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California Approves New Funding in Fight Against Vine Disease

Tim Fish
Posted: July 26, 2001

California Gov. Gray Davis approved a bill on July 25 that could raise around $5 million in the fight against Pierce's disease, a fatal vine malady that potentially threatens vineyards across the state's wine regions.

"This bill is a great example of industry and government coming together to combat a serious threat," Davis told a group of wine and farming industry officials as he signed the legislation at Bogle Winery, near Sacramento.

California legislator Patricia Wiggins (D-Santa Rosa) introduced the bill in February in reaction to concerns by growers in her district. The bill establishes an advisory board of industry executives to oversee and accelerate research on the disease. Funding will be provided by an annual assessment paid by grapegrowers.

Federal, state and industry sources have already contributed $39.2 million to cure the disease and contain the pest that spreads it. Fifteen counties in the state currently are generally or partially infested with the glassy-winged sharpshooter, a far-flying, voracious insect that spreads the bacterium Xylella fastidiosa, which clogs the vascular system of vines.

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Read Daniel Sogg's cover story on Pierce's disease and the glassy-winged sharpshooter:

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    California Vineyard Apocalypse

    Read our past news reports on Pierce's disease:

  • July 10, 2001
    Dreaded Vine Pest Found in California's Santa Clara County

  • May 24, 2001
    As Summer Approaches, California Vintners Go on Heightened Alert for Dreaded Vine Pest

  • Oct. 13, 2000
    Infestation of Deadly Vine Pest Found Near Napa Valley

  • Oct. 12, 2000
    Sonoma Wineries and Environmentalists Battle Over Pesticides

  • Oct. 11, 2000
    Pierce's Disease Carrier Found in California's Santa Ynez Appellation

  • Sept. 18, 2000
    Deadly Vineyard Pest Discovered at Sonoma County Nursery

  • July 28, 2000
    California Sets Statewide Controls as Deadly Vine Pest Is Found in North Coast

  • June 23, 2000
    Agricultural Emergency Declared in California Due To Deadly Vine Pest

  • April 4, 2000
    As Deadly Vine Disease Spreads, California Promises Funds to Fight It

  • Feb. 25, 2000
    Deadly Vine Disease in California Draws Congressional Attention

  • Feb. 14, 2000
    California Growers Battle Carrier of Pierce's Disease

  • Sept. 16, 1999
    Pierce's Disease Devastates Vineyards in California's Temecula Region
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