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Communication is key when working in unpredictable conditions such as wildfires. Growers may not always be in a position to assume all of the risks, and wineries may not be able to absorb all losses. Strong grower and winery partnerships will benefit the industry during difficult times and in years to come.
Below you will find step-by-step instructions for working together to mitigate risk and losses due to disaster, as well as in-the-field and winery mitigation techniques for minimizing risks related to smoke and ash exposure.
1. COMMUNICATE EARLY AND OFTEN WITH WINERY/PURCHASER
2. TALKING POINTS FOR DISCUSSION WITH WINERY/PURCHASER
3. CONSIDER CUSTOM CRUSH OR THE BULK MARKET AS AN OPTION
4. IF YOU HAVE CROP INSURANCE, CALL YOUR AGENT TO BETTER UNDERSTAND YOUR POLICY
5. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE CROP INSURANCE, REVIEW DISASTER ASSISTANCE OPTIONS
Additional Winery & Vineyard Mitigation Strategies:
Silverado Farming Co. Smoke Taint Research Summary
Strategies and Research Compiled by Graeme MacDonald and Reid Griggs
Wildfire smoke and cleanup presents hazards that employers and workers in affected regions must understand. Smoke from wildfires contains chemicals, gases, and fine particles that can harm health. Hazards continue even after fires have been extinguished and cleanup work begins. Proper protective equipment and training are required for worker safety in wildfire regions.
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NVG has worked with the Ag Commissioner, Fire Chief, and Sheriff to improve the Ag Pass Program that allows companies access to properties during fire events for essential ag activities.
Updates from the Napa County Ag Commissioner
In an effort to be prepared in advance of potential disasters including fire, the Napa County Agricultural Commissioner’s Office has developed a streamlined process for issuing “Ag Passes” to eligible commercial agricultural producers that may need to conduct essential ag activities during a disaster.
The Ag Pass program is intended to provide a way to identify vetted production farm and ranch owner-operators and other commodity producers to law enforcement officers and all other emergency personnel at road closures.
The Ag Commissioner’s Office is currently rolling out the 2021 Ag Pass Program in two phases:
This year, the Ag Pass will consist of TWO parts:
It’s important to remember, the Ag Pass is not a pathway for activity outside of agriculture. Approved Ag Pass holders are expected to only access the site listed on the Verification Card presented to Law Enforcement personnel at a road closure. Finally, access to the Ag Pass program can be revoked at any time for a breach of the guidelines.
For more information, please visit the Ag Department’s webpage on the Napa County website where helpful links, How-To’s, and other information related to this subject, will be available soon, or contact the Ag Commissioner's office at (707) 253-4357.
Napa County Fire Chief Belyea has provided a Q&A for growers on private fire resources and private fire brigades.