USDA RMA Grant Grower Materials

Sonoma County winegrowers face risks in their vineyard operations for which they must be constantly vigilant. The Sonoma County Winegrape Commission’s (SCWC) goal is to provide growers with educational opportunities to help growers continue to implement good farming practices and mitigate risks throughout their operation.

In September of 2014, SCWC was awarded a USDA Risk Management Agency Agreement. This Agreement, “Educating Growers to Mitigate Risk in Sonoma County Winegrape Production,” provided funding to educate growers in the areas of pest management, water conservation, worker safety, and crop insurance.

In all, 27 meetings in conjunction with the Agreement were held between November 2014 and August 2015. Along with the meetings, UC IPM Pest ID and Monitoring cards were purchased and handed out to growers as were vineyard equipment posters in Spanish to help growers better communicate with their workers.

To expand the education process, SCWC has attached the meeting notes from our April through July Grower IPM Meetings. These are found at the bottom of this page after the videos. In addition, five videos were created for use by the growers. The two safety videos are in Spanish with English subtitles or graphics.