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03/10/16

With predictions of multiple days of rain headed to a still thirsty San Joaquin Valley within hours, growers of wine grapes and others gathered at a Kerman farm to swap strategies for a range of topics from managing workers to managing water and diseases in vines.

03/10/16

While the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, made headlines around the country when the city's leaders exposed residents to a tainted water supply for almost two years, families living in the Central Valley of California have been struggling without clean drinking water for decades.

03/09/16

If the last three or four years of drought have lulled you into discounting any immediate threat to your grape vines from weeds this spring, you might want to consider this advice from Kurt Hembree, University of California Cooperative Extension weed management farm advisor for Fresno County.

03/09/16

"The demand for wine by American consumers continues to increase, and our region offers the most sustainable area in California to produce the grapes to help meet that demand for at least the next 25 years."

01/20/16

Many fruit and nut trees in California have already achieved the chilling hours -- or hours below 45 degrees -- that they'll need to have an even blossom and set a good crop, experts say.

01/19/16

As yet another El Niño-spawned rain storm pelted the area where they were meeting, California grape growers received good and bad news as they gathered for a San Joaquin Valley Grape Symposium held in Easton. First the good news - this El Niño is the real deal, "currently a strong El Niño," said Jerald Meadows, warning coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Hanford..

01/12/16

Two Central Valley grape industry leaders praised for decades of service and work in the wine grape industry.

01/12/16

oth helped shape an industry in the Central Valley that continues transformation into more than a region known just for raisins

12/28/15

Four years of drought and heavy reliance on pumping of groundwater have made the land sink faster than ever up and down the Central Valley, requiring repairs to infrastructure that experts say are costing billions of dollars.

12/22/15

Max Gomberg of the State Water Resources Control Board said Monday that inland communities in hot regions and those that use new sources, such as recycled water and new desalination plants, could be eligible for lowered conservation requirements.

12/08/15

Some growers see almonds as an alternative to declining Valley grape prices

12/07/15

The Clovis winery, long abandoned and starting to collapse, has been condemned by city officials who plan to demolish it and dream of sports fields and new businesses rising in its footprint

12/01/15

Wine grape growers in California's San Joaquin Valley are learning a tough economics lesson the hard way, causing them to pull out vines, turn to other crops, sellout, or retire. They are learning that the wines their grapes have produced for years are now in low demand, and the price wineries pay, if they buy their grapes at all, doesn't cover their cost of production.

12/01/15

Repeated message among industry leaders: there's opportunities in San Joaquin Valley wine grapes

11/30/15

Once again, E.&J. Gallo Winery will raise money for anti-hunger efforts through a gala on the night before the Super Bowl. And this time, it's close to its Modesto home.

11/19/15

Peter Cousins, who breeds grapes for E.&J. Gallo Winery, will speak Friday night on the science behind the fruit

11/04/15

Twenty-four individuals have been selected for Class 46 of the California Agricultural Leadership Program, an advanced leadership development experience for emerging agricultural leaders. The new fellows were recently inaugurated at Fresno State.

10/23/15

The university's president, Joseph Castro, and Dr. Vince Petrucci, a Fresno State professor and the founder of the school's viticulture and enology programs, will receive the award at a special presentation to be held Friday at 10:30 a.m. at the Fresno State Viticulture & Enology Research Center, which is located on campus at 2360 E. Barstow Ave

10/22/15

Two months after starting to pick his 2015 wine grape crop on Aug. 10, Madera County grower Carson Smith, was expecting to complete harvesting his remaining French Colombard by the last week of October.

10/22/15

The decline in production as the vines recoup from the larger-than-usual crops of the last two or three seasons isn't a surprise ...

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