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  • Supervisors Tackle Winery Regulations

    Posted in Industry News on Dec 08, 2015

    By Barry Eberling

    During a marathon five-hour-plus session before a packed chamber, Napa County Supervisors on Tuesday began grappling with need for more winery regulations. Some residents see a successful industry on the right track, while others see an industry that faces too much growth and overemphasizes hospitality events.

    Click here to read more at the Napa Valley Register

  • Outbreak Of Pierce's Disease

    Posted in Growing Season, Industry News on Dec 03, 2015

    By Paul Franson

    North Coast, Calif.—Grapegrowers in Napa and Sonoma counties experienced an explosion of Pierce’s disease (PD) this year, and it’s attributed to the native blue-green sharpshooter, not the threatening glassy-winged sharpshooter that so far has been excluded from the counties by rigid quarantines.

    Click here to read more at Wines & Vines

  • El Niño Could Be A Boon Or A Blow To California Vineyards

    Posted in Growing Season, Industry News on Nov 27, 2015

    By Geoffrey Mohan

    Jason Haas' plan for El Niño involves oats, sweet peas, vetch, clover, sheep, alpacas, a llama and a couple of donkeys. It's not for everyone, the organic viticulturist admits. But it works for his family's Paso Robles vineyard, where dormant vines have laid bare acre after acre of precious topsoil on steep hillsides.

    Click here to read more at the Los Angeles Times

  • How Genetics Are Changing Grapevines

    Posted in Growing Season, Industry News on Nov 19, 2015

    By Paul Franson

    Sometimes it seems as if a new pest or disease threatens California grapevines every week, but many tools are available to fight them. Three experts discussed some of the most promising approaches for fighting vineyard pests at the Napa Valley Grapegrowers’ Rootstock conference held Nov. 12, 2015.

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  • Rule Changes Affect Vineyard Workers

    Posted in Industry News, Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation on Nov 18, 2015

    By Paul Franson

    Napa, Calif.—Vineyard owners and management companies often face new regulations and laws for their workers, but an unusual number will encounter them in the next few years. “There have been more changes to the rules and regulations in the past six months than I’ve seen in the past 10 years,” José Chang, deputy agricultural commissioner for Napa County, stated during a talk he gave at the Rootstock meeting last week. And, he warned, “More are coming.”

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