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California Table Grape Commission Director of Content Development Named

Increasing its commitment to expand the reach of its global marketing campaign, the California Table Grape Commission (commission) named Nick Nakashian as Director of Content Development. Nakashian joined the commission in October 2019 and in July 2022, was promoted to Assistant Director of Marketing, Content Development and Analysis. In his new role, Nakashian will direct the development of content for …

New Opportunities for Table Grapes in the Upper Midwest

Aaron Wills is the founder and operator of Little Hill Berry Farm, an organic diverse farm offering fruit crops like blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and is now dipping into growing table grapes. Wills’ interest in table grape production began after having a conversation with Erin Treiber, a table grape researcher at the University of Minnesota who was looking for an organic …

Scholarship Opportunities Offered by California Table Grape Growers

Three categories of scholarships, offered by California table grape growers, are available to graduating high school seniors from the table grape growing regions of California. Of the three categories of scholarships, two are available to field workers and their families. The first category is a Bridge Scholarship for $14,500 and is available to graduating seniors who will attend two years …

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 …

Grape Consumption Benefits Eye Health in Human Study of Older Adults

California Table Grape Commission — In a recent randomized, controlled human study, consuming grapes for 16 weeks improved key markers of eye health in older adults. The study, published in the scientific journal Food & Function looked at the impact of regular consumption of grapes on macular pigment accumulation and other biomarkers of eye health. This is the first human study on this subject, and …

New Technology to Quickly Assess Nitrogen Status of Grapevines

Want to speed up the grapevine nitrogen sampling and testing process in your vineyard?  Watch this brief interview featuring Alireza Pourreza, an Associate Professor at UC Davis, who shares that it can now be done effectively using remote sensing from above the vineyard. Read more about it in American Vineyard Magazine. Please thank this video’s sponsor the U.S Department of Agriculture for …

Nominations Open For 2024 Grape & Wine Industry Award of Excellence

Nominations are now open for the Rich Smith Award of Excellence, which honors the legacy of an icon in the U.S. grape and wine industry. It recognizes an industry representative who exemplifies the passion, commitment and collaboration Rich Smith was known for and who has had a similarly positive impact on the industry. Nominations must be submitted online by October …

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 …

California Table Grape Growers Estimate 25 Million Boxes Lost to Hurricane

Hurricane Hilary delivered wind and rain to many of California’s table grape vineyards at peak harvest time for most of the 90 varieties grown in the state. The immediate aftermath of the hurricane brought additional rain and humidity to many growing areas, compounding problems and loss. “The impact of the hurricane and its aftermath is devastating and heartbreaking,” said Kathleen …

California Table Grape Growers Report Significant Loss Due to Summer Storm

While California farmers generally appreciate a good rain, there are certain times of the year when even a little rain can have a devastating effect on certain crops.  Hurricane Hilary brought a very untimely summer storm that has impacted up to 40% of California’s entire table grape crop.  With the bulk of the nation’s table grape supply grown in California, …

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