Labor Management in Agriculture Session Postponed

Note: This session has been postponed. Check back for new dates.

Kelseyville, CA – The Lake County Winegrape Commission (LCWC) is honored to bring author, mediator, and teacher extraordinaire, Gregorio Billikopf to Lake County for a two-day, specialized training seminar “Cultivating Personnel Productivity.” Designed for Spanish-speaking farm supervisors, the goal of this highly anticipated workshop is to educate mid-level agricultural managers about their roles and responsibilities in implementing farm worker productivity. This two-day seminar is scheduled for February 5-6, 2013, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the Lodge at Blue Lakes, located at 5135 W. Highway 20 in Upper Lake.

As a farm advisor, Mr. Billikopf works one-on-one with farm employers, supervisors, and employees to find effective solutions to workplace issues. During this interactive two-day training, attendees will learn the key tools to strengthen their relationships with personnel, increasing employee productivity and satisfaction. Key topics include: recruitment, mentoring, mediation, sexual harassment prevention, and conflict management. Through dynamic lecture and role plays, Mr. Billikopf will guide and develop students’ confidence in the following areas: employee discipline, dealing with difficult subordinate behaviors, interpersonal negotiation skills, and using praise in everyday communications. Attendees will participate in numerous role plays of the skills discussed and receive individualized attention and evaluation. Certificates will be issued to all who complete the class.

Farm supervisors play an important role in shaping work outcomes. According to UCCE cost studies, 50 percent to 70 percent of the annual costs of winegrape production are labor-related. “Research shows worker output is not a constant. This seminar presents sound theory and practices that will lead to a better understanding of worker performance and output—the areas most critical to the productivity of personnel on your farm.” (Billikopf)

“Cultivating Personnel Productivity” is a key component of the Lake County Winegrape Commission’s ongoing Sustainable Winegrowing and Master Vigneron programs. This two-day Spanish-language session is supported by the Lake County Farm Bureau and Mendocino WineGrowers, Inc., and is open to all foremen and supervisors working in vineyards, orchards, farms, and ranches in Northern California.

Attendees will receive a copy of Mr. Billikopf’s 2006 National Award Winner, Labor Management in Agriculture: Cultivating Personnel Productivity (hardcover available in both Spanish and English).

Space is limited for this in-depth and sought-after training, so don’t delay. Register today.

Registration: http://lcwcaglabormanagement.eventbrite.com

Seminar Cost: $120 ($140 after February 1, 2013) – includes materials and lunch both days

Early Registration Discount: Register by February 1, 2013, for only $120 (a savings of $20). If sending a check, the envelope must be postmarked by February 1, 2013.

Payment: Payment may be made by check or credit card. Online registration via EventBrite is strongly encouraged. If paying by check, make checks out to Lake County Winegrape Commission and mail to: LCWC, PO Box 877, Lakeport, CA 95453

For more information, contact Paul Zellman at paulz@lakecountywinegrape.org  or (707) 279-2633. For specific seminar questions, contact Gregorio Billikopf at gebillikopf@ucdavis.edu  or (209) 525-6800. For information on Agriculture Labor Management and Gregory Billikopf, visit UC Berkley’s Agriculture Labor Management web page: www.cnr.berkeley.edu/ucce50/ag-labor

For information about the Lake County Winegrape Commission and its programs, call the Commission office at (707) 279-2633 or visit www.lakecountywinegrape.org.

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Lake County Winegrowers Sustainable eNews – Jan. ’13

Welcome to our current edition of the Lake County Winegrape Commission’s Sustainable Winegrowing Program eNewsletter.

In this edition - Get involved with the upcoming Labor Management in Agriculture seminar on February 5th and 6th. Also, take advantage of a great day on February 21st for our Sustainable Winegrowing Program Grower Meeting…

Labor Management Seminar Coming February 5th & 6th!

Lake County, CAThe Lake County Winegrape Commission (LCWC) is bringing author, mediator, and teacher extraordinaire, Gregorio Billikopf to Lake County for a 2-day, specialized training – “Cultivating Personnel Productivity.” The seminar is designed for Spanish-speaking farm supervisors. The goal is to educate mid-level agricultural managers about their roles and responsibilities in implementing farm worker productivity. This seminar is scheduled for 9 AM to 4 PM, February 5 & 6, 2013 at the Lodge at Blue Lakes. You can register below.

According to the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE), some 50-70% of the cost associated with annual winegrape production is attributed to labor. Farm supervisors, certainly, play a critical part in production. Better addressing their roles, providing skills and resources to these managers and improving understanding of performance and output is a key component to running a successful vineyard. Further, it contributes to sustainability across the board – ecologically, through instruction and implementation of best practices; social equity, through better training and an improved work environment; and increased economic viability by way of a more efficient vineyard workforce.
In this two-day training, Billikopf will provide attendees with key tools needed to strengthen their relationships with personnel, increasing employee productivity and heightening their satisfaction. Important topics include: recruitment, mentoring, mediation, sexual harassment prevention and conflict management. Through dynamic lecture and role plays Mr. Billikopf will guide and develop students’ confidence in the following areas: employee discipline, dealing with difficult subordinate behaviors, interpersonal negotiation skills, and using praise in everyday communications. Attendees will also receive a copy of Billikopf’s book, a National Award Winner, Labor Management in Agriculture: Cultivating Personnel Productivity (hardcover, available in both Spanish and English) Space is limited for this in-depth and highly sought after training. Contact Paul Zellman, LCWC Director of Education at paulz@lakecountywinegrape.org or 707-279-2633. This two-day session is supported by the Lake County Winegrape Commission and Mendocino WineGrowers, Inc. It is open to all foremen and supervisors working in vineyards, orchards, farms and ranches in Northern California.

Registration & Schedule at: EventBrite

Seminar cost: $120 ($140 after Feb. 1) – includes materials and lunch both days.

Early registration discount: Register by February 1, 2013 for only $120. If sending a check, the envelope must be postmarked by February 1, 2013.

Payment. You may pay by check or credit card. We strongly encourage you to register online via EventBrite. Save $20 when you register by February 1, 2013.

If paying by check: Make checks out to Lake County Winegrape Commission and mail to LCWC, PO Box 877 Lakeport, CA 95453.

For specific seminar questions, please contact Gregorio Billikopf at gebillikopf@ucdavis.edu or 209-525-6800. For more information on Agriculture Labor Management and Gregory Billikopf visit UC Berkeley’s Agriculture Labor Management webpage.


Sustainable Winegrowing Program Meeting, Lunch and Seminar for Lake County Winegrowers on Thursday, February 21st – Lake County Growers, don’t miss this excellent and informative day! Highlights include a tour of Sauvignon Blanc vineyards around Big Valley and the Kelsey Bench, a presentation by Lisa Francioni of the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance (CSWA) on the new and improved 3rd Edition of the California Code of Sustainable Winegrowing, talks on sustainable market trends and the LCWC Sustainable Winegrowing Program (SWP.) The day will also include lunch, a wine tasting and networking opportunities.

After the tour, the event will take place at the Grange in Kelseyville. Space is limited. More information and registration can be accessed here.


 

Sustainable Winegrowing Program

To learn more about the Lake County Winegrape Commission’s Sustainable Winegrowing Program please visit our website’s program page here.

There is more information on the program, our goals for a sustainable future in our vineyards and how Lake County is a regional leader in sustainability. Check it out and get involved!

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Are you interested in participating in the program and becoming a certified sustainable vineyard? If so, the Lake County Winegrape Commission and the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance are offering terrific incentives, including rebates and support resources to lessen both the cost and time it takes to be a part of it. The LCWC can provide assistance and more information. Please contact Paul Zellman, Education Director, at PaulZ@lakecountywinegrape.org for more information…

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Winegrape Commission to Pour at Nation’s Largest Industry Event

Susan Stout • Contributing Writer

KELSEYVILLE – Representatives of the Lake County Winegrape Commission are preparing to pour Lake County wines at the largest wine industry trade show in the United States.

Winegrape Commission President Debra Sommerfield and Commission board member Jonathan Walters will attend the 19th annual Unified Wine & Grape Symposium to pour a selection of Lake County wines during the symposium’s 2013 Regional Wine Tasting. The event will take place between 4 and 6 p.m. Wednesday, January 30, at the Sacramento Convention Center in Sacramento.

“The Unified Wine & Grape Symposium wine tasting event is an excellent opportunity for us to showcase the products from our premier winegrape growing region,” said Sommerfield. “Last year’s symposium attracted more than 12,000 people, according to the event organizers. We are hoping to impress a large number of attendees with Lake County’s wines.”

Sommerfield said she and Walters are looking forward to sharing information about the area’s award-winning vintages and talking to current and prospective winery customers while they pour a selection of the county’s wines.

The Regional Wine Tasting is one of many presentations planned for the four-day symposium, which is scheduled for January 29-31 in Sacramento. The Unified Wine & Grape Symposium is jointly organized by the American Society for Enology and Viticulture and the California Association of Winegrape Growers.

The symposium offers grape growers, winemakers and wineries several networking opportunities in addition to four days of informative forums and sessions on a variety of topics. Information about the symposium, including a list of speakers and topics, is available on the Unified Symposium’s website, www.unifiedsymposium.org.

Established in 1991 by the winegrape growers of Lake County, the Lake County Winegrape Commission is a local marketing order, the primary function of which is to provide marketing, education, and research programs to Lake County winegrape growers. For information about the Lake County Winegrape Commission, visit the website at www.lakecountywinegrape.org or call the Commission office at 707-279-2633.

Labor Management in Agriculture An Interactive Training Opportunity for Farm and Ranch Supervisors

Labor Management in Agriculture

An Interactive Training Opportunity for Farm and Ranch Supervisors

February 5-6, 2013

Kelseyville, CA – The Lake County Winegrape Commission (LCWC) is honored to bring author, mediator, and teacher extraordinaire, Gregorio Billikopf to Lake County for a two-day, specialized training seminar “Cultivating Personnel Productivity.” Designed for Spanish-speaking farm supervisors, the goal of this highly anticipated workshop is to educate mid-level agricultural managers about their roles and responsibilities in implementing farm worker productivity. This two-day seminar is scheduled for February 5-6, 2013, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the Lodge at Blue Lakes, located at 5135 W. Highway 20 in Upper Lake.

Gregorio Billikopf

As a farm advisor, Mr. Billikopf works one-on-one with farm employers, supervisors, and employees to find effective solutions to workplace issues. During this interactive two-day training, attendees will learn the key tools to strengthen their relationships with personnel, increasing employee productivity and satisfaction. Key topics include: recruitment, mentoring, mediation, sexual harassment prevention, and conflict management. Through dynamic lecture and role plays, Mr. Billikopf will guide and develop students’ confidence in the following areas: employee discipline, dealing with difficult subordinate behaviors, interpersonal negotiation skills, and using praise in everyday communications. Attendees will participate in numerous role plays of the skills discussed and receive individualized attention and evaluation. Certificates will be issued to all who complete the class.

Farm supervisors play an important role in shaping work outcomes. According to UCCE cost studies, 50 percent to 70 percent of the annual costs of winegrape production are labor-related. “Research shows worker output is not a constant. This seminar presents sound theory and practices that will lead to a better understanding of worker performance and output—the areas most critical to the productivity of personnel on your farm.” (Billikopf)

“Cultivating Personnel Productivity” is a key component of the Lake County Winegrape Commission’s ongoing Sustainable Winegrowing and Master Vigneron programs. This two-day Spanish-language session is supported by the Lake County Farm Bureau and Mendocino WineGrowers, Inc., and is open to all foremen and supervisors working in vineyards, orchards, farms, and ranches in Northern California.

Attendees will receive a copy of Mr. Billikopf’s 2006 National Award Winner, Labor Management in Agriculture: Cultivating Personnel Productivity (hardcover available in both Spanish and English).

Space is limited for this in-depth and sought-after training, so don’t delay. Register today.

Registration: http://lcwcaglabormanagement.eventbrite.com

Seminar Cost: $120 ($140 after February 1, 2013) – includes materials and lunch both days

Early Registration Discount: Register by February 1, 2013, for only $120 (a savings of $20). If sending a check, the envelope must be postmarked by February 1, 2013.

Payment: Payment may be made by check or credit card. Online registration via EventBrite is strongly encouraged. If paying by check, make checks out to Lake County Winegrape Commission and mail to: LCWC, PO Box 877, Lakeport, CA 95453

For more information, contact Paul Zellman at paulz@lakecountywinegrape.org  or (707) 279-2633. For specific seminar questions, contact Gregorio Billikopf at gebillikopf@ucdavis.edu or (209) 525-6800. For information on Agriculture Labor Management and Gregory Billikopf, visit UC Berkley’s Agriculture Labor Management web page: www.cnr.berkeley.edu/ucce50/ag-labor

For information about the Lake County Winegrape Commission and its programs, call the Commission office at (707) 279-2633 or visit www.lakecountywinegrape.org.

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Lake County Winegrowers Sustainable eNews – Dec. ’12

Welcome to our current edition of the Lake County Winegrape Commission’s Sustainable Winegrowing Program eNewsletter

In this edition – Happy New Year from the Lake County Winegrape Commission’s Sustainable Winegrowing Program! We hope you are having a joyous holiday season! Also, new consumer and industry data show sustainability trending in the marketplace.…

“Sustainability” Important in Wine Purchasing Decisions

Lake County, CAA new study sponsored by the The Wine Institute is showing considerable trending towards the desirability of certified sustainable wines in the marketplace. Preliminary data was discussed in a webinar and conference call on December 11th, with more detailed information being made available early next year. The study, “LOHAS Consumer Trends Database,” seeks to quantify the size of the consumer base for environmentally responsible products and services. LOHAS stands for “Lifestyle of Health and Sustainability” consumers.

Pictured above: “The Triple Bottom Line” – sustainable winegrowing is not only environmentally positive and socially equitable, it also represents growing economic feasibility. This is an increasing trend as sustainable wine gain popularity in the marketplace with consumers.

First and foremost, they characterized 31% of all LOHAS as wine consumers. Some 43% of LOHAS have purchased wine in the past 3 months and 26% of all wine consumers are categorized as LOHAS. More than half of LOHAS consider the “environment” in wine purchases and 64% identify “eco-friendly attributes” of wine at the point of purchase. This means that known considerations of branding, certifications and, possibly, regions that are associated with “sustainability” are being identified as consumers make purchase choices while shopping.

This past October, The Wine Institute also conducted a short survey with 59 corporate entities on sustainable wine considerations. They included Disney, Hyatt, California Pizza Kitchen, Safeway, Trader Joe’s, Target, Whole Food and many more. An important conclusion was that sustainability is considered a “factor” for wine purchases across all trade segments surveyed. Some 37% indicated that it factored “frequently” or “very frequently” and 86% said that it was at least an “occasional” factor. The key drivers identified were due to customer requests and personal values with organizational goals also factoring into the equation, but to a lesser extent. Additionally, 71% of respondents said that certification programs were perceived as “helpful” in the purchasing process.

It seems clear that consumer awareness, perceptions and favorable views of sustainably produced wines are changing the marketplace. This trend is driving wineries, wholesalers, on-premise and retailers to take notice. Importantly, it is having a significant effect on their purchasing decisions. Another important factor is that groups, such as The Wine Institute, are firmly behind the sustainability trend and are aggressively promoting regions and brands that embrace it.

It is critical for winegrape growers to stay ahead of this trend. It is also a great time to do so with the numerous resources available to become California Certified Sustainable Winegrowing (CCSW) recognized through the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance (CSWA.) The Lake County Winegrape Commission and CSWA are offering rebates, coaching and other resources to assist with the process. Additionally, CSWA’s new 3rd edition of their self-assessment workbook, a key tool in the process, is being released. It has been streamlined, it’s easier to use and less redundant. There has never been a better time to get certified!

To assist growers, the LCWC will be holding a “Grower Tailgate Meeting” on Thursday, February 21st where many issues and practices will be discussed. Be on the lookout here and on the Commission’s website for more specifics and how you can participate. More about the LCWC’s sustainable program can be seen here


 

Sustainable Winegrowing Program

To learn more about the Lake County Winegrape Commission’s Sustainable Winegrowing Program please visit our website’s program page here.

There is more information on the program, our goals for a sustainable future in our vineyards and how Lake County is a regional leader in sustainability. Check it out and get involved!

Follow the Winegrowers on Social Media -
                      

Get Involved…

Are you interested in participating in the program and becoming a certified sustainable vineyard? If so, the Lake County Winegrape Commission and the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance are offering terrific incentives, including rebates and support resources to lessen both the cost and time it takes to be a part of it. The LCWC can provide assistance and more information. Please contact Paul Zellman, Education Director, at PaulZ@lakecountywinegrape.org for more information…

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PO Box 877

Lakeport, CA 95453

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