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 May 3, 2018
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CAWG PAC Reception, Napa

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CAWG Board of Directors meeting, Napa

July 17
CAWG Summer Conference, Napa

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CAWG Awards of Excellence Program and Dinner, Napa

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CAWG PAC Golf Tournament, Napa

 
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CALIFORNIA REPUBLICAN CONVENTION IN SAN DIEGO
At the California Democratic Convention in March, no gubernatorial candidate earned the party's endorsement. This prohibits the Democratic Party from spending money on the race for governor at least until after the June primary.
 
Many Democrats will now be closely watching the San Diego California Republican convention this weekend in San Diego. This is because leading Republican gubernatorial candidates John Cox and Travis Allen are both pushing for the party endorsement. If the Republican Party endorses either one, this could catapult that candidate to the No. 2 spot behind Democrat Gavin Newsom. They would then face off in the general election in November.
 
Republicans are eager to have one of their own in the gubernatorial race so that Republican voters will have a reason to come out to vote in November. If Republicans stay home, down ticket GOP candidates, notably those challenged in congressional and state legislative races by an energized Democratic Party, could be in jeopardy. 
 
Democrats and Republicans alike know that what happens this weekend in San Diego doesn't stay in San Diego.

-- Michael Miiller / michael@cawg.org / 916-379-8995


>RELATED ARTICLE:  Republicans surge past Villaraigosa in California governor's race, poll says  (Sacramento Bee, April 26)


California Pesticide Data from 2016 Now Available; Sulfur Tops List
 
The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) recently released pesticide use data for 2016. Compared to 2015, pounds of active ingredients (AIs) decreased by 3 million (1.4 percent) while the area treated increased by 4.3 million (4.4 percent). The AI with the highest total reported pounds was sulfur (48,664,569 pounds used). Almonds were No. 1 by pounds of active ingredients at 35,357,726 pounds on 21,764,838 acres, followed by winegrapes with 27,283,580 pounds on 10,436,498 acres.
 
> 2016 SUMMARY DATA (stats by crop, county, pounds, etc.)
 


Farmers: Time is Running Out to Complete the 2017 Census of Agriculture
 
If you have not yet participated in the 2017 Census of Agriculture , USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is asking you to do so as soon as possible. The agency has received more than 1.5 million completed questionnaires, but the national return rate is currently lower than at this point in the 2012 census. NASS is in the process of doing follow-up with producers by phone and in-person.
 


Just the Facts - Immigrants in California
 
Most immigrants (58 percent) arriving in California between 2012 and 2016 came from Asia, while only 28 percent came from Latin America, according to a new report from the Public Policy Institute of California. The report looks at the immigrant population in the state and how it has changed in the past few decades. For instance, in the 1990s, California's immigrant population grew by 37 percent (2.4 million), and in the past 10 years, the increase was just 8 percent (about three-quarters of a million).
 
> REPORT


Wildfire Recovery: Additional Updates from USDA
 
New information about eligibility for USDA's 2017 Wildfires and Hurricanes Indemnity Program (WHIP) was announced this week. One of the key updates was for wildfire recovery: any crop, tree, bush or vine damaged by a 2017 wildfire is eligible. WHIP was authorized by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 to help producers with recovery of their agricultural operations.
 
 

INDUSTRY ARTICLES

VINEYARDS & WINE

For the wine industry, AVAs are a fact of life, but do they help wine consumers better understand the value and quality of the wine in the bottle?
Press Democrat, May 1
 
As the wine country's busy season begins, folks in the wine and hospitality business say they're optimistic.
ABC10, April 30
 
Petrucci was Fresno State's first viticulture professor, founded the Fresno State Viticulture and Enology Research Center and served as its director until his retirement in 1993.
Fresno State, April 30
 
More than 300 people are expected at the event to celebrate the new international wine business education and research hub.
Sonoma State news, April 30
 
Spring 2018 issue.

AGRICULTURE

In-depth article about how the H-2A program is being used in the Coachella Valley.
Desert Sun, April 27


WATER & WEATHER
Warmer Weather in the Forecast - Be Prepared! 
 

Articles and Resources 
State Water Project contractors can now expect to receive 30 percent of their requests, up from the initial 15 percent allocation in December and the 20 percent announced in January.
Department of Water Resources, April 24

 



RESEARCH
Esca Trunk Disease Project Receives Specialty Crop Funding
 
A pest and plant health project to better understand esca trunk disease in multiple grape-production systems will receive a $410,985 federal grant from the 2017 Specialty Crop Multi-State Program (SCMP). UC Davis, Washington State University and USDA's Agricultural Research Service are collaborating on the project. The SCMP funds projects that address regional or national level specialty crop issues, including food safety, plant pests and disease, research, marketing and promotion.
 


CAWG PAC
Show Your Support for CAWG PAC! Join Us at Vine Hill Ranch in Napa 
 
A strong CAWG PAC is imperative to our political agenda and goals. Please j oin your colleagues in supporting the CAWG PAC at our upcoming fundraiser in Napa. The evening includes entertainment, small bites, wine tasting, networking and a CAWG PAC update.

WHEN: May 31 / 5:30-8:30 p.m.

WHERE: Vine Hill Ranch, Oakville

EVENT HOSTS: Napa Wine Company/Yount Mill Vineyards, Vine Hill Ranch and Walsh Vineyards Management.



UPCOMING EVENTS
Economics of Vineyard Land Conservation
 
WHEN: May 16 / 1-3:30 p.m.  

WHERE: Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District, 747 Mendocino Ave. # 100,  Santa Rosa

DETAILS: Gain a solid understanding of the financial benefits of vineyard conservation and discover how easements can be highly customized to meet individual and business needs. 
 

Increasing Your Performance in IPM
 
WHEN: May 30 / 9 a.m. - noon  

WHERE: Dutton Sunnyview Vineyard, Santa Rosa

DETAILS: Free workshop on sustainable winegrowing, IPM best practices and pest monitoring. Hosted by California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance and Sonoma County Winegrowers.
 

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.