ISU Extension “Wine Grower News” Newsletter Making an Impact

Michael L. White, Field Specialist-Viticulture, Central Area

Problem Statement: 

A timely, low cost communication tool was needed to inform Iowas commercial grape growers and wineries of current happenings and management options needed to grow quality grapes and make quality wine. 

Programmatic Response

A weekly in-season and bi-weekly out-of-season e-mail newsletter was initiated on May 10th, 2007.  The newsletter, Wine Grower News is edited by Mike White, ISU Extension Viticulture Specialist.


ISU Wine Grower News is currently being sent out to a weekly e-mail audience of 778 people in Iowa and 25 in adjoining states. Subscription to this newsletter is free. New subscriptions

are being added each week.  Here are just some of the comments that have been received from commercial vineyard and winery owner/operators about this newsletter:

 a. It has been such a great contribution to the industry G.N.-Ames
 b. Thanks for all the good stuff you send to the industry B.S.-Dubuque
 c. This is great information and very useful. B.G.-Decorah
 d. It's relevant, timely and interesting. L.S.-Minnesota
 e. I love your newsletter  J.Q.-Cedar Rapids
 f. Just wanted to drop you a quick note to say how much I appreciate your  pro-active and excellent newsletters you're writing during this critical period. A.M.-Springville

 g. Your Wine Grower News is VERY well done.  Thanks from all of us for your work on this  B.W.-Oskaloosa
 h. I like your newsletter.  Keep up the good work.  K.F.-Glenwood
 i. Nice work, nice to hear about some events and other information related to the grape/wine industry, C.C.-Council Bluffs

The newsletter is posted on both the ISU Extension newsletter website: and on the ISU Midwest Grape & Wine Industry Institute website:

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Page last updated: September 27, 2007
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