The Napa Valley Grape Growers released a Viticultural Best Practices Video Series. The series focuses on offering instructional how-to videos on farming practices. The aim is to promote sustainable best practices for most of the major viticultural events that happen throughout the growing season. The videos can be viewed here.
The Stanislaus County Agricultural Commission hosted an event on October 30th at which farmers in the county could bring in their obsolete and unwanted pesticides. The goal was to provide a way to ensure the safe disposal of pesticides. The event was funded by a $100,000 federal grant from the US EPA.
A report evaluating the effectiveness of water policies aimed at reducing consumption was published in October. It concluded that some policies have greatly reduced per capita consumption, while others have produced mixed results. Two strategies have been in place. Firstly, there are price-based approaches that focus on adjusting the price of water. Secondly, there are [...]
$3.6 million are being granted to farmers to help them pay for systems to save water. This money comes from California’s portion of Cap-and-Trade auction proceeds. The money will pay for 93 different on-farm water irrigation projects geared toward reducing water and energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.
Natural winemaking practices are becoming more popular in California, going hand-in-hand with sustainable winemaking initiatives, most notably by Sonoma County. Natural wines are advertised to have minimal or no sulfur, no chemicals in the vineyard, hand-harvesting, and no filtration. Detractors of natural winemaking say that natural wines are more susceptible to bacterial issues.