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2020 Fire Recovery Digital Seminar and Community Fair (in English)


Zoom Webinars


10/28/2020 - 10/29/2020
9:00am - 2:15pm Wednesday, October 28 - Digital Seminars
9:00am - 11:00am Thursday, October 29 - Zoom Technical Advice
12:00pm - 3:00pm Thursday, October 29 - Community Fair


To support the community in fire recovery in both the short and long-term, Napa Valley Grapegrowers has assembled a team of experts to provide key information for those in need of disaster assistance. Speakers will discuss the impacts of continuous wildfires and what we as a community can do. You may join any time you like, the timing for each presentation is below. Recordings will be available to all NVG members after the event.

Following the technical advice sessions on Thursday, October 29, there will be complimentary materials will be available for drive-through pick-up. All materials are on a first-come, first-served basis. For more details on the resources fair, click here.

  • Rice Straw Net Wattles
  • Rice Straw Bales
  • Tarps
  • Gloves

October 28 Agenda:

Seminar Details
9:00am - 10:00am
Grape Purchase Agreements: Is This The New Normal
Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP
Speakers: Scott Greenwood-Meinert and Fred Crombie
10:15am - 11:15am
Winegrape Crop Insurance: Understanding Smoke Damage Claims
Pan American Insurance Services
Speakers: Greg Merrill & Kristine Fox
11:15am - 12:00pm BREAK
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Climate-Smart Strategies for the Wine Industry
UC Davis
Speaker: Dr. Roger Boulton
1:15pm - 2:15pm
Fire Ecology and Best Practices to Protect Vineyards 
UC Berkeley
Speaker: Professor Scott Stephens, Ph. D

October 29 Agenda:

Get technical advice and assistance from various agencies, including one-on-one Q&A, general how-to instructions, and best practices resources.

Presentation Details
9:00am - 10:00am
10:00am - 11:00am
12:00pm - 3:00pm

Meet the Speakers:

Scott Greenwood-Meinert, Partner, Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP

Scott Greenwood-Meinert has a sophisticated practice focusing on real estate, land use, and business matters and winery law. He represents companies, investors, commercial and light industrial developers, wineries of all sizes, hoteliers, pension investment groups, hospitals, and farmers.

Fred Crombie, Partner, Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP

Fred Crombie is a trial attorney who has litigated matters in both federal and state courts. Fred’s practice focuses on complex civil litigation with an emphasis on financial and commercial disputes, tax controversy, corporate fiduciary matters, and trusts and estates. He has also successfully argued cases before the Fourth and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeals.

Greg Merrill, Executive Vice President, Pan American Insurance Services

Greg Merrill currently holds the positions of Executive Vice President and Director of Crop Insurance Services for Pan American and is celebrating his 18th year with the firm. Based out of Fresno, Greg has spent his entire career providing insurance solutions to his agribusiness clients.  Greg holds his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Masters University in Santa Clarita, and holds two professional designations: Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) and Agribusiness and Farm Insurance Specialist (AFIS).  Areas of expertise include: Workers’ Comp, Commercial Package, Captive Programs and Crop Insurance.  Greg and his wife Rhonda have three children, Faith (14), Ryan (12) & Levi (10) and are residents of Clovis, CA.

Kristine Fox, Account Executive, Pan American Insurance Services

Kristine earned her Agribusiness and Farm Insurance Specialist (AFIS) certification after completing five specialized courses on agribusiness as it pertains to risk management and insurance. Kristine most recently worked for a national workers’ compensation carrier, managing agencies in California’s Central Valley and Central Coast. Prior to that role, she worked on both the crop agency and carrier side providing perennial and annual-crop insurance to growers throughout the West. Kristine earned her Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from California State University, Fresno and has been a crop instructor at the Emmett J. Vaughn Agribusiness Conference.

Dr. Scott L. Stephens, Professor, UC Berkeley

Scott Stephens is a professor of Fire Science, co-director of the Center for Fire Research and Outreach and head of the Stephen’s Lab. Stephens’ research currently investigates adaptive management and ecological restoration in areas most likely to experience wildfires, though he has conducted research relating to wildland fires for more than 20 years. He is most interested in the interactions between wildland fires and ecosystems, looking closely at the future of fires, fire management, forest policy and climate change. Stephens is a certified Senior Fire Ecologist and was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship in 2014. He received his Ph.D. in Wildland Resource Science at UC Berkeley, where he currently teaches.

Dr. Roger Boulton, Professor, UC Davis 

Dr. Boulton studies the chemical and biochemical engineering aspects of winemaking and distilled spirits production. His work involves fermentation and reaction kinetics; physical and chemical stability of wines; the mathematical modeling, computer simulation and control of enological operations; winery design (winemaking equipment selection, winery design and layout) and the economics of investment and operation. Dr. Boulton received both his Bachelor’s and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Melbourne, Australia.

Event confirmation details and Zoom link for the seminars will be sent out in advance of October 28. Any questions, please reach out to events@napagrowers.org.

This event is only available to NVG Members.

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