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June 15, 2017

July 11
CAWG PAC fundraiser, Goehring Vineyards, Inc., Lodi

July 17
CAWG PAC Golf Tournament, Napa

July 17
CAWG Awards of Excellence Program and Dinner, Napa

July 18
CAWG Summer Conference, Napa

July 19
CAWG Board of Directors meeting, Napa

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Join CAWG at the Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa, July 17-18.

Schedule of Events 
Monday, July 17 
CAWG PAC Golf Tournament  
Awards of Excellence Program & Dinner  
Leader of the Year: Al Scheid, Scheid Vineyards  
Grower of the Year: Bradford & Randall Lange, LangeTwins Family Winery & Vineyards 

Tuesday, July 18 
Speaker Program & Annual Business Meeting  
Topics Include: 
The Economy and Wine
Dr. Damien Wilson, Sonoma State University

The View from Washington, D.C.
Louie Perry, Cornerstone Government Affairs

Lessons in Entrepreneurship and Branding
Dave Phinney, Orin Swift & Locations Wine  


Hotel Reservation Deadline has been Extended 
CAWG has negotiated a discounted room rate of $229 at the Silverado Resort & Spa. The deadline to reserve a room at this discounted room is Wednesday, June 21. To make a hotel room reservation, call the Silverado Resort  & Spa directly, 707-257-5440 and reference the California Association of Winegrape Growers when you make your reservation.
Heat Wave Expected to Hit California 
Most regions in California are expecting an extended period of high temperatures beginning this weekend.

Under OSHA law, employers are responsible for providing workplaces free of known safety hazards. This includes protecting workers from extreme heat. An employer with workers exposed to high temperatures should establish a complete heat illness prevention program.

California employers are required to take these four steps to prevent heat illness:

  1. Training - Train all employees and supervisors about heat illness prevention.
  2. Water - Provide enough fresh water so that each employee can drink at least 1 quart per hour, or four 8 ounce glasses, of water per hour, and encourage them to do so.
  3. Shade - Provide access to shade and encourage employees to take a cool-down rest in the shade for at least 5 minutes. They should not wait until they feel sick to cool down.
  4. Planning -Develop and implement written procedures for complying with the Cal/OSHA Heat Illness Prevention Standard.
Heat Illness Prevention Training Guide 
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CAWG Leaders Head to Washington, DC to Discuss the Produce Safety Rule and Other Key Issues 
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Next week, CAWG President John Aguirre and five CAWG Directors are traveling to Washington, DC to lobby members of California's congressional delegation on key issues of importance to California winegrape growers.

The CAWG delegation will urge congressional action on immigration, re-authorization of the Farm Bill and funding of important plant pest and disease programs.

The group is also scheduled to meet with Food and Drug Administration officials regarding the association's request that the agency exempt winegrapes from the produce safety rule on the basis that winegrapes are rarely consumed raw. Starting with the 2018 winegrape harvest, most commercial growers of winegrapes will need to adhere to onerous notice and assurance requirements of the processing exemption to avoid the regulatory burdens of the produce safety rule. However, CAWG believes winegrape growers should be exempt from the rule because winegrapes, like potatoes, are rarely consumed raw. The exemption provided to growers of potatoes and other commodities deemed 'rarely consumed raw', is the easiest and most complete exemption available and entails no notice or record-keeping requirements for growers.

CAWG will keep members updated on the outcome of these meetings and the progression of the Produce Safety Rule in regards to winegrapes.
Federal Reserve Raising Benchmark Interest Rate  
The Federal Reserve approved its second rate hike of 2017 amid expectations that inflation is running well below the central bank's target. As financial markets had anticipated, the policy-making Federal Open Market Committee increased its benchmark target a quarter point. The new range will be 1 percent to 1.25 percent, increasing from the current 0.91 percent. The Fed intends to raise borrowing costs for businesses and consumers after almost a decade of historically low interest rates. "Our decision reflects the progress the economy has made and is expected to make," Janet L. Yellen, the Fed's chairwoman.   
Vine Mealybug Flares Up in Central Coast  
Many Central Coast growers are returning to the drawing board for treatment options after an increase of vine mealybug (VMB) found in vineyards.  
Dan Rodrigues, owner of Vina Quest Vineyard Consulting and a faculty member of the Wine & Viticulture Department at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo discusses VMB growth in warm climates, "Everything grows on heat. Mealybugs don't grow much in the Arctic, but they do in California and Florida because there are more food sources; their population is based on what they have available to them."

The continuum of practices for eradicating and managing VMB varies from beneficial predators and pheromone disruptors to chemical applications and even replanting.  
Government Relations Capitol Report
The California constitution requires the Legislature to pass a budget annually by June 15.  If the budget is not passed on time, lawmakers will lose their pay until a budget is approved.   Consequently, today the Legislature will approve a state budget.

While most people think of the state budget as a fiscal year spending plan, the budget includes much more.  The Constitution provides that "other bills providing for appropriations related to the budget bill' are considered a "budget bill."  This has resulted in the budget process being used to make far-reaching policy changes that are approved by majority vote and take effect when the budget is signed. 

Below are examples of this year's trailer bills:
  • Regulation of the cannabis industry.
  • Elimination of the Board of Equalization.
  • Changes to elections laws to help defeat efforts to recall a senator.
  • Expansion of the number of Californians who can't own guns.
  • Changes to the collective bargaining process.
Some of these trailer bills were in print for the first time this week.

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New survey confirms that the local winegrape industry provides a number of valuable contributions to the community. 
Wine Business, June 14

An aid to understanding grapevine balance
A look into balancing fruit yield with root and shoot growth.
Wines and Vines, June 14

University experts optimize extraction of phenols from grape skins
Two scientific articles have been released by researches at the University of Seville that discuss the different quantities of phenols that can be extracted from the solid parts of the grape during winemaking.
June 15

Hail storm causes vine damage in Napa
Growers are accessing damage from the June 11th hail that touched down in the Napa Valley.
Napa Valley Register, June 13

San Joaquin County hit with nearly $13 million in damage from winter storms
Lodi's John Kautz Farms, in particular, experienced losses when the Mokelumne River's flooding led a number of beavers to their vineyards, where the creatures feasted on the grape vines.
Lodi News, June 11

Female workers a growing presence in Napa vineyards
With the labor shortage among agriculture, the Napa valley is seeing an uptick in the female workforce.
Napa Valley Register, June 10

Allied Grape Growers releases spring update newsletter
AGG's spring newsletter features California winegrape acreage analysis, bunch count survey results, a message from Nat DiBuduo, and an article about varieties that are in high demand.
June 2017
Delta Tunnels Project Reaching Decision Point  
After more than a decade and nearly a quarter billion dollars of study and planning, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and other agencies will vote in September on whether to pay for the biggest and most controversial water project CA has undertaken since the 1960's.

Read more here:

Read more here:
>Sac Bee Article, June 13 
>See where the proposed tunnels would go
Water Articles and Resources
In-depth assessment of CA dams ordered 
State regulators are ordering sweeping investigations of more than 50 California dams following the Oroville dam crisis. 
LA Times, June 13
> Oroville Dam Incident Explained

Sonoma Valley entering new chapter on groundwater
The first official meeting of the Sonoma Valley Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA) was held on June 8 to develop a Sustainability Plan for the basin; which will be required by January 2022.
Kenwood Press, June 15


Show Your Support! Join Us on July 11 in Lodi and July 17 in Napa

Decisions made in Sacramento can lead to unnecessary, costly and intrusive regulations in your operation. That's why it's critical to identify and financially support elected officials and candidates who understand and can help our industry. Your support of CAWG PAC helps the association elect winegrape industry-friendly officials who support and carry out our advocacy efforts on important issues affecting our daily priorities. A strong CAWG PAC is imperative to our political agenda and goals.  Join your colleagues in supporting the CAWG PAC at these upcoming  events:

July 11: Fundraiser at Goehring Vineyards in Lodi.  

July 17: Golf tournament at Silverado Resort golf course.

CSWA Sustainable Winegrowing Workshop

WHEN: Tomorrow, June 16 / 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
WHERE: Robert Mondavi Institute S ensory Theater, UC Davis
Learn about programs and resources, including CSWA's new economic tools that can be used to assess the costs and benefits of adopting specific practices, including a trunk disease prevention tool and certification cost tool.  

Lodi Vineyard & Wine Economics Symposium
WHEN: June 29 / 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
WHERE: Wine & Roses Conference Center, Lodi
Program features wine experts and influencers active in shaping the future of the wine business in Lodi and surrounding regions.
2017 Forbes AgTech Summit
WHEN: June 28-29
WHERE: Salinas
Silicon Valley and global agriculture converge to tackle critical challenges and showcase the latest innovations for farmers, investors and stakeholders of global food systems.