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California Raisin Marketing Board Gets Shut Down

Just last month, a vote passed to shut down the California Raisin Marketing Board. But what of generic California raisin marketing and the iconic dancing raisins? Watch this brief interview with Dwayne Cardoza from the Raisin Bargaining Association and read more about it in American Vineyard Magazine. Please thank this video’s sponsor Vmech for their industry support.

A Plea for Farmer Engagement and Government Support of California GSAs

As farmers face drought conditions once again this summer, local Groundwater Sustainability Agencies are still working on the planning and implementation of their Groundwater Sustainability Plans. Watch this brief video with Patricia Poire, Executive Director of the Kern Groundwater Authority, as she shares concerns and needs for both farmer and government support to meet the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) …

What the Farm Workforce Modernization Act Means for Farmers

While it has seemed impossible to get anything done at the national level regarding ag labor reform, Sara Neagu-Reed from the federal policy Division of the California Farm Bureau Federation shares in an interview with California Ag Network that hope is on the horizon with the progress of the Farm Workforce Modernization Act. Watch this brief video with Sara as she explains …

Biodynamic Vineyard Certification: A Grower’s Perspective

Grape growers are becoming more and more familiar with the organic certification process, but how about biodynamic certification?  Watch this brief interview with Viticulturist Ray Nuclo from King Estate Winery in Oregon, who represents the largest certified biodynamic vineyard in North America, as he provides a grower’s perspective on what it means to farm biodynamically and the journey to certification. …

Optimizing Yield of Young Pinot Grigio Vines

Recently planted Pinot Grigio and wondering how much yield to prepare for in its early years? Watch this brief interview with UCCE Viticulture Advisor George Zhuang as he shares some key insights for growers from a San Joaquin Valley perspective. Read more in American Vineyard Magazine.   Please thank this video’s sponsor Suterra for their industry support.

Saving Money on Sustainable Farming with Sonoma’s Dutton Ranch

Sonoma County farmers have been outstanding examples of moving towards new and innovative sustainable practices on their farms. Sustainability takes many forms though, and accounts for the health and prosperity of both the land and the steward. There are costs with implementing sustainable practices on the farm, but many of these can return savings to the farmers as well, such …

National Raisin Co Vaccinates Essential Ag Employees, Continues Feeding the World

Whoever would have thought a raisin packing facility would be not only be receiving and shipping raisin product, but also turn into a drive-thru vaccination clinic?  It’s true, and National Raisin Company has already assisted in getting 1,000 essential ag workers vaccinated for COVID-19 — exactly one year from the start of the pandemic.  Watch this brief interview with LindaKay …

Three Ways to Improve Color in Red Wine Grapes

Color is an important aspect of red wine grape quality.  Watch this brief interview with Luca Brillante from the Fresno State Department of Viticulture and Enology has he shares three things growers can do to improve color management and read more about it in American Vineyard Magazine.   Please thank this video’s sponsor Suterra for their industry support.

Raisin Bargaining Association Introduces Combination Pricing Program

The California raisin industry is evolving as growers and packers navigate through difficult times.  The Raisin Bargaining Association (RBA) is adapting as well to protect the interests of its members and negotiate sustainable prices for raisin growers.  Watch this brief interview with RBA Chairman Dwayne Cardoza as he introduces a new combination program for 2020 raisin crop pricing and read …

New Grapevine Rootstock Characteristics & Availability

The University of California grapevine breeding program has recently come out with some exciting new rootstocks with great characteristics the better manage pests, diseases, and even drought conditions. Watch this brief interview with UCCE Viticulture Advisor Karl Lund, as he shares what what growers should know about some of the specific traits and availability of these rootstocks. Read more in …

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