Pre-Register Today for the Sonoma Grape Expo, Nov. 15

Save the date, Friday, November 15th for the Sonoma Grape Expo at the Cloverdale Citrus Fairgrounds, in Sonoma County, Malcolm Media’s premier event for North Coast  Wine Grape Growers and PCAs.  Held biennially in cooperation with American Vineyard Magazine and California Ag Network, it is the ultimate postharvest regional gathering place for wine grape growers and crop advisors.  Hundreds of growers, PCAs and industry stakeholders attend this expo to enjoy State of the Wine Grape Industry presentations with Allied Grape Growers and the Ciatti Company, Continuing Education Credited IPM seminars, great food & company, and an industry trade show featuring the North Coast’s most innovative vineyard technologies, products and services.

This event is FREE to attend and wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of local industry associations, universities and this year’s sponsors: Wonderful Nurseries, Quiedan Company, Casa Cristal Nursery, Vineyard Industry Products, Fresno State Viticulture & Enology, Diversified Crop Insurance Services and Rare Earth Organics.

New to this year is an upgraded registration system (pre-register online HERE) that includes the ability to preregister for any CE credits attendees would like to receive.  Two hours of PCA/PA/QAL/QAC credits and 4.5 hours of CCA credits have been approved for this event.

Also new to this year’s program will be a special grower panel discussion led by Karissa Kruse, President of the Sonoma County Winegrowers association.  Sonoma county winegrowers have reached nearly 100% sustainability certification, and this panel of local growers will talk about what’s next for growers to achieve greater success as a premium wine grape region.  As the deadlines approach for growers to apply for farm loans, disaster assistance and the Tree (& Vine) Assistance Program, the USDA Farm Service Agency will conduct a brief workshop to assist growers in signing up for eligible programs.  See the full program below for more details.

This event along with other Malcolm Media Ag Expos has generated nearly $150,000 in scholarship endowments for the agricultural programs at Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo, Fresno State, Santa Rosa Junior College and UC Davis.  Interested in exhibiting/sponsoring? Visit and give us a call at 559-298-6020 to see what options are still available.


2019 Sonoma Grape Expo Program

Cloverdale Citrus Fairgrounds, Nov. 15, 2019, 7am – 2pm

(2 hours PCA CEUs & 4.5 hours CCA CEUs Approved)

7:00 am               Registration

7:15 – 8:30 am    Grower/PCA Breakfast

7:15 – 7:30 am     Welcome and Introduction

                                            Matthew Malcolm, Assistant Editor, Malcolm Media Ag Publishing

7:30-8:30 am      “Update on Pesticide Laws & Regulations”   (1 hour Laws & Regs CEUs)

                                           Travis Howard, Ag Biologist, Sonoma County Dept. of Ag

——– 30 Minute Break & Exhibits ——–

9:00 – 10:00 am   “State of the North Coast Grape Industry Seminar”

                                           Jeff Bitter, President, Allied Grape Growers

                                          Glenn Proctor, Partner, Ciatti Company

——– 30 Minute Break & Exhibits ——–

10:30 – 11:00 am  “Smoke Gets in Your Wine – Case Study from Mendocino Complex Wildfires”

                                          Glenn McGourty, UCCE Viticulture Advisor & Director, Mendocino County

11:00 – 11:30 am  “Vineyard Funding & Disaster Assistance Workshop”

                                           Lisa Velasquez, USDA CA Farm Service Agency, Sonoma & Marin County Executive Director

——– 45 Minute Break & Exhibits ——–

12:00 – 2:00 pm  Wine Grape Industry Tri-Tip Lunch (1 hour PCA CEUs)

12:15 – 12:45 pm  “Beyond 100% Sustainability Sonoma Winegrowers Panel Discussion”

                                           Moderated by Karissa Kruse, President, Sonoma County Winegrowers

  Featuring Steve Dutton, Dutton Ranch and Brad Petersen, Silver Oak Cellars

12:45 – 1:15 pm   “Rootstock Tolerance to Grapevine Fanleaf Virus & Nematodes” (30 Min PCA CEUs)

                                           Rhonda Smith, UCCE Viticulture Farm Advisor, Sonoma County

1:15 – 1:45 pm     “Large Wildlife Pest Threats in the Vineyard” (30 Min PCA CEUs)

                                           Ryan McCreary, USDA-APHIS Wildlife Services, Sacramento District

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