April 11, 2022 | Winegrape Growers of America
The President’s budget proposal for fiscal year 2023, which begins on October 1, 2022, was released on Monday, March 28, 2022. The budget proposal for the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) includes $1.9 billion for research projects of the Agricultural Research Service (ARS), $1.105 billion for agricultural pest and disease programs, $9.8 billion for the Federal Crop insurance program, and $2.1 billion for mitigating wildfire risk. Read full article.
April Weather and Climate Summary and Forecast
April 3, 2022 | Dr. Greg Jones, Abacela
This month’s reports includes highlights such as: Much of the west saw warmer than average* temperatures in March, except for the Rockies which were largely cooler than average. Overall dry conditions continued during March with only a few locations across the west seeing much precipitation. Read full article.
Smoke and Wine Grapes: Responding to Risk
March 28, 2022 | GoodFruit Grower
Wildfire has dramatically increased the risks for grape growers in the West. Smoke concerns following California fires in 2021 led to a raft of grape rejections by wineries, in part due to mushy language in contracts written before wildfires were such a threat. And the lack of a reliable standard lab test for smoke taint bedevils wineries and growers alike. Read full article.
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