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Wine industry praises trade deal with South Korea

California’s wine industry praised a new trade pact between the United States and South Korea, saying it would open doors to a promising wine market. The trade deal is America’s biggest free-trade agreement since the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico.

New law streamlines storage pond process for wineries

Wine grape growers and environmental groups are both applauding the approval of what supporters are calling a streamlined application process that would allow vineyard and orchard operators to establish off-stream water storage ponds without waiting years for state approval. Currently, applications to establish off-stream water storage ponds are considered on a case-by-case basis and can take years to get through the State Water Resources Control Board process.