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.

CA Labor Laws Taking Effect in 2019
Presented by: Ben Ebbink, Fisher & Phillips, LLP

This webinar discussed:
• New Sexual Harassment Laws
• Fair Employment and Housing
• Lactation Accommodation
• Salary History Inquiries
• Paid Family Leave Uses
• Minimum Wage + Overtime
• Copy of Payroll Records
• Port Trucking Joint Liability

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CA Labor Laws Taking Effect in 2018
Presented by: Benjamin Ebbink, Fisher & Phillips, LLP

This webinar discussed:
-SB 295 - FLC Sexual Harassment Prevention Training
-AB 1008 - Ban the Box
-AB 168 - No Salary History Requirements
-AB 450 - Immigration
-SB 63 - Parental Leave
-SB 306 - Retaliation
-SB 396 - Sexual Harassment Training
and more....

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Whole Farm Revenue Protections
Presented by: Kristine Fox, Pan American Insurance Agency 

This webinar discussed:
• Insuring your farm revenue under one policy for yield and market losses
• How WFRP can close the gap between the true contract price and the price paid under the typical multi-peril crop insurance policy
• How crop
diversification increases the policy subsidy (reduces the premium a grower pays), which includes having red grapes and white grapes
• What information is needed to proceed with a quote and coverage

What is Whole-Farm Revenue Protection?
WFRP is an insurance product that does not insure an individual crop, but instead provides a risk management safety net insuring the income from all crops produced under one insurance policy. This product benefits diversified crop and livestock farms by providing income protection for everything produced at a very low cost. WFRP covers losses from natural causes, similar to the typical multi-peril crop insurance products, but also includes unexpected declining market prices within the production year. You may still insure individual crops under traditional crop insurance programs and use WFRP to provide a blanket protection (much like your farm owner's policy). This insurance plan covers up to $8.5 million in insured revenue, including farms with specialty, or organic commodities (both crops and livestock), or those marketing to local, regional, farm-identity preserved, specialty, or direct markets.

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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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Night Harvest & Illumination 
Presented by: Angelina Ceja, MPA, QAL, Director of Education for AgSafe.

Many agricultural operations conduct work at night, and as such need to take special precautions to protect workers. Night work presents a unique set of hazards that can be remedied by proper planning, training, monitoring and hazard correction.

This webinar discussed:
* Lighting requirements for tractors, stationary equipment and workers
* Written injury and illness prevention program 
* Hazard identification and control 
* Emergency action plan 
* Record keeping and documentation 

Click here for a night harvest fact sheet & webinar recording  

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.

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 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

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Federal Crop Insurance
Presented by: Greg Merrill, Senior Vice President and Director of Crop Insurance Services with Pan American Insurance Agency.

Covered topics:
- What’s covered, what’s not?
- How do I sign up?
- How do I file a claim?
- Can I insure to my winery contract price?
- 101: Crop Insurance Policy Basics
- How much is REALLY subsidized?

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