LIVE growers, wineries get sustainable seal of approval

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The Northwest-based LIVE program was awarded an official international endorsement of its independent, third-party sustainable vineyard and winery certification program from the International Organization for Biological Control of Noxious Plants and Animals.

The IOBC promotes the use of sustainable, environmentally safe, economically feasible and socially acceptable control methods of pests and diseases.

LIVE (Low Input Viticulture and Enology) has more than 25,000 farm acres enrolled throughout Oregon and Washington.

Producers must complete two years of membership under rigorous standards before achieving certification.

The international endorsement proves compliance to GLOBALGAP standards, a highly-regarded standard for agricultural production.

Registered as a non-profit in 1999, the Oregon-based LIVE's mission is to preserve human and natural resources in the Pacific Northwest wine industry.

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