Texas Grapegrowers: Participate in the Texas Department of Agriculture 2019 Winegrape Crop Survey
November 07, 2019
From: Paul M. Bonarrigo, Messina Hof Winery, Owner
Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association, President
To: Members of the Commercial Texas Wine and Grape Industry
Re: USDA/NASS and Texas Department of Agriculture 2019 Winegrape Crop Survey
Congratulations on an outstanding, albeit extended, harvest season. We are tired, but the tanks (and every other vessel we could use for wine storage) are full!
In the very near future Texas grape growers will receive a survey coordinated by the USDA – National Agriculture Statistics Service and the Texas Department of Agriculture. Please know that your answers will be kept in the strictest of confidence.
This survey is being conducted in accordance with the Confidential Information Protection provisions of Title V, Subtitle A, Public Law 107-347 and other applicable Federal laws.
More information on how USDA-NASS protects respondent information is posted at: https://www.nass.usda.gov/About_NASS/Confidentiality_Pledge/index.php
Having this information provides the industry with a third-party assessment of industry status and growth. The survey results are important when talking to elected officials and government agencies that are responsible for developing programs to further support the Texas wine and grape industry.
For instance, survey results assist the Risk Management Agency when developing crop insurance programs. Completing the survey will take 10 minutes. Please give this survey your attention at your first opportunity.
Please also consider registering your crop with the county Farm Service Agency (FSA) – even if you don’t plan to use crop insurance. Registering helps develop more accurate data on grapes throughout Texas and assist the FSA to better support our industry. Click here to locate your county FSA office.
Thank you to all that attended this year's Grape Camp hosted by the Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association and sponsored by the Texas Department of Agriculture – Texas Wine Marketing, in Fredericksburg this week. We have received very positive feedback and look forward to refining our program to make next year even more successful.