New Extension Professor @ The Grape & Wine Institute

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Dean S. Volenberg
Viticulture and Winery Operations Extension Specialist

Dean Volenberg joins MU’s Grape & Wine Institute

Dr. Dean Volenberg became Assistant Professor and Viticulture and Winery Operations Extension Specialist at MU’s Grape and Wine Institute on February 1st. Bringing nearly 20 years of extension experience, Dean came to Mizzou from a position in Wisconsin, where he had broad responsibilities for extension education program development and delivery, including educational programming for wine grapes with an emphasis on Integrated Pest Management.

Dean is looking forward to working with Missouri’s growing grape and wine industry and welcomes questions and suggestions from Missouri growers.

Contact Information:
Dean S. Volenberg
Viticulture and Winery Operations Extension Specialist
University of Missouri Grape and Wine Institute
573-882-0476
E-mail: volenbergd@missouri.edu

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2015 Viticulture Field Day! Save the Date!

Save the date for the 2015 Viticulture Field Day!
Tuesday, June 9th

Online registration and more information on the program will be available soon!

Stay tuned for further details!

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Register now for the MGGA Annual Meeting and Field Day

Register now for the 2013 Missouri Grape Growers Association Annual Meeting and ICCVE Field Day on June 4, 2013 at the Rosati Wine Museum in St. James, Mo.

Click here to download the PDF registration form. Save, print and mail your registration by May 31st to enjoy the many educational presenters and enjoy lunch. Check out the full program on our Events page.

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2013 MGGA Annual Meeting & Viticulture Field Day Agenda

Where: The Rosati Wine Museum, 22050 State Rt. KK, St. James, MO

Map Available at: www.rosatiwinerymuseum.com

When: Tuesday, June 4, 2013, 9 a.m.

Cost: $20 per person member;  $25 per person non-member

Agenda:

8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.          Registration/Continental breakfast

9:00 a.m. to 9:05 a.m.           Welcome and introduction of Sponsors

9:05 a.m. to 9:50 a.m.           Irrigation system maintenance — Pat Byers, University of Missouri Extension

9:50 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.         Irrigation systems for horticultural crops, including grapes – Robert “Bob” Shultheis, University of Missouri

10:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.        Break and visit with sponsors

10:45 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.        Vine Water Status & Impact on Quality – Misha Kwasniewski, Missouri Wine & Grape Institute

11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.                Missouri’s Updated Agri-Tourism Law – Kelley Smith, Missouri Farm Bureau

12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.          Lunch and Industry Updates

        • Wine & Grape Institute Updates
        • MO Wine Alliance
        • Missouri Vintner’s Association
        • Missouri Wine Technical Group
        • Missouri Wine & Grape Board
        • Introduction of Sponsors & Exhibitors

1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.            MGGA Business Meeting

        • Minutes
        • Treasures Report
        • Missouri Wine Alliance Update
        • Elections

2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.             Vineyard Tour at St. James Winery’s Tower Vineyard – Irrigation projects

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You’re invited to a MGGA & Vintners Reception!

Members, potential members and allied industries of the Missouri Grape Growers Association and Missouri Vintners Association are cordially invited to a networking reception during the 2013 Midwest Grape & Wine Conference!

When: Thursday, February 7, 2013

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Where: Rocheport Room in the Embassy Suites-St. Charles

Stop by this free event and enjoy a glass of Missouri wine. Network with fellow
oenophiles and find out more about the Missouri Grape Growers and Vintners
Associations. No reservation required!

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Big savings for last minute Grape and Wine Conference Registration!

We have been asked to pass on a special “Members’ Only” discount for the 2013
Midwest Grape & Wine Conference and Trade Show!

MGGA members have the opportunity to choose one of the following options:

  1. Choose the Day Pass option at 50% off which includes a trade show pass. Enter discount code “A”  at checkout.
  2. Choose a Free Trade Show Pass if you choose not to attend a session. Enter discount code “AT” at checkout.

You must use the corresponding Discount Code when registering. Get
complete event details at www.midwestgrape.com or call 888.273.4533

Don’t forget to enter discount code “A” or “AT” at checkout! See
you at the show!

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USDA Wildlife Services seeking vineyards to relocate airport raptors

USDA Wildlife Services and grapes growers throughout Missouri have been working together to resolve bird damage at many of your vineyards.  Problems from American robins, European starlings, and other birds are costing grape growers thousands of dollars annually. 

One method to potentially mitigate some of the bird damage, as well as rodent damage, is to release Red-tailed hawks and other raptors at your vineyards.  Some of these released raptors might simply leave your farm, but some might find the area suitable and stay for a longer period of time.  Red-tailed hawks and other raptors are not known to cause any damage to grape crops or equipment.

If you are located within 80 miles of Kansas City, St. Joseph, St. Louis, or Warrensburg, please feel free to contact USDA Wildlife Services at (866) 487-3297.  You will be put in contact with a local wildlife biologist to discuss options for releasing raptors at your vineyard.

 

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Viticulture Field Day Presentations Available

On June 5th, the Missouri Grape Growers Association joined forces with the University of
Missouri’s Wine & Grape Institute for a field day and industry networking!
Leaders in viticulture research shared information on pest management and
sustainable grape production.

The presentations posted below are available for download.

“Look Before You Spray! Sustainable Grape Insect Pest Management” presented by Dr. Donn Johnson, Fruit Entomologist at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. Click here to download the PDF file.

“Managing late Season Fruit Rots” presented by Dr. Turner Sutton, Apple/Grape Pathologist (emeritus) from North Carolina State University. Click here to downloard the PDF file.

“Pierce’s Disease – What to Look For” presented by Dr. Turner Sutton, Apple/Grape Pathologist (emeritus) from North Carolina State University. Click here to download the PDF file.

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Membership Registration For MGGA Is Now Online

Want to join the Missouri Grape Growers Association or renew your yearly membership? Then download and submit the official registration form from here.

Save, print and mail your registration to Linda Koch at the address on the form. Or, bring your registrationt the Annual Meeting on June 5th in Columbia.

If you have have questions please contact Linda Koch via email at lkochcpa@gmail.com

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Registration Form for MGGA Meeting and Field Day

Register now for the 2012 Missouri Grape Growers Association Annual Meeting and ICCVE Field Day.

Click here to download the PDF  registration form. Save, print and mail your registration by May 31st to enjoy the many educational presenters and enjoy lunch. Check out the full program on our Events page.

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