• PD/GWSS Board Votes on 2014 Winegrape Assessment Rate

    PD/GWSS Board Votes on 2014 Winegrape Assessment Rate  

    CDFA Secretary Karen Ross has approved the recommendation of the PD/GWSS Board that the winegrape assessment rate for the 2014 harvest be set at $0.75 per $1,000 of crop value. This keeps the rate at the 2013 assessment level.

    Money raised from the assessment is used to fund research projects and other activities related to PD. Assessment funds may also be used for research, outreach and education for other pests and diseases that are designated by the PD/GWSS Board as threats to California’s winegrape industry.

    Click here to read more about the assessment and past assessment rates.

  • PD Legislation Introduced

    Assemblyman Wesley Chesbro (D-Arcata) has introduced AB 1642, legislation to re-authorize the Pierce’s Disease Control Program (PDCP), the PD/GWSS Board, PD/GWSS winegrape assessment and the PD Advisory Task Force. The bill is being sponsored by the California Association of Winegrape Growers, the Family Winemakers of California and the Wine Institute.

    If AB 1642 is passed this year, a referendum would be held in 2015 to let California’s winegrape growers decide if they want the PD/GWSS assessment and the PD/GWSS Board to continue for another five years. The assessment is used to fund research and other activities related to PD/GWSS and may, when certain conditions are met, be used for research and outreach on other pests and diseases that threaten California winegrapes.

    PD/GWSS Assessment Rate History
    Per $1,000 of Value of Harvested Winegrapes

    2001 – $3.00      2008 – $1.00
    2002 – $2.00      2009 – $1.00
    2003 – $2.00      2010 – $.75
    2004 – $2.00      2011 – $.75
    2005 – $2.00      2012 – $1.00
    2006 – $2.00      2013 – $.75
    2007 – $1.50