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Rich Smith Award of Excellence Presented to Marty Clubb

The seventh annual Rich Smith Award of Excellence for outstanding contributions to the American grape and wine industry was presented yesterday to Marty Clubb, co-owner of L’Ecole No. 41, a premium winery in Walla Walla, Washington, and a major contributor to the Washington and American wine industry. “We are pleased to present this award to Marty Clubb, a WineAmerica colleague …

Upbeat Mood as Unified Wine & Grape Symposium Emerges from Pandemic Years

With a sold-out tradeshow and robust sessions in all things wine and grape, guests here at the 29th Unified Wine & Grape Symposium sipped wines, learned about trends, perused innovative products and enthusiastically reconnected with colleagues from around the nation after years of pandemic isolation. “It felt like a gigantic class reunion,” said Natalie Collins, president of the California Association …

Growers No Longer Need Compromises with Fumigation and Nematicides with GroPro’s Vigilance

– SPONSORED CONTENT – Worldwide growers face severe issues with the allocation of fumigants, reduced control from conventional nematicides, or bio and conventional-based nematicides that provide suppression or just don’t work. The damage done by nematodes to crops is devasting, leading to reduced uptake of nutrients, lower yields, or slower growth. The losses from nematodes exceed 10 billion USD annually. …

Growers Invited to See Benefits of Cover Crops in Orchards, Vineyards

Growers are invited to tour orchards and vineyards and hear from other growers about their experiences with cover crops. UC Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program, UC Cooperative Extension, the Napa Resource Conservation District, and the Community Alliance with Family Farmers have created a searchable database of orchard and vineyard growers experienced in growing cover crops that will help other …

California Association of Winegrape Growers Announces Mindy DeRohan as Communications Manager

The California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG) recently added Mindy DeRohan to its team, joining the association as its communications manager. “Mindy brings with her a decade of experience in both agriculture and communications and will play a vital role in creating and delivering value to our members and key stakeholders,” said Natalie Collins, CAWG President. “It is important that our growers, business …

Reinforcing Buy American Food Act in California School Districts

Finding that California school districts have not been following the Buy American Act regarding food purchases, Ag Council of California sponsored legislation to reinforce the provision with successful results.  Watch this brief interview with Emily Rooney, President of Ag Council, for more details and how this will support California agriculture and the local economy. Please thank this video’s sponsor Suterra for their …

Introducing the New President of Sun-Maid Growers

Sun-Maid Growers of California has recently gone through some leadership changes, and at their annual meeting in December, growers were introduced to a new President of the cooperative, Steve Loftus. Watch this brief interview to get to know Steve and what he plans to bring to Sun-Maid.  Read more about it in American Vineyard Magazine. Please thank this video’s sponsor Suterra for …

Sun-Maid Leadership Changes, Overly Takes New Role

There have been rumors that Sun-Maid Growers’ CEO has left to take the position as CEO of another snacking food company.  Watch this video interview with outgoing CEO Harry Overly as he clarifies his position at Sun-Maid.  Read more about it in the coming issue of American Vineyard Magazine. Please thank this video’s sponsor Suterra for their industry support.

California Association of Winegrape Growers Announces Natalie Collins as President

California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG) Chairman Tom Slater announced today that the Board of Directors has named Natalie Collins the association’s president. Collins has served as Interim President since June 1, 2022, after the retirement of John Aguirre. “The Board is extremely grateful for the job Natalie has done for the past six months and is very excited she …

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