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Nisei Farmers League Stands Up for Long Time Farmworker Rights

There are countless immigrant farmworkers that spend most of their lives laboring to feed the world in states such as California, and struggle without the benefits of citizenship and any clear path to get there. Watch this brief interview with Manuel Cunha, President of the Nisei Farmers League, as he and many others take a stand to support the rights …

Celebrate Central Valley Grapes, Raisins & Wines at the Whole Vine Festival

The inaugural Whole Vine Festival is coming to Fresno State University Oct. 21-22, 2023. Grape growers and consumers alike are invited to gather to celebrate the best of the San Joaquin Valley.  Watch this brief interview with Whole Vine Festival President Vickie Goudreau as she shares more details.  American Vineyard Magazine is proud to be among the Founding Sponsors and …

Record Government Purchase of California Raisins Announced

With California raisin harvest underway, growers are confident that more of their raisins will have a home domestically due to record USDA purchases of their raisins announced recently.  Watch this brief interview with Raisin Bargaining Association representatives Charles Salmon and Dwayne Cardoza for more details on the government buys and the status of price negotiations for the 2023 raisin crop. …

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, …

Rootstock Performance on Young and Mature Autumn King Grapevines

If you missed Grape Day at the Kearney Agricultural Research & Extension Center this year, be sure to watch this brief interview featuring Ashraf El Kereamy and Tian Tian from the UC Cooperative Extension, who reported their recent trial observations on the performance of both young and mature Autumn King table grapes on various rootstocks and read more about grape …

Jackson Family Wines Invests in Climate-Friendly Varietals

As California wine grape growers work to adapt to ever-changing environmental pressures, watch this brief interview with Gillian Handelman from Jackson Family Wines relating their recent experience incorporating less common, climate friendly wines into their portfolio. Read more about growing “climate friendly wines” in the coming issue of American Vineyard Magazine. Please thank this video’s sponsor Thunder Creek Equipment for their industry …

Turlock Irrigation District Comments on Serving Farmers in a Wet Year

With the bountiful supply of much needed rain and snowpack over the winter and spring, watch this brief interview with Michelle Reimers from Turlock Irrigation District as she shares how they are utilizing it, serving and protecting their farming customers this summer with full water allocations. Please thank this video’s sponsor G3 Enterprises for their industry support.

California Growers Face High Mildew Pressure, Delayed Grape Harvest

It’s been a while since California growers have experienced a wet year with a plentiful snowpack and water supply.  Weather conditions this season, though, have pushed harvest back for most grape growers and powdery mildew pressure has been unusually high for growers that didn’t stay on their spray programs with just the right timing.  Watch this brief interview with UCCE …

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 …

Two New Labor-Saving Raisin Varieties Show Promise for CA Growers

Watch this brief interview with UC Viticulture Extension Specialist Matthew Fidelibus with an update on the performance of a couple of new labor-saving DOV raisin grape varieties that are showing a lot of promise for the industry.  Visit AmericanVineyardMagazine.com/calendar/ to get more information on a couple upcoming raisin industry meetings to provide growers the opportunity to check out these varieties …

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