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June 27, 2013 | 11:53 AM

A newsflash came in from the CDFA PD/GWSS Board yesterday afternoon announcing that CDFA Secretary Karen Ross has set the Pierce's disease winegrape assessment for the 2013 harvest at $.75 per $1,000 of value, based on the recommendation made by the PD/GWSS Board at its June board meeting. This rate represents a decrease from the 2012 rate of $1.

The assessment is used to fund research to find a solution to Pierce's disease (PD) and other activities related to the transmittal of PD, a bacterial disease, vectored by the glassy-winged sharpshooter, that kills grapevines.

PD/GWSS Board Chairman Drew Johnson said, "With both production and prices expected to be up, the Board felt that a lower assessment rate would still bring in the necessary funds needed to maintain all the research and other Board programs at current levels."

For more information about the PD/GWSS Board and how assessment funds have been used, visit www.pdgwss.net.

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