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ASEV Keynote Speaker to Present on Interplay Between Biology & Environment During Grape Ripening

Dr. Simone D. Castellarin, an Associate Professor in the Wine Research Centre at The University of British Columbia in Canada, will be the keynote speaker for the 73rd ASEV National Conference.  His presentation, “Fruit Ripening in Vitis vinifera: The Interplay between Biology and Environment,” will be held in-person on June 21, 2022, at Paradise Point Resort in San Diego, California. Dr. Castellarin …

Central Valley Farmer Plans to Take Fight Back to D.C. as Congressman

California agriculture may be on its way to getting better representation in Washington D.C. with John Duarte running for California’s new 13th Congressional District.  A Central Valley native and an active multigenerational farmer, John is no career politician.  Protecting property rights and increasing water storage are among his top priorities. Watch this brief interview with John to see what he …

Hundreds of Thousands of Prime CA Farmland Acreage Fallowed this Year Due to Drought

Farmers and other California residents have been pushing legislature for many years to increase our state’s water storage capacity with no success, and with the “years of plenty” long past, hundreds of thousands of acres of prime farmland will go fallow this year. This will have devastating impacts on our nation’s food supply, local communities and the many families that …

Washington Wine Industry Launches Sustainable WA Certification Program

The Washington wine industry launched the state’s first statewide certified sustainability program for wine grapes, signifying a commitment to quality fruit, environmental stewardship, and healthy communities. Sustainable WA will begin certifying vineyards this summer. “From pest and disease management to sustainable water management, prioritizing worker health and safety and tracking various inputs, this program is environmentally sound, socially equitable, and …

Washington Wine Allocates Nearly $1 Million to Wine Research for Upcoming Year

The Washington State Wine Commission (WSWC) awarded almost $1 million in research grants for the upcoming year through the statewide grape and wine research program, along with its own grant program. The broad research projects aim to improve wine quality by tackling high priority vineyard and winery issues. The Washington State Wine Commission Board of Directors approved 24 projects totaling …

Dan Rotlisberger Named Vineyard Manager for Robert Young Vineyards

Effective April 18th, Dan Rotlisberger has been named Vineyard Manager, Robert Young Estate Vineyards, reporting to CEO Jim Young. “We are delighted to welcome Dan to our family vineyards and look forward to his contributions to our future growth,” said Jim Young. “We interviewed many candidates, but Dan’s professional experience and strong ties to the Sonoma County community made him …

How to Protect Your Farmland for Future Generations in California

Many California farms are run by families who have cultivated the land for several generations.  It’s not just land, it’s not just an investment — it is part of what defines them and their mission to feed the world. Watch this brief interview with Charlotte Mitchell from the California Farmland Trust as she shares how to protect their legacy of …

The Mission and Objectives of the California Farmworker Foundation

The pandemic proved challenging to all in various ways, and farmworkers had unique needs that had to be met in order to keep agriculture going and food from California on dinner tables all over the world. The California Farmworker Foundation was among the great organizations that rose to the occasion to meet their needs. Pandemic aside, farmworkers are essential, they …

Farmers Cannot Bear the Burden of Record Inflating Costs Alone

Among some of the top issues impacting the California fresh fruit industry, and all of the state’s agricultural industries for that matter, are record inflating production costs.  This was addressed at the recent annual conference of the California Fresh Fruit Association (CFFA). Watch this brief interview with CFFA President Ian LeMay as he addresses this. Please thank this video’s sponsor Suterra for …

Harvey Singh Steps Up as Chairman of the Raisin Bargaining Association

In addition to the announcement of Dwayne Cardoza stepping down as CEO of the Raisin Bargaining Association (RBA) at their recent annual meeting, Harvey Singh was also announced as the new RBA Chairman.  Watch this brief interview with Harvey Singh as he introduces himself and shares his outlook for the California raisin industry. Read more about it in the May issue …

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