<b>Dollars - $ense seminar coming Jan. 15</b>
The Sonoma County Winegrowers is presenting its 23rd annual Dollars - $ense seminar and trade show on Jan. 15.
This year's theme is "Sustaining the Moment" and will focus on the importance of sustainability in Sonoma County. Speakers include Brian Clements and Marc Cuneo of Turrentine Company, who will discuss bulk wine and grape market prospects for 2014.
Karissa Kruse, president of Sonoma County Winegrowers, will present the organization's year in review and an overview of its marketing plans for 2014.
The event will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts in Santa Rosa. Details are available at www.sonomawinegrape.org.
For information contact Karen Thomas at 707-522-5862 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
<b>Crop insurance payouts drop</b>
NAU Country Insurance and the California Association of Winegrape Growers recently examined crop insurance claims by California farmers over a 12-year period.
Insurance payouts for crop losses peaked in 2008, when $13.2 million in indemnities were paid to growers, and reached highs again in 2011, when growers were paid $21.6 million. In 2012, a bumper crop year, growers were paid $6.4 million in indemnities.