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AB 1066: ACT NOW! Assembly Scheduled to Vote on Monday, Aug 29
This week has been challenging for CAWG and California agriculture, with AB 1066 (ag overtime bill) passing in the Senate on Monday (21-14-4 vote) and then moving to the Assembly. The bill was scheduled to come up for a vote today, but that vote has been pushed to Monday, Aug. 29.
Thank you to all of our members who contacted legislators, but we must continue our outreach efforts! Please continue making phone calls and sending emails to your assembly members and urge them to vote NO on AB 1066. We remain optimistic that we can defeat this bill again.

WSU Researchers Studying Smoke Taint

With wildfires affecting many winegrape growing regions in the West, the impact of smoke taint on winegrapes has been a concern. In a new study launched this summer, Washington State University scientists are exposing vines to smoke to better understand how the chemical composition of grapes changes. According to a WSU article, viticulture and enology assistant professor Tom Collins is determining how much smoke it takes to create smoke taint in wine grapes and wine, as well as how to lessen the problem. "California had an issue with it from the 2008 vintage," Collins said. "Washington has had issues with smoke-affected wines as well. It's enough of a problem we need to look at it more closely."

TTB Expands Sta. Rita Hills AVA

The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) is expanding the approximately 33,380-acre Sta. Rita Hills viticultural area in Santa Barbara County by almost 2,300 acres. The expansion contains three commercial vineyards. The established viticultural area and the expansion area are both located entirely within the larger Santa Ynez Valley viticultural area and the multicounty Central Coast viticultural area. The Federal Register includes information about the petition for expansion, supporting and opposing comments regarding different factors, discussion of comments, and TTB analysis.

Gov. Brown on Climate Change Legislation

From the  Associated Press : California lawmakers voted Wednesday to extend the state's landmark climate change law - the most aggressive in the nation - by another 10 years, resisting fierce opposition from oil companies and other business interests to keep the program alive at least through 2030. Gov. Jerry Brown and legislators held a press conference yesterday on the passage of climate legislation (SB 32 and AB 197). Brown has said he will sign the bills.

Winegrape Grower Named to Trump's Agricultural Advisory Committee

Donald Trump announced his newly-formed, 64-member agricultural advisory committee, which includes three Californians: Ironstone Vineyards CEO John Kautz,  strawberry grower and former CDFA Secretary A.G. Kawamura, and Western Growers Association President and CEO Tom Nassif. Other committee members include members of Congress, current and former governors, and agricultural industry executives. "The members of my agricultural advisory committee represent the best that America can offer to help serve agricultural communities," Trump said in a press release.


Article by Kim Stemler, executive director of the Monterey County Vintners & Growers Association. Salinas Californian, Aug. 24
California reviewers give their picks of the state's grand cru Chardonnay vineyards and call out the producers making wines from them. Wine Enthusiast, Aug. 17
New website includes wine facts, appellation information, industry reports SCV programs, vintner Q&As, harvest reports and vineyard videos.
Western Farm Press, Aug. 24
Western Farm Press, Aug. 24
Western Farm Press, Aug. 24

Lodi News Sentinel, Aug. 22
San Francisco Chronicle, Aug. 22
Monthly report from Allied Grape Growers President Nat DiBuduo. California AgNet, Aug. 17

Water Articles and Resources

A new subsurface irrigation system is showing promise for slashing water usage in vineyard. Growing Produce, Aug. 23
The California Water Commission held a two-day meeting ( agenda) on Aug. 17-18. Members discussed the development of  best management practices for the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, an update on the draft basin boundary modification request list, and numerous issues related to the water storage regulation. Maven's Notebook, Aug. 23

UC Davis Wine Executive Program: Registration Now Open

March 26-30, 2017 / Davis

The UC Davis Wine Executive Program teaches the fundamentals of winemaking and grape growing, along with the business and management skills necessary to be successful in today's challenging and dynamic wine industry. Participants will be exposed to the latest research, technologies and business trends affecting the industry. The program is tailored for middle and senior managers from wineries and vineyards of all sizes, industry suppliers, distributors, financial institutions, service providers and affiliated businesses. Last year's program sold out on Jan. 20, so register early! Save $200 by registering by the end of this year. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

Free Webinar: Would You Survive a Regulator Dumpster Dive? Universal Waste and Hazardous Waste Regulations to Know 

Webinar will review current waste management laws at state and federal levels, as well as the importance of having a universal hazardous waste program in place.
WHEN: Sept. 8 / 9-10 a.m. PT

AgSafe Pesticide Compliance Webinars 

Eight hour-long webinars will cover the general practices of EPA and DPR pesticide compliance, as well as the comprehensive strategies and current regulation systems that go along with pest management. The webinars are scheduled between now and Nov. 10.

2017 Unified Wine & Grape Symposium: Registration Opens Oct. 25 at 9 a.m.