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West Coast Smoke Exposure Task Force Summit

06/08/2021 @ 10:00 AM - 2:15 PM


The West Coast Smoke Exposure Task Force will be hosting the Virtual Smoke Summit on Tuesday, June 8, 10:00 AM – 2:15 PM, with a break between 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM, featuring representatives from the California Association of Winegrape Growers, Washington Winegrowers, Oregon Winegrowers, UC Davis, Oregon State University, Washington State University, and more. See the full program below.

10:00 AM: Welcome

Speaker: John Aguirre, President, California Association of Winegrape Growers

10:05 AM: Are We Closer to Answers? What we learned since the 2020 crop year
The presenters in this session will deliver the latest research insights and help us understand how industry operators can use lessons learned from last year’s wildfire smoke experience to better cope with the next wildfire event.

Moderator: Alisa Jacobson, Vice President Winemaking, Joel Gott Wines

Speakers: Anita Oberholster, Ph.D., University of California, Davis | Tom Collins, Ph.D., Washington State University | Elizabeth Tomasino, Ph.D., Oregon State University | Tim Rinehart, Ph.D., National Program Leader – Fruit, Nut, Sugarcane, and Nursery Crops, Crop Production and Protection, USDA-Agricultural Research Service

11:00 AM: Moderated Discussion and Questions & Answers

11:45 AM: Break

12:15 PM: Making Decisions Under Fire: Are we better prepared for next time?
This panel discussion will offer practical insights and guidance for growers and wineries on how to make sound decisions under the stress of a wildfire event.

1:00 PM: Q&A

1:30 PM: Crop Insurance? Yes, you need it and what you need to know
This session will review key crop insurance program issues and changes that growers need to know about for the 2021 crop season.

Speakers: Lacey Menasco, Risk Management Specialist, USDA-Risk Management Agency | Kristine Fox, Pan American Insurance Services

2:00 PM: Q&A

2:15 PM: Going Forward: Next steps

Speakers: Jana McKamey, Executive Director, Oregon Winegrowers | Vicky Scharlau, Executive Director, Washington Winegrowers