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Reminder: Starting on November 1st, U.S. Citizenship and
Immigration Services will only accept the new Forms I-9
and I-129 when completing the employment eligibility
verification process.
The updated Form I-9 reflects the option for eligible
employers to verify employment eligibility remotely. This
edition is available now, and starting November 1, all
previous versions will no longer be accepted. If you do not
use the 8/01/23 edition of Form I-9, you may be subject
to penalties.
More information can be found here.
The California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance (CSWA)
- in partnership with Community Alliance with Family
Farmers, California Association of Winegrape Growers
and Wine Institute - recently secured a three-year
contract with the Department of Water Resources to
provide education on dry farming and water conservation
in coastal vineyards with funding allocated in the
state budget. CSWA will work with partner organizations
to do the following: build a network of dry farming
expertise, create resources and tools for dry farming and
water conservation education and outreach, provide sitespecific
technical assistance for determining suitability
for dry farming and assist winegrape growers in converting
or establishing dry farmed vineyards and develop
case studies and cost-benefit evaluations of dry farmed
CSWA is seeking winegrowers with dry farming experience
and/or those who are interested in exploring the
potential to dry farm one or more vineyard sites to join
the network. Please reach out to CSWA if you would
like to be added to the project's email list to stay informed
of potential opportunities to participate.
The purpose of bringing an end to open ag burn is
to improve air quality for Central Valley communities.
However, one must recognize that the San Joaquin Valley
Air Pollution Control District, which regulates open ag
burn, has limited authority. The District only regulates
stationary sources of air pollution and only those which
are in the Central Valley.
Consequently, in looking at all sources of Central
Valley air pollution, we find some ironies relative to the
prohibition on burning.
1. While Central Valley growers are prohibited from
burning, growers on the Central Coast are subjected
to smoke from prescribed burns which are required
by the State to manage vegetation. The State wants
that vegetation managed via burning, as it is too
expensive to use other means to reduce potential
fuels for wildfires. NOTE: The costs are even greater
for growers to utilize alternatives to burning.
2. Smoke from Central Coast burns inevitably winds up
in the Central Valley.
3. The District states that acceptable alternatives to
burning include shipping chipped and mulched vines
for disposal. However, the US EPA states that mobile
sources of pollution, such as " heavy truck traffic
on I-5 and Highway 99 " are a major contributor
to poor air quality in the Central Valley. Since the
District doesn't regulate mobile sources of pollution,
increasing shipments of disposed vines on Central
Valley roads is not their concern.
It is not uncommon that the right and left hands of
government have a hard time clapping out the same
rhythm. But the ironies of 1) Prohibiting open ag burn,
while increasing other sources of air pollution as a direct
result of that prohibition; and 2) Requiring growers to
use alternatives to burning, which the state deems are
too expensive for the state to use, leave some growers
gasping for air. | Page 11

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