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 June 21, 2018

July 16
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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HOTEL: BOOK BY FRIDAY, JUNE 22 to get CAWG's discounted room rate of $249 at the Silverado Resort and Spa. To book under the CAWG room block, contact the hotel at 707-257-5440.

  • Competing on a Global Stage
  • Technology Trends in the Vineyard
  • Driving Deeper into the Future of Winegrape Trucking
  • Before the Harvest: State of the Industry
  • Keynote speaker: Pat Roney, president and founding partner of Vintage Wine Estates.
AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE: Join us in honoring CAWG Grower of the Year Steve Schafer and Leader of the year Karissa Kruse.
SPONSORSHIPS: Please contact the CAWG office at 916-379-8995 if you are interested in sponsorship opportunities. 

House Rejects Goodlatte-McCaul Immigration Bill, Delays Vote on Compromise Bill
The House rejected H.R. 4760 (Securing America's Future Act of 2018) by a vote of 193-231, with 41 Republicans voting no ( view vote results). On the House floor prior to the vote, numerous Republicans and Democrats were passionate in their remarks for or against the conservative bill. Rep. Goodlatte's  floor statement  on H.R. 4760 included details about replacing the H-2A program and refinements to the H-2C program. 
A vote on the second immigration bill (H.R. 6136), or "compromise bill," was delayed until tomorrow to give legislators more time to review. 

Farm Bill Revote: Bill Passes on Second Attempt
After the first attempt to pass the massive, 5-year farm bill failed on May 18, the House reconsidered it today and the bill narrowly passed by a vote of 213-211. The farm bill revote followed the vote on H.R. 4760.

Upon passage, House Ag Committee Chairman Mike Conaway said, " Today's vote was about keeping faith with the men and women of rural America and about the enduring promise of the dignity of a day's work. It was about providing certainty to farmers and ranchers who have been struggling under the weight of a five-year recession and about providing our neighbors in need with more than just a hand out, but a hand up. I'm proud of what this body has accomplished, and now look forward to working with the Senate and the president to deliver a farm bill on time to the American people."

Government Relations Capitol Report
This week the U.S. District Court in Sacramento heard arguments in a lawsuit where U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is asking the court to rule that three California sanctuary state laws are unconstitutional.
These laws limit how a local government, law enforcement and employers may cooperate with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials. Many observers seem convinced that the judge will likely uphold the ability of states to legislate and pass sanctuary laws relative to local governments and law enforcement.  
However, on AB 450, the law that tells employers how to respond to ICE at the workplace, the court may find this unconstitutional. John Myers with the Los Angeles Times tweeted, "By contrast, he took [the] state to task on #AB450." Judge John Mendez, appointed by President George W. Bush, acknowledged that the law puts California private employers "between a rock and a hard place."

The ruling is expected in the next few days. Regardless of the decision, it is sure to be appealed.

-- Michael Miiller / / 916-379-8995  

DPR Reminds Growers to Notify Nearby Schools, Day Care Centers if Using Pesticides
According to the California Department of Regulation (DPR), about 80 percent of California farmers have sent pesticide notifications to schools near them. Information for growers and applicators can be found on  DPR's website  or by contacting your county agricultural commissioner.

House Hearing Explores Impact of Federal Regulations on Farmers
The House Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy, and Trade today held a hearing titled "Accelerating Agriculture: How Federal Regulations Impact America's Small Farmers." The purpose was to examine how expensive, confusing and time-consuming federal regulations affect small farmers and explore ways to provide regulatory relief to the industry. The subcommittee provides oversight for ag policies, environmental issues and regulations, energy issues and international trade policy.

Article based on panel discussion during this week's Vineyard Economics Symposium.
Wine Business, June 20
A contentious measure that would have limited vineyard expansion into woodland areas is on track to fail by less than 2 percentage points, with 95 percent of the vote counted.
The Press Democrat, June 18
Reports on California, Argentina, Chile, France, Spain, Italy, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.
June edition


Grower challenges such as a persistent labor shortage and regulatory burdens have prompted more investments in robotics, IT and remote sensing in agriculture.
Western Farm Press, June 14
A new 30-second ad featuring an apple grower highlights the impact of trade wars on family farmers. 
June 18


In the past two decades, as labor market needs have shifted, the composition of recent immigrants has changed dramatically.
Public Policy Institute of California, June 18

A 10-minute video  explores what makes fire in the West unique and demonstrates the importance and benefits of healthy fire to forest ecosystems.
U.S. Forest Service

New Study Could Help with Early Diagnosis of Pierce's Disease
Researchers from UC Davis and a Brazilian university have released a study that provides new insight into Pierce's disease (PD). They have identified a set of molecular markers  for PD symptoms that can be further explored to aid in disease detection, breeding for resistance and developing therapeutics. Per the study abstract, "Defining the cellular and biochemical changes induced during disease can foster the development of novel therapeutic strategies aimed at reducing the pathogen fitness and increasing plant health.  To this end, we investigated the transcriptional, proteomic and metabolomic responses of diseased Vitis vinifera compared to healthy plants."   

Immigration Reform and Farm Labor Markets
Abstract for an article in the American Journal of Agricultural Economics (published June 13):

"In this paper, we develop an equilibrium approach to examine the impact of removing undocumented workers from the California  agricultural labor market, and to infer whether there is evidence of shortages using individual-worker data. We find evidence that is consistent with a persistent shortage in some sub-sectors of the California farm labor market. Further, we conduct counter-factual policy simulations over a range of possible policy alternatives and find that removing 50 percent of all undocumented farm workers from the state would lead to an increase in wages of over 22 percent."

Heat Illness Prevention 
Educational resource available on Cal/OSHA website.

CSWA: Sustainable Winegrowing Workshop for Ag Professionals

WHEN: July 24 / 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
WHERE: UC Davis Robert Mondavi Institute Sensory Theatre, Davis
Risk Mitigation in the Vineyard & Winery 
>Fire Recovery and Erosion Control BMPs 

Water and Emerging Regulatory Issues 
>New Vineyard Water Quality Permit 

Update on the California Sustainable Winegrowing Program 
>Exploring the Link Between Sustainable Winegrowing Practices and Wine Quality 

A Round-up of Recent Viticulture and Enology Research

AgSafe: Ag Laws and Regulations for Growers and FLCs
Sessions are scheduled throughout the state between June and December. The course meets the California DLSE nine hours of continuing education required for California FLC licensing. Topics include:

Agricultural Labor Relations Act
Cal/ OSHA safety and health laws
Employment insurance
FLC/grower relations
Transportation and housing laws
Federal and State Wage and Hour Laws
Workers' compensation insurance
Incident investigations
Effective management and communication