Good Fruit Grower

November 2016

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Page 30 of 63 GOOD FRUIT GROWER NOVEMBER 2016 31 Recently, the WAWGG board had a robust discussion about several issues facing the industry. Often the decision about an issue is intuitive, but with complex issues that affect a vineyard differently than a winery, the process requires deliberate and intentional thought and analysis. Consequently, since then, we have established a checklist to determine when we weigh in on an issue: —Does it have a financial impact on or to grape/wine industry business? —Is it an impediment to grape/wine industry business? —Does it impact the grape/wine industry reputation? —Does it solely impact the grape/wine industry? (If not us, who?) —Will the voice of the grape/wine industry on the issue make a difference? —Does the issue hurt or build grape/wine industry credibility? On Wednesday, Nov. 9, not so coincidentally just after the election, WAWGG and the Washington Wine Institute are teaming up to present an "Issues Caucus" for the Washington grape and wine industry. To be held in Yakima, Washington, to allow easier access from both sides of the mountains, the daylong workshop will cover issues facing the Washington grape and wine industry at the state and national level and feature not only our own lobbyists in Olympia but also Michael Kaiser, director of public affairs with WineAmerica, and Joe Bischoff, a Ph.D. with Cornerstone Government Affairs represent- ing the Winegrape Growers of America, both based in Washington, D.C. The day also has two keynote presen- tations: One on water availability for vineyard expansion and the other on Washington's winery wastewater gen- eral permit. Please make your voice heard and weigh in on the issues most important to your industry. Vicky Scharlau is executive director of the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers. TJ MULLINAX/GOOD FRUIT GROWER The Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers (WAWGG) and the Washington Wine Institute are presenting an "Issues Caucus" on Nov. 9. Frostbuster and FrostGuard The Ultimate Form of Frost Protection and Pollination! Frost protection for your fruit crop will protect against night frost regardless of wind speed or inversion layer. Positive test results to as low as 25°F. Ideal frost protection for 2.5 acres to 20 acres. Affordable & Portable. The FrostGuard: the most flexible The Frostbuster: the most economical Our Frostbuster and FrostGuard not only protect your crop against night frost, they also improve the fruit set and pollination. is is an important advantage that we can o er you through our proprietary products. No one else can. Contact us for more details. Agrofrost USA LLC Williamson, NY 14589 (315) 576-5061 Paige Equipment Sales & Service Inc Rt 104 E., Williamson, NY 14449 (315) 589-6651 Oesco, Inc. P.O. Box 540, Conway, MA 01341 (800) 634-5557 Southwest Ag Specialties Leveland, TX (806) 229-2100 Hermans Mobile Service 2875 Maple Valley Rd., Suttons Bay, MI (231) 256-0065 Agrofrost Canada Tillsonburg, Ontario (519) 777-0446

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