The Crush

2018 Publications

August

Feature Story: The Future of Winegrape Trucking—Technology and regulations will have on effect on the industry. President’s Message: Proposed Changes to Drawback Regulations—U.S. Customs and Border Protection invites public comments. State Focus: SWRCB Proposes Drastic Reduction in Ag Water—Farmers, business leaders and citizens plan to attend protest rally at Capitol. Federal Focus: New Ag Guestworker Bill Introduced—CAWG is working with other specialty crop groups to push for passage. CAWG Summer Conference and CAWG PAC Golf Tournament: photo gallery and sponsor recognition. CAWG Grower Reports: Jeff Bitter, JD Harkey and Mike Testa. News and CAWG Events: Neonicotinoid Pollinator Risk Determination Update; Justin and J. Lohr Center for Wine and Viticulture; California Wine Month; CAWG Days of Summer—Campaign aims to raise $50,000.

July

Feature Story: Job Satisfaction Key Factor in Worker Retention—Vineyard worker survey seeks data to improve retention. President’s Message: Ag Guestworker Program Remains Elusive—Ag has waited too long for an effective solution. State Focus: Are Independent Contractors Actually Employees?—The effects of the Dynamex case and new ABC test on employers. Federal Focus: Disappointing Outcome with Immigration Bills—Immigration, ag guestworker legislation fail in House. CAWG Grower Reports: Clint Nelson, David Ogilvie and Johnnie White. News and CAWG Events: CAWG Leaders Visit with Federal Legislators.

June

Feature Story: Vine Balance Critical to Productive Vineyards—Managing the ratio of leaf area and vegetation to fruit load. President’s Message: Beer and Bureaucracy—A brewer in Costa Rica faces all too familiar government challenges. State Focus: Senate, Assembly Consider Wildfire Legislation—Increased efforts to prevent, respond to and handle financial impacts of fires. Federal Focus: Election, Tariffs, Farm Bill Top Issues—Agricultural stakeholders worry about what’s to come. Profiles on 2018 CAWG Grower of the Year Steve Schafer and CAWG Leader of the Year Karissa Kruse. CAWG Foundation: $30,000 in Scholarships to Deserving Students—Recipients selected for academics, volunteerism, leadership and financial need. CAWG Grower Reports: Paul Johnson, Robert Pirie and Lucas Shoffner. News and CAWG Events: 2018 CAWG Summer Conference ad; summary of CAWG PAC fundraiser in Oakville; Unified announces new chair, vice chair; California Leopold Conservation Awards seeks nominees.


May

Feature Story: Grapevine Viruses: BMPs and Outreach—Growers take proactive steps to reduce virus spread and economic losses. President’s Message: The Cruel Acts of Rulers—California employers should not be impaled by excessive regulations. State Focus: Dam It!—Funding estimates for two reservoirs have increased; will they get the money? State Focus: Joint Resolution Celebrates Wine Industry—More than 80 legislators show support. CAWG Grower Reports: John Balletto, Brad Goehring and Davindar Mahil. Industry News: CAWG Represents at Farmers for Free Trade-CFBF Agribusiness Roundtable; CA Grape Acreage Report; Allied Grape Growers Leadership Transition; Expansion of Clarksburg AVA; NGWI Changes Name. 2018 CAWG Summer Conference ad. CAWG PAC event on May 31 in Oakville.


April

Feature Story: Vineyard Mechanization and Wine Quality—More winemakers see benefits of mechanized vineyard operations. President’s Message: Whiskey and Wine in the White House—Many American presidents were fond of indulging in alcohol. State Focus: The Race to Succeed Jerry Brown—The June election may determine the direction of California for years to come. Federal Focus: CAWG Efforts on Key Federal Issues—FDA Produce Safety Rule, ag guestworker bill and tariffs. CAWG Event: CAWG Members Reach Out to Legislators—Educating policy makers about industry issues through lobbying (photo gallery). CAWG Foundation Gala—Supporting student scholarships and celebrating CA wine (photo gallery). CAWG Grower Reports: Kendall Hoxsey-Onysko, Joe Valente and Mike Vandborg.
News & CAWG Events: CA Final Grape Crush Report; Grapes, Wine Rank High in 2016 Stats; CA Green Medal Award Winners Announced.


March

Feature Story: Powdery Mildew Management Issues, Challenges—Growers, researchers address fungicide resistance. President’s Message: Retaliatory Tariffs Could Impact Wine Industry—When other countries seek to retaliate, wine is always a favored target. State Focus: Your Tax Dollars in Politics—Supreme Court may end the political power of public employee labor unions. Federal Focus: Trump Administration on Trade and Tariffs—Latest round of NAFTA negotiations wraps up in Mexico City. Industry: CAWG Members Share Insight on Labor (Q&A). CAWG Grower Reports: Jeff Frey, Troy Javadi and Paul Wulf. News & CAWG Events: 2017 Prelim Grape Crush Report; CA Judge Rules on Spraying Pesticides for Invasive Pests; CA Ag Leadership Program Applications; CAWG Day in the Capitol and CAWGF Gala promo.


February

Feature Story: Cabernet Sauvignon at All Price Points—Price differences related to appellation, labor, volume and aging. President’s Message: US Lawmakers: Control Out-of-Control Deficits—Nation’s leaders should acquire farm wisdom and stop reckless financial ways. State Focus: Proposed Overreaching Indoor Heat Standards—Standards apply to cab of A/C tractor and minimal work in storage shed. Federal Focus: Farm Bill and Legislative Principles for 2018—USDA secretary says principles will be used as a road map for Congress. Unified Symposium: State of the Industry and Gallo Talks Family, Community and Mentoring. Unified photo gallery. CAWG News: Certified Sustainable Shows Growth; Pete Downs Receives Rich Smith Award; CAWG Day in the Capitol and CAWGF Gala promo.


January

Feature Story: Rootstock Issues, Trends and Research—UC researchers and nursery reps discuss field trials, varieties. President’s Message: Differing Views with Wine Labeling Laws—Collaboration needed to resolve the issues with TTB notices No. 160 and 160B. State Focus: Regulators Caught Acting Egregiously—Agencies need to be more transparent and held accountable. Federal Focus: Trump Signs Tax Bill Into Law—Bill includes several provisions that will benefit growers. Industry: Petaluma Gap is California’s Newest AVA; Understanding Components of Crop Insurance. CAWG News: Gina Gallo to Open Unified with Keynote Address; WGA Luncheon to Feature Damien Wilson and Rich Smith Award Presentation; CAWG officers and directors.


2017 Publications

December

Feature Story: Making a Difference in Communities—CAWG members give time and resources to local efforts. President’s Message: Blockchain and the Wine Industry—The revolutionary technology may be a game changer in the future. State Focus: #MeToo Movement Spurs Legislation in 2018—State legislators are proposing changes in law for employers. Federal Focus: House, Senate Pass Major Tax Reform Bills—Legislators to meet to resolve differences in two versions. CAWG News: CAWG Elects Board Officers and Members; A Toast to Aaron Lange; CAWG Briefs Legislators at Hearing; CAWG Foundation Scholarships, Unified Symposium. Industry News: California Adopts Rules on Ag Pesticides Use Near Schools; Green Medal Award Applications. List of CAWG Century Club members.

November

Feature Story: Housing Benefits Vineyard Employers, Workers—Affordable farmworker housing key to improving labor supply. President’s Message: Venturing into the Unknown—Farmers are adventurists who accept risks, persevere and overcome challenges. State Focus: Growers Face New Labor Requirements—Laws take effect Jan. 1. Federal Focus: Lawmakers vote on AG Act, Disaster Aid—Immigration bill marked up in committee still needs improvement. Grower Reports: Mike Boer, Stipp Ranch; J.D. Harkey, Drake Enterprises, Inc.; Tom Slater, Slater Farms, Inc. Other News: USDA specialty crop grants; a message from CAWG on wildfires; Unified Wine and Grape Symposium.

October
Feature Story: "Vine Trellis Systems for Mechanization." Presidents message: New Ag Guestworker Bill May Bring Relief. State Focus: State Senate to Choose New Leader. Federal Focus: Farmworker Solution Tax Reform Unveiled. Grower Reports: Bill Berryhill, BB Vineyards; Scott McKenzie; McKenzie Vineyards and Winery; and Jim Spinetta, Spinetta Family Vineyards. Other News: CAWG Elections, Wine Industry Impact, Unified Wine and Grape Symposium Sponsorship.

September

Feature Story: "2017 Winegrape Harvest Underway." Presidents message: "Are You Prepared for a Disaster or Emergency?" Federal Focus: Challenges await as congress returns from August recess. State focus: Water Board: Revised Definition of Wetland.  Grower Reports: Ryan Metzler, Fruita del Sol; Bill Pauli, Pauli Ranch; and Tyler Scheid, Schied Vineyards.

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.

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.