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November 29 , 2018

January 29-31
Unified Wine & Grape Symposium, Sacramento

January 30
Winegrape Growers of America Leadership Luncheon, Sacramento

February 26
CAWG Board of Directors meeting, Sacramento

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Senate and House Ag Leaders: 'We've Reached Agreement in Principle on 2018 Farm Bill'
Senate and House Agriculture Committee Chairmen Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) and Mike Conaway (R-Texas) and Ranking Members Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) made the following announcement today on the state of 2018 farm bill negotiations: "We're pleased to announce that we've reached an agreement in principle on the 2018 Farm Bill. We are working to finalize legal and report language as well as CBO scores, but we still have more work to do. We are committed to delivering a new farm bill to America as quickly as possible."

CAWG Elects New Board Members
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CAWG is pleased to announce our new and re-elected directors, and to recognize our outgoing directors. The new term begins on Dec. 1. 
Executive team (no changes)
-Chair: Bill Berryhill, BB Vineyards, Clements
-Vice Chair: Bruce Phillips, Vinehill Ranch, Yountville
-Vice Chair: Mike Testa, Coastal Vineyard Care, Buellton
-Secretary: Mike Boer, Stipp Ranch, Ukiah
-Treasurer: Jeff Bitter, Madera
New board members (all from CAWG District 2)
-Marshall Miller, The Thornhill Companies, Santa Barbara
-Lino Bozzano, Laetitia Vineyard and Winery, Arroyo Grande
-Greg Gonzalez, Scheid Vineyards, Greenfield 
Directors re-elected for second term
-Kendall Hoxsey-Onysko, Napa Wine Company/Yount Mill Vineyards, Yountville
-Troy Javadi, Meadowlark Harvesting, Paso Robles
Directors re-elected for third and final term
-Joe Cotta, Joe Cotta Vineyards, Galt 
-Robert Pirie, Colligere Farm Management, Lodi
Outgoing directors
-Nicholas Miller, The Thornhill Companies, Santa Barbara
-Jason Smith, Smith Family Wines, Soledad
-JD Harkey, Drake Enterprises, Temecula
-Tyler Scheid, Scheid Vineyards, Greenfield
Outgoing at-large director
-Nat DiBuduo (after serving 19 years on the CAWG board)

CAWG Effort Leads to Legislators Requesting Disaster Aid for CA Winegrape Growers
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As reported in the Nov. 15 eNews, CAWG, Lake County Winegrape Commission, Lake County Farm Bureau, Mendocino County Farm Bureau and Mendocino Winegrowers sent a jointly signed letter to U.S. representatives from Northern California and other California congressional members  asking for winegrape growers to be included in a disaster assistance package. The following week, Rep. Mike Thompson (D-St. Helena) -- and 21 other representatives -- formally requested funding for growers affected by California wildfires. Specifically, the request seeks reauthorization of the 2017 Wildfire and Hurricanes Indemnity Program (WHIP) to cover those who sustained losses due to the 2018 wildfires, including smoke taint.

Government Relations Report
Although called the Pierce's Disease Research Symposium, it also covers other pests and diseases of winegrapes, reflecting the expanding focus of the PD/GWSS Board. CAWG works closely with the PD/GWSS Board and has successfully advocated for increased funding.
Researchers and others from around the globe are expected to attend, to learn about recent advances and discoveries regarding PD and other pests and diseases. Together they share a common goal of finding effective, sustainable ways of protecting winegrapes from damage by these pests and diseases.
In connection with the symposium, a compendium of research progress reports is being prepared and will be available online. Winegrape growers are encouraged to attend the symposium as it is an excellent venue for researchers and growers to interact, and for everyone to learn about the latest research, activities and findings.
The upcoming symposium is Dec. 17-19 in San Diego. Click  here  for more information.
Dan Walters, a former columnist for the Sacramento Bee and the now-defunct Sacramento Union, is currently writing for  CALmatters , an online political commentary publication. This week, Walters addresses how the Democratic Party will react to having control over all branches of state government.  
Both the Democratic and Republican parties have been struggling with internal conflicts where the far left and far right are exercising increased power within their respective parties. Democrats see conflicts between three major factions within their party -- the regular establishment, the moderates and the leftist who are loyal to Bernie Sanders.
This year, business interests supported business-friendly California Senate and Assembly Democrat candidates such as Tasha Boerner-Horvath of Encinitas, Sabrina Cervantes of Riverside, James Ramos of San Bernardino, Bob Archuleta of Pico Rivera, Freddie Rodriguez of Pomona, Susan Rubio of San Gabriel Valley, Buffy Hicks of Richmond, Sydney Kamlager of Los Angeles and others. All of these candidates won their races.
As the New Democrats (moderates) prepare for the upcoming legislative session, which organizes next week, they are gearing up for fights that may keep the party from going too far to the left. 
Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D-Discovery Bay) was just announced as the new leader of the New Democrats. Dan Walters comments on how recent controversies with the party chair may affect those moderate efforts.

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Congratulations to CSWA on 2018 Green Award 
The California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance (CSWA) is the  winner of the Amorim Sustainability Award for a Generic Organization , which recognizes the efforts made by an organization to employ the most efficient and effective sustainable practices in their business. The award is one of the 2018 Green Awards given by The Drinks Business, an industry trade publication based in London. "This organization impressed judges with its dedication to sustainable winegrowing in California, and proven results in encouraging producers to convert their vineyards to accredited sustainable practices," stated the  award summary. This is the fourth time that CSWA has received the award.

TTB Seeks Comments on Proposed Rulemaking: Modernization of Labeling and Advertising for Wine  
The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) is proposing to amend its regulations governing the labeling and advertising of wine, distilled spirits and malt beverages. TTB aims to reorganize and recodify the regulations to simplify and clarify regulatory standards, incorporate guidance documents and current policy into the regulations, and reduce the regulatory burden on industry members where possible. To submit comments on the proposal click  here, then click on "submit a formal comment" box. Comments are due on or before March 26, 2019.

Sites Reservoir Project to Receive $449M from USDA 
USDA announced Tuesday it will invest a half-billion dollars toward the  Sites Reservoir  project, the 1.8 million acre-foot off-stream reservoir west of Maxwell. The funds will be used for the Maxwell Water Intertie, a 12-foot diameter pipeline that would connect the Glenn-Colusa Canal and Tehama-Colusa Canal. The loan is made possible by USDA's Community Facilities direct loan program. Several state and federal legislators and officials -- including Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke -- visited the project site this week.  CAWG Director of Government Relations Michael Miiller wrote about funding for Sites and Temperance Flat reservoirs in the  May issue of The Crush .
>USDA PRESS RELEASE (project details and maps)

2018 California Water Legislation Summarized in Primer  
The California Department of Water Resources and State Water Resources Control Board on Nov. 13 released a final version of a document on the water conservation bills that became law in 2018 --  AB 1688  and  SB 606 . It highlights the requirements, key authorities, timeline, roles and responsibilities of state agencies, water suppliers and other entities during implementation of the 2018 legislation. The section titled "Improve Agricultural Water Use Efficiency and Drought Planning" (pages 27-30) focuses on ag water management plans; reporting requirements; and adoption, review and enforcement.


Grapevine suckering, long done by hand with grape knives and pruning shears, is changing as growers become pressed for time and labor. Mechanical and chemical suckering are potential alternatives.
Growing Produce, Nov. 25
Article by Matthew Fidelibus, UC Cooperative Extension specialist in viticulture and enology.
Growing Produce, Nov. 24


City leaders may have found a permanent solution.
KEYT News, Nov. 19

Silicon Valley-based Bear Flag Robotics is developing self-driving technology for tractors and implements.

Innovative Master Distiller to Deliver Keynote Luncheon Speech 
Lance Winters , master distiller at St. George Spirits, will deliver the keynote address at the Unified Wine & Grape Symposium on Tuesday, Jan. 29. "The distilled beverage sector is heavily steeped in tradition, even more than in our own industry, and sometimes, breaking with tradition can lead to successes. That's one of the reasons the Unified managing committee chose Lance to deliver this year's address," said Tom Collins, chair of the Unified Program Development Committee. "Those attending the luncheon will hear a unique perspective on distillation and his enthusiasm for the creativity he's known for."

Spread the Word! CAWG Foundation Now Accepting 2019 Scholarship Applications 
Each year the CAWG Foundation awards two 4-year scholarships ($8,000 each) to students planning to attend a campus in the University of California or California State University system, and four 2-year scholarships ($2,000 each) to students planning to attend a California community college. The Robert Miller Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a Central Coast student enrolled or enrolling at Allan Hancock College or Cal Poly San Luis Obispo to study enology or viticulture. 
Scholarships are awarded to high school seniors whose parent or legal guardian is employed by a California winegrape grower. The application deadline is March 8, 2019. Please share the information and link with your employees. 

Have a License to Apply Pesticides? Renew Now 
License renewal reminder: Mail your application now so that your license or certificate can be issued in the new year. Keep in mind that you cannot use or supervise the use of pesticides without a current valid license/certificate issued by DPR. This applies even if you have submitted your renewal application, fees, and any other required information to DPR. Renewal processing can take up to 60 days from the date your payment clears your financial institution. More information is posted on DPR's website.


Tillage and Compost Field Trial Workshop   

Join Sonoma RCD and Jackson Family Winery to learn about their Healthy Soils demonstration project, which is looking at how tillage and compost application influences soil health and productivity within a working vineyard. 

WHEN:  Dec. 4 / 9 to 11:30 a.m.
WHERE:  La Crema Estate at Saralee's Vineyard, 3575 Slusser Road, Windsor

Maintaining Rural Roads: Workshop for Equipment Operators   

Learn how to maintain rural roads to reduce annual maintenance costs and prevent erosion. 

WHEN:  Dec. 7 / 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
WHERE:  Private vineyard in southern Sonoma (address to be attendees)

2018 Recent Advances in Viticulture and Enology   

WHEN: Nov. 30 / 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
WHERE: UC Davis Activities and Rec Center
COST: $225, includes lunch and all handouts