Miller: Ag Overtime Would Make Farming In Oregon Challenging

House Bill 2358, legislation mandating agricultural employers in Oregon pay overtime wages, once workers pass 40 hours a week, is scheduled to get another public hear Monday afternoon in the House Committee on Business and Labor. Elin Miller Co-chair of the Oregon Wine Council says the proposal would put a huge financial burden on growers […]

Oregon Wine Industry Facing Potential 1,700% Tax Increase

Lawmakers in Oregon have proposed raising taxes on the wine industry. The increase works out to a 1,700% increase, which comes out to roughly $2.00 per bottle. Elin Miller, with the Oregon Wine Council, said after the challenges of 2020, not only the pandemic, but devastating wildfires and smoke taint, this increase will hit the […]

West Coast Grape Growers Asking Congress For Help

On Tuesday the wine industry asked Congress for help to rebound from this months’ devastating wildfires. The Washington, Oregon and California farm bureaus, the Washington Winegrowers Association, the Oregon Wine Board, the Oregon Winegrowers Association, California Association of Grape Growers, California Wine Institute, Oregon Wine Board, Winegrape Growers of America, and Wine America asked Congress […]

Second Wine Group Forms In Oregon

Wine businesses unhappy with the Oregon Wine Association have created a second trade group.  The new coalition of Oregon wine industry stakeholders on Friday announced they had formed the Oregon Wine Council.  Members earlier this year opposed wine legislation they viewed as “anti-competitive.”  The new group said it represents the interests of the entire state. […]