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Raisin Bargaining Association Relocates & Reports Priorities Moving Forward

The Raisin Bargaining Association (RBA) recently held their 58th annual meeting, reporting on the successes and challenges of previous season and their outlook for 2024. American Vineyard Editor Matthew Malcolm met with RBA Chairman Charles Salmon to discuss this as well as the motive behind relocating their headquarters from downtown Fresno to their receiving station. Watch this brief interview and …

Sustainable WA Partners with Salmon-Safe for Dual Vineyard Certification

The Washington wine industry today announced an exciting partnership between the state’s sustainability certification for winegrapes – Sustainable WA – and Salmon-Safe, a leading U.S. regional eco-label focused on watershed protection. Following an 18-month development process, Sustainable WA is joining with Salmon-Safe in a certification partnership to enhance water quality protection, wildlife habitat conservation, and climate resiliency. As part of …

New Farm Bill Priorities Supporting Specialty Crop Agriculture

As legislature continues to work on completing a new Farm Bill, specialty crops may reap greater representation and benefits than in any previous Farm Bill. Watch this brief video featuring Philip Karsting from Olsson Frank Weeda as he discusses their priorities for specialty crop ag at a recent conference held by American Pistachio Growers. Special thanks to American Pistachio Growers for sponsoring this video.

How AI and Global Economic Trends will Impact California Agriculture

World-renowned economist and financial expert Marci Rossell addressed American Pistachio Growers again this year at their annual conference, this time sharing some key insights on how the boom in AI (artificial intelligence) and inflation/interest-rate trends will impact specialty crop growers in the immediate and near future. Watch her brief interview with Malcolm Media Editor Matthew Malcolm for the inside scoop. …

Sommcon Conference & Beverage Expo Returns To San Diego, October 5-7, 2024

SommCon®, the preeminent gathering for wine, beer, and spirits professionals, announces dates for 2024 symposium and tradeshow in San Diego, California. SommCon returns to Town & Country Resort, October 5-7, for an immersive three days into the world of wine, beer, and spirits. After nearly a decade in production, SommCon has curated a community of beverage trailblazers, offering on- and …

NYWGF Seeking Applications for Board of Directors by May 3

Every May the New York Wine & Grape Foundation (NYWGF) Board of Directors meets to elect members of the industry and interested stakeholders (like wine consumers) to board seats with expiring terms. The term of office for directors is three years and there are currently 22 members of the Board of Directors. Thirteen (13) board seats are statutorily mandated by the …

Oregon Vineyards are Becoming Bee Friendly in Four Easy Steps

Did you know that many Oregon vineyards have bee habitat? Think of the shrubs that volunteer in the headlands, the landscaped gardens around the tasting room, and the resident vegetation, cover crops, and weeds within the vineyard. Some of Oregon’s 780 species of bees already call Oregon vineyards their home. While bees are not required for successful pollination of grape …

Patent for Unique Montana Harbinger Grape Variety Nears

Montana Grape & Wine Association — Longtime Montana Grape & Wine Association supporter and member Dr. Al Putnam of Hamilton said he has received what he considers “good news” about his submission for a patent on the Montana “Harbinger” grape variety. Dr. Putnam, a retired professor of horticulture, had discovered the new vine in his small vineyard near Corvallis. He recognized the plant was not one …

To Use or Not Use? Dealing with Fungicide Resistance

Fungicide resistance in both grape powdery mildew and botrytis bunch rot is making growers question what fungicides are and aren’t efficacious. Like with many things in life, the answer is… “it depends.” Botrytis bunch rot. Alex Wong, during his PhD in my group, monitored fungicide resistance in Botrytis cinerea across Oregon and Washington production regions. He observed that over 50% of the Botrytis …

New York Wine & Grape Foundation Unity Awards Announced

The New York Wine & Grape Foundation (NYWGF) is pleased to announce the winners of the prestigious 2024 Unity Awards. The Unity Awards were created in 1990 for the community to recognize, encourage, and celebrate cooperation among grape growers, wineries, researchers, retailers, and others to advance the entire industry.  Honoring the longstanding and bold spirit of our community members and …

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