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Central Valley Wine Industry Losing Share in Brandy Market, Compounding Other Challenges

To compound the troubles Central Valley wine grape growers are already facing with a depressed global wine market amidst increased production costs, Allied Grape Growers President Jeff Bitter shared some new trends in the brandy market that are beginning to negatively impact growers invested in that beverage category.  Watch his brief interview with Matthew Malcolm from California Ag Network, and …

Bulk Wine Imports Putting California Growers out of Business

Time to address the elephant in the room — It’s no secret that the wine market is struggling right now, not just in California, but all over the world.  To make matters worse, California growers’ wine grape crops are getting left unharvested and displaced at local wineries by cheap bulk wine being imported from other countries at disturbing levels. American …

U.S. Wine Industry Gathers to Discuss Opportunities and Value of Sustainability

The California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance partnered with several wine grape industry organizations recently in hosting the 3rd U.S. Sustainable Winegrowing Summit in Lodi, CA. Attendees enjoyed a local vineyard and winery tour, and engaged in educational sessions highlighting the evolving definition of sustainability and its value to growers, vintners and consumers. American Vineyard Magazine Editor Matthew Malcolm met with Allison …

Rising Fruit Fly Populations Concern California Growers

Fruit fly populations spiked last season and brought multiple species, compounding the damage to vineyards and orchards following Hurricane Hilary.  This is a continued concern for California fruit growers moving into the 2024 season with limited pest management tools available. Watch this brief California Ag Network interview with Adam Borchard from the California Fresh Fruit Association to learn more.

Compost Tax Credit Bill for California Farmers Progresses Through Legislature

California growers investing in compost to boost soil fertility on the farm may soon reap additional benefits in the form of a tax credit. Michael Miiller from the California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG) joined Matthew Malcolm on California Ag Network to share how this promising CAWG-sponsored bill is currently making its way through legislature. Watch this brief video to learn …

Climate Trends Bring More Spring Freeze-Damage to New York Vineyards

Recent climate trends have been shifting bud break sooner in New York vineyards and the threat of spring frost damage has been more prevalent, according to Tim Martinson, Senior Viticulture Extension Associate Emeritus at Cornell University.  Watch this brief video with Tim joining Matthew Malcolm from American Vineyard for more details and what Northeastern growers can do about the threatening frost events that …

CAWG Pushes Legislation to Streamline Ag Employee Housing

California ranks last in both housing affordability and availability, compared to the rest of the United States. This is having a major impact on California farm workers who are having to commute long distances to get to work or are otherwise struggling to get by. Watch this brief interview with Michael Miiller from the California Association of Winegrape Growers as they …

Wine Grape Planting Trends & the Removal Need for Market Correction

Growers are not overplanting wine grape acreage in California, but they have fallen fall behind in removing old, underperforming vineyards and less desirable varieties. This is what Allied Grape Growers President Jeff Bitter shared at the 2024 Unified Wine & Grape Symposium upon release of their annual grapevine nursery survey report. Watch this brief interview as Jeff shares with American …

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