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 June 7, 2018

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Primary Election Results from Across the State
The Sacramento Bee has election results for all congressional and legislative races from the June 5 primary. The top two candidates from each race will face off in the November general election. 

Update on CDFA's Appeal Regarding Ruling on Pesticide Spraying
Earlier this year, a Sacramento County Superior Court judge issued an injunction requiring CDFA to stop using nearly 80 pesticides to kill invasive pests until the agency addressed the impacts on public health and the environment. On March 12, CDFA filed an appeal in the Third District Court of Appeal for California, seeking to overturn the lower court order. The agency also requested that the court lift an injunction on certain CDFA activities. Last week, the Third District Court of Appeal granted a stay of that Superior Court injunction that suspended a key portion of the Plant Pest Prevention and Management Program.  CDFA will now be allowed to continue its pest prevention programs.   

Government Relations Capitol Report
On election night in November 2016, Republican Ling Ling Chang believed she had won and was headed to the State Senate. A few weeks later, after uncounted votes were tallied, Democrat Josh Newman came out on top. Newman's election created a two-thirds supermajority for Democrats in the Senate, making it easier to pass tax increases.
When a $52 billion gas tax was passed last year, with Newman being arguably the deciding vote, voters in his Orange County district immediately petitioned for his recall. Normally, recall elections are scheduled soon after the signatures are verified by elections officials. However, the law was changed last year to delay the recall until the June primary. 
On Tuesday, voters recalled Newman by a margin of 60 to 40 percent  and Chang was elected to replace him. 
It is important to note, as a repeal of the gas tax will be on the November ballot, that in this Senate district -- where 36 percent of voters are Democrats and 34 percent are Republican -- it is highly likely that many Democrats were angered by the gas tax and voted for the recall.

> RELATED ARTICLE : California's gas tax hike cost a lawmaker his job. Critics say repeal is next (LA Times)

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Success Against Pierce's Disease Shows the Value of Funding Research 
An in-depth article about  PD/GWSS research was published this week in Wines & Vines. It looks at the history of the issue, research successes, new approaches and techniques, and collaboration between various entities. Author Cliff Ohmart wrote, "The grower-supported PD/GWSS research program demonstrates that great advances can be made in viticulture when significant money is made available for basic and applied research in a consistent way. It attracts the best minds to address a problem and provides sufficient financial resources to perform the research in a timely manner to solve serious problems facing the winegrape industry."

Senate Ag Committee to Consider Farm Bill
The Senate Ag Committee will hold a business meeting on June 13 to consider the 2018 Senate Farm Bill. "It has been more than a year of travelling across the country listening to farmers, ranchers, rural communities and those in need," said the committee chairman and ranking member in a joint statement. "Now the time has come to put what we've learned into a bipartisan bill that will provide much-needed certainty for agriculture, families and rural America." Meanwhile, the House is looking at June 22 to reconsider its farm bill.

Say Goodbye to Monsanto
In a mega deal valued at $63 billion, Bayer completed the acquisition of Monsanto today, which doubled the size of its agriculture business. According to a statement, Bayer will remain the company name and Monsanto will no longer be a company name. The acquired products will retain their brand names and become part of the Bayer portfolio.

2018 GEELA Awards Seeking Nominations
The Governor's Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA) is California's highest environmental honor. The program honors individuals, organizations and businesses that have made notable contributions in conserving California's resources, protecting and enhancing our environment, building public-private partnerships and strengthening the state's economy. Applications are being accepted through July 31. Award recipients will be chosen from five categories: 1) climate change, 2) ecosystem and land use stewardship, 3) environmental education, 4) sustainable practices, communities or facilities, and 5) waste reduction. The awards program is administered by Cal EPA, in partnership with several agencies, including CDFA.

A campaign clash over a watershed and oak woodlands protection initiative  is coming down to an epic, slow-motion finish.
Napa Valley Register, June 6
Napa County predicts its program to run three farmworker housing centers for migrant workers will soon be in the black, with a planned $1-per-acre increase in vineyard assessments making a difference.
Napa Valley Register, June 5
Following in the footsteps of rivals Target and Trader Joe's with hipper and tonier bona fides, Walmart is launching its  Winemakers Selection   of private label wine to 1,100 stores.
Forbes, June 5
Updates on bulk wine market and grape market, plus market opportunities.
June 4


Statement issued after the immediate imposition of tariffs of 10 and 20 percent on U.S. ag exports in retaliation for steel and aluminum tariffs.
June 5
The board heard about issues related to connecting rural communities to high-speed internet at its June 5 meeting. 
CDFA, June 4


The  local wine industry has received pointers to prepare for possible visits from ICE agents.
Napa Valley Register, June 1


The CA governor's race and all its key House races will feature a Democrat against a Republican in the fall campaign. 
Washington Post, June 6

Water Conservation Wins
Prop 72: Rainwater Capture 
In the primary election, voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition 72 in an effort to promote water conservation in the state. It passed with 83 percent of the vote. This means that installing a system to collect and store rainwater on a property will not result in a higher property tax bill. It applies to systems added after Jan. 1, 2019.  >DETAILS ABOUT PROP 72
California's Water Efficiency Standards
Gov. Brown on May 31 signed SB 606 and AB 1668 to help the state better prepare for droughts and climate change by establishing statewide water efficiency standards. > PRESS RELEASE

Grapevine Micronutrients: Use & Deficiency Symptoms in the San Joaquin Valley
Presentation by Matthew Fidelibus, UC Davis viticulture specialist, at the San Joaquin Valley Winegrowers Association Viticultural Research Roadshow on June 6. 



CAWG Summer Conference

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SPONSORSHIPS: Please contact the CAWG office at 916-379-8995 if you are interested in sponsorship opportunities. 


2018 National Winegrape Policy Conference - Three Weeks Away!
Join growers from around the country June 18-20 -- visiting  with federal lawmakers and  participating in discussions on immigration legislation, free trade, the farm bill and research funding. 

Free H-2A Roundtables Slated for June
H-2A informational events - hosted by Agricultural Personnel Management Association - will be held in Salinas, Sonoma and Napa June 19-21.

*Issues and trends - H-2A certification and compliance

*H-2A implications for human trafficking and workers' compensation

*Avoiding pitfalls and landmines of the program