Agriculture

The San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board is is accepting comments on the Renewal of Conditional Waiver of Waste Discharge Requirements for Grazing Operations in the Tomales Bay Watershed. The proposed Conditional Waiver and its attachments are available at www.waterboards.ca.gov/sanfranciscobay/water_issues/programs/TMDLs/tomalesbaypathogenstmdl.shtml. The board is accepting comments on the proposed Conditional Waiver until October 16. A public workshop presenting the Conditional Waiver will be held during the public review and comment period. At this time, a location and date have not been set. Please refer to the webpage above for up-to-date information on this upcoming workshop. The water board will hold a public meeting on Nov. 13 to consider renewing the Conditional Waiver.Alcoholic Beverages

Petaluma-based Scott Laboratories announced the release of its first-ever Cider Handbook. The 60-page Handbook contains products, articles, and protocols specific to the cider industry, and addresses needs specific to an industry that has seen its sales triple since 2007. Producing the handbook was an educational experience for Scott Labs as well, who for the past 80 years has supplied products and services to wineries, breweries, and distilleries across North America. Utilizing internal lab capabilities, as well as supplier R&D teams, numerous trials are already underway to learn more about which fermentation products work best with cider. Email info@scottlab.com to request a copy, and visit www.scottlab.com for more information.Biotechnology

BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc. (Nasdaq:BMRN) of San Rafael said it has closed the first patient in the Phase 1/2 trial for BMN 190, a recombinant human tripeptidyl peptidase 1 (rhTPP1) for the treatment of patients with neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis type 2 (NCL-2), a form of Batten disease. This is the first time that a patient with Batten Disease has been treated with an enzyme replacement therapy in a clinical trial setting.Hospitality

Ken Frank, executive chef and owner of La Toque restaurant in Napa’s downtown, launched La Toque’s new iPad wine list, offering guests and wine connoisseurs an opportunity to peruse the nearly 1,800 bottle wine list, which is divided by varietal and specific regions from across the globe. This announcement comes on the heels of La Toque’s third consecutive recognition by Wine Enthusiast magazine as one of “America’s Best 100 Wine Restaurants” as listed in the August 2013 edition of the publication. As noted in Wine Enthusiast, La Toque’s wine list is appreciated for its vast selection of white and red Burgundies and domestic Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.