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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, …

2022 California Grape Crush Report Misses Mark by 20,000 Tons

USDA/CDFA representatives have published an Errata to the Final 2022 Grape Crush Report as recent findings have shown that statistics published in March 2023 were off by over 20,000 tons.  The 2022 crush actually totaled 3,670,861 tons (20,718 tons higher than what was reported in March), down 5.4% from the 2021 crush of 3,880,141 tons. Red wine varieties accounted for …

Chilean Table Grape Production & Exports on the Decline

In MY 2022/23, the USDA Foreign Ag Service Santiago, Chile (Post) estimates an 8.6 percent decrease in table grape production, totaling 720,000 metric tons. The decrease in production is caused by a decrease in table grape area planted and by adverse climatic conditions in the central part of the country which lowered yields (Figure 1). Table grape area planted is on a decreasing …

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 …

Ohio Vineyard Expansion Assistance Program Open

The Vineyard Expansion Assistance Program (VEAP) is an incentive program created and funded by the Ohio Grape Industries Committee (OGIC), to encourage the establishment of new and/or expansion/replacement of existing vineyards in Ohio. Purpose Due to the small number of grapes produced in Ohio, many wineries, farmers markets’, and retailers are forced to purchase grapes of several different varieties from other states to meet …

California Table Grape Growers Award Scholarships

California table grape growers announce the awarding of scholarships to nine high-achieving students. Growers awarded three $25,000 field worker scholarships to students attending four-year universities. Two $14,500 bridge field worker scholarships were also awarded to students attending community college for two years then transferring to a four-year university. In order to qualify for a field worker scholarship, the applicant, parent, …

Wine & Grape Society Announces Foundation to Help Foster the Next Generation of Leaders

Students pursuing a degree in enology and viticulture over the past few decades have turned to the American Society for Enology and Viticulture (ASEV) for scholarships to fund their educational and budding career trajectories. On average, the Society presents $100,000 in scholarships annually to 20-plus students throughout North America. To sustain this effort into the future, ASEV created the American Society …

Leadership Transition Planned for California Table Grape Commission

Ian LeMay, President of the California Fresh Fruit Association will become President & CEO of the California Table Grape Commission in the spring of 2025. LeMay will succeed Kathleen Nave who has served in the lead staff role since January 1999 when she succeeded Bruce Obbink. Nave joined the commission in 1987 and plans to retire in the spring of …

Co-Chairs Announced for the 30th Unified Wine & Grape Symposium

The Unified Wine & Grape Symposium’s LLC Managing Committee, which represents the American Society for Enology and Viticulture (ASEV) and the California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG), has selected its co-chairs to lead the 2024 Unified Wine & Grape Symposium Program Development Committee. Alisa Jacobson “AJ”, founder of Turning Tide Wines and wine consultant along with Devin Parr, founder and managing partner …

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