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California FSA Now Offers Assistance from Losses due to Grapevine Leafroll Disease

The USDA California Farm Service Agency State Committee has approved Grapevine Leafroll Disease (GLD) under the Tree Assistance Program (TAP). Vineyard producers who incurred vineyard losses due to GLD will be able to sign-up under the Tree Assistance Program. Producers may sign up for Grapevine Leafroll Disease (GLD) at any time in their local county office. The deadline to apply …

Strengths & Challenges for New Valley Pearl Table Grape

Looking into new table grape cultivars to plant? Valley Pearl is a relatively new variety developed by the USDA-ARS and is commercially grown in the San Joaquin Valley and Southern desert regions of California.  Watch this brief interview with UCCE Viticulture Farm Advisor Carmen Gispert as she explains some of the strengths and challenges of this cultivar, and read more …

Do you have Feral Pigs Invading your Vineyard?

Have you ever found yourself in the morning looking down the vineyard row and seeing what looks like a sumo wrestling match had taken place the night before right in your vineyard? You may likely have a problem with feral pigs.  Ryan McCreary from USDA-APHIS Wildlife Services recently addressed large wildlife pest threats in the vineyard at Malcolm Media’s Sonoma …

California Table Grape Commission Hires Director of Trade Policy

Jodi Devaurs is the new director of trade policy for the California Table Grape Commission. Devaurs’ responsibilities include market access, technical issues, and general trade policy matters for the commission. “Managing technical issues to help growers and shippers move California grapes to market is a key function of the commission, and Jodi’s experience with government affairs and regulatory issues will …

UC Davis’ Kaan Kurtural Shares Advancements in Precision Viticulture

It used to be that growers had few if any options in bring uniformity to a vineyard with so much variability in soil type among other geographical characteristics.  There have been so many recent developments and technological advances in plant and soil sensing equipment that has taken precision viticulture to a whole new level.  Watch this brief interview with UC …

California Table Grape Commission Adds New Marketing Director

Fresno, CA – Maria Montalvo is the new marketing director of retail and foodservice promotion for the California Table Grape Commission. Montalvo’s responsibilities include leading the in-store promotion initiatives and communication strategies needed to help move California table grapes through the U.S. and Canadian markets. “We are very excited Maria has joined the team,” said Kathleen Nave, president of the …

Chefs Innovate with California Grapes on Fall Menus

Fresno, CA – California table grapes are featured on menus this fall with Morrison Healthcare, Nordstrom Restaurants, Restaurant Associates, and Black Angus Steakhouse. “Chefs continue to create exciting new menu items with fresh grapes,” said Courtney Romano, foodservice consultant to the California Table Grape Commission. “Grapes offer versatility, great flavor and visual appeal, and deliver desirable acidity and sweetness that …

Normal Volume Projected for CA Table Grape Crop, Supplies into January

The California Table Grape Commission recently assessed crop volume and projected a final total of 109 million 19-pound boxes with shipments continuing into January. With 40 to 50 percent of the California table grape crop typically shipping after October 1, Kathleen Nave, president of the commission, notes that grapes are very definitely a fall and early winter fruit. “Grapes from …

UC Davis Experts Investigate Cause of Sudden Grapevine Collapse

Grapevines are suddenly dying in Lodi and the coastal grape growing regions of California, and the cause is currently unknown.  A team of extension experts at UC Davis are currently working with the industry to investigate this issue that is becoming more prevalent in the state.  Watch this brief interview with Plant Pathologist Akif Eskalen as he explains and read …

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