CDFA reduces Pierce’s disease wine grape assessment

CDFA reduces Pierce’s disease wine grape assessment

The California Department of Food and Agriculture sets the 2013 Pierce’s disease wine grape harvest assessment at $.75 per $1,000 of value. The new rate represents a 25-percent decrease from the $1 rate last year. New rate recommended by the Pierce’s Disease-Glassy-Winged Sharpshooter board of directors.

(From the Pierce’s Disease-Glassy-Winged Sharpshooter Board of Directors)

California Department of Food and Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross has set the 2013 Pierce’s disease wine grape harvest assessment at $.75 per $1,000 of value.

This rate represents a decrease from the 2012 rate of $1.

The new rate is based on the recommendation by the Pierce’s Disease-Glassy-Winged Sharpshooter board of directors.

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PD-GWSS assessment research funds help find a solution to Pierce’s disease and other activities related to the transmittal of the bacterial disease, which is vectored by the glassy-winged sharpshooter. In the end, infected grape vines die.

Board Chairman Drew Johnson said, “With both production and prices expected to be up, the Board felt that a lower assessment rate would still bring in the necessary funds needed to maintain all the research and other Board programs at current levels.”

For more information on PD-GWSS, go online to www.pdgwss.net

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