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 April 19, 2018

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Sonoma Grower Education Meeting, Santa Rosa

May 31
CAWG PAC Reception, Napa

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CAWG Board of Directors meeting, Napa

July 17
CAWG Summer Conference, Napa

July 17
CAWG Awards of Excellence Program and Dinner, Napa

July 18
CAWG PAC Golf Tournament, Napa

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Just Released: California Grape Acreage Report - 2017 Summary
California's 2017 grape acreage totaled 880,000 acres, down 17,000 from 2016, according to results from an annual government acreage survey. The  wine-type grape acreage is estimated at 599,000 acres -- 560,000 bearing and 39,000 non-bearing. In comparison, wine-type grape acreage was 602,000 in 2016 and 608,000 in 2015. The leading winegrape varieties continue to be chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon. CDFA and USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service conducted the acreage survey by mailing a questionnaire in October 2017 to approximately 8,300 grape growers, followed by phone calls and site visits.

Farm Bill Advances in House
The House Agriculture Committee on April 18 passed out of committee the   Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (H.R.2) . All 26 Republicans voted in favor and all 20 Democrats opposed. The committee adopted more than a dozen amendments to the bill. It now goes to the full House of Representatives, which is expected to vote on the farm bill next month.
>ARTICLE (2018 farm bill advances - what are ag groups saying about the bill?)

Specialty Crop Alliance, Ag Research Universities Lobby for Farm Bill Funding
The Specialty Crop Farm Bill Alliance (SCFBA) -- a national coalition of more than 120 specialty crop organizations, including CAWG -- announced its farm bill priorities this week. In a letter to the House Agriculture Committee, the SCFBA requested the following: enhance funding for the Specialty Crop Research Initiative, continue the Technical Assistance for Specialty Crops program, increase funding to combat invasive pests and diseases, continue strong funding of Specialty Crop Block Grants, and increase access to foreign markets.  > NEWS RELEASE
FedByScience is a new collaborative initiative among 16 universities, including UC Davis, to boost federal investment in food and agricultural research. To celebrate the launch, the group held briefings on Capitol Hill on April 18 to share research success stories and ask legislators for more research funding. > WEBSITE

Government Relations Capitol Report
A controversial bill is working its way through the California Legislature and could force California businesses to submit detailed salary data to the state. In an effort to achieve equal pay for women,   SB 1284 (Jackson)   would require companies with 100 or more employees to annually report the number of workers, and the race, sex and total earnings of each employee. 
CAWG is part of a coalition of industries opposing this bill.  The Chamber of Commerce has labeled SB 1284 a " Job Killer" (see entire 2018 list)
The problem with the bill, beyond its excessive costs, is that it's not an apples-to-apples comparison. SB 1284 will cause salary comparisons based only on gender, regardless of the workers' experience. Additionally, the bill requires information to be reported by job category. This means that if there are a small number of workers in any category, the report will essentially make public the salaries of those individual workers.
Remember, it is already illegal to base wages on the worker's gender. Nonetheless, this week the Senate Judiciary Committee passed SB 1284 by a partisan vote.

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National Grape & Wine Initiative Changes Name
The National Grape & Wine Initiative has a new name to highlight its research mission: National Grape Research Alliance. This is the third name change since the organization was founded in 2003; the original name was Winegrower's Critical Research Investment Initiative . "Wine remains an important industry constituent and constitutes the majority of our membership," said Jerry Lohr, founder of J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines and a founding member of the organization. "But we are stronger when we work together on common goals that span all industry sectors. We truly are an alliance of grape stakeholders representing growers, producers, university and government scientists, and extension specialists, all committed to advancing the future of the industry through research."

California Green Medal Awards Ceremony
Photos and videos courtesy of the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance:

Pierce's Disease Control Program Releases Report to the Legislature for Calendar Year 2017
2017 was another successful year for the Pierce's Disease Control Program. Read this 26-page annual report - a comprehensive review of the work and progress of the program. 



An Atlas Vineyard Management employee explains the situation in the vineyard.
ABC7, April 18
Gina Gallo accepted the prestigious award, which recognizes work in the international wine world.
April 16
It's slowly dawning on winemakers that certain popular grapes varieties are not best suited to the California climate.
Wine Searcher, April 12
Reports on California, Argentina, Chile, France, Spain, Italy, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.
Ciatti Company

Added costs to put American wine at competitive disadvantage in growing market.
Wines & Vines, April 17

$85 Million in Grants Awarded for SGMA Projects
DWR announced $85.8 million in grant funding will go to 78 proposals  that were submitted to the Sustainable Groundwater Planning Grant Program. Of the funds awarded, $69.6 million will support groundwater sustainability plans development by groundwater sustainability agencies and $16.2 million will support groundwater sustainability planning and management  benefitting severely disadvantaged communities .

Articles and Resources 

A new report  reviews groundwater recharge efforts in the San Joaquin Valley and proposes actions to increase recharge and reduce the valley's groundwater deficit.
Public Policy Institute of California, April 2018

Sonoma Grower Education Meeting
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Hosted by CAWG, Sonoma County Winegrowers and Sonoma County Farm Bureau. The meeting is free to members of these organizations.
WHEN:  Tuesday, April 24 / 8:30-10:30 a.m. (includes coffee and pastries)

WHERE: Sonoma County Farm Bureau, 3589 Westwine Blvd., Santa Rosa
-What do the New Tax Laws Mean for Growers?
-The State of the State
-Federal Review for Growers

**Save the Dates** CAWG Summer Conference at Silverado Resort in Napa
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CAWG board of directors meeting.
CAWG Summer Conference. The speaker program will feature presentations from wine industry experts on key 2018 issues. CAWG's annual business meeting will follow.  
7th annual Awards of Excellence Program: includes a reception, dinner, and awards ceremony for CAWG Leader of the Year and CAWG Grower of the Year.
7th annual CAWG PAC Golf Tournament at the Silverado Resort Golf Course. Shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. An awards ceremony and reception will follow.
Registration and additional details will be available on the CAWG website soon. Please contact the CAWG office at 916-379-8995 if you are interested in sponsorship opportunities.

UC Davis Viticulture and Enology On the Road in Sonoma County
WHEN / WHERE: April 25 in Santa Rosa

TOPICS: Powdery mildew resistance management, potential effects of smoke on grapes and wine, grapevine trunk diseases and sustainable vine health.

California-Chile Webinar on Climate Change
WHEN: April 25 / 9-11 a.m.

CDFA is hosting a climate smart agriculture webinar titled "California & Chile: Exploring On-Farm Climate Change Adaptation Strategies ." This free webinar will bring together farmers, researchers and government representatives to discuss strategies and practices to adapt to climate change.

San Joaquin Valley Winegrowers Association
Grower Educational Field Days
WHEN / WHERE: April 24 in Sanger and April 25 in Ceres

TOPICS: heat stress prevention for vineyards, botrytis cinereal (chemical control and fungicide resistance), winegrape water damage, connecting IPM and water quality, and worker protection changes. Open to all growers. Cost is $10 and includes lunch. SJVWA members are free. RSVP to or 559-272-1411.

2018 National WInegrape Policy Conference
WHEN / WHERE: June 18-21 at Renaissance Washington, D.C.

DETAILS: The conference will begin on June 18 with an evening reception. June 19 will feature speaker sessions and visits with legislators and staff on Capitol Hill. Additional legislative visits will be held on June 20 (and June 21 if needed). Winegrape Growers of America has negotiated a room rate of $259 per night.