The Crush

2017 Publications

August
Feature Story: "The Dynamic Dave Phinney" (Orin Swift founder > article and Q&A). President's message: "Appreciating Hard Work." State Focus: "Legislators Take on Ag Labor Housing Shortage." Federal Focus: Farm bill listening session in Modesto, RAISE Act and USDA nominations. Photo gallery from CAWG Summer Conference and CAWG PAC Golf Tournament. CAWG member/grower reports: Joe A. Cotta, Joe A. Cotta Vineyards; Tom Merwin, Merwin Vineyards; and Jason Smith, Smith Family Wines. CAWG News & Events: Progress on winegrape exemption from produce safety rule and John Aguirre speaks at Chamber luncheon
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July
Feature Story: "Irrigation System Efficiency." Presidents MJumping on the Fad Bandwagon Isn't my Style. State Focus: CAWG Helps Secure $5M in PDCP Funding. Grower reports, Bruce Fry, Mohr-Fry Ranch, Joga and Bishin Mahil, Mahil Farms, Brian Shepard, Walsh Vineyard Management. Other Stories: CAWG to FDA: Exempt Winegrapes from Produce Safety Rule, CAWG Delegation Educates Decision Makers in D.C.

June
Feature Story: "Vineyard Sensing Technology." President's Message: Winegrapes and Wine Are Like Golden Eggs. State focus: AB 450 An Example of Partisan Fervor. Federal Focus: Updates from Inside the Beltway - USDA undergoes reorganization, faces major budget cuts. Grower Reports By: Bob Lauchland, JR Lauchland and Sons, Johnnie White, Pina Vineyard Management and David Ogolvie, Wilson Vineyards. Other Stories: CAWG's 2017 Grower and Leader of the Year Announced,  Foundation Awards $30k in Scholarships, CAWG's 2017 Summer Conference. 

 May
Feature story: "Weed Control, Herbicide Options and Prop 65." President's message on The US and Mexico Need Each Other. State focus: New Leader for New Democrats. Federal Focus: Secretary of Agriculture announced, Trump agrees to NAFTA renegotiation, Omnibus appropriations bill and H-2A visas. Regional grower reports by: Tom Murphy, Murphy Farms, Bill Schweitzer, Paccielo Vineyard and Charlie Starr, Starr Vineyards. Other important articles: 2016 CA grape acreage, 2017 Green Medal Awards, NGWI president named.

April
Feature story: “ICE Raids and Employment Documentation.” President’s message on the consequences of fraud. State focus: CAWG focuses on two state budget items – Pierce’s disease funding and ABC license revocation for wage violations. Federal focus: the wait for a U.S. ag secretary, White House skinny budget cuts USDA funding, EPA denies petition to ban chlorpyrifos and NAFTA. Summary and photos of CAWG Day in the Capitol and CAWG Foundation Gala. Regional reports from winegrape growers (Sirilo and Nicolas Cornejo, Joel Maring, Lucas Shoffner). Other news and events: CAWG webinar on joint liability / growers and FLCs, final Grape Crush Report, chairs named for Senate and Assembly Select Committees on Wine.

March
Feature story: “Managing grapevine viruses.” President’s message on the early days of the Trump presidency. State focus: CAWG’s positions on several new bills of interest. Federal focus: Trump administration’s repeal of WOTUS, new EPA administrator, federal bill reducing regulations on pesticide use. Unified Symposium article: “Sauvignon Blanc Gains Ground in California.” Call for nominations for 2017 CAWG Awards of Excellence. Regional reports from winegrape growers (Roger King, Rodney Schatz, Jim Stollberg). Other news and events: CAWG/Wine Institute’s new website (
www.wine-economy.com), preliminary Grape Crush Report, CAWG Day in the Capitol and CAWG Foundation gala promo.

February
Feature story: “Rainfall brings benefits, challenges to vineyards.” President’s message on the California Legislature’s job killer bills and policies. State focus: 2017-18 legislative session begins, new legislators, AB 5 and state budget. Federal focus: Nominee for USDA secretary, farm bill hearing and border adjustment tax. Unified Symposium articles: “State of the Industry,” “Finding Value in Sustainability” and “Wine Critic Delivers Keynote Address.” Other news and events: CAWG grower meetings on federal issues and Rich Smith Distinguished Service Award recipient.

January
Feature story: “Adopt better practices to manage pests, diseases.” President’s message on the environmental impact of California’s “new” crop (marijuana). State focus: Gov. Brown’s 2017-18 state budget. CAWG hires new director of government relations. Federal focus: USDA secretary, McCarthy/Valadao water bill, U.S. Trade Representative nominee. Summary of UC Davis ag economist Dr. Philip Martin’s presentation on labor and immigration.


2016 Publications

 

December
Feature story: Designing a farm plan for vineyards. Presidents message on TTB notice 160 and the wine labeling rules and loopholes. State and Federal updates on state water efforts and the federal water bill. Plus an overview of the election and the forecast under the Trump administration. Issue also features information on recent CAWG webinars, Green Medal awards, CA vineyard SWEEP grants and notification of new CAWG board members.

November
Feature story: Trunk disease prevention and management. Plus...president's message on trade agreements and the wine industry; state focus (impact of proposed regulations); federal focus (USDA funding for specialty crops, specifically wine and winegrapes); regional reports from winegrape growers (Joe Valente, Jeff Wiens, Dennis Wittchow); industry news (EGVM eradication, proposal for Petaluma Gap AVA, new mechanical grapevine pruner, NGWI president steps down); and CAWG news (webinars and Unified Symposium).

October
 

Feature story: Managing salinity in vineyards. Plus...president's message on respect and civility in politics; state focus (2016 legislation and how new laws will impact agriculture); federal focus (Worker Protection Standard "designated representative" provision); regional reports from winegrape growers (Bill Berryhill, Troy Javadi, Jason Smith, Jim Spinetta); E-file and E-pay mandate; Unified Symposium information.

September   
Feature story: 2016 harvest underway; president's message on free trade agreements such as NAFTA and TPP; state focus (AB 2757, AB 2714, AB 1704 and SB 1317); federal focus (GMO labeling agreement, Nobel Laureates in support of GMOs and WOTUS); regional reports from winegrape growers (Mike Boer, Trey Irwin, Kendall Hoxsey-Onysko and Ryan Metzler); Dr. Carl Winter's speech about arsenic and glyphosate in wine; upcoming CAWG events.

August   
Feature story: Achieving quality in the mechanized vineyard; president's message on debunking myths and misconceptions and exposing false claims; state focus (AB 1066, AB 1704, AB 2714, AB 2896, SB 1317, SB 661, waters of the state); Century Club recognition; federal focus (presidential nominees and party platforms, USDA 10007 funds, GMO labeling law); regional grower reports (Bruce Fry, Tom Slater, Davinder Mahil, Mike Testa); CAWG Summer Conference and Napa Valley tour.

July   
Feature story: Managing water in California vineyards; president's message on free trade agreements such as NAFTA and TPP; state focus (AB 2757, AB 2714, AB 1704 and SB 1317); federal focus (GMO labeling agreement, Nobel Laureates in support of GMOs and WOTUS); regional reports from winegrape growers (Mike Boer, Trey Irwin, Kendall Hoxsey-Onysko and Ryan Metzler); Dr. Carl Winter's speech about arsenic and glyphosate in wine; upcoming CAWG events.

June
Feature story: Do your homework and be diligent when choosing farm labor contractors; president's message on plant breeding and GE crops; state focus (AB 2757, pest and disease funding, AB 1704, SB 1317); federal focus (appropriations update, NAS report on GMOs, WOTUS, DOL overtime regulations); CAWG Grower of the Year and Leader of the Year award recipients, California Wine Grape Growers Foundation scholarships; CAWG PAC events and The Century Club; regional reports from winegrape growers (Randy Krag, Robert Pirie, J.D. Harley, Tyler Scheid); upcoming CAWG events.
 
May
Feature story: Mechanized canopy management; president's message on an anti-glyphosate activist group; state focus (pest and disease funding, BIT program, suspense file bills); federal focus (ag appropriations updates, EPA's anti-farmer campaign); Food Safety Modernization Act compliance for winegrape growers; CAWG staff - advocacy and activities; upcoming CAWG and CAWG PAC events.
 
April
Feature story: Improving crop estimation methods and results; president's message on the tip jar; state focus (minimum wage bill, AB 2757, AB 2714, AB 1704); federal focus (CAWG appropriations requests, GMO labeling); CAWG Day in the Capitol and CWGGF Wine Reception article; upcoming events.
 
March
Feature story: New sprayer technologies for vineyards; president's message on immigration reform; state focus (2016 legislation that may have an impact on winegrape industry); federal focus (Supreme Court Justice Scalia, WOTUS, President Obama's budget request, USDA-APHIS specialty crop funding); Unified's chardonnay panel session; CAWG Awards of Excellence request for nominations; and California Agricultural Leadership Program applications.
 
February
Feature story: Labor supply tighter for some growers; president's message on wine drinker preferences; state and federal legislative summaries; Unified state of the industry address; Fred Franzia speech at Unified; federal update on Clean Water Rule/WOTU; CAWG Day in the Capitol and CWGGF Wine Reception.
 
January
Feature story: New resources for vineyard frost protection; president's message on risks, threats and preparing for the unexpected; state and federal legislative roundup; Assemblymember Dodd to lead ag committee; Fred Franzia to open 2016 symposium with keynote address.  
 

2015 Publications

Water diversion measuring and reporting, groundwater recharge, FSMA final ruling, CAWG working for you. 
 
September
2015 winegrape harvest begins early, yields lighter, good quality crop, State legislative update, PD/GWSS research examines North Coast, Clean Water Rule on the ropes, Let's celebrate the leadership of Chair Scheid! 
 
August
Wine market trends and California wine, State legislative update, PD/GWSS research continues, Skeletonizer in Napa County, Clean Water Rule opponents continue to grow
 
July
Financial Assistance available for red blotch infected vines, State legislative update, Charcoal that's good for agriculture and the planet, A case of label (COOL issue), WOTUS headed to court
 
June
Night Work Safety for Harvest, CAWG Advocacy, PD/GWSS Referendum Hits Target, Propane-Powered Enfgines Cut Costs, Clean Water Rule Debate
 
May
Biocontrol Sought for Two Emerging Insect Pests, Conservation Compliance Deadline, Legislation of Interest, Preparing for California's New Water Management Model, WOTUS Rule Faces Presidential Veto, Interview with Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen
 
April
Impacts of Trellis System, Canopy Management on Wine Flavor, CAWG Government Affairs Committee Reviews 2015 Legislation, Preparing Your Business for a Transition or Sale, The Politics of Immigration Reform, CAWG Working for You
 
March
Pierce’s Disease Assessment Vote, New Conservation Compliance Requirements for Crop Insurance, 2015-16 Legislative Session, Cal/OSHA Standards Board Approves Heat Illness 
Changes
 
February
Piece-Rate Payment Proving More Problematic, State of the Industry - Unified 2015, Defending Your Property, Nanofibres Being Tested in California for Esca Prevention, 2015 Congress -- Gridlock or Action?, CAWG Announces Retirement Savings Benefit Plan
 
January
Groundwater Management Moves Forward in 2015, New Lawmakers Elected in California's Wine Growing Regions, Health Care Mandate Kicks-In for Large Employers, 114th Congress Sess Changes in Ag Leadership.