June 27, 2019
Thank You for Participating!
The CAWG board of directors and staff wish to thank everyone who attended and supported the CAWG Summer Conference and CAWG Foundation Golf Tournament. We always enjoy seeing our members and industry friends come together for a couple of days. We also extend our appreciation to all of the excellent presenters who were a part of the CAWG Speaker Program. Photos and news from the events will appear in the July issue of The Crush.
2019 Grower of the Year / Andrew Hoxsey
Andrew and family
2019 Leader of the Year / Brad Goehring
Brad and family
CAWG Summer Conference Sponsors

Pan American Insurance Agency and NAU Country Insurance Company

American AgCredit, CoBank and Farm Credit West

G3 Enterprises and Walsh Vineyards Management

Allied Grape Growers, Bayer, Preferred Employers Insurance and Vintage Crop Insurance

Balletto Vineyards, KG Vineyard Management, Precision Laboratories, Rabobank, Sonoma County Winegrowers, TerrAvion, Vino Farms, LLC and Zenith Agribusiness Solutions
CAWG Foundation Golf Tournament Sponsors

Vino Farms LLC

Allied Grape Growers

Sunridge Nurseries

Grow West and Wiens Family Cellars

Grow West and Vintage Crop Insurance

Balletto Vineyards, Precision Laboratories and Sangiacomo Family Vineyards

BB Vineyards, CAWG, Colligere Farm Management, G3 Enterprises, JSC Agricultural Supply, Pan American Insurance Agency, Oliver Search Consulting, Rabobank and Wine Institute

Tomorrow / June 28
CAWG to Request State Support for Wine and Viticulture Research at Legislative Wine Committee Hearing
CAWG will seek state support for critical wine and viticulture research during a June 28 joint hearing of the Senate Select Committee on California's Wine Industry and the Assembly Select Committee on Wine. The hearing will focus on the state of wine education and research, as well as emerging markets and appellations. Tony Stephen, chief sales officer for Scheid Family Wines in Monterey County, will testify on behalf of CAWG about the value of wine and viticulture research. Tomorrow, CAWG will issue a press release about his presentation.


WHERE: Sonoma State University, Wine Spectator Learning Center, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park

WHEN: June 28 / 1:30 p.m.
California Wine Sales in US Reach $40B in 2018, Up 3 Percent
California wine shipments in the U.S. reached an estimated retail value of $40.2 billion in 2018, up 3 percent from the previous year, according to Wine Institute. In comparison, the estimated retail value in 2008 was $27.3 billion. The state shipped 248 million nine-liter cases within the U.S. in 2018, up from 241.8 (3 percent) in 2017. California wine sales to all markets in the U.S. and abroad totaled 285 million cases.

U.S. wine exports, 95 percent from California, reached $1.46 billion in winery revenues in 2018, compared to $1.53 billion in 2017 and $1.62 billion in 2016. The top markets for U.S. wine exports were the European Union’s 28-member countries ($469 million), Canada ($449 million), Hong Kong ($130 million), Japan ($93 million), China ($59 million), Mexico ($27 million), South Korea ($25 million), Nigeria ($15 million), Dominican Republic ($14.4 million) and Singapore ($14 million). 

Government Relations Report
Two weeks ago, former California Assemblymember Brian Dahle (R-Bieber) took the oath of office in the state Senate to replace Ted Gaines, who was elected to the Board of Equalization in November 2018. CAWG supported Dahle, a north state farmer.  
Last week, Megan Dahle  officially announced her candidacy for her husband’s former seat in the Assembly. The Dahle family has operated a farm in Lassen County for decades and their son is the California State FFA vice president. Farming is in their blood.
A former school board member, this is not the first time that Megan has run for office. She is also no stranger to the California Legislature and has been very active in Sacramento’s political scene. She is well-informed and her opinions are widely respected. 
As the political power centers in California are large urban areas, it is becoming more important for agriculture to elect farmers to office. Ag organizations are very engaged in Sacramento and fight hard to protect the industry. But it is extremely powerful when a legislator/farmer can share his/her firsthand farming experiences with non-farmer legislators. The Dahles are strong political leaders for the ag industry. 

-Michael Miiller / michael@cawg.org / 916-379-8995
Tonight: Karen Ross to be Honored at California State Fair Gala
CAWG congratulates CDFA Secretary Karen Ross, who will receive the 2019 Agriculturalist of the Year award tonight at the  California State Fair Gala in Sacramento. The prestigious award is presented to an individual who has contributed extensively, in a professional capacity, to California’s ag industry. The gala will be attended by growers, ag organization representatives and other dignitaries, including Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove), who is chair of the Legislative Ag Caucus.

Ross is a longtime member of the CAWG family and friend of the winegrape industry -- and we extend our best wishes for continued success!   
TTB Launches the AVA Reading Room
Interested in the details and background of certain AVAs? Check out the TTB’s new  AVA reading room , an online resource of publicly available documents: petitions, proposed and final rules, and public comments for established and proposed AVAs. These documents could be useful for those submitting an AVA petition, especially for a boundary change or creating a new AVA within an existing one. 

Wildfire-Related Reports Released
>LAO Report on Allocating Utility Wildfire Costs
The nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) recently released a report –  “Allocating Utility Wildfire Costs: Options and Issues for Consideration” – as a resource for policymakers and the public seeking to better understand the complex issues surrounding utilities and the costs associated with wildfire risks. Specifically, the report describes and assesses four options that were identified by Gov. Newsom’s “strike force” and the Commission on Catastrophic Wildfire Cost and Recovery. 

>Strike Force Progress Report on Wildfires, Climate Change
Newsom’s strike force has also released a report –  “Catastrophic Wildfires, Climate Change and our Energy Future.” It provides a status update on five key areas that the governor wants to focus on: catastrophic wildfire prevention and response, mitigating climate change through clean energy policies, fair allocation of catastrophic wildfire damages, a more effective California Public Utilities Commission, and holding PG&E accountable and building a utility that prioritizes safety. 

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Western Senators Introduce Bipartisan Drought Legislation
Sen. Dianne Feinstein and colleagues from Colorado and Arizona last week introduced the bipartisan  Drought Resiliency and Water Supply Infrastructure Act , a bill to improve water storage and drought resiliency. It builds on Feinstein’s 2016 California drought legislation that was included in the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act. Feinstein said longer and more severe droughts will “result in more wildfires and devastate our agriculture sector” and the bill will help counter that.

State Board of Food and Ag Seeks Input on Water at Public Hearing in SLO
Growers are encouraged to attend and provide comments at the  California State Board of Food and Agriculture’s upcoming public session on the future of California’s water. Input from the public will help CDFA and other state agencies craft recommendations to the governor to fulfill his  April 29 executive order  calling for actions to build a climate-resilient water system and ensure healthy waterways.

WHEN: July 2 / 1 to 3 p.m.
WHERE: San Luis Obispo County Farm Bureau, 4875 Morabito Place, SLO

Report Pesticide Incidents 24/7 with DPR's New Mobile App
Farmers and farmworkers who want a quick and easy way to report pesticide incidents and concerns can download a free mobile app designed by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR). Named CASPIR (California’s System for Pesticide Incident Reporting), the bilingual app is intended for anyone who might be exposed to pesticides. CASPIR was developed with funding from the U.S. EPA and the input and assistance of local county ag commissioners and environmental groups. It can be downloaded on Apple iTunes or Google Play.

Videos from Lodi Mealybug and Virus Outreach Meeting on April 4
The Lodi Winegrape Commission has posted  five presentation videos that offer valuable take-home messages for virus management.

Monterey County: Winegrapes Move up a Spot to No. 5
Winegrapes were the fifth top crop in Monterey County in 2018, valued at $247,758,000. Top white grape varieties by total value: Chardonnay (17,006 acres; 64,700 tons; $81.5 million), pinot gris (1,263 acres; 5,870 tons; $6.99 million) and sauvignon blanc (1,028 acres; 5,360 tons; $6.4 million). Top red grape varieties by total value: Pinot noir (10,118 acres; 47,200 tons; $88.7 million), cabernet sauvignon (4,813 acres; 17,900 tons; $23.4 million) and merlot (4,423 acres; 11,900 tons; $10.6 million). 

Vineyards and Wine
CSWA was one of the hosts of this inaugural summit in Sonoma County.
Press release, June 21

How context affects consumers’ wine experiences, new technology and consumer data, weed mats, a vineyard management app and more.
SevenFifty Daily, June 21
USDA, June 26

Winter is a well-known expert on food safety and pesticide residues.
UCANR press release, June 25

Climate change is upending agriculture and land use in the Central Valley. John Duarte (CAWG member) and other growers are featured. 
KQED and Bay Nature, June 23
The proposal would set aside $16 to $18 billion to pay claims on the 2017 and 2018 wildfires and rename the company. 
Sacramento Bee, June 25

Some requirements of the proposed rule have been eased.
SHRM, June 18

November 7
CAWG Board of Directors meeting, Modesto