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Whole Vine Festival Returns with the San Joaquin Valley’s Best

Save the date and get ready to immerse yourself in the rich flavors of the San Joaquin Valley at The Whole Vine Festival, October 19-20, 2024.  This highly anticipated two-day event is a magnificent tribute to all things related to table grapes, raisins, and wine.  Growers and consumers alike are cordially invited to mix and mingle at this 2nd annual event coming to …

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 …

Sun-Maid Growers Evolve to Meet Consumers Where They are Today

At the annual meeting of Sun-Maid Growers of California in downtown Fresno, grower members gathered for a nice brunch while listening to the cooperative’s leadership on the current performance of the iconic brand and how California raisins can continue to command a premium market share around the world.  Watch this video with Sun-Maid President Steve Loftus, and read more in …

USDA Temporarily Suspends Continuance Referendum Requirement for California Raisins

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is announcing the temporary suspension of the continuance referendum requirement under the federal marketing order regulating the handling of raisins produced from grapes grown in California. This action suspends the continuance referendum requirement while USDA conducts formal rulemaking to amend the marketing order. The suspension will remain in place until Nov. 26, 2029. The final …

Public Hearing in February on Proposed Amendments to California Raisins Marketing Order

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it will hold a public hearing on proposed amendments to the federal marketing order for California raisins Feb. 13-14, 2024, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT at the Raisin Administrative Committee offices in Fresno, California. The committee, which locally administers the marketing order, recommended the following amendments: Reduce membership from 47 to …

Best of the San Joaquin Valley Enjoyed at the Whole Vine Festival

It was a special morning on Saturday, October 21, when a green field on the eastern end of the Fresno State campus was transformed into a mecca for all things grape.  A celebration of San Joaquin Valley grapes, raisins and wine commenced that morning, and continued through the weekend in an upbeat and spirited way. The first of its kind …

Celebrate Central Valley Grapes, Raisins & Wines at the Whole Vine Festival

The inaugural Whole Vine Festival is coming to Fresno State University Oct. 21-22, 2023. Grape growers and consumers alike are invited to gather to celebrate the best of the San Joaquin Valley.  Watch this brief interview with Whole Vine Festival President Vickie Goudreau as she shares more details.  American Vineyard Magazine is proud to be among the Founding Sponsors and …

Record Government Purchase of California Raisins Announced

With California raisin harvest underway, growers are confident that more of their raisins will have a home domestically due to record USDA purchases of their raisins announced recently.  Watch this brief interview with Raisin Bargaining Association representatives Charles Salmon and Dwayne Cardoza for more details on the government buys and the status of price negotiations for the 2023 raisin crop. …

Celebrating 100 Years of USDA Grape Breeding in the Central Valley of CA

Strategically positioned in the nation’s center of grape production — the Central Valley of California, 2023 marks 100 years for the USDA’s raisin and table grape breeding program at their agricultural research facility, currently based in Parlier, CA. Watch this brief interview with Summaira Riaz, the current head of grape breeding at this one-of-a-kind research station, as she highlights some …

Two New Labor-Saving Raisin Varieties Show Promise for CA Growers

Watch this brief interview with UC Viticulture Extension Specialist Matthew Fidelibus with an update on the performance of a couple of new labor-saving DOV raisin grape varieties that are showing a lot of promise for the industry.  Visit AmericanVineyardMagazine.com/calendar/ to get more information on a couple upcoming raisin industry meetings to provide growers the opportunity to check out these varieties …

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