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California Fresh Fruit Association names Ian Lemay new president!

(Fresno, CA) – Today, Randy Giumarra, the Chairman of the California Fresh Fruit Association (CFFA) Board of Directors announced that Ian LeMay will serve as the new president of CFFA. LeMay will succeed GeorgeRadanovich, who has held the position since 2016 and will be leaving CFFA to promote sound ag labor policy inWashington, DC. Chairman Giumarra stated “Ian’s appointment is …

Wine Institute Applauds New Congressional Wine Caucus Leadership

Wine Caucus Leadership

Rep. Mike Thompson (D-Napa Valley, CA), the founder and Co-Chair of the Congressional Wine Caucus, announced today that Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-Yakima Valley, WA) has been selected as the new Co-Chair of the Wine Caucus. Newhouse, a lifelong farmer and winegrape grower, represents the premier wine regions of Columbia Valley, Yakima Valley and the Walla Walla Valley. Newhouse will serve …

California Grape Acreage Report 2018 Summary

California Grape Acreage Report 2018 Summary

California’s 2018 grape acreage totaled 925,000 acres. Of the total grape acreage, 863,000 were bearing while 62,000 were non-bearing. The wine-type grape acreage is estimated at 637,000 acres. Of the total acres, 590,000 were bearing and 47,000 were non-bearing. Table-type grape acreage totaled 132,000 acres with 121,000 bearing and 11,000 non-bearing. Acreage of raisin-type grapes totaled 156,000 acres, of which …

How Inconsistent Weather can Make Mealybug Management More Difficult

Insects are much easier to manage when they start off the season in similar stages of development.  Unfortunately, that is not always the case, especially when you start off the season with inconsistent weather patterns.  Watch this brief interview with UCCE Entomologist out of Kern County, David Haviland, as he explains this with regard to mealybugs.

New Vineyard Advisor App for American Grape Growers – FREE

New Vineyard Advisor App for American Grape Growers Free

Looking for instant pest, disease and nutritional recommendations in the palm of your hand?  Download the new Vineyard Advisor app, free and applicable to grape growers nationwide.  The app was developed by viticulture experts at Texas Tech University, as represented by Ed Hellman in this video interview.  Watch the brief interview as professor Hellman as he shares more details about …

USDA Offers Flood Impacted California Farmers and Ranchers Immediate Disaster Assistance

Flooded Vineyard

California Farm Service Agency Stands Ready to Assist Agricultural Producers Slammed by Recent Heavy Rains  California Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds farmers and ranchers across the state of federal farm program benefits that may be available to help eligible producers recover from recent heavy rains and flooding. FSA offers disaster assistance and low-interest loan programs to assist agricultural producers in …

California Fresh Fruit Association Hosts 83rd Annual Meeting

Santa Barbara Meeting

(Santa Barbara, CA) – The California Fresh Fruit Association (CFFA) kicked off their new fiscal year yesterday during the Annual Membership Meeting at their 83rd Annual Meeting in Santa Barbara, California. The event featured the election of the Board of Directors and Chairman, as well as industry and committee updates. The Board of Directors is made up of 44 men …

2018 Table Grape Crop Crosses 117 Million Boxes

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In 2018 California table grape growers produced just under 117.1 million box units of grapes which translates to 115.6 million 19-pound boxes. The 2018 total marks the second largest volume shipped in industry history, behind only the 2013 total of 117.4 million box units. The original estimate for the 2018 season was 114.6 million 19-pound boxes. The top varieties produced in …

New CA Pesticide Reporting Deadline Approaching April 30th

Special Thanks to This Video’s Sponsor! With new pesticide regulations in effect this year, it’s important for growers to review the changes, as shared by Andrew Smith from the Sonoma County Ag Commissioner’s office back at the Sonoma Grape Expo.  He shared some important things to know about the new regulations for pesticide use around school sites and the April …

Nat DiBuduo Retires from Allied Grape Growers

After nearly two decades of leadership, Nat DiBuduo will retire as president and CEO of Allied Grape Growers (AGG) at the end of June. The AGG board has appointed Vice-President of Operations Jeff Bitter as the next president of the 500-member statewide winegrape marketing association. DiBuduo made the announcement at the AGG April Grower District Meetings. “Serving California winegrape growers …

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