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California Winegrape Growers Reminded to Vote

April 08, 2020

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) expects to mail referendum ballots on April 9th to California winegrape growers to vote on whether or not to continue the assessment they have paid annually since 2001 to fund the CDFA Pierce's Disease (PD)/Glassy-winged Sharpshooter (GWSS) Board's programs. The 15-member Board advises CDFA on the use of assessment funds for research and outreach designed to prevent grapevine losses and control the spread of PD and its primary vector, the glassy-winged sharpshooter. Referendum approval will extend the assessment and Board five years, until March 1, 2026. Legislation requires grape growers to vote to continue the assessment every five years, which they have previously done three times (2005, 2010, and 2015). Legislation enacted in 2019 authorizing this year's referendum, SB 449, was supported by the California Association of Winegrape Growers, Family Winemakers of California, and Wine Institute