#230 - February 22, 2013


Iowa Specialty Crop Grant Applications – May 3, Deadline

Groups promoting fruits and vegetables, nuts and flowers encouraged to consider applying or comment on program priorities
DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today announced that the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship is accepting grant applications for the Specialty Crop Block Grant program. The grants are available to support projects that enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops grown in Iowa.
The Department is tentatively scheduled to receive approximately $271,000 in grant funding through the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program which is run by the USDA Agricultural Marketing
Service. This funding is contingent on the federal funds being made available to the Department.
"The Specialty Crop Block Grant provides funds to support food safety, research and marketing efforts that will encourage Iowans to choose the products that are produced right here in our state," Northey said. "Specialty crops are a very important part of Iowa agriculture as they allow farmers to diversify and give customers access to locally grown products."
Grant funds shall be used for projects that solely enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops that benefit the specialty crop industry as a whole and will not be awarded for projects that directly benefit a particular product or provide a profit to a single organization, institution, or individual.
Iowa agencies, universities, institutions, and producer, industry, and community based organizations are all eligible to apply for funding to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops. In addition, single organizations, institutions, and individuals are encouraged to participate as project partners.
Grant awards will be considered up to a maximum of $24,000 and projects can have a duration of up to 30 months (2 ½ years).
"Specialty Crops" that are eligible under this program are fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits and horticulture and nursery crops, including floriculture. Both fresh and processed specialty crops are eligible.
Proposals must be received by IDALS on or before 4:00 p.m. on Friday, May 3, 2013. For more information visit the IDALS Specialty Crop Block Grant program at the Department’s web site at www.IowaAgriculture.gov/Horticulture_and_FarmersMarkets/specialtyCropGrant.asp.
The Department is also establishing a Review Committee to help review, evaluate, and make recommendations on grant proposals submitted to the Department.
Those interested in participating in the Review Committee should have knowledge of specialty crops, and/or grant writing or grant management experience, and the ability to devote the necessary time to complete the review process. Additional information about reviewer responsibilities, meeting dates and an application form can also be found at www.IowaAgriculture.gov/Horticulture_and_FarmersMarkets/specialtyCropGrant.asp.
Applications to participate in the Reviewer Committee are due Friday, March 29, 2013 by 4 p.m.
In addition, to ensure that funds are used in the most efficient manner possible, the Department is asking specialty crop stakeholders and organizations to submit public comments on program priorities. The comments will help the Department identify priorities, establish the criteria used to evaluate the projects proposed for funding, and to determine how the reviews are conducted.
Iowans interested in submitting comments about the program can do so online by emailing HorticultureAndFarmersMarkets@IowaAgriculture.gov or by mail to Horticulture and Farmers Market Bureau, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, 502 East 9th, Des Moines, Iowa, 50319. Comments received by May 3, 2013 will be presented to the review committee to assist in prioritizing projects.
"The Specialty Crop Block Grant program has been a tremendous benefit to Iowa and it is important we understand the priorities of the specialty crop producers as we consider this year’s applications," Northey said. "The public comments will allow us to hear from all segments of Iowa’s specialty crop industries and give them a means to participate in the decisions surrounding this program."

2-26, MSU Working with Distilled Spirits webinar (FREE)

The North Central Regional Center for Rural Development, based at the Michigan State University College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, will sponsor a series of four webinars titled, "Innovations in Agriculture and Rural Development." The second webinar, "Working with Distilled Spirits," takes place on Feb. 26 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Registration for each webinar will be open until the day of the event.
Questions: Rosa Soliz at 517-355-3373 or soliz@msu.edu.

February 2013 issue of Northern Grapes News now Online

 Nothern Grapes Project logo
In this issue:
-Herbicide Drift — A Strong Defense is Your Best Offense
-NGP Team Profile: Patricia McManus
-NGP Team Profile: Rebecca Harbut
-VitisGen: Mapping the Way to the Next Generation of Grapes
-Farming for Flavors: Understanding Genetics Underlying Maturity and Flavor Development
-Upcoming Events

6-3-13, CSW Exam at ISU- Ames, Iowa

The next Society of Wine Educator, Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) exam held on the ISU campus in Ames, Iowa will be from 2-3 p.m. Monday, June 3rd, 2013.
Complete information here: http://www.societyofwineeducators.org
Questions: Contact Michael L. White mlwhite@iastate.edu or 515- 681-7286
Hang Time: the period between the earliest possible harvest date for a specific vineyard and the actual harvest date, allowing for additional ripening of the fruit.
FREE Midwest Wide CLASSIFIEDS for vineyards and wineries at Midwest Wine Press here: http://midwestwinepress.com/classifieds/

3-(8-10), Wine Analysis Workshop – Brainerd, MN

What: Dr. Barry Gump, the VESTA (Viticulture and Enology Science and Technology Alliance) wine analysis instructor, will focus on the chemistry numbers critical to wine making. We can't wait to see what Dr. Gump has to share with us in his "box of chocolates!"
When: 5 to 7 p.m. Friday March 8, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 9 & 8 a.m. to noon, Sunday March 10th
Where: Room E-300, Central Lakes College – Brainerd, MN Schedule and Map to CLC Room E-300 available at the the Brainerd Hotel front desk (Less than a mile).
Workshop fee: $125
Hotel: $52/night + tax Brainerd Hotel & Conference Center (218-829-1441) room block is being held under "Wine Wine Workshop/CLC/VESTA for March 8 & 9, with late checkout available 2 p.m. on Sunday 10th, for your convenience. Breakfast options included in the room price.
Social Time: Friday 3-8, and Saturday 3-9 evenings 5-7 p.m. Feel free to bring wines to share for Happy Gump Hour. Join us Saturday in our hospitality suite, and light appetizers will be served.
Saturday Dinner: $20 (incl.) Salad, Prime Rib dinner with all the fixings, and Chocolate Mousse for dessert March 9th 7 p.m. after appetizers in hospitality suite. Location in the Brainerd
Hotel Cafe and dinner will be billed to your room unless advised otherwise. Vegetarian option available upon request, plus cash bar, a wide selection of tap beers, wine by the glass & wine list.
Contact: Dennis Emslie Drummond, VESTA Coordinator at demsliedrummond@clcmn.edu, Home Office: 218 828 0311 Cell: 707-738-5312

3-12, The Northern Grapes Project Webinar Series – Vineyard Nutrition

Northern Grapes Project logoWhen: Noon Eastern (11:00 a.m. Central) Tuesday, March 12th, 2013 and 7:00 p.m. Eastern (6:00 p.m. Central)
Who: Paul Domoto, Iowa State University & Carl Rosen, University of Minnesota
Nutrient management is one of many cultural practices used to balance vine growth and fruiting, and to achieve optimum grape production and quality. Soil testing is a recommended procedure to determine what soil amendments might be needed prior to planting a vineyard. Once in production, growers should use tissue analysis to assess the nutritional status of their vines prior to nutrient supplementation. This webinar will cover basic procedures for collecting both soil and petiole samples, and interpretation of the results.
NEW THIS YEAR! We have switched to a different platform, so no longer have space restrictions during webinar sessions. Therefore, once you have registered for one Northern Grapes webinar, you will always receive an email the Friday before the webinar containing the web address (URL) for both webinar sessions as well as connection instructions. If you are receiving this email directly from Chrislyn Particka or Tim Martinson, you have registered for a past webinar and can safely assume you will get the URL and connection instructions.
Registration will be open through 8am (Eastern) on Friday, March 8th.
Further Northern Grapes Project information is available on-line at http://northerngrapesproject.org/
Past Recorded Webinars can be found here: http://northerngrapesproject.org/?page_id=257
The Northern Grapes Project is funded by the USDA’s Specialty Crops Research Initiative Program of the National Institute for Food and Agriculture, Project # 2011-51181-30850
Chrislyn A. Particka, PhD, Extension Support Specialist
Cornell University, Department of Horticultural Sciences
cap297@cornell.edu or 315-787-2449

3-(14-16), Iowa Wine Growers Annual Conference - West Des Moines

IWGA logoRegistration is now open for the 2013 IWGA Annual Conference. The conference will be held March 14 – 16 at the West Des Moines Marriott.
This event offers attendees time to learn, network and have fun with their peers and customers the public.
In addition to the registration form, attached you will find information on a new competition for amateur winemakers. Please spread the word to customers and friends you know that are non- commercial winemakers.
Another event that we would like your help promoting is the Friday night All Iowa Wineries Open House from 7 – 10 p.m. This Iowa wine tasting reception is open to the public. The amateur wine competition results will be announced. Appetizers and live music by Hot Tamale & the Red Hots will add to the fun filled festivities.
Please contact the IWGA offices with questions or to register at 515-262-8323 or 800-383-1682.

3-16, WGGA Spring 2013 Vineyard School – Alma, WI

Wisconsin Grape Growers Association logoWhen: 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, 3-16-13
Where: Danzinger Vineyards & Winery, S2015 Grapeview Lane – Alma, WI
Cost: $30 members, $45 non-members
9:30 a.m.—Registration, coffee, milk and pastries
10:00 a.m.—"Making The Most Of Fungicides: Old and New" by Patty McManus, UW- Extension Fruit Pathologist
11:00 a.m.—Break
11:15 a.m.—"Northern Grapes Project Update" by Dean Volenberg Door County UW- Extension Agriculture Agent
12:15 p.m.—"Build Your Own Sandwich Lunch Bar"included with registration fee
1:00 p.m.—"The Vineyard Equipment Used at Danzinger Vineyards" and "The New Mechanical Pre-Pruner" by Mel Danzinger
2:00 p.m.—In the vineyard demonstration of the mechanical pre-pruner and final hand pruning – come prepared for the walk out into the vineyard
2:30 p.m.—Break into small groups in the vineyard for pruning demonstrations on mature VSP and Hi Cordon vines and 2 year old vines. Observe the demonstration of an electric hand pruners,
3:00 p.m.—Adjourn and go back to the winery for grower sharing and wine tasting (included withregistration fee)
Registration Deadline: Monday, 3-11-13 (100 person limit.)
Registration: Make Checks Payable to: WGGA
Mail to: WGGA, 211 Canal Road, Waterloo, WI 53594
Charge to my (Circle One): VISA MASTERCARD Card Holder:
Card #:
Exp Date: Last 3 Digits On Back
QUESTIONS: 920/478-3852 or info@wigrapes.org

3-18, 3-25, 4-8 and 4-29: UMN Winemaker Roundtables

In 2013, the enology lab at the University of Minnesota will be partnering with the Minnesota Farm Winery Association in hosting a series of regional winemaker roundtables aimed at wine-makers currently working for bonded wineries in the state of Minnesota. During these roundtables, each participant will bring 2-3 wine samples (tank or barrel sample) that he or she would like to be critiqued by a panel of his or her peers. We will ensure that all of the tastings are done blind, so that each participant may honestly critique the wines and give ideas as to how each wine may be improved prior to bottling. No winemaker is immune from cellar palate, so this gives him or her the opportunity to have the wine tasted by other professionals.
At the beginning of every session, a quick review of common wine faults will be given as a re-fresher before the wines are served. These roundtable sessions will also serve as an opportunity for the University of Minnesota to present wines from trials at the Horticulture Research Center
Winemakers from bonded wineries in Minnesota are eligible to attend these sessions. Space will be limited to 10 Minnesota winemakers at each session.
Registration: Contact: Katy Cook @ cook0278@umn.edu or 952-443-1503

3-(19-20) Local Food Conference – Ames, IA

Lynn Heuss, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture
Producers, consumers, business owners and anyone interested in developing Iowa’s local food system are invited to register for an upcoming conference, "Road Map for Resilience: Empowering Iowa’s Local Food Economy." The conference, sponsored jointly by the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, will take place on March 19-20,
2013, at the ISU Scheman Building.
The conference is open to everyone, from moms who want access to healthier food for their kids, to restaurant and franchise owners, to production farmers and community supported agriculture operators," Heuss said. "Food impacts everyone and we want to have as many voices at the table as possible." Participants will learn the latest about business management, beginning and minority farmers and food incentives such as Farm to School and Farm to Institution. Each session will include four "storytellers" who will share insights from Local Food and Farm Initiative- and Leopold Center- funded projects on local foods.
 10th Spirits Conferecne & Vendor Expo
Full Details: http://www.distilling.com/

4-(4-6), Midwest Aronia Berry Conference

Midwest Aronia Association logo
When: Thursday – Saturday, April 4-6 2013
Where: Holiday Inn Northwest 4800 Merle Hay Road, Des Moines, IA 50322
Pre-Registration Deadline: March 13, 2013

Notable Quotables

"Give me wine to wash me free of the weathered-stains of cares."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Approximately 90 percent of U.S. wine production is controlled by the 20 largest wine companies".
From: How smaller wineries get financially fit, 2-18-13 – North Bay Business Journal
"Wine volume sales grew 1.5% in 2012, slowing from a 4% increase in 2011, according to Nielsen. By contrast, beer and other malt beverages grew 2%, reversing a 0.8% slide in 2011. Liquor also jumped 2%"
Liqueur de tirage: a mixture of yeast and sugar added to a base wine to initiate as second fermentation and create a sparkling wine.

Marketing Tidbits

1. Wine on Tap: Dispelling the Myths, 2-15-13 – OnMilwaukee.com:
2. Will Imports Take Half of U.S. Wine Market by 2025? 2-19-13 – The Wine Economist:
3. How the Internet Affects New Product Purchase Decisions, 2-19-13 – Nielsen:

Videos of Interest

1. Grape Cane Borer Management, Growing Produce Magazine / UC Davis – 3:50 min:

Neeto-Keeno WWW Stuff

1. Fruits of their labor? Archaeologists believe ancient wine press found, 2-20-13 – NBC Science News:

Articles of Interest

1. Wine: Pruning by phases of the moon, 2-15-13 – The Buffalo News:
2. WI: Plans in the Works for Westport Winery, 2-19-13 – The Waunakee Tribune:
3. A French study has found pesticide residues in 90% of the wines it tested, 2-20-13 - the Drinks Business:

Calendar of Events

2-28 to 3-2, 16th Nebraska Winery & Grape Growers Conference, Holiday Inn – Kearney, NE Details later: http://agronomy.unl.edu/viticulture
3-(5-8), Eastern Winery Exposition at Lancaster County Convention Center & Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square, PA: http://www.easternwineryexposition.com/conference/ 
3-(8-10), VESTA Wine Analysis Workshop at Central Lakes College – Brainerd, MN. Contact: Dennis Emslie Drummond, VESTA Coordinator at demsliedrummond@clcmn.edu
3-(12-14), Wineries Unlimited at Greater Richmond Convention Center, Richmond, VA: http://www.wineriesunlimited.com/
3-12, The Northern Grapes Project Webinar Series – Vineyard Nutrition. Register here prior to 8 a.m. (Eastern), Friday, March 8th: https://cornell.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_3WToOsRa5Ik9BZ3
3-(14-16), Iowa Wine Growers Association Annual Conference at the West Des Moines Mariott. Details later: http://www.iowawinegrowers.org
3-(16 & 17), Wine & Must Analysis Workshop, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) – Green Bay, WI. Contact Lynn.White@nwtc.edu or 920-491-2623
3-(24-28) UC Davis Wine Executive Program. Complete Information: http://gsm.ucdavis.edu/wine- executive-program
4-(4-6), Midwest Aronia Berry Annual Conference, Des Moines IA: Details: http://midwestaronia.org/
4-(4-6), 10th Annual Spirits Conference & Vendor Expo – Denver, CO: Details: http://www.distilling.com/
4-(16-18), License to Steal – Geneva on the Lake, Ohio. Details here: http://www.nationalwinemarketing.com/
4-(28-30), Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America 70th Annual Convention & Exposition – Grande Lakes – Orlando, FL: http://www.wswa.org/meetings.php?EventID=10
5-(16-18), Winemaker Magazine Conference - Monterey, CA. Full Details & Registration: http://www.winemakermag.com/conference
6-(9-14), First International Elderberry Symposium at Columbia, MO. Details here: http://muconf.missouri.edu/elderberrysymposium/
6-(24-28), 64th American Society of Enology & Viticulture (ASEV) National Conference, Portola Hotel & Monterey Conference Center – Monterey, CA: http://asev.org/national-conference-2013/
7-31 to 8-2, 37th Society of Wine Educators Annual Conference, Renaissance Hotel at Sea World in Orlando, FL: http://www.societyofwineeducators.org/conference
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