ISSUES AND POLICY
OWA advocates for wineries and growers before the state and federal legislatures and regulatory agencies on issues critical to the wine grape growing and winemaking industry, like direct shipment, land use, immigration, favorable tax rates, export marketing, labeling and regulatory rules, and funding for viticulture and enological research
Recent Examples include:
-HB 2443: Wine Growler Bill
-SB 841: Winery Land Use Bill
-SB 795: Clarified on premise wine service rules
-SB: 5008: Oregon State University Fermentation Sciences funding
Future challenges where OWA will advocate for you:
-Your access to a skilled workforce is limited.
-The legislature reviews winery self-distribution privileges.
-Insufficient groundwater resources and spray drift threaten your grapes.
-Regulatory inspections put delivery on your crop at risk.
Best Practices Resources
OWA also provides best practice resources for the wine community and stakeholders on topics such as the Susceptibility of Vineyards to Phenoxy Herbicide Drift and Recommended Guidelines for Bird Control.
If you have questions, please contact Jana McKamey.