Wine Industry Grant

Wine Industry Grant

Wine Grant. I’m Greg Martin with today’s Fruit Grower Report.

The Washington Wine Industry Foundation recently received a grant to develop safety education for small to mid-sized wineries. Executive Director of the WWIF, Vicky Scharlau talks about it.

SCHARLAU: The Washington Wine Industry Foundation has been around for - we’re going on our 13th year now and the whole goal of the Foundation is to help strengthen the future of the wine industry by advancing education, research and leadership. So we help identify issues in the industry and then go and seek grant funding for specific projects.

Safety in the workplace is key but sometimes the training may have gaps due to various reasons.

SCHARLAU: We were just awarded a safety and health investment project grant from Department of Labor and Industries for about $175-thousand dollars to work on safety and health. The grant laid out a fair amount of detail in terms of how we would approach putting this grant to work.

She says they have already identified some problem areas in the industry.

SCHARLAU: Prioritize the knowledge in the training gaps that exist in these small businesses and then put together really effective training programs in methods that will be useful to small businesses.

Completion of the project is scheduled for July 2014.

That’s today’s Fruit Grower Report. I’m Greg Martin on the Ag Information Network. 

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