A bill designed to ensure that grape growers are paid for the fruit they deliver to wineries was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown.

The bill, AB 907 by Assemblywoman Fiona Ma, D-San Francisco, will allow the California Department of Food and Agriculture to require wineries to post a surety bond equal to the amount owed to the grower, after an investigation and hearing. If the winery then fails to pay the amounts owed to the grower, the surety bond can be called upon for payment in whole.

The California Association of Winegrape Growers sponsored the bill.

Compiled by Staff Writer Cathy Bussewitz. Submit items to cathy.bussewitz@pressdemocrat.com.

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