A proposal to quadruple the minimum property size for new wineries looks like a long shot to win the endorsement of the Napa County’s growth fix it committee. Of the 17 member Agricultural Protection Advisory Committee, only one member supported the 40 acre minimum proposal. Eight members supported the former 10 acre metric, while six [...]
The U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded Michigan a Specialty Crop Block grant of $75,000 for 2014 – 2015. The funds are being used to research and develop a road map for a sustainability certification program for Michigan vineyards and wineries. While the concept of sustainability is not new for Michigan wine, the grant represents the [...]
A core group of agricultural leaders is working with the Department of Environmental Quality to draft a set of rules to exempt common agricultural practices from the penalties and provisions of Idaho’s Fugitive Dust Rules. Currently, the Rules state “any agricultural operation that puts dust into the atmosphere is in violation of these Rules and [...]
Sonoma County Winegrowers has created a new 3-phase plan to become the nation’s first 100 percent sustainable wine region. The initiative will take five years to complete and will cover issues such as vineyard water management and community relations.
A sustainability leadership committee has been established and is in the process of identifying next steps.