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August 10, 2017
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January 23-25, 2018
Unified Wine & Grape Symposium, Sacramento

February 22-23, 2018
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Cheers to the 2017 Harvest!
As different regions begin harvest now and in the coming weeks, we wish all of our CAWG grower members a safe and fruitful harvest! 

THE FRONT PAGE 
Farm Bill Listening Session Hosted by US Lawmakers Draws Large Crowd in Modesto
 
About 250 people attended a farm bill listening session last weekend in Modesto, with dozens of growers and other stakeholders providing comments about farm bill priorities - including specialty crops and trade. The session was led by House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (R-Texas), who was joined by U.S. Reps. Jeff Denham (R-Turlock), Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale), David Valadao (R-Hanford) and Dwight Evans (D-Pa). 

Those who were not able to attend or speak at the session may submit comments about the farm bill to houseaglistens@mail.house.gov. Archived audio of the listening session - including opening remarks and attendee comments - is available via link below.
 
In related news... U.S. Rep. Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel) hosted an agriculture roundtable discussion this morning in Salinas to hear from local growers about their farm bill priorities. He was joined by fellow House Ag Committee members Jim Costa (D-Fresno) and Collin Peterson (D-Minn.).
 
 


California Legislature's Wine Committees to Convene for Hearing on Wine Industry Issues 
 
The Senate Select Committee on California's Wine Industry and Assembly Select Committee on Wine will host a hearing next week to hear from a panel of industry experts on sustainability, fish friendly farming practices and farmworker housing. Panelists will include representatives of the wine industry, local government, nonprofits and sustainability organizations.  

The hearing will be live streamed here.
 
WHEN: Aug. 16 / 2 - 4 p.m.

WHERE: Napa Valley College / McPherson Administration Bldg. / room 1538
 


Government Relations Capitol Report
 
GOOD NEWS FOR PD/GWSS BOARD RESEARCH
 
Earlier this year, CAWG led an agricultural coalition effort to assure that costs for grower-paid research at the University of California would be limited to the actual cost of the research. This would not include charges for indirect costs that were proposed by UC to be as much as 40 percent of the contract amount. At the time, UC decided there would be no indirect costs charges through July 2018. UC indicated it would be coming out with a "white paper" on the issue to deal with the issue in the long term.
 
In CAWG's ongoing conversations with UC, it now seems clear that UC agrees with CAWG and is pursuing a long-term policy of charging no indirect cost charges on grower paid research. This would apply to all commodity boards including the Pierce's Disease/Glassy-winged Sharpshooter Board.  
 
UC is likely to adopt this formally in the next few months and we will keep you apprised as things progress.
 
-- Michael Miiller / michael@cawg.org / 916-379-8995


Winegrapes are No. 6 Crop in Solano County
 
Solano County winegrapes rose in rank and value in 2016. The crop value was $19.5 million, up from $15 million in 2015. Two of the county regions, Suisun and Green Valley, are recognized AVAs. Statistics for dark varieties were 11,300 tons and $10.3 million value in 2016, compared to 7,660 tons and $7.7 million value in 2015. Statistics for white varieties were 12,500 tons and $9.2 million in 2016, up from 10,270 tons and $7.2 million in 2015.
 


Celebrate California Wine Month in September
 
The Wine Institute is promoting California Wine Month 2017 by inviting members and regional associations to post events on the Discover California Wines website. Events will appear on the California Wine Month landing page . Those participating can download the 2017 California Wine Month logo.


The Crush - August Issue
 
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The Crush will be hitting mailboxes next week! The issue includes a feature story/Q&A from Dave Phinney's presentation at the CAWG Summer Conference, plus numerous photos from the conference and CAWG PAC golf tournament.


INDUSTRY ARTICLES

Viticulturists and scientists battle latest vineyard virus: red blotch

Lucas Pope (of CAWG member Halter Ranch Vineyards in Paso Robles) and researchers discuss the threat of red blotch.
San Francisco Chronicle, Aug. 9
 
Rosé is on the rise in the U.S., with a climbing 'hip' quotient translating into a boom in sales. 
Forbes, Aug. 9
 
Chandler has high hopes for the quality of the Lodi grapes this year.
Western Farm Press, Aug. 9
 
Feature story about Brad and Randy Lange and why they were the recipients of the CAWG Grower of the Year award.
Stockton Record, Aug. 8
 
The U.S. needs more low-skilled workers. If there is anything to fear, it is not a horde of less-educated workers ready to jump over the border. Our main immigration problem in the future is that too few low-skilled immigrants may be willing to come .
New York Times, Aug. 8
 
DuPont and The Dow Chemical Company have announced that all required regulatory approvals and clearances have been received to close on a merger of the two companies. 
NAFB, Aug. 8
 
The app will help growers identify crop diseases quickly through artificial intelligence and machine learning. It can incorporate data from sensors monitoring temperature, light and soil moisture to alert growers to problems. 
CDFA, Aug. 8


WATER NEWS
New Approach to Restock California's Groundwater Via Orchards, Vineyards
 
Scientists at Berkeley Lab's  
Earth & Environmental Sciences Area (EESA) are collaborating with farmers, industry organizations and UC Davis to test on-farm banking to manage groundwater more sustainably. They say it's an improvement on the age-old method of groundwater recharge, the process of replenishing aquifers by infiltrating water from the surface into shallow aquifers. This past April, EESA scientist Craig Ulrich spoke to winegrape growers about groundwater recharge and on-farm banking at grower tailgate events organized by San Joaquin Valley Winegrowers Association . 
 


Water Articles and Resources
 
The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California published a report with details and graphics about how the California WaterFix will protect water supplies and the Delta.
MWD, July 2017


 

UNIVERSITIES
UC Researcher Working on Virtual Vineyards for Growers
 
From Western Farm Press:
Ali Pourreza, a UC Cooperative Extension agricultural engineer,  is working to develop a much more affordable way of combining aerial digital images - taken by a drone - with computer technology that would allow growers to create a virtual three-dimensional reconstruction of a vineyard. It also offers the promise of allowing growers to assess conditions throughout the vineyard without the time and expense of walking up and down each row.
 


UPCOMING EVENT
Oakville Station Seminar Series & BBQ
 
WHEN: Friday, Aug. 11 / 1:30 p.m.

WHERE: UCD Oakville Experiment Station, 1380 Oakville Grade Road, Oakville
 
Organized by UCCE viticulturist Kaan Kurtural. Agenda includes a field tour (five topics) followed by conference room presentations. Registration is required.
 
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