DiBuduo and Bitter offered several other points between the buyer and the grower. The buyer should notify the grower if the hours of the winery change. Sometimes grape processing at the winery is delayed for various reasons. This can push back the grower’s harvest and delivery schedule.

Some wineries in recent years have asked growers to wave their producer’s lien right.

“Never waive the producer’s lien for any reason,” the grower representatives said. “The lien is there to make sure the grower gets paid.”

The actual length of buyer-grower contracts can range from a single page to multiple pages. Sometimes the use of a small-sized font and boiler-plate legal jargon makes it difficult to read and interpret the clauses in a contract.

“Be sure to read the contract from front to back, including the fine print,” the grower advocates suggest.

cblake@farmpress.com

 

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