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May 24, 2013 | 7:00 AM

From the Sonoma County Winegrape Commission

Join 300 of your neighbors, friends, co-workers, and over 50 favorite vendors at one of the year's largest gatherings of Sonoma County grapegrowers. The Annual Grower Seminar, Tradeshow & Barbecue is at SRJC's Shone Farm and begins at 7:30 a.m.

A wonderful barbecued lunch is served at noon with Sonoma County wine and presentation of the Viticulture Award of Excellence.

The registration fee includes lunch with wine, tradeshow, seminar and loads of camaraderie and networking opportunities. This event is open to all who are involved or interested in the wine community.

Registration has been extended until Tuesday, May 28: for Sonoma County growers, $15; and other related industry and the public, $25. Registration price increases after May 28.  

The grower's seminar will focus on labor:

Monte Lake is from the Washington, D.C. law firm of CJ Lake, LLC, and will speak on "Agricultural Labor and Immigration–A California and National Perspective on the Status Quo and Future Prospects for Reform." Lake is actively involved in Washington, DC on the agricultural labor/immigration reform debate representing a national coalition of labor intensive agricultural employers seeking reform in Congress, including many from California.

Lake will address agriculture's efforts to address the legal status of its current experienced workforce and create a new program that is more free market based and grower friendly as an alternative to the H-2A program. He will also discuss current worksite enforcement efforts by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the likelihood of mandatory E-Verify, and the challenges of employers attempting to use the H-2A temporary and seasonal foreign agricultural worker program.

Michael Saqui of The Saqui Law Group Counselors to Management kicks off the seminar with a 2012-2013 Labor Trend Report. Saqui is the first line of defense for agricultural employers up and down the state of California and a labor expert well-known in the North Bay and often called upon to address complicated labor and compliance issues.

He will touch upon enforcement agencies and labor organizations, a historic collaboration not seen since the 1970s; The new Ag Labor Relations Act, developing trends for employers; and Employer's Operational Preparation Guide, an operational self-audit approach to being prepared for whatever may come.

Check out the full agenda at www.sonomawinegrape.org/bbq. For more information, contact Karen at 707-522-5862 or karen@sonomawinegrape.org.

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