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Smoke from Wildfires Slows CA Raisin Grape Maturity

Although most folks in the Central Valley of California have been safe from the ravaging wildfires around California, they have still suffered the affects that the ash and smoke have brought into the Valley.  It has caused airline flight delays due to obscured vision and increased allergies & asthma among the public; but what some raisin growers have been discovering …

Sonoma Winegrowers’ Karissa Kruse Honored as CAWG Leader of the Year

At the 2018 annual Summer Conference of the California Association of Winegrape growers (CAWG), Sonoma County Winegrowers President Karissa Kruse was honored as CAWG’s Leader of the Year for her outstanding efforts in leading the world’s first 100% sustainable wine region, community outreach amidst the 2017 North Coast Wildfires, and much more.  Watch this video presentation honoring Kruse and read …

Dealing with Wild Pig Pests on the Farm

Farmers are used to dealing with insect pest and small furry rodents, but how about wild pigs? Now, this is a more common issue in some areas more than others; nonetheless, pigs can wreak a lot of havoc in vineyards, orchards and field crops, so exploring your management options is key.  Watch this brief interview with Julie Finzel from the …

Cal Poly Names Center for Wine & Viticulture After Industry Donors

In recognition of the generosity and philanthropic support of two vital donors to the building of Cal Poly’s Center for Wine and Viticulture, the center will be named the JUSTIN and J. LOHR Center for Wine and Viticulture. Lynda and Stewart Resnick, owners of JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery, a family-run winery that focuses on Bordeaux varieties and Syrah in west Paso …

CA Table Grape Commission Celebrates 50 Years

In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the California Table Grape Commission (commission), Secretary Karen Ross of the California Department of Food and Agriculture presented the organization with a resolution commemorating 50 years of service to the state and its residents. Among other things, the resolution Secretary Ross presented noted that, “since its first meeting in 1968, the commission has …

CA Wine Market Trends & Thompson Green Price with Allied Grape Growers

Allied Grape Growers just held their 67th Annual Meetings in the Central Valley and North Coast, celebrated their success with Nat DiBuduo as President for the last 18 years, and welcomed Jeff Bitter stepping up as the new President & CEO of Allied. Watch this brief video with Jeff who shared the new leadership structure of Allied, discussed the current …

2018 CA Raisin Crop Update with Kalem Barserian

It’s looking like California raisin growers are going to be experiencing an average crop this year; however, raisin acreage is down tremendously, and so are raisin inventories. Watch this brief interview with RBA CEO Kalem Barserian with a crop/raisin price update, and read more about it in American Vineyard Magazine. Enjoy our Ag video news?  Be sure to let our …

Nat DiBuduo Retires

A Lifetime of Dedication to the Grape Industry –By Matthew Malcolm, Assistant Editor (Copyright June 2018 issue of American Vineyard Magazine) After 18 years of dedicated service to the California wine industry through Allied Grape Growers (AGG), Nat DiBuduo recently announced his retirement as President and CEO of AGG, effective June 29th. Vice-President of AGG, Jeff Bitter will officially take …

California Grape Growers Award Scholarships

Fresno, CA – California’s table grape growers recently awarded scholarships to eight students in grape-growing regions of the state. All recipients will be attending California universities or colleges. Five field worker scholarships were awarded in 2018: two $3,500 two-year scholarships to community colleges, and three $20,000 four-year field worker scholarships. Three $20,000 four-year agricultural scholarships were also awarded in 2018. …

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