June 2016 Newsletter

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A Note from Commission President

Summer surely is upon us and the weather calls for more hot days ahead. While preparing for the upcoming harvest is clearly the first concern for growers, be sure to read on for important activities and upcoming events. See below for more information about a grant opportunity for irrigation-system projects, a tailgate meeting on Virginia Creeper Leafhopper research (July 7), a workshop on sustainability and risk management (July 12), and a regional organic winegrowing conference (July 21).

The Commission has also been busy wrapping up one fiscal year and preparing for the next. The Board approved a budget for the 2016-2017 fiscal year, which includes exciting plans to bring even greater awareness to our region.

Debra Sommerfield

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CDFA Announces Grant Funding for Irrigation Systems

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has begun accepting applications for the State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP). An estimated $18 million will be available for competitive grant funding to provide financial assistance to implement irrigation systems that reduce greenhouse gases and save water at California agricultural operations.

Agricultural operations can apply for funding of up to $200,000 per project for irrigation projects that provide quantifiable water savings and greenhouse gas reductions.

Application guidelines with detailed information on eligibility and program requirements is available at: https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/oefi/sweep/

Applications and all supporting information must be submitted online by Friday August 5, 2016, at 5:00 p.m.

For more information, visit the SWEEP web site.



UCCE Hosts Virginia Creeper Leafhopper Tailgate Meeting July 7

The University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) will hold an area-wide tailgate meeting on Virginia Creeper Leafhopper research on Thursday, July 7, at the south gate of Fetzer’s Sundial Chardonnay Vineyard in Hopland. Speakers include UCCE’s Dr. Lucia Varela and UC Berkeley’s Dr. Houston Wilson. Two continuing education units (CEUs) may be available.

For more information, download the flier.

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CSWA Presents ‘Using Sustainable Practices to Navigate Risk’

Tuesday, July 12, 2016
9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (lunch included)

Tallman Hotel, Riffe’s Meeting House
9550 Main Street, Upper Lake, CA, 95485


RSVP: https://wineinstitute.wufoo.com/forms/r1j2jzq90q2o4uo/
More information: www.sustainablewinegrowing.org/workshopcalendar.php

(Download the flier here.)

Discount Tickets to Organic Winegrowing Conference

Thursday, July 21
8am – 4pm

Grgich Hills Estate Yountville Victorian
7059 Washington Street, Yountville

Napa Valley Grapegrowers logoNapa Valley Grapegrowers announces the 2016 Organic Winegrowing Conference, held on July 21. Members of Lake County Winegrape Growers can register for 10% off the general admission ticket price. Use the discount code LCWC when registering online:


For more information, visit the Napa Valley Grapegrowers website or contact the NVG office at info@napagrowers.org or 707-944-8311.

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Sign Up to Receive Weather Updates

Western Weather Group provides a wealth of weather data for Lake County winegrape growers, including daily weather forecasts, powdery mildew stress index, enhanced radar images, 30- and 90-day weather outlooks, springtime frost forecasts, and much more.

LCWC offers several ways for you to get these timely detailed weather forecasts and in-depth weather reports:

  • To receive Lake County daily weather forecasts directly in your e-mail in-box from Western Weather Group, simply fill out the form.
  • For more detailed weather station info and updated satellite imagery, be sure to bookmark the Lake County page on Western Weather’s web site. This weather service is made possible by funding from American AgCredit and LCWC.

In addition to weather updates from Western Weather Group, the LCWC web site also links to monthly weather reports from renowned climatologist Dr. Gregory V. Jones from Southern Oregon University. His reports, which are issued during the growing season, include a summary of recent weather conditions and trends with forecasts for the coming months. Download recent reports.

Vintage Nurseries Hosts ‘Growers First Day’ Event

Last month, LCWC Affiliate Sponsor Vintage Nurseries welcomed 100 of its grower clients to an invitation-only “Growers First Day” luncheon and facilities tour. The event at Vintage’s Wasco, California, headquarters attracted guests from many well-known wine, table and raisin grape vineyards across California.

“This was a great opportunity for us to show our appreciation to our grower partners,” said Dustin Hooper, Director of Sales for Vintage Nurseries. “At the same time, many of them expressed their excitement for our expansion, program and leading efforts to maintain the cleanest plant materials in the industry. We will continue to offer the most comprehensive testing possible.”

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