Don’t Miss The 2016 Viticulture Field Day!! A joint meeting with the Missouri Vintner’s Association!

The upcoming 2016 Viticulture Field Day is featuring an exciting line-up to benefit Missouri grape growers with the added bonus of a joint meeting with the MVA!

2016 MGGA Vit Field DayFeatured Education Presentations include:

How Important Is Canopy Management?
Is it sometimes OK to skip or is it truly essential for wine quality and the health of your vineyard? Dr. James Wolpert, the recipient of numerous awards and author of more than 50 scientific and technical publications, will detail the importance of managing vineyard canopy. Jim worked as a Viticulture Extension Specialist where he was responsible for applied research and grower education programs for winegrapes in northern California. He later served as Chair of the Department of Viticulture & Enology for ten years where he held the title of Marvin Sands Endowed Department Chair. Jim retired from UC Davis in 2013, after 30 years of service and now lives in Hermann, Missouri.
Grape Berry Development, Composition & Viticulture Practices
Winegrape berry development is the most important process taking place in the vineyard during the growing season, a process that brings together the concerns of both the grower and the winemaker. Good-quality wine can only be made from good-quality grapes. While several factors impact grape quality, vineyard management practices used by the grower can have a very significant impact on berry development and composition. Andy Allen will help us review grape berry development and discuss how vineyard management affects fruit composition. With over 15 years of experience in viticulture, Andy has worked with grape growers throughout the Midwest and Southeast. He currently serves as Chair of the Viticulture and Enology Program at Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus.
Worker Protection Standards for Vineyard Workers: What You Need to Know
The Worker Protection Standard (WPS) is a regulation issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to protect people who are exposed to pesticides through their work. Shawn Hackett, FIFRA Project Officer will address these standards and changes coming in the future.
Also Don’t Miss!
Research Updates with Dr. Misha Kwasniewski, Assistant Research Professor & Enology Program Leader at the Grape & Wine Institute; Programs for Vineyards from the USDA Farm Services; News and Updates from the Missouri Wine and Grape Board and much more!

Additional information and ONLINE REGISTRATION are available here.

$30 registration fee includes lunch.

Click here for a PDF containing complete information and a mail-in registration form  2016 MGGA Viticulture Field Day

We’re looking forward to seeing you!




2013 MGGA Annual Meeting & Viticulture Field Day Agenda

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

Map Available at:

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

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


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

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!

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 or call 888.273.4533

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

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.