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  •  Annual EQIP Funding through the NRCS:  Applications will come due toward the end of 2013.  Prior to the deadline you need to:
    • Fill out and sign a standard Request for Assistance form, and submit it to the county-appropriate NRCS representative listed below. This will initiate the scheduling of a site visit and resource assessment.
    • Then you will need to contact and meet with the USDA Farm Services Agency in Salinas to start the eligibility determination process. Contact Vivian Soffa, 831-424-1036, ext. 108

    There is EQIP funding in every CA county:

    • In Santa Cruz County:  Rich Casale, (831) 475-1967
    • In Santa Clara County contact Bob Rohde or Athena Pratt at (831) 637-4360.
    • In San Mateo County contact Jim Howard at (650) 726-4660.

    For more information about EQIP, read this program description provided by Rich Casale.



  •  New Sub-regions for the Santa Cruz Mountains:  VASCM has worked with AppellationAmerica.com on a series of tastings evaluating Santa Cruz Mountains wines produced from our vineyards, and in the process we have defined five subregions characterized by distinct flavor profiles.  They are: Skyline; Los Gatos/Saratoga; Summit; Los Ranchos (Hwy. 17 corridor to Santa Cruz); Corralitos/Pleasant Valley.  Read more about the subregions and their flavor profiles here.  Read more about the subregions and flavor profiles of the three varietals we evaluated -- Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon/Bordeaux -- on the AppellationAmerica.com website.
  •  Light Brown Apple Moth: local vineyardists have reported inspections at their vineyards sites near Soquel and Santa Cruz.


  •  "One Nation Under Vines" - A PR campaign initiated by the California Assn. of Winegrape Growers (CAWG) "highlights how California's growing conditions, experience and sustainable growing practices make a difference in creating world-class wines."  The VASCM has been working with CAWG to make sure that the Santa Cruz Mountains is included as part of this campaign.

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