January 2021 Newsletter

Vineyard covered in snow


In this Issue…

Reminder: Crop Insurance Deadline, January 31
USDA Launches QLA Disaster Assistance Program
Webinar: Certified Organic vs. Certified Sustainable Winegrowing
List Your Grapes for Sale on the LCWC Marketplace
Entries Now Accepted for TEXSOM
Affiliate Sponsor: Vineyard Industry Products
Weather & Climate Report

 


 

Reminder: Crop Insurance Deadline, January 31

Applications for crop insurance and changes to coverage for the upcoming 2021 crop year must be signed no later than January 31, 2021. Contact your insurance provider for details.

 


 

USDA Launches QLA Disaster Assistance Program

Application Deadline: March 5

Announced on January 5, 2021, the USDA is implementing the Quality Loss Adjustment (QLA) Program to provide financial assistance to producers whose eligible crops experienced quality losses caused by qualifying disaster events. Direct assistance for grape growers impacted by 2018 and/or 2019 wildfires is available. Application filing deadline: March 5, 2021.

For information about the program, eligibility, and payment calculations, visit the USDA’s Quality Loss Adjustment Program website.

For further details or for assistance completing an application, contact the USDA Farm Service Agency’s Ukiah Service Center at (707) 468-9223.

 


 

Webinar: Certified Organic vs. Certified Sustainable Winegrowing, February 11

Join California Certified Sustainable Winegrowing auditor, Emily Farrant, Two Leaves, LLC, Tony Britton, Marimar Estate Vineyards and Winery, and Ariel Russell, Auditor for Certified Organic and Certified Sustainable Winegrowing as they discuss the key differences between the certification processes.

Topic: Certified Organic vs. Certified Sustainable Winegrowing
Date & Time: February 11, 1:00-2:00 PM

Speakers

Emily Farrant, Co-Founder, Two Leaves LLC

Emily is a Sonoma County native with experience as a sustainability, environmental, health, and safety compliance professional. She has worked across four continents helping companies reach their goals through training and implementation of systems.

Tony Britton, Vineyard Manager and Cellar Master, Marimar Estate Vineyards and Winery

Tony is a Sonoma County native and has been in the wine industry for 39 years. He is currently employed at Marimar Estate Vineyards & Winery as Vineyard Manager and Cellar Master where he has completed the certification process for organic and sustainable vineyards.

Ariel Russell, Auditor

A Sonoma County Native with decades of experience in local agriculture (viticulture, diversified crop production, orchards, livestock). Ariel has worked as a CSWA vineyard and winery auditor and as a NOP organic crop and processing auditor for CCOF and other certifiers throughout the United States.

 


 

LCWC Grape Marketplace

List Your Grapes for Sale on the LCWC Marketplace

Do you have grapes or bulk wine for sale? Buyers and brokers regularly check the Marketplace page of the LCWC website or contact our office looking for information about growers. Make sure we and they are aware that you’re interested in connecting to them.

To list your grapes or bulk wine, email Megan Hoberg at the Lake County Winegrape Commission. For each varietal you’re selling, provide the following information:

Vintage
Varietal
AVA
Tons or gallons available
Contact (name, phone, email)
Notes (for additional details like vineyard name, certifications, etc.)

For the full listing of Lake County grapes and bulk wine for sale, visit the Marketplace page of the LCWC website.

 


 

TEXSOM 2021 International Wine Awards logo

Entries Now Accepted for TEXSOM

TEXSOM is currently accepting entries for the 2021 International Wine Awards. The regular submission period will end March 28. Late entries will be accepted until April 22 at a higher entry fee per bottle. Visit the TEXSOM website for additional information. Please note that they have a new shipping address.

Submit your wine

 


Affiliate Sponsor

Vineyard Industry Product Tying & Pruning ad, Jan 2021

 


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Weather & Climate

“The forecast for the second half of winter continues to be strongly influenced by La Niña conditions in the Tropical Pacific. As such, the PNW across the northern states are forecast to be near average to slightly cool and wet, and California and the central to southern states are forecast to be warm and dry…”

Download the January weather report (PDF) from Dr. Gregory Jones.

Calendar of Events

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LCWC Community & Industry Relations Committee Meeting 3:00 pm
LCWC Community & Industry Relations Committee Meeting @ Video Conference (see Agenda)
May 5 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Agenda – LCWC Community Industry Relations Committee Meeting, May 5, 2021
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Water Stewardship in Drought Conditions 2:00 pm
Water Stewardship in Drought Conditions
May 13 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Webinar presented by Lake County Winegrape Commission and Lake County Farm Bureau Thursday, May  13 at 2:00 PM Topics and speakers include Vine and Tree Response to Drought – Broc Zoller, PhD,  Zoller Vineyards Tips[...]
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LCWC Executive Committee Meeting 2:00 pm
LCWC Executive Committee Meeting @ Video Conference (see Agenda)
May 18 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Agenda – LCWC Executive Committee Meeting, May 18, 2021
LCWC Board Meeting 3:00 pm
LCWC Board Meeting @ Video Conference (see Agenda)
May 18 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Agenda – LCWC Board Meeting, May 18, 2021
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LCWC Community & Industry Relations Committee Meeting 3:00 pm
LCWC Community & Industry Relations Committee Meeting @ Video Conference (see Agenda)
May 26 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Agenda – LCWC Community Industry Relations Committee Meeting, May 26, 2021
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