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Some crop-price drops will impact per-acre, economic values into 2017, but the state's historical upward trend is expected to resume in the long term


Manteca-area farmers voted this week to oppose a state proposal to permanently allow more water to remain in the Stanislaus River to protect fish.


Overwhelmingly positive reports from California growing regions


Currently most vineyards are focusing on harvesting grapes for white wines. They have to be harvested first because of their thinner skins. Those grapes can be more easily impacted by early rains than red wine grapes.


It's right in the heart of Fresno, inside Old Fig Garden. 15 years ago, David Carlson bought a home there and wanted a way to keep his dinner indulgence alive


A new proposal would curtail the amount of water slated for human consumption in the state's fertile Central Valley. Conservation groups say its an essential move, but local officials say it'll decimate the state's farms.


Five growers will be the latest inductees into the San Joaquin County Agricultural Hall of Fame at a banquet in Stockton, Calif., in October.


This weekend's benefit Wine, Women, and Shoes is a chance for women to kick up their heels and sip some fine wines and sample culinary delights in Fresno.


The Madera Vintners Association will host its 9th annual "California Wine Month Celebration" on September 16th honoring California Wine Month which is the month of September.


Topping the county's list of most valuable crops, grapes and almonds remained No. 1 and No. 2 with gross receipts near or above $1.5 billion each. Citrus rounds out the top three at over $927 million in gross value. As the county's top commodity, total grape acreage remained unchanged from the previous year at 106,200. Internal changes in the grape industry saw acreage gains in wine varieties and a decrease in raisin acreage.


When it comes to harvesting wine grapes, Stanislaus County vintner John Monnich likes the fruit to hang on the vines as long as needed to achieve the best flavors and smoothest tannins for his wines..


A state regulatory agency has fined a Kern County grape grower $10,000 after an illegal pesticide was detected on his harvested crop.


Growers in the foothills of California's Sierra Nevada gathered recently to hear what Professor Novello had to say about their region. That would be Professore Vittorino Novello of the University of Turin, who was invited by University of California Cooperative Extension Farm Advisor Lynn Wunderlich to tour foothill vineyards and share his thoughts. Growers in the region are finding success producing Italian grape varieties, owing in part to the ideal microclimate and soils the foothills provide.


John Monnich anticipates yields this year will fall a little below average, but not as much as they did the last two seasons. He looks for quality of the grapes to be up this year


The ARRA varieties are proving to be especially resilient table grapes, both through challenging rainy seasons as well as harsh heat waves, such as the ones that hit Bakersfield this past summer.


E.&J. Gallo Winery christened a major addition to its Modesto headquarters Wednesday - an office building designed to keep the creative juices flowing. The Dry Creek Building will house up to 700 of the 3,500 or so people who work for Gallo in Modesto. Employees in marketing, creative services, finance and information technology are moving in


After hitting an all-time high of over $8 billion in 2014, the annual crop value in the county in 2015 fell more than $1.1 billion to $6.98 billion. Most counties don't have crop values as high as the losses realized by Tulare County.


In an effort to perhaps put more value into the Valley's grape industry, University of California researchers are studying over 50 different wine grape varieties to see which ones can produce the tonnage and quality necessary to profitably make quality wines. The studies couldn't come at a better time as the San Joaquin Valley grape industry has been challenged in recent years by lower returns, leading some to replace their vineyards with tree nuts because of their profitability.


"First up will be Pinot Noir, our flagship varietal. The weather has been cooperating and everything is lining up beautifully for us to be crushing grapes next month."


Wente Family Estates, the oldest continuously-operated family-owned winery in America, announces three strategic promotions in its continuing commitment to the company's long-term vision to be one of the most respected wine companies in the world.

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