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CAWG Celebrates 36 Years of Serving Grape Growers
Sacramento, Calif., February 1, 2010 - The California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG) celebrated 36 years of service during their annual meeting held in Sacramento on Tuesday, January 26. CAWG Chair and Acting President, Kim Ledbetter Bronson addressed nearly 400 CAWG members during her “State of the Association” address.
“After 36 years of existence, CAWG is stronger than ever. Our membership numbers are stable and we are focused on our mission to improve the profitability of our members and the reputation of California wine,” said Ledbetter Bronson. “CAWG members should take comfort in knowing this association is the best advocate for sound agricultural policy and our unified voice has and will accomplish many successes.”
Winegrape growers will face a number of issues in the coming year, Ledbetter Bronson touched on one that could have a major impact.
“In April, California winegrape growers will vote in a referendum to continue the Pierce’s Disease /Glassy-winged Sharp Shooter Assessment. The assessment helps fund Pierce’s Disease research that prevents infestation and spread of a pest that is devastating to grape growers,” said Ledbetter Bronson. “The PD Program has been a qualified success. The infestation has been contained. Control measures have been successfully employed. Spread to other counties has been prevented. This program needs continued grower support.”
Also during the meeting, CAWG presented its annual “Friend of the Winegrape Grower” award to CDFA Secretary, A.G. Kawamura. This award was created to recognize supporters of the winegrape growing community and show them how much growers appreciate the work they do on their behalf.
“Secretary Kawamura knows the important role agriculture plays in the lives of Californians and has done all he can to protect the livelihood of grape growers,” said Jeff Frey, Vice Chair of the California Winegrape Growers Foundation. “We are grateful for his support of specialty crops, trade promotion and the prevention of invasive species at both the state and federal levels.”
CAWG’s 36th annual meeting ended with a reception serving some of California’s award winning wines representing a variety of wine producing regions.
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