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Wine Industry Leaders Surveyed by UC Davis

Findings from two surveys of wine executives and industry professionals were presented during the Wine Industry Financial Symposium on Sept. 27. More than two dozen CEOs were interviewed for the first survey, "What Wine Industry Leaders Think is Important for the Future." Interview questions focused on a possible recession, the problem of water availability and climate change, the millennial generation and hottest issues in the next five to 10 years. CEOs mentioned labor shortages, mechanization, grape supply, the proliferation of wine brands, the economy and competition from imports as major issues for the industry. In the second survey on industry trends, researchers gathered responses from 150 California wine industry professionals, half of which were growers and producers. The labor shortage was the top answer for questions about the most significant changes in the past year and what will have a negative impact on California wine sales.

House Votes to Delay DOL Overtime Rules

The House voted Wednesday to delay implementation of the Department of Labor's (DOL) controversial overtime rule. Republicans voted unanimously, along with five Democrats (246-177). HR 6094 ( bill text) would postpone from Dec. 1, 2016 until June 1, 2017 the effective date of a final rule of the DOL updating overtime regulations for workers. In a statement, the White House said it will veto the bill if it passes the Senate. The DOL rule doubles the salary threshold for overtime pay from $23,660 to $47,476. The current threshold for mandatory overtime pay in California is $41,600. 

California to Receive $11.7 Million to Help Growers Comply with FSMA Produce Safety Rule

The FDA has awarded CDFA $1.02 million for 2016-17 - $11.7 million total over five years - to help implement the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) produce safety rule. Funds will be used to develop and provide education, outreach and technical assistance. The rule, which the FDA finalized in November 2015, establishes science-based minimum standards for the safe growing, harvesting, packing and holding of fruits and vegetables grown for human consumption.

Former Agriculture Secretaries Debate About Presidential Candidates 

Former Secretaries of Agriculture John Block (Reagan administration) and Dan Glickman (Clinton administration) came together at a United Fresh Produce Association conference for a debate about presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. They discussed immigration, trade, labor, taxes and regulations.


California is moving to ban farmers from spraying pesticides into the air near schools and day care centers under a newly proposed rule that will be among the nation's toughest.
Associated Press, Sept. 29

This year's winegrape harvest is shaping up to be a "normal" size of about 3.9 million tons, slightly larger than 2015, according to Glenn Proctor of Ciatti Co.
Wines and Vines, Sept. 28
Napa County is updating its county code so the definition of agriculture matches that found in the 2008 general plan. 
Napa Valley Register, Sept. 27
Listen closely to the mumblings among aggies about the next Ag Department chief, and inevitably CDFA Secretary Karen Ross comes up as a possible Clinton pick.
Politico, Sept. 26
The signing of AB 1066 may have set the stage for more challenges for North Coast vineyard farmworkers and small farms, according to those in the business.
North Bay Business Journal, Sept. 26
CAWG members - Talley Vineyards, J. Lohr, Mesa Vineyard Management and Vineyard Professional Services - are highlighted in this article about farmworkers and overtime.
The Tribune, Sept. 24
Sugar accumulation deficit (SAD) is a strange vineyard phenomenon that's happening haphazardly in some grape varieties in the North Coast.
North Bay Business Journal, Sept. 23

Officials, Growers and Legislators Angered with River Flows Proposal

At a Stanislaus County Water Advisory Committee meeting in Modesto yesterday, officials discussed the controversial flow proposal from the State Water Resources Control Board. The Substitute Environmental Document (SED), released on Sept. 15, calls for sending at least 40 percent of the flows from the Merced, Tuolumne and Stanislaus rivers to the Delta to benefit fish and wildlife. On Sept. 20, Assemblyman Adam Gray (D-Merced) and Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen (R-Riverbank) delivered more than 3,100 petitions to the State Water Board opposing the plan. They requested the agency take specific actions to better inform itself about the economic consequences the proposal would have on local communities.

Water Articles and Resources

Two years after Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill designed to limit groundwater pumping, new wells are going in faster and deeper than ever in the SJV farm belt. Farmers say they have no choice given cuts in surface water deliveries.
Sacramento Bee, Sept. 25
'Green water,' or water absorbed by soil and plants and then released back into the air, makes up 61.1 percent of all precipitation, and it's underutilized. 
Christian Science Monitor, Sept. 24

Governor Signs Bill Allowing UC Davis to Sell Wine

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill enabling the UC Davis Department of Viticulture and Enology to sell wine made by its students, up to 20,000 gallons per year. Supporters of the bill - authored by Sen. Lois Work (D-Davis) - include CAWG, Family Winemakers of California, Napa Valley Vintners, Napa Valley Winegrowers, the Wine Institute and various wineries. "Currently, any product produced through these programs is disposed of, essentially poured down the drain," Wolk said in an article. "SB 683 prevents this unnecessary and avoidable waste by allowing the wine to be sold instead of discarded." 

UC Davis Wine Executive Program

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 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. 

New York Times Wine Critic Eric Asimov Announced as Unified Keynote Speaker
New York Times wine critic, columnist and book author Eric Asimov will deliver the keynote luncheon address on the opening day of the 2017 Unified Wine & Grape Symposium, Jan. 24-26 in Sacramento. "Asimov promises to deliver a thoughtful and provocative appraisal of the current state of American winemaking and key trends shaping the future," said CAWG President John Aguirre. 


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Take advantage of sponsorship and advertising opportunities at the 2017 Unified Wine & Grape Symposium, Jan. 24-26, 2017. With nearly 14,000 attendees, the event is an excellent way to promote your business and increase your visibility. There are numerous sponsorship and ad opportunities to fit any  budget: VIP suites, keynote speaker luncheon sponsor, tote bags, banners, signs, print and online ads, program and exhibit directory ads...and more!
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UCCE Seminar: Vineyard Pest and Disease Management

UC Cooperative Extension is holding a full day seminar featuring more than a dozen UC speakers covering a range of important vineyard pest and disease management topics. The seminar is approved for 4.5 hours DPR CE units (CCA units applied for).
WHEN:  Nov. 4 / 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

WHERE:  Veterans Memorial Building, 801 Grand Avenue, San Luis Obispo

COST:  $100 per person (includes refreshments and lunch)

2016 Pierce's Disease Research Symposium

This annual event draws researchers from around the world, with the goal of finding solutions to Pierce's disease. The symposium will also include reports and presentations on other winegrape pests and diseases, reflecting the expanding focus of the PD/GWSS Board. It is a valuable event for researchers and winegrape growers to interact and find out about the latest research, activities and findings. More information will be provided soon on the CDFA website.
WHEN: Dec. 13-14
WHERE: San Diego