Winegrape Assessment Rate Unchanged for 2018
The PD/GWSS Board voted during its June 19 meeting to recommend the winegrape assessment for the 2018 harvest be set at $1.50 per $1,000 of value. Following the meeting, the recommendation was forwarded to and approved by CDFA Secretary Karen Ross.
The 2018 rate is the same as the 2017 assessment, while over the 17-year life of the assessment, the rate has averaged $1.42 per $1,000 of value.
The assessment is used to fund research on Pierce’s disease and, beginning in 2010, can also be used to fund research and outreach on other pests and diseases of winegrapes. These pests and diseases are designated by the Board as posing serious threats to winegrapes. So far the European grapevine moth, mealybugs, brown marmorated stink bug, red blotch virus, fanleaf virus, and leafroll virus have been designated as serious threats to California’s winegrapes, and the Board has funded research on all of these. In addition to research, the assessment is also used to support related program activities.
For more information about the PD/GWSS Board and how assessment funds are used, visit the FAQ page.
CDFA PEIR Update: Appeals Court Grants Stay
California’s Third District Court of Appeal has granted a stay of a recent Superior Court injunction that ordered CDFA to suspend chemical activities for pest control and eradication that rely on the Statewide Plant Pest Prevention and Management Program Environmental Impact Report (PEIR) for compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The stay allows CDFA’s plant pest prevention programs to rely on the PEIR for CEQA compliance while the Superior Court decision and injunction are appealed.
CDFA prepared the PEIR to provide an up-to-date, transparent, and comprehensive environmental evaluation of CDFA’s plant pest prevention activities. Legal challenges were filed shortly after the Final PEIR was certified, and the case is currently at the Appeals Court level.