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Fresno Chamber of Commerce Announces Ag Leader Award Winners

The Fresno Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Fresno County Farm Bureau, is proud to announce the winners of the 2022 Ag Awards, a long-standing tradition that honors and celebrates our region’s agricultural industry leaders. The honorees were recognized at the Ag Awards Celebration on November 3rd at PR Farms. The 2022 Ag Awards Honorees include: Moss Adams Agribusiness of …

Changing Labor Laws & Regulations Ag Employers Need to Know

As California farmers prepare for the New Year, there are some labor-related changes to laws and regulations that ag employers need to be aware of.  Watch this brief interview with Adam Borchard from the California Fresh Fruit Association as he explains, based on his recent presentation at the Grape, Nut & Tree Fruit Expo. Please thank this video’s sponsor Suterra for their …

Renowned Winemaker Sues Napa County Over Demand to Replant High Fire Risk Trees

Jayson Woodbridge, owner and winemaker at Hundred Acre Wine Group, is suing the County of Napa to impose legal and constitutional limits on the county after its demand that Woodbridge replant the same high-fire risk trees on his Napa Valley property that burned during the 2020 Glass Fire. Woodbridge, who founded and owns Hundred Acre Wine Group, has produced the …

The PlumpJack Collection of Wineries Announces Acquisition of Napa’s Oso Vineyard

The PlumpJack Collection of Wineries, a focused portfolio of world-class Napa Valley-based wineries including PlumpJack Estate Winery, CADE Estate Winery, Odette Estate Winery and 13th Vineyard by CADE, is pleased to announce the acquisition of Oso Vineyard, a sprawling, high elevation site in northeastern Napa Valley. With this investment, The PlumpJack Collection is now one of the largest estate wineries …

Sonoma County’s Gracianna Winery Again Rated Top California Winery

The summer of 2022 has been very kind to Gracianna! Not only has the winery has been receiving a multitude of gold medals from wine competitions and admirations from the wine press for its release of the stunning and collectible 2019 Stagecoach Vineyard® Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, but beyond those honors, Gracianna has also been racking up hospitality accolades across …

Dry Creek Vineyard Celebrates a Family Legacy 50 Years In The Making

Exactly 50 years ago today, Dry Creek Vineyard founder and California wine pioneer David S. Stare received the necessary permits to build the first new winery in Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, following Prohibition. Founded in 1972, Dry Creek Vineyard paved the way for a renaissance of winemaking and viticulture in the Dry Creek Valley. The history of this multigenerational …

First Detection of Spotted Lanternfly in Michigan

Spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula) has been hitchhiking across much of the northeastern United States since its discovery in southeastern Pennsylvania in 2014. The pest can now be found in at least 13 states, including a small, localized population in Oakland County, the first known occurrence of live spotted lanternflies in Michigan. This infestation appears to have been caused by spotted …

Grape Harvest Has Begun in Southwest Michigan

Michigan State University Extension — In southwest Michigan, most varieties are in the middle of or have completed veraison. Harvest has begun on early wine grape varieties for sparkling wine. Veraison is here in northern vineyards, and some early grape varieties are softening and their acid levels are dropping (Photo 1). In some locations in the Leelanau Peninsula, some early varieties such …

Third Generation Family-Owned Sangiacomo Vineyards Celebrates 95 Years in Sonoma County

The pioneering Sangiacomo family, leaders in sustainable grape growing in Sonoma County, are honored to celebrate 95 years of farming and stewardship in Sonoma. The Sangiacomo family’s roots in Sonoma County began on August 30, 1927, when founder Vittorio Sangiacomo signed the deed to the 55-acre Eden Dale ranch, at the southern end of the Sonoma Valley in what is …

Abby Hammermeister of UC Davis Wins National Grape Research Alliance Inaugural Award

In Spring 2022, the National Grape Research Alliance (NGRA) announced the NGRA Fellowship, offering $30,000 per year for up to three years to a Ph.D. student conducting research addressing one or more of NGRA’s industry research priorities. In addition to the monetary award, the doctoral fellowship also includes a unique opportunity to receive mentorship, exposure to commercial grape production and …

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