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New Pending Regulations for Night Harvest Lighting in Vineyards

Are grape growers going to have to light up their vineyards like at a football stadium for night harvest with the new regulations pending CalOSHA?  Watch this brief interview with Michael Miiller from the California Association of Winegrape Growers to find out, and read more about it in American Vineyard Magazine.   Please thank our sponsor Duarte Nursery for their industry support …

California FSA Now Offers Assistance from Losses due to Grapevine Leafroll Disease

The USDA California Farm Service Agency State Committee has approved Grapevine Leafroll Disease (GLD) under the Tree Assistance Program (TAP). Vineyard producers who incurred vineyard losses due to GLD will be able to sign-up under the Tree Assistance Program. Producers may sign up for Grapevine Leafroll Disease (GLD) at any time in their local county office. The deadline to apply …

2020 Winegrowing Season Begins in Sonoma County

As warm temperatures and plenty of sunshine continue to dominate the local forecast, signs of an early grape growing season have been observed in Sonoma County.   Over the past week, several winegrowers throughout Sonoma County have spotted “bud break” in vineyards. This annual event in the lifecycle of grapevines is apparent when small green buds that are fuzzy in …

Will Declining Raisin Grape Acreage Lead to Higher Raisin Prices?

California raisin growers have been disappointed this year with the raisin market after coming off of record high raisin prices the year before.  Is this price volatility expected to last, and will the continued removal of raisin acreage impact future pricing? Watch this brief interview with Steve Kister, Chairman of Board with Sun-Maid Growers, and read more about it in …

PD/GWSS Board Designates Spotted Lanternfly as a Pest of Winegrapes

The Pierce’s Disease and Glassy-Winged Sharpshooter (PD/GWSS) Board officially added the spotted laternfly (SLF) to its list of designated pests and diseases, making it eligible for research and outreach funding.   “The best quarantine efforts happen at the points of origin. By showing that this is a pest we don’t want in California, we have a better chance of getting cooperation and action to …

World’s Best Vineyards to be Announced in Sonoma Wine Country this Summer

First 100% sustainability, now host of the World’s Best Vineyards — Sonoma County Winegrowers is on a roll and proud to be the World’s next host of the announcement of the top 50 vineyards across the globe.  Watch this brief interview with Karissa Kruse, President of Sonoma County Winegrowers for more details, and read more about it in American Vineyard …

California Ups the Ante on Sustainable Vineyard & Wine Production

SAN FRANCISCO — The California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance (CSWA) released its third annual CERTIFIED SUSTAINABLE Report, highlighting the growing number of California wineries and vineyards that are Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing (CERTIFIED SUSTAINABLE). California remains the global leader in sustainable winegrowing practices, with one of the most widely adopted sustainable winegrowing programs in the world in terms of both winegrape acreage …

California Agricultural Employers, Workers Approach Smoke Concerns Differently

In 2018, California wildfires burned more than 1.8 million acres and caused smoke to drift hundreds of miles. As the frequency and intensity of wildfires increases with climate change, California agricultural workers are at greater risk of smoke exposure as they often have no option but to work outdoors. A new study from researchers at the University of California, Davis, finds that …

A Brand New Sun-Maid: Investing in the Future

The dried fruit sector hasn’t been as popular with millennial consumers as in other generations, but Sun-Maid Growers are working to turn things around (at least for California raisins) with some new strategies and investments as shared at their annual meeting in Fresno recently.  Watch this brief interview with Sun-Maid CEO Harry Overly and read more about it in American …

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