Projects
The Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety at UC Davis has received a $10 million renewal grant from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. The grant enables the center to continue its research, education, training and outreach efforts.  The center is one of nine agricultural health and safety centers established in the U.S. by the Centers for Disease Control for the purpose of protecting and improving the health and safety of farmers, farmworkers and consumers.

UCCE Seminar: Vineyard Pest and Disease Management

UC Cooperative Extension is holding a seminar featuring more than a dozen UC speakers covering a range of important vineyard pest and disease management topics. It is approved for 4.5 hours DPR CE units (CCA units applied for).
WHEN:  Nov. 4 / 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

WHERE:  Veterans Memorial Building, 801 Grand Avenue, San Luis Obispo

COST:  $100 per person (includes refreshments and lunch)

UCD Viticulture and Enology: On the Road in Madera County

UC Davis is starting its 2016-17 On the Road educational events next month in Madera. Advance registration is required.
WHEN: Nov. 16 / 8:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

WHERE: Hampton Inn and Suites, 3254 Airport Dr., Madera

COST: $30 per person (includes light breakfast and lunch)