#215 - September 14, 2012


Iowa Wine Growers Association

"Free" Grapes For Sale Classifieds

Now Open - Value-Added Producer Grants (VAPS)—USDA

The primary objective of the VAPG program is to help agricultural producers enter into value-added activities related to the processing and/or marketing of bio-based value-added products. Generating new products, creating and expanding marketing opportunities, and increasing producer income are the end goals of this program. You may receive priority if you are a beginning farmer or rancher, a socially-disadvantaged farmer or rancher, a small or medium-sized farm or ranch structured as a family farm, a farmer or rancher cooperative, or are proposing a mid-tier value chain, as defined in the Program Regulation. Grants are awarded on a competitive basis.
Due Date: October 15, 2012
Funding: $100,000 for planning grants, $300,000 for working capital grants
Cloying: A sweet wine without a sufficient amount of acidity to balance the sweetness will often taste so sweet as to be cloying. Just excessively sweet!

10-(18 & 25), La Crescent Varietal Workshop – Ames, IA

La Crescent grapes photo:University of MinnesotaThe ISU Midwest Grape and Wine Industry Institute is offering the first in a series of descriptive analysis workshops focusing on cold hardy wine varietals. These 2-session workshops will:
 help participants to hone their sensory skills
 develop a set of aroma descriptors for the cold-hardy varietal being studied
 identify distinctive aroma and flavor characteristics that make the varietal wines unique from similar types
 assess the results of various vinification techniques that can be used in the winery
When: Thursdays, October 18 and 25, 1pm – 4pm
Where: Food Sciences Building, Iowa State University, Ames, IA
Cost: $0 - $15
$0      Registration is free for those who submit wine samples (most recent vintage bottled) along with a related information survey. Registrants who have produced the topic variety are highly encouraged to bring 2 bottles to the first session. These samples will be analyzed and tasted during the second session when winery techniques are discussed. (Note: Wines will be tasted blindly, keeping the identity of the specific winery confidential).
$15      Registrants without sample submissions
Register: Contact Tammi Martin at MGWII, tkmartin@iastate.edu , 515-294-3308
Future varietals and workshop dates TBA

NCR-SARE Announces 2013 Farmer Rancher Grant Call for Proposals

The 2013 North Central Region - Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (NCR- SARE) Farmer Rancher Grant Call for Proposals is now available.
Farmers and ranchers in the North Central Region are invited to submit grant proposals to explore sustainable agriculture solutions to problems on the farm or ranch. Proposals should show how farmers and ranchers plan to use their own innovative ideas to explore sustainable agriculture options and how they will share project results. Sustainable agriculture is good for the environment, profitable, and socially responsible.
Projects should emphasize research or education/demonstration. There are three types of competitive grants: individual grants ($7,500 maximum), partner grants for two farmers/ranchers from separate operations who are working together ($15,000 maximum), and group grants for three or more farmers/ranchers from separate operations who are working together ($22,500 maximum). NCR- SARE expects to fund about 45 projects in the twelve-state North Central Region with this call. A total of approximately $400,000 is available for this program. Grant recipients have 25 months to complete their projects.
Interested applicants can find the call for proposals online as well as useful information for completing a proposal at http://www.northcentralsare.org/Grants/Types-of-Grants/Farmer-Rancher- Grant-Program. You can find more information about sustainable agriculture at http://www.sare.org/ or take a free National Continuing Education Program online course about the basic concepts at http://www.sare.org/Learning-Center/Courses-and-Curricula.
Proposals are due on Thursday, November 29th at 4:30 p.m. at the NCR-SARE office in Saint Paul, MN.
Potential applicants with questions can contact Joan Benjamin, Associate Regional Coordinator and Farmer Rancher Grant Program Coordinator, at jbenjami@umn.edu or 573-681-5545 or 800-529-1342. A hard copy or an emailed copy of the call for proposals is also available by contacting Joan Benjamin. We make revisions to our calls for proposals each year, which means it is crucial to use
the most recent call for proposals.
Each state in SARE's North Central Region has one or more State Sustainable Agriculture Coordinators who can provide information and assistance to potential grant applicants. Interested applicants can find their State Sustainable Agriculture Coordinator online at http://www.northcentralsare.org/State-Programs.

Sutliff Hard Cider one of top 50 hard ciders in the World

Ratebeer.com currently has Sutliff Hard Cider rated as #38 in their list of the top 50 hard ciders in the world. Sutliff Cider Company is located in Lisbon, Iowa and is owned and operated by Scott
& Pia Ervin.

11-(18-19), 12th Annual Iowa Organic Conference – Iowa City

The 12th Annual Iowa Organic Conference will be held Sunday & Monday, November 18-19, 2012 at the University of Iowa Memorial Union in Iowa City, Iowa. Featured sessions will include:
How to Transition to Organic Farming
Market Innovations
Organic Grains, Fruit and Vegetables in the Local Food System
Marketing Skills and Incentives
Organic Livestock and the New Pasture Rule Surviving the Drought and Organic Crop Insurance Farm Bill Update
Over 35 Vendors and Educational Displays
The Keynote Speakers will be:
Will Allen – Growing Power Inc.
Dr. Fred Kirschenmann - Organic Farmer and Distinguished Fellow at the ISU Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture
U.S. Drought Monitor map September 11, 2012

ISU Extension and Outreach has put together an Online resource for dealing with this season’s drought


Comments from Readers

9-14-12 Mike –
Just wanted to thank you for alerting us to this event. We were headed to St. Paul for a function on Saturday evening and decided to go early and attend the UM-HRC open house. It was fascinating to learn about the Minnesota breeding and taste some of the new as well as the experimental varietals. Peter provided an excellent tour of the breeding program and Katie did a great job of tying the varietal characteristics to the enological practices use to produce the wines we were tasting (e.g., why they used a Champaign yeast in fermenting a particular varietal).
In retrospect, I would have made the trip just for the open house. Thanks again –
John - Story County, Iowa

Notable Quotables

"Although some of the grapes will be consumed by our wild neighbors, a Chinese organic farmer summed up our attitude towards this: "a third of my vegetables are for the insects, a third for the animals, and a third for me. If I only feed the humans, springtime will be silent, in a world where I don't wish to live."
From: The History of Gascony Vineyards (1st certified organic vineyard in MO)
"His key grape growing techniques include moderate fertilization, netting all grapes for bird protection, a good fungicide spray program and canopy control. Over ten years, he has sprayed only for leaf hoppers, and then only twice, and he’s on a 10 to 14 fungicide spray cycle."
From: NE: Young Entrepreneurs Succeed at Prairie Creek Vineyards, 9-10-12 – Midwest Wine Press:

Marketing Tidbits

1. 2012 Finger Lakes Grape Price List:

Neeto-Keeno WWW Stuff

1. Presspad Podcasts, Cornell University: http://blogs.cornell.edu/presspad/
2. Cornell – Geneva Grapevine Breeding and Genetics Program: http://www.hort.cornell.edu/reisch/grapegenetics/grapeinfo.html
3. Gascony Vineyards in Owensville, MO – First Organic Certified Vineyard in Missouri: http://www.facebook.com/GasconyOrganicVineyards and/or http://wenwoodfarmwinery.com/gasconyorganicvineyards.html

Videos of Interest

1. Reeling in netting using homemade vineyard net applicator at Schade Vineyard & Winery – Volga, SD, 21 sec. : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P13xWKk1xa0&feature=youtu.be
(Thanks to Jim Schade for providing this video.)

Articles of Interest

1. TTB Increases List of Acceptable Changes, 9-7-12 - 4partsdesign:
2. SD: Increased Traffic Prompts Winery's Expansion, 9-10-12 Keloland TV:

Show n Tell

Corning Winery
 (Left) I stopped by Corning Winery at Corning, Iowa this Friday to see how Ron Corey (owner) was coming along with his floating tasting room.
Progress is moving along well. Ron was hoping to have the tasting room open to the public in two months. mlw 9-14-12
 Largest Contributors to Wine Carbon Footprint chart
(Above) Table from Research on the Carbon Footprint of Wine - June 2012 Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable. The entire document can be found here: http://www.bieroundtable.com/files/Wine%20Final%20DEP.pdf
You can also find similar Carbon Footprint research summaries on beer, bottle water, carbonated beverages and spirits here: http://bieroundtable.com/bier-presents-carbon- footprint.html
Using a comb to destem elderberries
(Right) Anyone who has ever harvested elderberries knows how hard it can be. This picture was taken from Tongue River Vineyard
& Winery webpage. Interesting comb he is using! They are located in Miles City, MT. Check out their webpage and their excellent photo gallery.

Calendar of Events

9-(21 & 22), VESTA high school Vo Ag teacher vineyard management training workshop. ISU Horticulture Research Station, Ames, IA. Contact: Ron Lindblom: lindblomr@nicc.edu
10-(19 & 20), Small Scale Commercial Wine Making School IX - Nebraska City, NE by Five Rivers RC&D. Details: http://www.nercd.org/council-of-twelve/five-rivers/what-were-doing-five-rivers/
11-(1-3), 20th Annual Small Farm Trade Show & Conference – Boone County Fairgrounds, Columbia, MO. Sponsored by Small Farm Today Magazine: http://www.smallfarmtoday.com/trade- show.html
11-(18-19), 12th Annual Iowa Organic Conference – University of Iowa Memorial Union, Iowa City, IA. Registration: http://iowaorganicconference.eventbrite.com/
11-28 to 12-1, VitiNord & International Cold Climate Grape and Wine Conference - Neubrandenburg, Germany. Details: http://www.vitinord-nb2012.org
1-(29-31)-13, Unified Grape & Wine Consortium at the Sacramento Convention Center, Sacramento, CA http://www.unifiedsymposium.org/
1-31 to 2-2-13, Illinois Vintners & Grape Growers Assn. Conference – Crown Plaza Hotel, Springfield, IL.
2-(5-8)-13, Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers Annual Meeting & Trade Show: Details here: http://www.wawgg.org/
2-(5-6)-13, Viticulture 2013 at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center in Rochester, NY: New York Wine & Grape Foundation: http://vit2013.com/Home_Page.php
2-(5-6)-13, Northern Grapes Symposium (in conjunction with Vit 2013, details later.
2-(7-9)-13, Midwest Grape & Wine Conference & Trade Show – St. Charles, MO Convention Center: Details: http://www.midwestgrapeandwineconference.com/
2-(13-15), Michigan Grape & Wine Conference, Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center – East Lansing, MI. Details: http://www.michiganwines.com/page.php?menu_id=77
2-(21-23)-13, Minnesota Grape Growers Association (MGGA) Cold Climate Conference – Crown Plaza, St. Paul. MN. Details: http://mngrapegrowers.com/conference
2-28 to 3-2 – 2013, 16th Nebraska Winery & Grape Growers Conference, Holiday Inn – Kearney, NE Details later: http://agronomy.unl.edu/viticulture
3-(6-7)-13, Eastern Winery Exposition at Lancaster County Convention Center & Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square, PA: http://easternwineryexposition.com/
3-(12-14)-13, Wineries Unlimited at Greater Richmond Convention Center, Richmond, VA: http://www.wineriesunlimited.com/
3-(15 & 16)-13, Iowa Wine Growers Assn. Annual Conference at the West Des Moines Mariott. Details later: http://www.iowawinegrowers.org
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