Webinar Recordings

CAWG partners with several different associate members throughout the year to deliver webinars on relevant information important to our growers. All webinars are open to CAWG grower and associate members. If you missed a webinar, you can find a copy of each recording along with educational materials below.

You will need your user credentials to access CAWG recorded webinars! Contact [email protected] with any questions or to update your credentials.

The Basics of Crop Insurance (Dec. 1)

Whole Farm Revenue Protection (Nov. 16)


Labor and the Harvest Season (June 3)

RECORDING: Labor and the Harvest Season
PDF of Slides

Charge Up. Get Paid - eMission Control (Feb 2)

RECORDING: e-Mission Control – Charge up. Get Paid.
PDF of Slides

Whole Farm Revenue Protection (Dec 8)
Whole Farm Revenue Protection
PDF of Slides

Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Regulations (Dec 4)
Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Regulation

2021 Changes in Employment Law (Dec 3)
2021 Changes in Employment Law
PDF of Slides

Federal Crop Insurance for winegrape growers (Dec 1)
RECORDING: Federal Crop Insurance Program
PDF of Slides

Wildfire and Smoke Exposure - Crop Insurance and Winegrape Contracts (Oct 9)
Wildfires and smoke have challenged growers in new and unexpected ways this year, prompting many questions about grape contracts and crop insurance. The California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG) hosted a webinar on Friday, October 9th to discuss issues surrounding crop insurance and winegrape contracts in the event of a wildfire.

This webinar was focused on the following:
Crop Insurance and Coverable Losses
Jeff Yasui, USDA Risk Management Agency reviewed coverable crop insurance losses relative to smoke exposure and filing requirements for growers who believe they have a loss claim.

Winegrape Contracts and Smoke Exposure Language
Dale Stern, Downey Brand, LLP reviewed and discussed how smoke exposure issues are dealt with under common provisions of winegrape contracts.

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Wildfire and Smoke Exposure - Worker Health and Safety (Sept 1)
This webinar addressed employee safety measures to take during a wildfire or smoke exposure event.
Topics included: - Health Risks from Smoke - CA Wildfire Smoke Regulation - Air Quality Index Levels - N95 Mask Requirements - IIPP Review for Wildfires
Presented by: Michael Miiller, CAWG's Director of Government Relations and Marco Figueroa, Pan American Insurance Services.

View Recording and Safety Training Forms
Wildfire and Smoke Exposure Events (8/26)
This webinar addresses risks to winegrape quality, winegrape contracts, crop insurance and worker safety relative to wildfire and smoke exposure events.
Presenters included: Anita Oberholster, UC Davis; Alisa Jacobson, Joel Gott Wines; Dale Stern, Downey Brand, LLP; Greg Merrill and Kristine Fox, Pan American Insurance Services, Michael Miiller, CAWG; and Marco Figueroa, Pan American.

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Winegrape Contracts and Enforcements
This webinar focused on common winegrape contract matters, CA producers liens, and options if a winery is slow to pay, or has not paid for your 2019 fruit. It also covered force majeure clauses and discussed grower options around cancelled contracts.
Presented by: Dale Stern of Downey Brand and Hardeap Badyal, Chief Investigator, CDFA Market Enforcement Branch.

View Recording and PDF of Presentation

COVID-19 Harvest Protocols
Wine Institute, California Association of Winegrape Growers and California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance co-developed a COVID-19 Harvest Protocols Workbook released during a July 7 webinar featuring important updates from health and safety experts by presenters Collin Cook of Fisher & Phillips LLP and David Sarvadi and Manesh Rath of Keller & Heckman LLP.

California law requires employers to update their Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Protocols were developed based on health and safety guidance from government agencies, and formatted into a workbook to facilitate the process for vineyards and wineries to adhere to these new IIPP guidelines and prepare for harvest activities. Topics include administrative process, hygiene, cleaning and sanitization, physical distancing, employee wellness screening, wellness checks, employee housing/transportation/training, and communications and resources.

Spotted Lanternfly - A Threat to California Winegrapes
Presented by: Dr. Matt Kaiser, Senior Environmental Scientist, CDFA and Dr. Andrew R. Cline, Assistant Director of the Plant Health and Pest Prevention Services Division and Acting Statewide Coordinator for the Pierce’s Disease Control Program of CDFA

Co-Hosted by: CAWG, Wine Institute, and Family Winemakers of California.
PDF of presentation deck

Recording of the webinar

CA Labor Laws Taking Effect in 2020
Presented by: Brandon Kahoush, Fisher & Phillips, LLP
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Crop Insurance Series
Presented by: Kristine Fox, Pan American Insurance Agency 

CROP 101: Crop 101 Recording & Crop 101 PowerPoint
CROP 102:
Crop 102 Recording & Crop 102 PowerPoint

Whole Farm Revenue Protection:
WFRP Recording & WFRP PowerPoint

ICE Raids and Employment Documentation
Presented by: Cassandra Ferrannini and Alexandra LaFountain of Downey Brand.

Covered topics:
* I-9 forms and audits - Ensure that your forms are filled out correctly and are following proper record
*ICE Raids - Legal standards that govern ICE officers and the respective legal rights of workers.
*Social Security Mismatch Letters - How to properly address and resolve mismatch letters with the government and your employee. 

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Tree Assistance Program - Vineyard Replant
Presented by: Sandra Becker, Farm Service Agency.

Topics included:
• Eligible losses and producers
• Acreage limitations
• Payment limitations and adjusted gross income
• Application process

TAP is administered by the Farm Service Agency (FSA) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

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Vineyard Tax Benefits
Presented by: David Sinclair and Robert Murphy, Tax Managers at Frank, Rimerman + Co. LLP, a St. Helena based CPA firm.

Topics covered include:
* Recent legislative changes contained in PATH legislation as it applies to vineyard owners and growers 
* Changes to bonus depreciation (IRC Section 168(k))
* Modifications to IRC 179 depreciation
* Changes to built in gain regulations for corporations 
* Adjustments to the research and development credit
* Agriculture specific provisions contained in the recent conservation easement changes
* An update on the ramifications of recent repair regulation updates from the IRS and how they impact fixed asset purchases

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NRCS/USDA Programs for Wine Grape Growers
Presenting by: Erik Beardsley, a Program Specialist with NRCS/USDA.

Some of the programs that were covered are:
1. Conservation Technical Assistance (CTA) – The CTA Program provides land users with proven Learn more about programs available through NRCS and USDA that may assess and treat agricultural impacts on natural resources and enhance conservation achievements, as well as meet regulatory requirements.
conservation technology and the delivery system needed to achieve the benefits of a healthy and productive landscape.
2. Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) - Provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers in order to address natural resource concerns and deliver environmental benefits such as improved water and air quality, conserved ground and surface water, reduced soil erosion and sedimentation or improved or created wildlife habitat.
3. Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) - helps agricultural producers maintain and improve their existing conservation systems and adopt additional conservation activities to address priority resources concerns. Participants earn CSP payments for conservation performance—the higher the performance, the higher the payment

Heat Illness Prevention
Presented by: Bryan Little with FELS.

Topics discussed:
-Access to water
-Shade requirements
-Weather monitoring and acclimatization
-High heat procedures
-Written procedures
-Emergency response plan

If you have specific questions regarding compliance with this law, or any other law, attorneys are available at Downey Brand to help answer your questions. Remember, you receive up to 30 minutes of free legal consultation per calendar quarter with your CAWG membership. Simply call Downey Brand at (916) 444-1000 and tell the receptionist you are a member of the California Association of Winegrape Growers and you want to use your free legal services consultation.

Click here for heat illness webinar recording!
 Winegrape Growers Guide to Solar
 Presented by: SunPower

A growing number of wine businesses are making the choice to go solar and achieve energy independence. But how do you know if solar is a good   investment for your operation? 

Topics Discussed:
• How to determine if solar is right for you

• What financing options are available, including grants, low-interest loans as well as tax credits for qualified customers
• How to evaluate solar technologies and partners

Click here to view the webinar recording.