Via the Napa County Agricultural Commissioner’s Office
This year Napa County Agricultural Commissioner’s Office staff will once again be visiting wineries during harvest to ensure each winery has an EGVM compliance agreement including exhibit “D1 Receiver”, and are closely following all requirements. Should you need to obtain a compliance agreement, you can visit our website and download the Master Permit QC 1269 and exhibit D1. You can also find copies of compliance agreements at on the Napa Agriculture Commissioner's website. Once filled out and signed, they can be faxed to 707-253-4881 or scanned and e-mailed to email@example.com , with the subject line heading “EGVM compliance agreements”. If you have any difficulties or wish to discuss your specific situation with someone, you may also call our office at (707) 253-4357.
We are also asking wineries to review their compliance agreements and ensure we have the physical address of where fruit is received during harvest. This information can also be e-mailed to our office. It will be important for us to know the physical location of the winery and not just a P.O. Box number to determine where the facility is in relationship to quarantine boundaries as the quarantine area may change over time. You can contact our office if you have questions on the compliance agreement status of a given winery, grower, harvester, hauler, etc.
During our winery visits, Ag Commissioner staff will spend time checking with haulers to make sure they have copies of their compliance agreement. We will assess compliance with tarping requirements or appropriate slack filling of loads and the general sanitation of equipment. We will also do inspections in the vineyards during harvest to assess sanitation and tarping or slack fill procedures. Any violations that are identified will be brought to the attention of the winery, hauler or grower and may result in appropriate enforcement actions.
Growers have done a great job with carefully timed insecticide applications and the placement of mating disruption in the fight against EGVM. Sanitation practices and compliance with quarantine requirements are equally important components of the goal to “Kick the Moth Out” and must be employed as to not jeopardize the great progress made so far. We understand harvest is a hectic and fast paced time, and we intend to conduct our inspections as efficiently as possible to minimize any disruption to grower and winery operations. If you have any questions regarding the EGVM program, please call John Cooledge or Humberto Izquierdo in our office (707) 253-4357.