With more than four decades of experience, OWA serves as the authority to legislators and policymakers on Oregon wine industry issues.
Whether it’s representing issues at the state level or addressing policy with the federal government, OWA has the connections to deliver results.
Advocacy at the State Level
Vine Mealybug Eradication
Partnered with Oregon State University, the Oregon Dept. of Agriculture and industry associations to secure nearly $450,000 in emergency state funding to help contain and eradicate vine mealybug in Southern Oregon.
Oregon DTC Shipping Increase Secured
Achieved passage of legislation increasing Oregon’s DTC shipping limit from 2-5 cases per month per consumer.
Easing the Transition of Ag Overtime
OWA was the only ag group focused on ensuring a long phase-in of the 40-hour threshold and mitigating new costs for winegrowers with a refundable tax credit and bridge loan program.
Wine Privilege Tax Increase
OWA continues to push back on legislative proposals to increase the wine privilege tax, urging an assessment of current resources dedicated to addiction and recovery.
Vineyard Water Access
OWA created a Water Subcommittee that developed a set of short-term and long-term policy objectives to better support the wine industry’s current and future water needs.
Bottle Bill Taskforce
OWA established a Bottle Bill taskforce to assess the costs and feasibility of adding wine bottles to the Oregon Bottle Bill vs. being part of a new Extended Producer Responsibility program.
Advocacy at the Federal Level
Crop Insurance Enhancements
Worked with the USDA Risk Management Agency to make improvements to the federal crop insurance program, including extending the acreage reporting date from January 15 to May 15, expanding contract price eligibility to grape growers with both contracted and non-contracted acres through a weighted average contract price, and clarifying how to calculate contract pricing when the contract is written in dollars per acre rather than dollars per ton.
Federal Excise Tax
Assisted Senator Wyden in drafting the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act that became permanent in late 2021. The bill reduces federal excise tax rates for all Oregon wineries.
Smoke Impact Research
OWA’s collaboration with winegrower groups in California and Washington has led to $9.5 million in federal funding to support ongoing research to better help growers and processors manage and reduce the impact of smoke exposure, with more funding to come.
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