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Voting Members! Update Your Grapes For Sale Listing - Next eblast on Wednesday, October 18

INPORTANT MESSAGE FOR VOTING MEMBERS: Have you updated your Grapes For Sale listing? We are holding off on sending this week’s eblast to give you an extra day to make updates. Please do so as soon as possible as the next Grapes For Sale eblast will go out tomorrow morning, October 18. Not sure what to do? If you have grapes for sale, please login to your EDWGGA profile, review your listing and make any updates. If you need assistance reach out. As a reminder: only Voting Members have access to post grapes for sale. Website login instructions: Go to eldoradograpes.com.

EDWGGA Grower Meeting, October 18 - Cover Cropping Considerations for Vineyards, At Folsom Lake College's El Dorado Center

Please join us on October 18 for a special presentation and discussion on the benefits of cover cropping. This meeting will be held at the Folsom Lake College's El Dorado Center in Placerville at 6:30pm. The El Dorado Center is located at 6699 Campus Drive Room A105, Placerville. Our guest speaker will be Dr. Margaret Smither-Kopperl, manager of the 106-acre USDA-NRCS Lockeford Plant Materials Center (CAPMC). The discussion includes the benefits of cover cropping, cover crop types, species selection, and management of planting, irrigation, and termination.

Update on GWSS/Pierce’s Disease Nursery Programs

Over half of the state’s nurseries are in counties infested with the glassy-winged sharpshooter, and many ship to non-infested areas. Inspections, trapping, and treatments at nurseries, led by the Pierce’s Disease Control Program, are key to keeping GWSS from infesting new areas. Nursery Regulatory Program: From Jan. 1 through July 31, 2023, there were 20,250 nursery stock shipments to non-infested areas of the state. Origin county inspectors found 13 GWSS egg masses, five nymphs, and five adults in outgoing nursery stock shipments.

California CORE Subsidy Program – Opportunity to electrify your farm equipment

By last report from a local grape grower, the Clean Off-Road Equipment (CORE) voucher incentive program still has a few vouchers left for equipment opportunities. This is one program where you do not have to swap out your old equipment to participate. For more information go to: https://www.monarchtractor.com/blog/california-core-subsidy.

Duarte Nursery 2023 Clonal Field Days – September 22 and October 27

Grape Growers are invited to attend Duarte Nursery’s 2023 Clonal Field Days. This is an excellent opportunity to observe, touch and taste the 70 clones and 16 varieties grown at the Duarte Georgetown vineyard. Clonal Field Days begin at 9AM and are guided by experienced field reps who discuss specific grape varieties and clones and their benefits. Attendees are treated to a complimentary lunch and wine tasting featuring wines off the ranch and of some specific clones. RSVPs will be required.

Applications Due August 31 for FARMER Grants to Upgrade Agricultural Equipment

Funds to replace old agricultural equipment and vehicles are available starting August 1, for 15 of California’s air districts. Replacement with cleaner equipment helps reduce emissions of harmful diesel exhaust and greenhouse gases and improves local air quality. Applications for the Shared Allocation Pool will be accepted August 1 – August 31. For the Application and Shared Allocation Reporting Tool, go to: https://farmer-admin.my.site.com/s/ To be eligible, vehicles and equipment must be engaged in agricultural operations.

UCCE Survey Request for Sierra Foothill Grape Growers and Farmers

Our local UCCE Food Systems Advisor, Hardeep Singh, is requesting grape grower and farmer input through a needs assessment survey to help document the needs of growers in the Central Sierra Foothill region for the purpose of designing a research and education program for the coming years. This is a voluntary and anonymous survey that will take approximately five minutes to complete. Participants may skip any questions they prefer not to answer.

Free Fire Prevention Work - Your Participation Needed!

We all know how destructive wildfires have been in our county in the past few years. As wine growers, we also know how devastating smoke from wildfires can be to our crops. The good news is that local Fire Safe Councils are banding together and getting grant money to begin the gigantic task of reducing potentially hazardous vegetation in parts of El Dorado County. In the Fair Play area, the first stages of grant work is underway for the South County Fuels Reduction Project. This project hopes to clear hazardous brush and trees along portions of Mt.

Biochar from Fire Prevention Work

Greg Stanton, Deputy Director of Environmental Management of El Dorado County, recently contacted EDWGGA about the possibility of generating biochar through the forestry fuels reduction efforts that are being contemplated (see notice above). He is seeking the level of county agriculture’s interest in using this soil amendment. Like the compost program that is likely ramping up, this could be a potentially valuable soil amendment for growers. Greg will be keeping EDWGGA in the loop as the potential program develops.