A vineyard is an expensive, long-term investment in comparison to other agricultural pursuits. Bolen said one acre of winemaking grapes can cost upwards of $10,000 and take three to five years for a return on investment. Managing a vineyard is a time-intensive and largely un- mechanized endeavor. Growing grapes is hard enough as is without the added stress of protecting your crop from one of the most powerful herbicides commercially available to farmers.

Katy Jane Seaton wears many hats – mother, farm wife, advocate and business woman – just to name a few. Seaton has spent 17 years in the wine industry, 14 of those in Texas advocating for wine growers and eventually becoming one herself. She now owns Farmhouse Vineyards in Meadow, Texas, with her husband, along with his sister and brother-in-law. When she is not managing her business, Seaton travels the state and the nation to fight for winegrowers’ rights and for their place in agriculture.