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November 9, 2017

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CAWG Board of Directors meeting, Lodi

January 23-25, 2018
Unified Wine & Grape Symposium, Sacramento

February 22-23, 2018
CAWG Board of Directors meeting, Temecula 

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Government Relations Capitol Report

The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) this week announced the approval of new rules to regulate the use of agricultural pesticides near schools and licensed child daycare facilities. The rules come following a lengthy process, where CAWG and other ag groups opposed the rules, as there is no evidence of a public health concern and protections already exist in law where local ag commissioners could make restrictions near schools if necessary. Nonetheless, the rules were approved this week by the Office of Administrative Law.
The rules take effect Jan. 1, 2018 and provide for the following:
  • Prohibits many pesticide applications within a quarter mile of public K-12 schools and licensed child daycare facilities during school hours, Monday through Friday between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. This includes all applications by aircraft, sprinklers, air-blast sprayers and all fumigant applications. In addition, most dust and powder pesticide applications, such as sulfur, will also be prohibited during this time.
  • Requires California growers to provide annual notification to public K-12 schools and licensed daycare facilities, as well as county agricultural commissioners, of the pesticides expected to be used within a quarter mile of these schools and facilities in the upcoming year.
CAWG will be working with growers in the weeks ahead to provide more information on how to comply with the new rules.  

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Worker Protection Rule Debated at EPA Pesticide Committee Meeting
According to an article in Agri Pulse, EPA's Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee (PPDC) at a recent meeting debated three aspects of the Worker Protection Standard rule. Farm groups still have concerns, particularly with the "designated representative" provision, which allows workers exposed to pesticides to designate someone to request specific information about the application of pesticides. The PPDC is comprised of growers and individuals representing agriculture, farmworkers, environment, government agencies, public health and chemicals.
California Wine 2017 Harvest Report 
The report includes a growing season overview, as well as brief regional reports from Amador/Sierra Foothills, Lake County, Livermore Valley, Lodi, Madera, Mendocino, Monterey, Napa Valley, Paso Robles, San Diego County, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara Valley, Santa Cruz Mountains, Sonoma County and Temecula Valley.
CAWG Members Among Wine Enthusiast Award Winners
Congratulations to CAWG members who were honored with Wine Enthusiast's 2017 Wine Star Awards. The Wine Executive of the Year is Roger Nabedian of E. & J. Gallo, the American Wine Pioneer is Nicolaus "Nicky" Hahn of Hahn Family Wines, and the American Winery of the Year is Kendall-Jackson Winery (Jackson Family Wines). 
House Ag Committee Leaders Host NAFTA Roundtable
Representatives from eight agricultural organizations on Nov. 7 met with House Agriculture Committee leaders Michael Conaway (R-Texas) and Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) to discuss NAFTA ahead of the November round of negotiations in Mexico City. "All parties today were on the same page - NAFTA is important to agriculture and agriculture must remain a top priority in the negotiations," Conaway said. "We are eager to conclude these negotiations and to move on to inking new agreements that expand trade opportunities for American agricultural producers."
Governor, Lawmakers Request $7.4B to Aid Wildfire Recovery
Gov. Jerry Brown, U.S. Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris, and 39 members of the California congressional delegation have requested $7.4 billion in federal funding for wildfire relief and recovery efforts in California. Brown also expedited more than $40 million in state aid for immediate recovery efforts. A letter to the White House from the governor and legislators urges the president and Congress to adopt a third supplemental disaster-related appropriations bill to support the state as it recovers from the wildfires. The $7.4 billion in federal funding would go to federal cleanup, recovery and assistance programs and support housing, transportation, agriculture, environmental protection, local health services, long-term recovery planning, reconstruction and small businesses. 

Wine Industry Town Hall Meeting on Nov. 13
Wine industry stakeholders, including growers, are invited to attend this informative meeting and will be able to raise concerns and issues related to the fires directly to regulators.
HOSTED BY: California Department of Food and Agriculture, Business Consumer Services & Housing Agency and Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control

WHEN : Nov. 13 / 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

WHERE:  County of Sonoma Board of Supervisors Chambers, 575 Administration Drive, Santa Rosa


AGG's fall newsletter features a message from Nat DiBuduo, plus articles on the 2017 growing season and harvest and on the economy, consumer confidence, wine shipments and the grape market.
November 2017
The issue features articles on CAWG member Jerry Lohr, the campus winery, the grape and wine chemistry lab, the Center for Wine and Viticulture and faculty research.  

Visit California will spend about $2 million to help spread the word that travelers should not cancel their plans to visit Sonoma County and greater wine country in the aftermath of last month's wildfires.
The Press Democrat, Nov. 7

As wine regions around the world face the immediate effects of devastating fires, the threat of smoke taint is a slow burn. 
Wine Spectator, Nov. 3

UC Researchers Unlock Mystery of Grape Domestication
University of California researchers have published a study titled "Evolutionary Genomics of Grape Domestication." Using genomics, they attempted to date when grapevines were domesticated, identify genes that were selected by prehistoric v iticulturists and describe how further clonal propagation has shaped the genomes of cultivated varieties. "The data indicate that humans gathered grapes in the wild for centuries before cultivating them," a researcher said. "If we are right, it adds to a small but growing set of examples that humans had big effects on ecosystems prior to the onset of organized agriculture." In an article, one of the researchers said the study data also suggest that the altering of several genes during domestication was a key turning point for the fruit, and that the changes helped define grapes as they are known today and likely contributed to the spreading of the crop throughout the ancient world.

Survey Request: Ag Operations that Take Place Between Sunset and Sunrise 
The Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board is engaged in rulemaking that addresses hazards related to outdoor agricultural work from sunset to sunrise (hours of darkness), where illumination or visibility is limited. With this survey, the agency will collect cost data associated with providing personal protective equipment and additional lighting to increase visibility. The survey must be completed by Nov. 30.

Cal/OSHA Offers Free Consultation on Workplace Injury and Illness Prevention
Cal/OSHA can help your agricultural operation reduce preventable occupational injuries and illnesses through its consultation services. With agriculture being one of the most hazardous industrial jobs, injuries and illnesses can be prevented through education and training, on-site assistance, and by implementing an effective Injury and Illness Prevention Program. All services provided by Cal/OSHA Consultation are free to California employers.

Water Articles and Resources
Drastically downsizing the two Delta tunnels to one tunnel may be an alternative, but might not win over opposition.
Sacramento Bee, Nov. 6
The U.S. EPA and Army Corps of Engineers are working to delay the implementation date of the waters of the U.S. rule.
E&E News, Nov. 6

Ballots Due Nov. 17
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Please take a moment to complete your ballot in electing your district's leadership. Ballots must be returned on or before Nov. 17 to be included in the ballot count. To see a full listing of growers seeking election,  click here.

Your CAWG membership entitles you to a $200 discount on 1-day or 3-day registration. The discount may be used for all employees of your company, so the more you register, the more you save! If you need your discount code, please call Debby in the CAWG office at 916-379-8995.
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Grape, Nut & Tree Fruit Expo
WHEN: Nov. 14 / 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
WHERE: Big Fresno Fairgrounds
FEATURES: Grower seminars, grower/PCA breakfast, industry lunch, 5 hours of CEUs.

7th Annual Ag Labor Issues Forum
WHEN: Nov. 15-16
WHERE: Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino, Lemoore
TOPICS: Immigration updates, changing demographics of California's farmworkers, farm safety, labor laws and pesticide safety laws, workers' comp.

UCCE Seminar: Current Issues in Vineyard Health
Foundation Plant Services Director Deborah Golino will lead this seminar focusing on topics such as Pierce's disease, powdery mildew and Botrytis bunch rot diseases, and mealybugs and grapevine leafroll viruses.
WHEN: Dec. 5 / 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
WHERE: UC Davis Conference Center, 550 Alumni Lane, Davis
COST: $210 (includes materials and lunch)

Two-Day Wine Grape Production Short Course

WHEN: Dec. 12-13
WHERE:   UC Davis Conference Center, 550 Alumni Lane, Davis
COST:    $350
HOSTED BY: UC Davis Department of Viticulture and Enology.