July 23, 2020
YOUR SOURCE FOR CAWG AND INDUSTRY NEWS. FOR CAWG MEMBERS ONLY.
THE CRUSH
July Issue - Digital Format
The Crush is now available in digital format (the PDF was emailed last week). With the digital version, all links will appear briefly in yellow highlight when you flip the pages.

COVID-19 NEWS
Government Relations Report
CAL/OSHA ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS
Employers should be aware that Cal/OSHA is aggressively enforcing compliance with the federal, state and local COVID-19 guidelines and orders. Below is a summary of the information CAWG is receiving from several lawyers representing employers:
 
  • Cal/OSHA is requiring all employers to have a written COVID-19 plan. A failure to have a written plan will likely result in a citation.
  • In enforcing the Illness and Injury Prevention Program regulation, Cal/OSHA is now issuing serious citations for noncompliance with COVID-19 guidelines.
  • Cal/OSHA is also focusing on outdoor heat injury prevention and shade requirements. A failure to provide workers with adequate shade sufficient to allow for social distancing will likely result in citations.
  • It’s important to know that Cal/OSHA does not consider a personal motor vehicle as satisfying shade requirements, unless the vehicle is running with A/C. 
 
CAWG members can access free limited legal services from Fisher Phillips and Downey Brand
 
 
WORKERS' COMPENSATION
Gov. Newsom on May 6 issued an  executive order allowing employees working outside their homes who test positive for COVID-19 to receive workers’ compensation benefits – regardless of when or where the worker actually contracted the virus. The executive order expired on July 5, but a positive test result or diagnosis through July 20 may still entitle the employee to receive coverage. This is because symptoms may not appear for up to two weeks after contracting the virus.
 
The future status of workers' compensation coverage for COVID-19 is uncertain. Gov. Newsom wants workers' compensation coverage to include COVID-19. To accomplish this, he may issue a new executive order or sign pending legislation into law.
 
CAWG is very engaged in the efforts of a coalition to ensure state proposed policies and regulations to protect and support workers affected by COVID-19 don’t impose unsustainable burdens on employers.
 
For now, employees who test positive for COVID-19 may still claim workers’ compensation benefits. However, those employees must prove they were likely exposed to COVID-19 at work.
 
We also thank growers who sent an email to their senator asking for a no vote on pending  workers’ compensation legislation .


Q&A ON CONFUSING CAL/OSHA POSTER
Cal/OSHA has created a workplace poster to provide guidelines for when to use face coverings, masks and respirators to prevent the spread of COVID-19. However, the poster may create some confusion. 

 Please read our Q&A that addresses three potentially confusing issues in the poster.


-Michael Miiller / michael@cawg.org / (916) 204-0485
Webinars: COVID-19 Industry Briefs for Agriculture
Join The Zenith team of experts for these 30-minute webinar briefings:

JULY 31: COVID-19 and Your CA IIPP
AUG. 7: The Ins and Outs of COVID-19 Testing
AUG. 14: Employee Transportation Best Practices Under COVID-19

Paycheck Protection Program Report
The Small Business Administrations released its PPP report on loans approved through July 17. California businesses accounted for 590,512 loans totaling $67.6 billion. The agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting subsector (national) had 140,725 loans totaling $7.9 billion (only 1.52 percent of the total amount).
Resources and Articles
CAWG: COVID-19 resources webpage (updated frequently)

California Farm Bureau Federation: Follow-up survey to learn how farmers are coping with the impacts of COVID-19.

Counties added to monitoring list: A total of 35 counties are now on the state’s  watchlist . Together they are home to 94 percent of the state population.

California Department of Public Health: COVID-19 stats and resources (updated daily)


Beverage Daily, July 23

Wine Industry Advisor, July 22

Press release, July 22

Farmer Joe Del Bosque, Manuel Cunha (Nisei Farmers League) and Lupe Sandoval (CFLCA) are quoted.
Vida en el Valle, July 21

Twenty-one Republican governors sent a letter to congressional leadership advocating for any additional coronavirus response package to include liability protections for businesses, educators and health care workers.
July 21

Warning to consumers.
FDA, July 2

NEWS ITEMS
Two AVA Boundary Modifications Proposed in Monterey County
The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) on July 20 published a proposed rule in the Federal Register for the modification of two AVAs. The first proposal would remove approximately 376 acres from the northern part of the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA; the area is within the Salinas River floodplain and no vineyards are planted there. The second proposal would remove 148 acres from the western side of the Arroyo Seco AVA and place them entirely within the southeastern region of the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA. Comments on this proposal must be received on or before Sept. 18, 2020.
Sanchietti Farming Receives Viticulture Award of Excellence
Congratulations to Sanchietti Farming (CAWG member) on being honored with the 2020 Viticulture Award of Excellence by Sonoma County Winegrowers (SCW). The Sanchietti family was selected “for its 100+ years of farming legacy, meticulous farming techniques, its support of SCW’s sustainability initiatives, and for being exceptional contributors to the Sonoma County community.”

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Californians Named to USDA-USTR Ag Trade Advisory Committees
Four individuals representing California specialty crop groups have been appointed to serve on ag trade advisory committees (ATAC). Serving on the Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee is David Puglia of Western Growers Association. Serving on the ATAC for Trade in Fruits and Vegetables Committee is Casey Creamer, California Citrus Mutual; Jodi Devaurs, California Table Grape Commission; and Caroline Stringer, California Fresh Fruit Association.
New Resources from UCCE-SJV
NEW SJV TREES AND VINES WEBSITE
University of California Cooperative Extension has launched a new website: San Joaquin Valley Trees and Vines . It features articles and resources on vineyard issues , IPM, nutrient management and irrigation, plus upcoming meetings.

VIT TIPS NEWSLETTER
The July issue of Vit Tips (SJV viticulture newsletter) includes viticulture advisor articles on bunch rot, Pierce’s disease and potassium nutrition in vineyards.
Nominations Open for Rich Smith Award
The Rich Smith Distinguished Service Award recognizes an individual who has made major contributions to the American grape and wine industry and research, while emulating Smith’s defining traits of passion, commitment and collaboration. It is co-sponsored by Winegrape Growers of America, National Grape Research Alliance and WineAmerica. Nominations are due by Oct. 30, 2020.


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CROP REPORT
Santa Barbara County: Winegrapes No. 2, Decrease in Value
The total value of winegrapes in Santa Barbara County was $106.1 million in 2019 (down from $121.3 million in 2018 and $146.1 million in 2017). Total production in 2019 was 50,181 tons and harvested acreage was 14,927. In comparison, total production in 2018 was 59,119 tons and harvested acreage was 16,166. The top five varieties by value in 2019 were pinot noir ($42.3 million), chardonnay ($30.8 million), syrah ($9.1 million), sauvignon blanc ($3.7 million) and cabernet sauvignon ($3.1 million).

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ENVIRONMENT
DPR Report Shows Pesticides Below Health Screening Levels
Air monitoring results released this month from DPR conclude that none of the 36 pesticides monitored exceeded any of their health screening levels or regulatory targets for 2019. In 2019, DPR monitored 31 pesticides and five breakdown products in eight ag communities: Shafter (Kern County), Santa Maria and Cuyama (Santa Barbara County), Watsonville (Santa Cruz County), Chualar (Monterey County), Lindsay (Tulare County), Oxnard (Ventura County) and San Joaquin (Fresno County). Of the 36 chemicals monitored, 10 were not detected, 16 were only detected at trace levels, and 10 compounds were detected at quantifiable levels. Of the 14,616 analyses conducted, 96.2 percent did not return a detectable concentration.


ARTICLES OF INTEREST
VINEYARDS & WINE

July issue

CAWG members quoted.
Western Farm Press, July 22

AGRICULTURE

Politico, June 29

WATER & WEATHER

While attention is naturally on managing drought, two new studies suggest that the state’s flood risk has been vastly underestimated.
Public Policy Institute of California, July 20

Western Farm Press, July 20

Weather West blog, July 15