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Scholarships Awarded by California Table Grape Growers

Fresno, CA – Seven students from the table grape growing regions of California earned scholarships awarded by California table grape growers. Growers awarded two $25,000 field worker scholarships to students attending a four-year college or university. Two $14,500 field worker bridge scholarships were awarded to students attending two years of community college and transferring to a four-year college or university. …

Nominees Sought for California Desert Grape Administrative Committee

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking nominees for the California Desert Grape Administrative Committee, as the entire Committee must undergo nomination and election every four years. Committee positions open for nomination include four producer member seats, four handler member seats, one producer or handler member seat, one public member seat and 10 alternate member seats corresponding to each …

Bulk Wine Imports Putting California Growers out of Business

Time to address the elephant in the room — It’s no secret that the wine market is struggling right now, not just in California, but all over the world.  To make matters worse, California growers’ wine grape crops are getting left unharvested and displaced at local wineries by cheap bulk wine being imported from other countries at disturbing levels. American …

U.S. Wine Industry Gathers to Discuss Opportunities and Value of Sustainability

The California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance partnered with several wine grape industry organizations recently in hosting the 3rd U.S. Sustainable Winegrowing Summit in Lodi, CA. Attendees enjoyed a local vineyard and winery tour, and engaged in educational sessions highlighting the evolving definition of sustainability and its value to growers, vintners and consumers. American Vineyard Magazine Editor Matthew Malcolm met with Allison …

Rising Fruit Fly Populations Concern California Growers

Fruit fly populations spiked last season and brought multiple species, compounding the damage to vineyards and orchards following Hurricane Hilary.  This is a continued concern for California fruit growers moving into the 2024 season with limited pest management tools available. Watch this brief California Ag Network interview with Adam Borchard from the California Fresh Fruit Association to learn more.

New Method Produces Fresher Cold-Pressed Concord Grape Juice

A new process developed at Cornell AgriTech can produce antioxidant-rich cold-pressed Concord grape juice with a longer shelf life, meeting rising demand for minimally processed juices that are tastier and more nutritious. Until now, Concord grape juice mainly has been produced using hot pressing and thermal pasteurization, which may result in flavor changes as compared to fresh juice. Cold pressing …

Alumna Returns to Washington State University as V&E Dept Winemaker

Madelyn Calderon grew up watching her dad make wine from cranberries and cherries. When he suggested that she might enjoy a career in winemaking, Calderon took note, as she was drawn to a field that involved science and working outside. Now, as the newest winemaker in Washington State University’s Department of Viticulture & Enology (V&E), she’s living out her passion. …

‘Sour’ Grapes: Berry Damage, Fruit Flies Worsen Wine

Damaged grape berries combined with vinegar flies are a recipe for promoting sour rot, a disease that lowers vineyard yields and wine quality, according to a Cornell study reporting on field experiments in New York state. The study revealed that wasps, birds and wet weather damage the skin on grapes and create openings for vinegar or fruit flies (Drosophila melanogaster) …

Pest Management in Frost-Damaged (Michigan) Vineyards

The recent cold weather in southern Michigan vineyards this spring has created a need for growers to consider adjusted insect and disease control programs for frost-damaged vineyards. The comments below are intended to help growers reduce pest management costs while maintaining a program to address critical needs for vine protection from key pests. This article was published just a few …

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