$7.1 Million To Growers – California wine grape growers losses due to Pierce’s disease – Brief Article
* In August, the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency proposed to make $7.1 million available to the state of California to compensate growers for wine loss due to Pierce’s disease. The funds were earmarked in the Agricultural Risk Protection Act of 2000 and were to be expended on or before September 30, 2001. Because of the time limitation, the USDA proposed that payment be made directly to the state, which would decide how to distribute funds among affected growers. Wine Institute worked with the California Department of Food and Agriculture on how best to provide this compensation.
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