USDA – CFAP 2.0 Program

CFAP 2.0 Fact Sheet

Information on the program, eligibility, a payment calculator, and application

Farm Service Agency’s webinar for interested applicants

USDA Providing Economic Relief for Grape Growers

Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 – USDA’s Farm Service Agency will accept CFAP 2 applications from September 21 through December 11, 2020.

Financial Resources for Grape Growers:

How to calculate wine grape smoke damage payable loss for crop insurance claims

Smoke Exposure FAQs for Crop Insurance

Smoke Taint and Crop Insurance Information – American Ag Loan

Smoke Exposure Related Info:

October 5th – Wine Institute has identified additional domestic and international laboratories with capacity to test for smoke exposure in wine and winegrapes. Please contact the laboratories directly with any questions and note the legal disclaimer at the bottom of the page. 

CALIFORNIA, DAVIS, UC Davis CA&ES Analytical Laboratory

Contact: UC Davis CA&ES Analytical Laboratory

Notes: This laboratory tests wine samples only.

CALIFORNIA, SACRAMENTOThe Center for Analytical Chemistry (CDFA)

Contact: or (916) 228-6844.

Notes: This laboratory tests wine grapes only.

LOUISIANA, NEW ORLEANS Eurofins (with California drop off sites)  

Testing standard: ISO 17025 

Contact: Tammy Tran  or (504) 297-3400 

Notes: Eurofins laboratory is located in New Orleans, Louisiana with drop-off locations for wine and winegrape samples in West Sacramento, Livermore and Fresno. Full details of their testing program can be found in the flyer provided by Eurofins.

FAQs for UC Davis’ Anita Oberholster regarding smoke exposure 9/14

How to do Micro-Ferments Video by UC Davis

CAWG Smoke Exposure Information

Micro-Fermentation Protocols

Grape Sampling Protocols for Smoke Exposure Analysis

Smoke Exposure Testing Labs:

ETS Labscurrent turnaround approximately 4 weeks

Supra Research and Development

Location: British Columbia, Contact: Matt Noestheden 250-469-3923, Type: Comprehensive (free and bound smoke markers)

K Prime, Inc.

Location: Santa Rosa, CA Phone: 707-527-7574, Contact:, Type: Comprehensive (free and bound smoke markers)


3450 Broad Street – Suite 101
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Ray Marsili

Marsili Consulting Group
(815) 289-0303
Services: Able to run free and bound forms of smoke related phenols. 

Growers Tool Kit to Sell More Grapes

Are you ready for a grape buyer’s visit?

Resources growers need to have for grape buyers:

  • Vineyard Map (blocks color coded by varietal) to include the following information: rootstocks, budwood, spacing, vines/acre, soil types

Apps to help create the map – Google Earth, Avenza Maps

  • Pesticide Use Reports – and Recommendations from PCA
  • Certifications (CCOF, Fish Friendly, CSWA, Historic Vineyard Society, Demeter-USA etc.)
  • Pruning practices
  • Irrigation practices
  • Historical tonnage reports from past 5 years
  • Sales history to wineries – awards wines made from your grapes received
  • Talking points on what makes your vineyard, site, farming practices
  • special/different from your neighbor
  • Vineyard Management assistance?
  • Harvest capabilities
    • Gondola-Bin Type
    • Equipment
    • Machine harvester

Practical advice for a grape buyer’s visit:

  • Dress for success…wear clean work clothes
  • Clean your vehicle for the vineyard tour
  • Prioritize the grape buyer’s visit – nothing is more important than being ready
  • Your vineyard office, shop etc. are a reflection of your attention to detail – keep it clean and organized

How to Transition to Organic or Bio-Dynamic Farming

CCOF Certification

Demeter Certification

California Code of Sustainable Winegrowing Workbook

Other Resources

2019 Final Grape Crush Report

Mendocino 2019 Grape Crush Report Press Release

Vineyard Irrigation with a Limited Supply of Water by Glenn McGourty

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service maintains a soil survey of all the soils in the nation. To find the soil type(s) for a specific parcel, go to the Web Soil Survey (WSS).

Kaos Sheep Outfit –541-760-1413,

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