February 2024

Freedom Rootstock*

FOR THE LOVE OF SCIENCE

February, the month of love, romance or, as some may say, chemistry. Mostly, we view the chemical compounds that attract us to potential mates as positive. For the vine mealybug, their sex pheromone may be their undoing.


As explained in the Research Focus article below, two USDA-ARS scientists—Jacob Corcoran and Walt Mahaffee—have definitively located the vine mealybug’s odor receptor in males that enables them to identify the highly specific sex pheromone emitted by females. The discovery could open the door to further R&D to essentially jam the signal received via their antennae to prevent them from mating and therefore spreading. And it could help enable the development of technology to sniff out the wily insects hiding under bark or in soil, based on their unique olfactory signal. Something to consider as you spray on your cologne… And also a beautiful example of the awesome possibilities of science.


Science is a beloved but often overlooked part of our everyday lives. Consider this infographic showing the volume of research represented in a simple pizza. The base of your garden-variety pie is formed from wheat bred specifically for baking. Breakthroughs in tomato processing have improved sorting and reduced repetitive motion injuries for workers. Advances in pest management reduce the cost of inputs for onion growers—savings that are passed along to pizza lovers who like onions on top. It may not look like a miracle of science, but there’s a lot of innovation in every bite.


How might that translate to the grape and wine industry? The tractor you use began as an invention by a farmer named John Froelich in Northeast Iowa, and has been reshaped, resized and alternatively powered in myriad ways ever since. The varieties of grapes you grow may be thousands of years old or they could be newer Cornell varieties, developed by grape breeder Bruce Reisch, that confer cold hardiness, disease resistance, unique flavors or other traits of interest. The cover crop you use is probably not just grass or random weeds but plants specifically selected, based on trials by your local Extension agent, to improve water holding capacity or enrich soil health and vine nutrition. Your trellising system, row spacing and orientation, irrigation system, sprayer, sensors and other tools and techniques for growing grapes and managing vineyards are all innovations based on science.


And they all started with an idea someone had, seeking some way to solve a problem. Just like Jacob and Walt (the ARS researchers) sought to help combat a pest of economic significance by leveraging its biology against it.


As the Month of Amore concludes, let’s show some love for science and for the big thinkers and diligent researchers whose ideas and innovations make the world a lovelier place. The mealybug might not appreciate their advances, but the rest of us can rejoice!

Donnell Brown

President

*ABOUT THE PHOTO

UC DavisMatthew Fidelibus snapped this photo of a Freedom rootstock he dug up and photographed on January 19, 2024. It had been planted in 2019 and grafted to Solbrio (a black-skinned table grape variety), he says.


AROUND THE U.S.

USDA Reports Declining Number of Farms, Farm Revenue

The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) this month announced the results of the 2022 Census of Agriculture, showing a continued decline in the total number of US farms. From 2017 to 2022, the census found, US farmland declined by nearly 20 million acres—from 900.1 million acres in 2017 to 880.1 million in 2022. The census also shows there are now 1.9 million farms in the country, down 142,000 from the previous survey, a number equal to all current farms in New England excluding Connecticut, Farm Progress reports. See complete census data.

 

“A combination of trade wars, the pandemic and policies that furthered a ‘get big or get out’ mentality pushed more people out of farming in the five years since the last census, than in any other census period this century,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in a statement on the results. “America, and especially our rural communities, cannot afford this trajectory toward larger, but fewer, farms.”

 

In related news, NASS annual Farms and Land in Farms 2023 Summary shows that there were an estimated 1,894,950 farms in the US in 2023, down 5,700 more farms from 2022. Nearly half of them had less than $10,000 in sales. The biggest change for 2023 is that producers in Sales Class $1,000,000 or more operated 14,160,000 more acres than in 2022.

PPA 7721 Funding Announced

USDA this month announced grant funding of more than $70 million for 374 projects via the Plant Protection Act’s Section 7721 program, intended to strengthen the country’s defenses against plant pests and diseases, safeguard the US nursery system, and enhance pest detection and mitigation efforts.


Out of the 374 projects funded this year, 353 are managed by the Plant Pest and Disease Management and Disaster Prevention Program and 21 are supported through the National Clean Plant Network. Beyond vineyard surveys, these projects are of interest to grapes:


  • $6,265,992 was allocated to California, Florida and nationally to support detector dog team training and maintenance for domestic pest detection
  • Invasive defoliating moths were the target of $1,456,893 to support surveys and enhance identification technologies in 16 states
  • $1,895,087 was allocated to 12 projects in 12 states for spotted lanternfly research, including surveys, traps or postharvest treatments, modeling and biology

 

See the complete list of projects.

New Digital Agriculture Research and Extension Center in Missouri

The University of Missouri (MU) has launched a Digital Agriculture Research and Extension Center (DAREC) to help farmers leverage emerging digital technologies and artificial intelligence to increase agricultural productivity, sustainability and profitability. A partnership between MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, MU Extension and USDA-ARS, the center will explore crop production, soil health, precision livestock farming and engineering innovations through research by MU faculty and students, and partners. A Digital Farm is planned as a field demonstration site.


Center co-directors are Jianfeng Zhou, MU Associate Professor of Plant Science and Technology; Kent Shannon, Assistant Teaching Professor of Plant Science and Technology and Field Specialist in Ag Engineering with MU Extension; and Ken Sudduth, Research Agricultural Engineer with USDA-ARS. A symposium is planned for Spring 2024.

USDA-APHIS Completes Leadership Team

This month, USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Administrator Michael Watson announced that Michelle Wenberg has joined the agency as an Associate Administrator, rounding out the Office of the APHIS Administrator. 


Michelle will work in partnership with the Administrator and fellow Associate Administrator Donna Lalli to carry out the agency’s day-to-day operations, represent APHIS on Department-level and cross-agency working groups, and oversee the activities of every APHIS program area and support unit. Previously, she was APHIS’ Deputy Administrator for Policy and Program Development.

Julie Suarez Named CALS Director of Translational Research Programs

Julie Suarez has been named the inaugural Director of Translational Research Programs in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) at Cornell University. Julie will remain CALS’ Associate Dean for Land-Grant Affairs while she fulfills the five-year, renewable Director position. The new position is intended to increase access to state, federal and private-sector funding and to assist Cornell in providing purpose-driven science to fulfill the university’s land-grant mission and commitment to New York State—needs that were identified as focal areas for the college’s Roadmap to 2050 strategic plan. 

Ben Montpetit Is New Chair of UC Davis V&E Department

In January, the Department of Viticulture & Enology at UC Davis announced that Ben Montpetit, a yeast geneticist and biochemist, would be Acting Chair of the department, succeeding David Block, who stepped down. Now, it’s official: Ben Montpetit is the new Department Chair. In his new role, he plans to enhance student offerings, continue to advance diversity efforts, and foster investment in students, faculty, staff and department operations.

Katie Gold Recognized by New York Wine & Grape Foundation

The New York Wine & Grape Foundation (NYWGF) this month announced the winners of its prestigious Unity Awards for 2024. Katie Gold, Assistant Professor of Grape Pathology at Cornell University, won the Foundation’s Research Award. “I love being a part of the New York wine and grape industry and am grateful for the acknowledgment of the value of the research the Gold Lab conducts,” she said. Katie and the other Unity Award winners will be able to direct a donation to an industry-related program in their name. The winners and the organizations receiving a donation from NYWGF on their behalf will be recognized during the B.E.V. NY Conference next month.

New Entomologist at Cornell Research Lab

Carlos Andres Antolinez Delgado, who goes by Andres Antolinez, is the new Entomologist and Senior Research Associate at the Cornell Hudson Valley Research Laboratory. He started in his new role in October 2023. His expertise lies in the biology and control of insects affecting fruit trees and vegetable crops, with a specific focus on invasive species. He is developing a program to test the efficacy of current and new compounds, with an emphasis on controlling the brown marmorated stink bug and woolly apple aphid in apples, as well as the spotted lanternfly in grapes. He also plans to establish a robust program to conduct surveillance of pest populations with a focus on apple and grape crops.

Two New Research Geneticists at GGRU

The USDA-ARS Grape Genetic Resources Unit (GGRU) in Geneva, NY, has hired two new Research Geneticists. Silvas Kirubakaran started in December 2023 and will lead the unit’s abiotic stress research. Prior to this position, Silvas worked as a Senior Research Scientist of Trait Development at Upstream Biotechnology in Durham, NC, focusing on molecular mechanisms involved in early crop stress responses and adaptation. Previously, he worked at BASF-Agricultural Solutions as a Research Scientist, delivering genotypic solutions to make data-based decisions on product development. 


Fred Gouker joined the GGRU late last month to lead its pre-breeding and trait integration research. No stranger to Geneva, Fred did his postdoctoral work at Cornell, serving as the project manager for the NGRA-supported VitisGen2 project. Prior to his new role, Fred was a Research Geneticist for USDA-ARS leading the woody ornamental plant breeding program at the US National Arboretum’s Floral and Nursery Plant Research Unit in Washington, DC.

New Viticulture Specialist at Virginia Tech

Andrew Harner was recently appointed as Assistant Professor of Viticulture and Virginia Cooperative Extension Specialist at Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ Alson H. Smith Jr. Agricultural Research and Extension Center. His research has focused on grapevines’ physiological and chemical responses to various stimuli. His work, particularly on the interaction between grapevines and the invasive spotted lanternfly, shows potential impact on wine grape quality and vineyard management strategies. He plans to develop a nationally recognized research and Extension program centered on wine grapes, with opportunities to explore table grape and small fruit research.

Nominate a Scientist for the National Medal of Science

The National Science Foundation seeks nominations for the National Medal of Science, the highest recognition the nation can bestow on scientists and engineers. Established by Congress in 1959, this Presidential Award was created to honor individuals “deserving of special recognition (for) their outstanding contributions to knowledge in the physical, biological, mathematical or engineering sciences.” In 1980, it was expanded to include the social and behavioral sciences. Learn how to make nominations and submit yours by May 3, 2024. 

UC Davis Seeks a Wine Chemist

The Department of Viticulture & Enology at UC Davis has a faculty position opening for an Assistant Professor of Wine Chemistry. The successful candidate will develop an active research focused on the chemistry of wine components and their dynamics as related to flavor and sustainability. If you’re a forward-thinker committed to pushing the boundaries of chemical knowledge and methodologies that can be used to unravel the many complexities of wine and flavor, learn more and apply by April 1, 2024.

New York Seeks Vineyard Data

The New York Wine & Grape Foundation has embarked on the first comprehensive Statewide Vineyard Survey since 2011. If you own or operate a vineyard in New York State, you’re encouraged to participate. The data will facilitate strategic decision-making for both NYWGF and the private sector and provide benchmark figures to compare New York with key domestic and international wine-growing regions. Individual responses will be kept confidential and combined with others to form a summary report. All respondents will be provided with a copy of the results. Take the survey now.

RESEARCH FOCUS

Using Sex Against Them: Vine Mealybug’s Sex Pheromone Receptor Revealed

By Jacob Corcoran and Walt Mahaffee, USDA-ARS


Smell is, by far, the sense that insects rely on the most to navigate their environment. Some insects have evolved to depend heavily on, for example, vision (e.g., dragonflies) or hearing (e.g., crickets), however, these are exceptions and not the rule. For most insects, it’s all about how things smell. Food sources, mates, oviposition sites, caste members and more are recognized and differentiated based on their unique volatile chemical signatures. These olfactory determinations are critical to their survival. How they make these “decisions” is via odorant receptor proteins present in their “nose.” Disrupting the function of these proteins could be a game-changer—particularly for the grape and wine industry, to which the vine mealybug, vector of the economically critical leafroll virus, poses a major threat.


Up till now, though, very little has been known about insect olfactory proteins. The incredible uniqueness of these proteins has only been recognized in the last decade or so due to dramatic advances in genetic and molecular biology technologies, such as next-generation sequencing platforms. Two prerequisites to targeting insect olfactory proteins—having the ability to 1) identify them in an organism of interest and 2) study their function—have only become tangible relatively recently. Thus, we set out to definitively identify the receptor used by the vine mealybug to detect its own sex pheromone.


Why vine mealybug? Because of its role in spreading the devastating leafroll virus, as previously mentioned. But also because the bugs are incredibly cryptic and therefore hard to spot in vineyards, current control methods are inadequate and at risk of strict regulatory control or ban, and the geographic range of the pest is likely to spread with global warming. Plus, the insect’s sex pheromone, lavandulyl senecioate, is biologically unique—it is literally not found anywhere else in nature. A chemical signal this distinct, emitted into the environment, makes a terrific target to potentially exploit.


The vine mealybug uses roughly 50 different receptors to detect odorant molecules in the environment. Given that female mealybugs emit a sex pheromone that is detected by an odor receptor in male mealybugs and that males’ reproductive fitness relies on their ability to detect these cues, we reasoned that the receptor for the sex pheromone would be one of the most highly expressed receptors in male antennae (their “nose”). Indeed, this approach allowed us to identify a receptor that was highly specific and sensitive to the vine mealybug sex pheromone in our cell-based assay system. Eureka! We give you the first report of odorant receptor gene family expression levels, as well as the identification of the first sex pheromone receptor in soft-scale insects.


Why is this breakthrough important? The identification of a receptor for the vine mealybug sex pheromone will allow for the pursuit of two novel pest control tools: synthetic mating disruptants and species-specific biosensors. Work on disruptants has heretofore been hampered by painstaking and expensive field and behavioral assays. The cell-based approach we used in this study will allow for much more efficient and effective evaluation of synthetic molecules against pheromone receptors, which may speed up their development toward commercial application.


A vine mealybug specific biosensor capable of detecting the pest in the field would be a boon to grape growers everywhere. Imagine being able to detect a mealybug infestation early enough to prevent significant losses from infection and transmission of leafroll virus. And not just in your own vineyard. Such sensors could be spread and networked across larger geographies and linked to automated reporting systems that could monitor the spread of the pest throughout a region or across borders, in true areawide programs.


We’re excited about the applications of this work and eager to see the innovations that will undoubtedly emerge. The vine mealybug’s exceptional sense of smell may yet be its undoing!



Jacob Corcoran is a Research Molecular Biologist in the USDA-ARS Biological Control of Insects Research Unit in Columbia, MO. Walter (Walt) Mahaffee is a Research Plant Pathologist and the Acting Research Leader at the USDA-ARS Horticultural Crops Disease and Pest Management Research Unit in Corvallis, OR.


This piece was adapted from the journal article titled, “Identification of a Receptor for the Sex Pheromone of the Vine Mealybug, Planococcus ficus,” published in Current Research in Insect Science on January 25, 2024. Get the whole story here.

Funding Opportunities

Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

The SCBGP is accepting proposals via state departments of agriculture. Nearly half (23) of all states deadlines are in March! Check the list of deadlines.

USDA-NIFA Hosts Helpful Webinars

Planning to apply for any of the funding programs offered by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)? Or maybe you secured a grant already and have questions about reporting, payments or other management activities? Make plans to attend the upcoming webinars to help guide applicants and awardees in grants development and/or management. The workshops are free but require advance registration. Get details and sign up at these links:


March 4-8: Second Annual Virtual Grants Support Technical Assistance Workshops

March 13: Lessons Learned from Teams Using Transdisciplinary Approaches Webinar

March 21: Technical Assistance Webinar: Agricultural Genomes to Phenomes Initiative

Applying for a grant? Request a letter of support!

NGRA is pleased to provide letters of support for research projects that directly address our industry research priorities. Request a letter via our online request form at least two weeks prior to the grant deadline (or any internal deadline you may have). Requests are reviewed and approved by NGRA Research Committee leadership, so processing times may vary.

IN THE NEWS

Big Data: Biopesticide Use by Specialty Crop in California

February 23, 2024 | Growing Produce

In 2023, 60% of specialty crop growers in California who reported applying pesticides say they used a biopesticide. This equates to 405,408 biopesticide applications and 10,798,754 biopesticide-treated acres. With nearly 3 million biopesticide-treated acres (including sulfur), grape led the state in biopesticide use.


Frost Forecasting Project Receives Government Backing

February 23, 2024 | Harpers.co.uk

A UK frost forecasting project for grapevines will enable vineyard managers to respond to frost events across English and Welsh wine country. Led by a group of private technology and consulting companies, Plumpton College and trade organization WineGB, it will deliver sensor-driven, site-optimized alerts for frost type and risk via an app to mobile devices.


Combating Climate Chaos with Adaptive Winegrape Varieties

February 15, 2024 | Sustainable Winegrowing with Vineyard Team

Heavier, longer rainfall interspersed with drought can disrupt grapevines’ natural ability to adapt to climatic changes. Cornell AgriTech’s Jason Londo explains how big weather changes can disrupt vines’ natural process of winter acclimation and deacclimation, increasing the chances they’ll wake up earlier and face greater risk of freeze or frost damage. To reduce inputs and increase sustainability, he says, we need to put the right grape in the right climate.


Marquette and the Experiences of Being an Estate Winery in Eastern Michigan

February 13, 2024 | Unwrapping Wine Podcast

NGRA Board Chair Jessica Youngblood of Youngblood Vineyard in the metro Detroit area makes wine and grows grapes. But not just any grapes—exclusively cold-hardy grapes from the University of Minnesota’s breeding program, unlike most Michigan growers who favor vinifera varieties. Tune in as she talks about how research led her full circle to her life’s work and her role on NGRA’s Board of Directors.


Wine Industry Champion Michael Kaiser: Fighting for the Future of America’s Wineries

February 12, 2024 | Wine Industry Network

Michael Kaiser, Executive Vice President and Director of Government Affairs for WineAmerica, an NGRA member-organization, was profiled by Wine Industry Advisor as a “wine industry champion, fighting for the future of America’s wineries.” Michael advocates on behalf of the industry with members of Congress, and with federal agencies such as the USDA and Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB). He’s quoted: “A lot of people don’t understand how much trade associations such as WineAmerica do for you, even if you’re not a member. Our work benefits the entire industry.”


The Power of Earthworms: Boosting Soil Health & Crop Yields

February 12, 2024 | Lodi Wine Growers Blog

With advances in chemicals to enhance plant growth and crop yield, many farmers have turned away from the most natural way of boosting their plants: earthworms. From the burrows they form to the casings they leave behind, the earthworms in your vineyard can help improve soil health, vine nutrition and even amplify the taste of your terroir.


DIY Vineyard Rootstock Trials

February 7, 2024 | Good Fruit Grower

As Washington State grape growers adapt to using rootstocks, WSU viticulture extension professionals advise them to do their own on-farm trials. They’ve even put together a guide to step growers through the process. “If enough growers do it, the entire Washington wine grape industry will begin to better understand the seemingly infinite combinations of rootstock, scion and growing conditions as the industry shifts from a long history of own-rooted vines to using rootstocks to protect against phylloxera and nematodes,” Good Fruit Grower reports.


Gardeners Can Now Grow a Genetically Modified Purple Tomato Made with Snapdragon DNA

February 6, 2024 | NPR

The new Purple Tomato is the first genetically modified food crop to be directly marketed to home gardeners vs. commercial growers. The transgenic fruit was developed at Norfolk Plant Sciences by inserting the color gene from snapdragon into tomato, providing not only pigment but also high levels of anthocyanin, a superfood compound. In fact, the new tomato has as much anthocyanin by weight as blueberries or eggplants. The company hopes it will help change Americans’ perception of GMO foods.


Understanding Pruning Wounds & Protection Options with Dr. Akif Eskalen

February 6, 2024 | Vineyard Underground

Pruning is an essential vineyard management practice, but wounds left behind expose vines to harmful fungal diseases. Tune into this podcast to hear UC Davis’ Akif Eskalen discuss how to prevent harm with pruning wound protectants and promote recovery if your vines become infected, particularly with biologicals.


Wine and the Sweet Smell of Grandma

February 5, 2024 | Wine-Searcher

If you’ve ever had a red wine that smelled unpleasantly like “grandma’s perfume,” you’ve probably experienced “rose taint.” As WSU’s Tom Collins explained at a session at the 2024 Unified Wine & Grape Symposium, when grapevines emerge from dormancy early (e.g., late winter, early spring), as is becoming more common with climate change, they begin producing new leaves. When oncoming frost kills the tiny leaves, they often remain in the canopy till harvest and end up fermenting with the wine. Just two grams of frost-dried leaves in a kilogram of grapes is enough to produce the effect, he said.


The Legacy of Past Droughts Induces Water-Sparing Behavior in Grüner Veltliner Grapevines

February 5, 2024 | Plant Biology

A longer-term study of hardening, led by scientists in Austria, examined gas exchange in well-watered potted vines that had experienced two previous seasons of drought. The findings suggest that grapevines exposed to drought may adopt a more water-conserving strategy in subsequent seasons, regardless of current soil water availability, with the degree of change influenced by the intensity and duration of past drought events.

 

Spray Shows Promise Against Smoke Taint

January 30, 2024 | Western Farmer-Stockman

A coating that can be sprayed on grapes on the vine, in development by scientists at Oregon State University, shows promise for preventing uptake of wildfire smoke compounds. The team expects to have the coating available for use in the next several years. It “has the potential to transform the wine industry,” said Oregon State’s Elizabeth Tomasino.


The Stomatal Traits That Conserve Water Without Compromising Grapevine Carbon Gain Depend on Climate Change Severity and Wine-Growing Region

January 22, 2024 | Agricultural and Forest Meteorology

As temperatures rise globally, growers and grape breeders dream of heat-tolerant varieties, but the genetic basis for grapevines’ heat response is complex. Research by scientists at UC Davis shows that stomatal traits that regulate vine carbon gain, water stress and evaporative cooling may be easier targets for breeding, and help reduce both irrigation and warming impacts. “Developing varieties with a range of water-saving trait values would provide plant material tailored to different regions and reduce the risk around future climate,” they write.


Rootstock Research Reaches for Drought Resistance

January 1, 2024 | Grape & Wine Magazine

Luis Diaz Garcia, rootstock breeder at UC Davis, is developing novel approaches to screen grapevine germplasm for native adaptive traits to drought more efficiently. Genomics, robotics, proximal sensing and artificial intelligence are some of the tools he’s using to speed up this time-intensive part of the breeding process: finding the traits in existing varieties.


Ozonated Water Spray Does Not Suppress Grapevine Powdery Mildew or Grape Mealybug

January 2024 | American Journal of Enology and Viticulture

Following studies showing that ozonated water spray can suppress powdery mildew growth in a greenhouse setting and kill bugs in vitro, researchers at WSU sought to see if it would work under lab and field conditions to tackle grapevine powdery mildew and grape mealybug. It did not.


Mechanisms of Grapevine Resilience to a Vascular Disease: Investigating Stem Radial Growth, Xylem Development and Physiological Acclimation

December 8, 2023 | Annals of Botany

The trunk disease Esca causes loss of hydraulic conductance due to the occlusion of xylem vessels. Grape research from INRAE indicates that grapevines’ natural resilience to this vascular disease may be enhanced by modified cropping practices, such as avoiding late-season topping, in Esca-symptomatic plants.


This Texas Scientist Trains Dogs to Sniff Out Invasive Species

October 25, 2023 | Texas Monthly

The Texas Tech Canine Olfaction Research and Education Lab recruits shelter dogs to train them on “conservation detection” work, sniffing out invasive species, agricultural pests and hazardous pollutants. Scientists there have trained their charges to find powdery mildew before it’s visible to the naked eye. And more recently, they’ve zeroed in on spotted lanternfly egg masses, which the dogs find 95 to 99% of the time. Center Director Nathaniel Hall believes that “dogs across the country,” including household pets, “could be leveraged for these types of tasks.”


Catching Spores: Linking Epidemiology, Pathogen Biology, and Physics to Ground-Based Airborne Inoculum Monitoring

January 22, 2023 | Plant Disease

This paper was published a year ago, but the findings are still fascinating. They highlight an approach to disease management by conceptualizing airborne inoculum as particles to better understand their dispersal and thereby improve monitoring. The paper includes simulations showing how particles move in complex agricultural environments, illustrating the limited sampling area of common air samplers today.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

March 5, 2024

UC Davis Viticulture & Enology Office Hours

Information about Spotted Lanternfly

Virtual event


March 5-6, 2024

B.E.V. NY

Syracuse, NY


March 6, 2024

Wine Industry Network Growing Forward Vineyard & Grower Conference Series

Grapevine Disease Detection & Prevention

Virtual event


March 12, 2024

Southern Oregon Grape Day

Central Point, OR


March 12-14, 2024

Eastern Winery Exposition

Syracuse, NY


March 14, 2024

ASEV-ES Hang Time Webinar

Managing Late-Season Rot

Virtual event


March 20, 2024

Eastern Viticulture and Enology Forum Webinar

Addressing Climate Change Challenges through Vineyard Management Strategies

Virtual event


April 2, 2024

Oregon Wine Research Institute Grape Day

Corvallis, OR


April 11, 2024

ASEV-ES Hang Time Webinar

Drip Irrigation for Insect, Disease and Drought Control

Virtual event


April 30 – May 1, 2024

US Sustainable Winegrowing Summit

Lodi, CA


May 3, 2024

NGRA Mid-Year Board Meeting

Winters, CA


May 16-18, 2024

International Symposium on Grapevine Epidemic Diseases

Austin, TX

Find all upcoming events on the NGRA website.

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