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ASEV’s Invasive Pest Webinar Series Starts June 3

The American Society for Enology and Viticulture (ASEV) is pleased to announce a webinar series on invasive pests starting June 3. In lieu of the symposium that was set to take place at the Joint 71st ASEV National Conference and 45th ASEV Eastern Section Annual Meeting on June 15-18, 2020, in Portland, Oregon, the board shifted its format from a …

60-year-old Flight Instructor Propels Himself to Winemaking Degree

When local flight instructor Paolo De Censi is flying over the Central Valley, it gives him a chance to glance over at the Fresno State vineyard and winery that have fueled his other passion the past four years. De Censi, who turned 60 in April, received his bachelor’s degree in enology this month, after balancing a full-time class schedule with …

CA Farmers Can Now Apply for Financial Assistance through Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

Agricultural producers can now apply for USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), which provides direct payments to offset impacts from the coronavirus pandemic. The application and a payment calculator are now available online, and USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) staff members are available via phone, fax and online tools to help producers complete applications. The agency set up a call …

California Raisin Grape Mechanical Harvest Report

Total acreage harvested by mechanical means was 44,091, nearly 30 percent of the State’s total raisin-type grape acreage, according to the Pacific Region Office of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. The Overhead Trellis System was used on 13,031 bearing acres in 2019, accounting for 8.8 percent of the total raisin-type grape acreage. Fresno and Madera County growers have 49 and …

USDA Announces Details of Direct Assistance to Farmers

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced details of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), which will provide up to $16 billion in direct payments to deliver relief to America’s farmers and ranchers impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. In addition to this direct support to farmers and ranchers, USDA’s Farmers to Families Food Box program is partnering with regional and local …

Enology Building Named in Honor of Jordan College and Winery Supporter

Donald Emil Gumz was a Valley native, who like many lifelong residents, had a love and passion for the region, including Fresno State. He came from a family of grape farmers but worked with numbers, in an accounting career that started with a local entrepreneur and developer, and ended with the Vie-Del Company, which produced brandy, wine and juice concentrates, where …

Balancing Nitrogen in Grapevines with University of Missouri

Nitrogen is one of the essential nutrients that grapevines need for growth and development. The important thing to understand about nitrogen is that too much nitrogen can be detrimental and on the opposite end of the spectrum, too little nitrogen can be detrimental. Finding the balance is critical. There are analytical tools to determine the amount of nitrogen in grapevine …

Grapes, Health and a Healthy Immune System

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a refocus on building and maintaining a healthy immune system. Information on the way in which fresh grapes contribute to both is now available in one place for easy reference. The health info-sheet combines results of health research on the benefit grapes provide to brain, heart, and colon health with data from two professors at Tufts Friedman School of …

Nanofibers Linked to Red Wine Chemical Create Superior Antioxidants

Spoiling foods, souring wine and worsening wounds have a common culprit — a process called oxidation. Although the ill effects of these chemical reactions can be curtailed by the action of antioxidants, creating a sturdy platform capable of providing prolonged antioxidant activity is an ongoing challenge. Researchers at Texas A&M University might have solved this problem with their new antioxidant …

PPE in Short Supply for Farm Work During the COVID-19 Crisis

While most Californians are staying home to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, California farmers, farmworkers and other agricultural professionals are out in the fields and packing houses working to produce food. With increased demand for personal protective equipment, or PPE, to protect against COVID-19, these essential workers are facing shortages. Agricultural commissioners in 28 counties are hearing from …

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