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Viticulture briefs

The Concierge Alliance of Napa Valley and Sonoma (CANVAS) has created a scholarship to help a student completing the Tasting Room Management Certificate at Sonoma State's Wine Business Institute this fall.

The scholarship will pay for the certificate program and membership in CANVAS for two years.

“To the degree that our hospitality professionals are well networked, informed and educated they will do an outstanding job of matching our visitors with the best experience for their interests,” said Colby Smith, founder of CANVAS.

Individuals interested in applying for the scholarship need to submit an application, cover letter and current resume by Oct. 1 to Jessica Heing, program coordinator for the Wine Business Institute. For information contact Heing at 664-3347 or heing@sonoma.edu.

Farmers fear climate policy

Farmers feel more threatened by climate policy than climate change, according to a new study by UC Davis.

The study was based on a survey of 162 Yolo County farmers and published in the journal of Global Environmental Change.

Despite negative views toward regulations, nearly half of the surveyed farmers said they would participate in a government incentive program for climate change mitigation and adaptation.

“These policy perceptions really linger because they've had a big impact on agricultural communities,” said lead author Meredith Niles. “To give them a voice and engage them in the process from the outset hopefully will alleviate their concerns in some ways.”

Similar results were found in a comparative study Niles conducted in New Zealand, where 51 percent of farmers believed in climate change and were far more concerned about risks associated with climate policy.

California prepares for another dry year

The State Department of Water Resources is sponsoring events throughout the fall to prepare for the possibility that water year 2014 could be a third consecutive dry year.

The year 2012 ranked as the 25th driest year in terms of statewide runoff in the last 112 recorded years, the agency said in a news release.

Good reservoir and groundwater basin storage from a wet 2011 lessened impacts of dry conditions for many water users.

If 2014 is dry, its impacts are expected to be more widely felt due to reduced carry-over storage statewide.

For more information visit www.cwc.ca.gov.

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

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