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California Raisin Crop Forecast Down, Value Increasing

The California raisin crop is down, and coupled with a greater demand for green grapes at the wineries this year, raisin packers are already making much higher offers to their growers for their crops this season. Watch this video interview with Kalem Barserian, CEO of the Raisin Bargaining Association, as he explains more, and read more in the coming issue …

National Raisin Company Invests in the Future with Renewable Technology

National Raisin Company Invests in the Future with Renewable Technology

Farming in California is not easy, but it is the best place in the world to grow raisins. As growers take on increasing input costs due to changing political and environmental conditions, sustainability becomes so important to remaining viable and prosperous in the industry. National Raisin Company has recently invested in some key renewable technologies to improve their efficiency and …

Plant Sap Analysis Technology to Better Meet Crop Needs

Plant Sap Analysis Technology to Better Meet Crop Needs

There are many different ways to measure crop water and nutrient levels, such as through plant tissue and soil analysis; but to better identify and meet crop needs, researchers have recently developed plant sap analysis technology that is now available to growers to maximize yields and increase profitability. Watch this video interview with David Miller from Advancing Eco Agriculture as …

Update on Wine Grape Exemption Status from FSMA

Update on Wine Grape Exemption Status from FSMA

Unfortunately, wine grapes have been looped into FDA’s Produce Safety Rule in the Food Safety Modernization Act, in spite of the fact that they are not consumed fresh off the vine. The California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG) has been employing every effort in fighting the unreasonable regulations associated with this, and working to get an exemption. Watch this brief …

2017 CA Winegrape Crop Update with Allied Grape Growers

Other than the extreme heat beating down on grapes without sufficient canopy cover, the wine grape crop in California is progressing quite well. Watch California Ag Network’s interview with Jeff Bitter from Allied Grape Growers as he provides an update on the 2017 wine grape crop and the direction that current wine marketing trends are headed. Read more about it …

Vineyards Wiped out by Early Season Floods

Kayaking down the Russian River, it is easy to see much of the damage that occurred from the early season flooding this year. Watch this video and take a virtual ride with Matthew Malcolm down the Russian River to check out some of the vineyard damage that occurred. In some cases, entire vineyard rows eroded away and were washed down …

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