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Survey for Washington Wine Industry’s Research Program

The Washington State Wine Commission is asking wine grape growers and wineries to fill out the 2020 research survey to help identify top wine research priorities. Industry feedback guides the annual reevaluation of priorities by the Wine Research Advisory Committee, a subcommittee of the Washington State Wine Commission. Scientists use the priority list when developing research proposals and projects, which …

EIDL Loans Available to Wineries

Based on some information we received from two representatives from the Small Business Administration (SBA,) wineries are indeed eligible for Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL). We have been receiving conflicting information about winery eligibility due to agricultural enterprises being excluded from loan eligibility. Due to the manufacturing aspect of a winery’s business, wineries are eligible. A vineyard-only operation is not …

Managing Fungicide Resistance in the Vineyard

Fungicides are essential for maintaining healthy crops and reliable, high-quality yields. They form a key component of integrated crop management, and their effectiveness must be sustained as long as possible. Fungicide resistance is a major threat to disease control in all crops, including grapes. How Does Resistance Develop? The development of fungicide resistance is influenced by many factors including the …

How Drones Can Help Farmers

Have you seen a drone buzzing by in a park and wondered what all the fuss is about? These flying vehicles may seem like just an upgrade to the remote-controlled helicopters of yesteryear. But drones are receiving a lot of attention for good reasons. Drones can help people, including farmers and scientists, look at and analyze pretty much anything. When …

Malcolm Media’s Matthew Malcolm Recognized in Nation’s Top AgGrad 30 Under 30

On National Ag Day (March 24th), AgGrad announced winners of this year’s AgGrad 30 Under 30 Awards, a program that shows the future of agriculture is bright and aims at rewarding those making the extra effort to move this industry forward.  Our very own managing editor, Matthew Malcolm was honored among the top young agricultural professionals and influencers in the nation.  Matthew …

How to Successfully Convert to Year-round Vineyard Mechanization

The journey to year-round mechanization in the vineyard can be a rough one, but it is worthwhile, according to Greg Gonzalez, Director of Vineyard Operations and Scheid Family Wines.. One may wonder where to start or how to maintain the same or better quality compared to traditional methods. Watch this brief interview with Greg as he shares his journey to …

Wine Market Dynamics with Turrentine Brokerage: Time to Evolve

The global wine market is constantly evolving along with the demands of today’s consumers, as growers and wine industry stakeholders were clearly reminded at the recent Unified Wine & Grape Symposium in Sacramento. Obviously, growers can’t change their vineyards/varietals as quickly as the markets changes; however, watch this brief interview for some considerations from Steve Fredricks from Turrentine Brokerage, and …

What is SGMA Going to Cost CA Farmers?

With Groundwater Sustainability Plans (GSPs) now required for critically overdrafted basins, the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act is gradually taking effect across the state of California; but how will this impact farmers? Watch this brief interview with Duncan MacEwan from ERA Economics as he shares his insights, as addressed at a recent meeting held by the California Tomato Growers Association.

USDA Announces Feeding Program Partnership in Response to COVID-19

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced a collaboration with the Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty, McLane Global, PepsiCo, and others to deliver nearly 1,000,000 meals to students in a limited number of rural schools closed due to COVID-19:  “Feeding children who are affected by school closures is a top priority for President Trump and this Administration. USDA is …

What You May Not Know About the Pierce’s Disease Glassy-Winged Sharpshooter Control Program

It’s getting to be time soon for California grape growers to vote on the continuation of the Pierce’s Disease Glassy-winged Sharpshooter Control Program. You may not feel that Pierce’s Disease is a threat to your vineyard, but other pests and disease are.  Watch this brief interview with Michael Miiller from the California Association of Winegrape Growers as he shares about some …

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