MWI is pleased to be the recipient of a Risk Management Education grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The grant in the amount of $80,452.00 will be used to support the 2014 Grower Initiative Education Series. This will provide essential resources for MWI as it continues to promote the reputation of Mendocino County grapes and wines.

“This is a big win for MWI, and proof of our commitment to finding resources outside of our membership,” according to George Lee, MD, MWI’s Board Secretary and grape grower based out of Yorkville Highlands.

The 2014 Grower Initiative Education Series includes programs that are already woven into MWI’s plans, plus a handful of new workshops and seminars that could only be executed with the help of Mendocino County organizations like Visit Mendocino County (VMC), the Yorkville Highlands Growers and Vintners Association (YHGVA), the Anderson Valley Winegrowers Association (AVWA), as well as partners from other areas like the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) and the Lake County Winegrape Commission.

An early portion of MWI’s grant application reads: “Our program will put producers in a better position to manage risk. The result of these actions would be improved quality, improved farm operations, and simplified access to buyers helping winegrape growers be competitive and improve their economic viability in a tough economy.”

Information on the 2014 Grower Initiative Education Series will be available soon on the MWI Website, www.mendowine.com; for more questions about MWI, please contact Aubrey M. Rawlins at 707-901-7629 or info@mendowine.com. Access a PDF of this release here.