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Fresno Chamber of Commerce Announces Ag Leader Award Winners

The Fresno Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Fresno County Farm Bureau, is proud to announce the winners of the 2022 Ag Awards, a long-standing tradition that honors and celebrates our region’s agricultural industry leaders. The honorees were recognized at the Ag Awards Celebration on November 3rd at PR Farms. The 2022 Ag Awards Honorees include: Moss Adams Agribusiness of …

Association of African American Vintners Launches Wine Entrepreneur Grant Program

Funding growth is a hurdle for most wine entrepreneurs but can be particularly challenging for people of color. A new program from the Association of African American Vintners (AAAV) is designed to help by annually awarding $5,000 grants to Black-owned, AAAV-member businesses to positively impact their operations, marketing or innovation efforts. AAAV will award five grants in the first quarter …

German Visiting Scholar Studies Wine Quality in Fresno & Richland

As a student in Germany, Ingrid Weilack was inspired by Washington State University enology professor Jim Harbertson. Now, the visiting scholar is experiencing what it’s like to work with him at the Ste. Michelle Wine Estates WSU Wine Science Center. “I’m excited to be working with Jim,” said Weilack, a PhD student who comes to WSU from the University of …

The Purpose of the California Raisin Administrative Committee

Monte Schutz, Chairman of the Raisin Administrative Committee (RAC), was among the panelists sharing their views of the current State of the California Raisin Industry this year at the annual Grape, Nut & Tree Fruit Expo.  Watch this brief interview with Monte as he reminds growers of some of the essential roles the RAC plays in serving the industry.  Read …

Changing Labor Laws & Regulations Ag Employers Need to Know

As California farmers prepare for the New Year, there are some labor-related changes to laws and regulations that ag employers need to be aware of.  Watch this brief interview with Adam Borchard from the California Fresh Fruit Association as he explains, based on his recent presentation at the Grape, Nut & Tree Fruit Expo. Please thank this video’s sponsor Suterra for their …

State of the Central Valley Wine Industry and Harvest Report

Wine grape growers in the Central Valley made it through another challenging year and brought in a quality, but lighter harvest.  Watch this brief interview with Jeff Bitter from Allied Grape Growers as he describes the season’s successes and challenges, as well as wine market conditions — based on his recent State of the Wine Grape Industry address at the …

Napa Valley’s Neal Family Vineyards Achieves Regenerative Organic Certification

Napa Valley’s biodynamic winegrowing pioneer Mark Neal is pleased to announce that his Howell Mountain estate winery, Neal Family Vineyards, has achieved Regenerative Organic Certified® as recognized by the Regenerative Organic Alliance (ROA). The ROA was established in 2018 and is today considered the highest level of certification. There are only five vineyard estates worldwide that hold Regenerative Organic Certified® …

E. & J. Gallo Winery Announces Acquisition Of Denner Vineyards In Paso Robles Ava

E. & J. Gallo Winery (Gallo) recently announced the purchase of Denner Vineyards, producer of critically acclaimed wines from California’s Central Coast. Located in the beautiful Willow Creek District of Paso Robles, the Denner Vineyards Estate, which was completed in 2005, includes a tasting room and a gravity-flow winery designed to fit into the rolling hillside of the surrounding vineyards. …

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