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November 10, 2016

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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CAWG Elects New Board Members

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CAWG is pleased to welcome three new members to the board of directors: John Balletto, owner of Balletto Vineyards in Santa Rosa; Joel Maring, general manager of Maring Farms Inc. in Patterson; and Brian Shepard, vice president and co-owner of Walsh Vineyard Management in Napa. In addition, three members were re-elected and will serve their third and final term on the board. They are Michael Boer, Stipp Ranch, Ukiah; Diego Olagaray, Olagaray Brothers, Lodi; and Bruce Phillips, Vine Hill Ranch, Yountville. The officers will remain the same. The new term begins Dec. 1.
"We are pleased to welcome the new board members and look forward to their input and leadership," said CAWG President John Aguirre. "They will join a group of effective leaders who will continue to provide a powerful voice for CAWG members and the winegrape industry on many challenging issues."
CAWG also recognizes the outgoing board members for their dedication and service to the association and winegrape industry. Board members who have termed out after nine years are John Duarte, Duarte Vineyards, Hughson; Dennis Wittchow, Lent-Burden Farming, Inc., Oakdale; and Bill Pauli, Pauli Ranch, Potter Valley. Thank you for your leadership!

2016 Election Results in California

While the rest of the nation fell to the right, the California legislature is likely to become much more blue. Coming into yesterday's election, the Democrats needed to pick up two seats in the Assembly and one in the Senate to secure a super majority in both houses. A super majority means that the Democrats will hold two-thirds of the vote, the needed number of votes to raise taxes and to override a veto. With the preliminary results in, the Democrats have a good chance to be successful in this quest - at least in the Assembly. Read this Sacramento Bee article .

Tight races that may result in a Republican to Democrat swing:
District 60: Eric Linder (R) - 47.8% / Sabrina Cervantes (D) - 52.2%
District 65: Young Kim (R) - 49.2% / Sharon Quirk-Silva - 50.8%
District 66: David Hadley (R) - 47% / Al Muratsuchi (D) - 53%

District 29: Ling Ling Chang (R) - 50.9% / Josh Newman (D) - 49.1%
Other races of interest to CAWG members:

District 2: Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg) - 74%
District 3: James Gallagher (R-Yuba City) - 64%
District 5: Frank Bigelow (R-O'Neals) - 64%
District 9: Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove) - 66%
District 13: Susan Eggman (D-Stockton) - 64%
District 26: Devon Mathis (R-Visalia) - 66% 

District 1: Ted Gaines (R-El Dorado Hills) - 64%
District 3: Bill Dodd (D-Napa) - 60%
District 5: Cathleen Galgiani (D-Stockton) - 56%
District 37: John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa) - 58%

Sonoma County's Measure M Passes

Measure M, a measure that would ban farmers from growing GMO crops in Sonoma County, has passed with 56 percent of the yes vote. Mendocino, Marin, Trinity, Humboldt and Santa Cruz counties are the other California counties to enforce bans on GMO seeds and crops.

Air Monitoring Report Shows Pesticides Below Health Screening Levels

Air monitoring results recently released from the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) show that all of the monitored pesticides were found below levels that indicate a health concern or need for more evaluation. The 2015 draft air monitoring report highlights 32 pesticides and five pesticide breakdown products. Out of the 37 chemicals monitored, 11 were not detected at all. Twenty-six of the 37  were detected in at least one sample and none exceeded any of the screening levels or regulatory target concentrations, indicating potential low health risk for people in the communities where the monitoring occurred. DPR analyzed pesticides in Salinas, Shafter and Ripon. In addition, the Air Resources Board monitored three fumigants in Ventura, Santa Maria and Wastonville. DPR plans to add monitoring sites in 2017.

House Committee Urges Treasury to Withdraw Proposed Estate Tax Regulations and Protect Family-Owned Businesses

In a letter to Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, House Ways and Means Committee Republicans urged the Treasury Department to withdraw its recently proposed regulations that would increase the burden of the estate tax on family-owned businesses. They argue that the regulations would make it more difficult for families to pass their businesses on from one generation to another. "In order to avoid immediate and substantial economic harm to family-owned businesses and the jobs they create, these regulations should be withdrawn," stated the letter. "Any new proposal in this area should be clearly defined and narrowly targeted within the reach of the applicable statutory rules."


Donald Trump will now face his moment of truth about mass deportations and the wall.
Washington Post, Nov. 9
Farm advisor Dr. Paul Verdegaal talks about drip irrigation systems in vineyards and new approaches to monitoring and controlling weeds.
Western Farm Press, Nov. 8
VineView Scientific Aerial Imaging of St. Helena is partnering with Hawk Aerial and SkySquirrel Technologies to bring drone technology to the vineyard management industry.
Napa Valley Register, Nov. 7
KSBW8, Nov. 5
Many top producers are placing their faith in one variety to bring the area recognition: cabernet sauvignon.
San Francisco Chronicle, Nov. 5

Federal Lawmakers, Water Agencies Urge Court to Overturn WOTUS 

Following the agricultural and business groups that filed a brief last week, 21 senators and 67 representatives filed an amicus brief on Nov. 8 urging the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals to vacate EPA's WOTUS rule. In the brief, congressional opponents claim the rule encroaches on traditional state authority over land use and water quantity and violates the Clean Water Act. A coalition of state and local water agencies also filed a brief with the court opposing the rule.

Water Articles and Resources

Maven's Notebook
An op-ed by Timothy Quinn, executive director of the Association of California Water Agencies
Sacramento Bee, Nov. 2

"Business of Wine" Video Series Launched by Sonoma State

The Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University has unveiled its "Business of Wine" video series to be used as an educational tool for classroom and online learning. The multi-year project will feature extensive interviews with 50 wine business leaders discussing their achievements, goals, challenges, decision-making, technology, important business skills and transitioning a family business.

Unified Symposium: Have You Registered?

Register online or by phone. To register by phone, call 888-559-9530 or 781-688-8229. ** If you are a CAWG member and have not received your Unified code, contact CAWG at 916-379-8995** CAWG members receive a $200 discount before Jan. 17. 

Click on the link to see session information and speakers.

Hotel information and FAQs are posted on Unified's website. Attendees may also visit the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau website for additional hotels. 

Webinar: Federal Crop Insurance Program
Presenting will be Greg Merrill, senior vice president and director of crop insurance services with Pan American Insurance Agency, Inc. 

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
Presenting will be Daryl Franks, western area sales manager with SunPower. 

WHEN: Nov. 16 / 11 a.m. to noon
CONTACT:  CAWG Manager of Member Relations Natalie Collins at or 916.379.8995.

UCD Viticulture and Enology: On the Road in Madera County

UC Davis is starting its 2016-17 On the Road educational events this month. 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)

Current Issues in Vineyard Health

Topics include grapevine pinot gris virus, PD-resistant winegrape program, viruses in vineyards, pest and disease research from Napa and red blotch disease. 

WHEN: Nov. 29 / 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WHERE: UCD Conference Center, 550 Alumni Lane, Davis

COST: $190 (includes lunch and course materials). 

2016 Recent Advances in Viticulture and Enology (RAVE)

The UC Davis Department of Viticulture & Enology presents its semi-annual program to highlight many of its current grape and wine research projects. Register soon!

WHEN: Dec. 9 / 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

WHERE: UCD Activities & Rec Center, Davis

COST: $225 (includes breakfast, lunch and materials). 

2016 Pierce's Disease Research Symposium

This event draws researchers from around the world, with the goal of finding solutions to Pierce's disease and its vectors. The symposium will also include reports and presentations on other winegrape pests and diseases, reflecting the expanding focus of the PD/GWSS Board. It is a valuable event for researchers and winegrape growers to interact and find out about the latest research and activities. 
WHEN: Dec. 13-14

WHERE: San Diego