New Pierce’s Disease
Advisory Task Force
California Department of Food and Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross appointed Judy Zaninovich, a long-time member of the Pierce’s Disease Advisory Task Force, to serve as chairperson. Zaninovich is a treatment coordinator for the Glassy-winged Sharpshooter Area-wide Management Program and the Kern County Asian Citrus Psyllid/HLB Grower Liaison for the Citrus Pest and Disease Prevention Program.
The Task Force is composed of County Agricultural Commissioners, scientists, agricultural representatives, and other experts. It reviews program progress and develops recommendations for the Secretary as well as provides input to the Pierce’s Disease and Glassy-winged Sharpshooter Board.
“My years of service on the Task Force have deepened my understanding of the issues,” said Zaninovich. “I want to ensure the Board and the Task Force continue to be aware and ready as new threats and diseases arise.”
Pierce’s Disease and
Glassy-winged Sharpshooter Referendum Slated for Spring 2020
California winegrape growers will vote this spring on extending the PD/GWSS Assessment for another five years, to March 2026. The assessment funds research to find solutions to PD, GWSS, and additional designated pests and diseases of winegrapes. The last time growers voted, over 80 percent favored continuing the winegrape assessment.
To establish the list of eligible grower voters, CDFA will request all wineries and winegrape processors to submit the names, mailing addresses, and assessment values of all producers who paid the assessment on grapes crushed during the 2019 harvest. Every entity that produced winegrapes in 2019 will receive a ballot in March or April 2020.
Growers who operate multiple entities will receive a separate ballot for each entity. Each ballot should be voted and returned. At least 40 percent of eligible growers must cast ballots for the referendum to be valid.