Counting Our Blessings, Missing Our Chocolate-Covered Raisins

Counting Our Blessings, Missing Our Chocolate-Covered Raisins

As with many meetings and events in our current pandemic culture, the NGRA Mid-Year Board meeting on June 19 was held entirely via Zoom. We typically offer remote meeting access for Board Directors who can’t attend in person. This was the first time the whole meeting was conducted online. It was fine, but… Because of […]

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There’s a Little Curie in All of Us

If you know NGRA Board member Vicky Scharlau, who leads Washington Winegrowers, you know she “calls a spade a spade.” So, when she posts her “new favorite quote” on social media, you listen. What she shared was this: “Now is the time to understand more, so that we can fear less,” by Marie Curie. Certainly, […]

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Han Had Yoda. We Have Our Science Advisory Council

We all need someone we can go to for wise and insightful counsel, and straight talk on how to achieve our goals. Han Solo had Yoda. Rocky Balboa had Mickey. NGRA has our Science Advisory Council. The Council was formed in 2019 as a way to formalize our relationship with some of our longest-standing technical […]

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Appropriations Request for Grape Genetics Research

Spring 2020 Background The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) is charged with advancing world-class grape genetics research in the U.S., through its units in Parlier, CA (grape breeding), Geneva, NY (grape genomics and gene expression). Geneva and Winters, CA, also are home to a collection of critical grape germplasm, that collectively serve […]

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Appropriations Request for Disease Detection with Dogs

Spring 2020 Background Dr. Tim Gottwald, Research Leader/Plant Epidemiologist, at the USDA-ARS U.S. Horticultural Research Laboratory in Ft. Pierce, FL, has been studying the use of canine “technology” for disease detection in citrus since 2017. The exceedingly high levels of success Dr. Gottwald and his USDA team have shown with dogs in the early detection […]

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Grape Research Goes on Hold

The COVID-19 pandemic will certainly have far-reaching impacts on the world, including the volume and pace of research and to the scientists whose careers depend on collaborating on, conducting and publishing research. As states and municipalities issued shelter-in-place orders this month, one by one, industry and academic conferences were canceled. Government agencies and universities closed […]

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NGRA Research Committee Refresh: Got Nominations?

The NGRA Research Committee is critical to the mission of our organization. Its members participate actively in the process by which we identify and prioritize industry needs for research and actively work to assemble teams of scientists to develop projects and acquire funding to get that research done. And this committee is about to see […]

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Just Keep Growing

Even though, as a leap year, 2020 gave February an extra day, this month passed in the blink of an eye. But fast does not mean uneventful. February saw the official kickoff of the growing season with budbreak in many vineyards around the country, even as their growers gathered in industry conferences to learn, network […]

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New Officers and Board Directors Elected for 2020

NATIONAL GRAPE RESEARCH ALLIANCE ELECTS NEW OFFICERS New Board Directors Elected at Annual Meeting SACRAMENTO, CA, February 24, 2020 – The National Grape Research Alliance (NGRA) held its Annual Meeting of Members and First-of-Year Board Meeting on February 3, 2020, where new officers and Board directors were elected. The following Board directors were elected as […]

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Rich Smith Distinguished Service Award Presented to Jim Trezise

FEBRUARY 5, 2020, SACRAMENTO, CA — In a surprise presentation, the fourth-annual Rich Smith Distinguished Service Award for major contributions to the American grape and wine industry was given to Jim Trezise. Jim is former President of the New York Wine and Grape Foundation and current President of WineAmerica. The Smith Family gave the award […]

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