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It's what winegrape growers in Napa and Sonoma valleys have been seeking for several years. San Francisco Bay Area water-quality regulators have approved four popular sustainability programs that, if followed, would meet satisfy new erosion-control rules for vineyards.
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Stories on how the communities will be recovering in the weeks, months and years after the massive October 2017 wildfires.
Sonoma County wants to give victims of the wildfires certainty over how much it will cost and how long it will take to get permits to rebuild in the unincorporated areas. Officials plan to open a special construction permitting center soon, designed to speed that effort.
“I really do believe that the state has the moral authority to act on this,” said State Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa,
While 2018 sales of U.S. fine-wine look like they will grow 4 percent-8 percent, the long-term trend in sales and consumer behavior ‘should concern you,’ says industry analyst Rob McMillan of Silicon Valley Bank at a Sonoma County Winegrowers seminar Thursday.
VineView, a Napa County company that provides in-depth diagnostic aerial imaging for winegrape growers, on Tuesday merges with Canadian vineyard drone developer SkySquirrel, which just landed $3 million in funding.
With thousands of destroyed homes and buildings from the October wildfires, government leaders in the North Bay must stop saying no to construction and start saying yes, writes Brad Bollinger, publisher of North Bay Business Journal.

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