November 21, 2014
                            Photo by Nathan DeHart Photography
In This Issue

REMINDER: Winegrower Input Needed for Irrigation Survey


The Lake County Winegrape Commission is conducting a survey to determine current water management practices, strategies, and technologies used by Lake County winegrowers in order to identify potential programs that may address winegrower needs.


If you have not already done so, please take 3-5 minutes to complete this simple survey:


Individual survey responses will NOT be tracked; only aggregated data of all survey participants will be reported.


Deadline: November 30, 2014


Thank you in advance for taking the time to provide input. 

NRCS Hosts Soil Health Forum December 9


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Rod Shippey Hall,

UC ANR Hopland Research and Extension Center


This forum will offer new perspectives on time-tested soil management techniques to increase environmental and financial benefits, stimulate discussions about current local approaches to soil management, and gather feedback on the potential for local collaborative demonstration efforts.


Presenters will discuss ways soil can help growers survive drought, prevent pollution, save money, and store carbon.


Morning Presentations:

Helen Dahlke, UC Davis

Soil water storage- Surface and ground water interactions


Jeff Creque, Marin Carbon Project

Lessons from Marin County


Glenn McGourty, UCCE Mendocino County

A new look at cover crops and carbon management in our local agricultural systems


Jeff Mitchell, UC Davis

Conservation Agriculture Innovation- How can we make it happen?


Paul Dolan, Dark Horse Vineyards

Experiences with fine tuning tillage practices


Afternoon Sessions:

Discussion groups coordinated


Register at 

The $30 fee includes lunch. 

For more information: National Resources Conservation Service,

(707) 468-9223

California Wine Grape Growers Foundation Scholarships

The California Wine Grape Growers Foundation is offering scholarships to high school seniors whose parents or legal guardians are employees of a California winegrape grower. Details and the application form are available on the Foundation's website,


For additional information, call the Foundation office at (916) 379-8999. Scholarship applications must be postmarked by March 27, 2015. 

First California Green Medal:

Sustainable Winegrowing Leadership Awards


SAN FRANCISCO - California vineyards and wineries are encouraged to apply for the inaugural California Green Medal: Sustainable Winegrowing Leadership Awards. Applications are being accepted now through Jan. 31, 2015, at


The California Green Medal was developed by California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance, California Association of Winegrape Growers, Wine Institute, Lodi Winegrape Commission, Napa Valley Vintners and Vineyard Team as a way to showcase some of the leading wineries and vineyards committed to sustainability.


California vineyards and wineries that participate in any sustainability program available in California are eligible to apply for up to four award categories that will recognize outstanding achievement in sustainability: 

  • Leader Award -- given to the vineyard or winery that demonstrates success and innovation in all of the below three areas of sustainable winegrowing.

  • Environment Award -- given to the vineyard or winery that best demonstrates Environmental Stewardship throughmaximized environmental benefits from implementing sustainable practices.

  • Community Award -- given to the vineyard or winery that is a Good Neighbor & Employer using the most innovative practices that enhance relations with employees, neighbors and/or communities.

  • Business Award -- given to the vineyard or winery that best demonstrates Smart Business throughefficiencies, cost savings and innovation from implementing sustainable practices. 

Winners will receive a Green Medal, be recognized in widely distributed communications and honored at an awards ceremony at University of California, Davis on April 10, 2015.

Affiliate Sponsor: Lincoln-Leavitt Insurance Agency

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Lincoln-Leavitt Insurance Agency was formed in August of 1999 when Tom Lincoln and Leavitt Group Enterprises partnered to open a new agency in Lakeport. Lincoln has been in the insurance business in Lake County since 1977, and his agency provides numerous insurance products for local businesses and families.


As an affiliate sponsor of the Lake County Winegrape Commission, Lincoln-Leavitt offers a wide choice of insurance alternatives for local winegrape growers and wineries. The agency represents all recognized leaders in ag insurance, including Grange, Allied Insurance, California Insurance Group (CIG), Travelers, Golden Eagle and Winery Plus. Whether the need is fire or crop insurance, workers compensation, farm or business liability, group health or employment practices liability, Lincoln-Leavitt can tailor a solution that offers broad coverage at competitive prices.


In addition to Lincoln, there are seven other licensed insurance professionals ready to assist clients. Jill Jensen, a Lake County native who entered the insurance field in 1989, has extensive experience in commercial and personal insurance sales. As a longtime winegrape grower, she understands the challenges facing growers and how to address the unique risks that growers and wineries face. She also has extensive experience in the increasingly complex field of health insurance. Jensen is assisted by Kristy Weiss.


Also assisting Lincoln and Jensen is commercial account specialist Christina DeWeese. She has invaluable experience in both banking and insurance and oversees all commercial customer service. She is backed up by Kathleen Compton, who has over 30 years of insurance experience and claims a rich agricultural insurance background.


To help meet the needs of farm families, Deanna Steele, Carrie Banks and Erica Nissen have dozens of carriers that offer insurance products for home, auto and recreational vehicles. Among the companies that compete for personal insurance business are Allied, CIG, Safeco, Grange, Hartford and Progressive.


Lincoln-Leavitt already insures a number of local grape and wine industry clients and welcomes assisting others who value over 100 years of collective insurance experience and a local reputation for excellent service. The agency is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 to 5 p.m., and can be reached at 707-263-7162. All agency email addresses are found at, and Tom Lincoln can be reached by cell phone at 707-349-3210. Jill Jensen can be reached by cell at 707-350-0738. 

Affiliate Sponsors
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North Coast Vineyard Services logo

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