The Washington State Wine Commision is hoping to expand its state’s wine market into Canada. A $97,000 federal grant was issued to support promotion and marketing. Trade barriers make it difficult for Washington wineries to compete with the wineries in British Columbia. The goal of the grant is to help Washington and the Northwest compete.
California’s Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) recently announced awards of $19.88 million in its 2014 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. CDFA defines specialty crops as “fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture and nursery crops including floriculture.” Wine grapes fall under the specialty umbrella, and many grants will benefit the wine industry.
$3.6 million are being granted to farmers to help them pay for systems to save water. This money comes from California’s portion of Cap-and-Trade auction proceeds. The money will pay for 93 different on-farm water irrigation projects geared toward reducing water and energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.
The USDA granted $50,000 to the St. Clair Winery to help invest in New Mexico’s wine industry and chile industry. St. Clair Winery uses locally-grown chiles to infuse its Hatch Red Chile Wine and Hatch Green Chile Wine.