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 2018 Winegrape 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!  If you would like to share a photo of your harvest, please email to . We'd be happy to post them on CAWG's Facebook page. Please include a brief description with the photo.

Learn More About New Prop 65 Alcoholic Beverage Warning Compliance

Effective Aug. 30, all direct-to-consumer (DTC) shipments from wineries to California addresses must include Prop 65 warnings in or on the shipping container or delivery package. Warnings must also be posted on winery websites and in wine tasting rooms. Wine Institute, Compli and OEHHA have information and FAQs regarding the new regulations.
>WINE INSTITUTE (posted Aug. 13) 
>COMPLI FAQs (posted Aug. 13)

EPA Ordered to Ban Chlorpyrifos
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco on Aug. 9 ordered the EPA to remove chlorpyrifos -- commonly known as Lorsban -- from sale in the United States within 60 days. "T he panel held that there was no justification for the EPA's decision in its 2017 order to maintain a tolerance for chlorpyrifos in the face of scientific evidence that its residue on food causes neurodevelopmental damage to children," Judge Jed Rakoff wrote in the court's opinionThe 2-1 decision reverses a Trump administration reversal of an Obama administration plan to impose a ban.
In a statement, Corteva wrote "all approved uses and tolerances remain intact until the U.S. EPA makes a final decision." An Aug. 15 article in Ag Alert provides more background on the issue.

Government Relations Report
A 2020 ballot measure could make drastic changes to the property tax system created in 1975 when voters approved Proposition 13 to cap annual increases in property taxes. The proposed 2020 measure would boost property tax revenues from commercial and industrial properties by assessing them at their current market value. This could net $6 billion to $10 billion in annual statewide revenue. Property tax protections would remain unchanged for residential properties. 
California is already arguably the highest priced state in the nation in which to do business. Consequently, this proposal could have significant downsides for California's economy by causing businesses to leave or opt against relocating to the state. 

Petitions for this measure were filed this week with the Secretary of State. If sufficient signatures are verified, this initiative will be on the ballot in November 2020. Financial backing for the measure is from the California Federation of Teachers.
Last week a San Francisco jury found that the popular weed-killer Roundup (glyphosate) was the cause of a former school district groundskeeper's non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. The jury ordered Monsanto (maker of Roundup) to pay $289 million for losses and punitive damages. However, this verdict changes nothing relative to California's regulation of glyphosate and the use of glyphosate by growers.
This is because last week's jury decision was not based on science. Instead, it relied on a single designation by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. Keep in mind that the IARC is not a regulatory agency and did no independent studies before making its decision. 
To the contrary, in February, a U.S. district court judge blocked California from requiring that Roundup carry a cancer warning label. The judge ruled that the warning is false and misleading because regulators have routinely found there is no evidence that the product's main ingredient, glyphosate, is a carcinogen. In fact, glyphosate has been found to be safe for use by more than 800 scientific studies and reviews, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. National Institutes of Health, and regulatory authorities in California and around the world.

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Grapes No. 1 Crop in San Joaquin County
Winegrapes were still the No. 1 commodity in San Joaquin County in 2017, valued at $395.5 million, which is down from $425.8 in 2016. According to the 2017 crop report, published Aug. 7, there were 98,100 bearing acres (98,000 in 2016) and 666,000 tons (716,000 in 2016) at $594 per ton (same as 2016).

Wildfire Liability
While legislative hearings are being held at the state Capitol to discuss wildfire liability, the PG&E-backed  BRITE coalition has formed to try to reform California's liability rules. On the other side, rate payer advocacy groups, insurers and other industries have formed   Up from the Ashes  and   Stop the Utility Bailout.
>STORY: Who should be financially liable for California wildfires? (KCRA 3)
> ARTICLE: TV's new wildfire ads quietly brought to you by PG&E (SF Chronicle)


Total sales increase by 2 percent to $2.9 billion, DtC up 8 percent over 2017 in typically slow season.
Wines & Vines, Aug. 15

While labor remains a challenge, several growers are cautiously optimistic about 2018 vintage.
Wines & Vines, Aug. 15
Napa Valley Register, Aug. 14
Led by Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, interdisciplinary group ramping-up research, public awareness efforts.
Penn State, Aug. 6
A UC Cooperative Extension forestry advisor addresses concern about wildfires and smoke taint.
Union Democrat, Aug. 3
August edition
New field trials planted in Northern California.


Lake County still assessing impact of fire on crops, including winegrapes.
Ag Alert, Aug. 15

Bay-Delta Plan Proposed Amendments: No Final Action at Next Week's Meeting

Reminder About Aug. 20 Stop the Water Grab Rally at State Capitol
The State Water Resources Control Board on Aug. 15 issued a  revised notice  and  revised agenda  regarding its Aug. 21-22 meeting -- at which they will consider adoption of proposed amendments to the Water Quality Control Plan for the San Francisco Bay/Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Estuary. The revised documents state that oral comments will still be heard, but any final action by the State Water Board will be continued to a future meeting.
Fact sheets, summaries and other information about the proposed amendments can be found  HERE .


AUG. 20 RALLY AT THE CAPITOL :   Make your voice heard! Consider attending the  rally to stop the state water grab  -- slated for Aug. 20 at noon on the north steps of the State Capitol in Sacramento. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Assemblyman Adam Gray's district office at (209) 726-5465 or Michael Miiller at CAWG at (916) 379-8995.

Coalition Opposes Government Efforts to Diminish State's Authority Regarding Clean Water Act
The Western Governors' Association   (WGA) and nine other associations of state officials are urging federal lawmakers to reject any legislative or administrative efforts to reduce or impair states' ability to manage or protect water quality within their boundaries under Section 401 of the Clean Water Act (CWA). 




Articles and Resources
The California Weather Blog  - new post from UCLA climate scientist Dr. Daniel Swain > July 2018 warmest month in California history; unprecedented early-season wildfire activity continues 
SGMA is likely to result in fallowing thousands of acres of farmland. Local governments are just waking up to the big opportunities, and risks, in how that land gets reused.
Water Deeply, Aug. 6

Updated Guidance on Transfer of Unlabeled Bottled Wine Between Two Winery Premises

From the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) - Aug. 6: 
A bottle of wine may not be removed from bonded wine premises for consumption or sale without the label required by 27 CFR 24.257. However, under 27 CFR 24.256, wine that is bottled or packed and stored for the purpose of aging need not have labels affixed until the wine is removed for consumption or sale. Although the regulations do not specifically provide for this, TTB has allowed bottled wine without a label ("shiners") to be transferred in bond between bonded wine premises for the purposes of labeling, as long as the label is affixed to the bottle prior to removal from bonded wine premises for consumption or sale.