#259 - December 14, 2013


2-24, Deadline to Apply for USDA - Value-Added Producer Grants (VAPG)

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.
Estimated Program Funding: Approximately $10.5 million in carry over funding from fiscal year (FY) 2013 is available to help agricultural producers enter into value-added activities. The Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) is being published prior to the Congressional enactment of a full-year appropriation for FY 2014. Should additional funding be made available during FY 2014 for this program, the Rural Business-Cooperative Service, (RBS) will continue to fund applications received under this announcement based upon the applications score.
Anyone interested in submitting an application for funding under this program should consult the Rural Development Value Added Producer Grant Program website periodically for updated information regarding any FY 2014 funding for the Program.
Maximum Grant Amount: $75,000 for planning grants; $200,000 for working capital grants Cost Sharing Requirement: Cash or eligible in-kind matching funds equal to at least the amount of grant funds requested.

ISU AgMRC Assists Ag Producers in Applying for USDA VAPG Grants

Article | Wed, 12/04/2013 - 08:58 | By Ray Hansen, Christa Hartsook
AgMRC logoAMES, Iowa – Agricultural producers applying for value-added producer grants can find resources to assist them through the Agricultural Marketing Resource Center at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. The value-added producer grant program is a competitive program administered by USDA Rural Business and Cooperative Service. Grant funding was announced in the Federal Register Nov. 23, 2013.
AgMRC is a virtual library of agricultural value-added opportunities, business development and consulting resources for producers, located at www.agmrc.org.

Viticulture Position – Highland Community College, Wamego, KS

The Viticulture & Enology program at Highland Community College in Wamego, KS is looking for a full time Vineyard manager and instructor. Minimum qualifications require that the candidate hold a bachelor’s degree in viticulture, enology or horticulture.
The position is responsible for maintaining the college vineyards in collaboration with the V & E Program Director. In addition, this position includes a teaching load of 3- 9 credits per semester depending upon need, and one course during the summer. Finally, the position will assist in research and extension duties for the Kansas grape and wine industry as well as workshop teaching/hosting.

Update: The Northern Grapes Project

Northern Grapes ProjectThe November Newsletter can be viewed HERE.
Past recorded Webinars can be viewed HERE.
Further Northern Grapes Project information: http://northerngrapesproject.org/
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 and through the New York State Specialty Crops Block Program.

2012 Report: Economic Impacts of Local Food in Iowa

In 2013, the Leopold Center and the steering committee for the Regional Food Systems Working Group (RFSWG) collaborated on an outcomes-based evaluation to measure the collective community economic impacts associated with regional food system development in Iowa.
This evaluation measured four indicators of economic change:
  • local food sales by farmers
  • local food purchases by grocery stores, restaurants and institutions
  • job creation as a result of local food production, processing or utilization, and
  • funds leveraged by RFSWG groups to support the development of regional food systems.
The 2012 Economic Impacts of Iowa's Regional Food Systems Working Group report discusses the findings from this evaluation and implications for local and regional food systems in Iowa. It is the first coordinated, comprehensive statewide attempt to measure actual community impacts associated with regional food system development in Iowa.
Statewide report

10-14, MO Grape & Wine Institute Vineyard Presentations now Online

The presentations given at the October 14th, Missouri Grape & Wine Institute Vineyard Management Seminar have now be put Online to view.
Effect of Rootstock on Norton Nutrient Status – Jackie Harris – MGWI, 24 pp.:
Vineyard Nutrient Management, Hans Walter-Peterson – Cornell University, 35 pp.:
Compost Use in Vineyards, Ariana Bozzolo – MGWI, 21 pp.:

1(21-22), Wine Grape Vineyard Establishment Conference - MI

When? January 21-22, 2014
Day 1: 11:45-5:00 p.m. EST (Optional session 8:30-11:35 a.m.)
Day 2: 8:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. EST
This is a hybrid webinar-live workshop broadcast at three locations simultaneously for those interested in starting a wine grape vineyard in Michigan.
Contact: Joanne Davidhizar: davidhiz@anr.msu.edu or 269-944-4126
Fees: $115 Registration fee. Pre-registration and pre-payment required. NO WALK-IN REGISTRATION
$25 Optional introduction to Vineyard Establishment
$30 Optional bulletin package
Meals: Lunch Day 1 and breaks included in main conference.
The optional bulletin package (available for purchase) includes the following publications:
  • E-2889 A Pocket Guide for Grape IPM Scouting in the North Central & Eastern United States
  • E-2644 Vineyard Establishment I: Preplant Decisions
  • E-2645 Vineyard Establishment II: Planting and Early Care of Vineyards
Registration deadline: January 10, 2014, or until full. (Space is limited.)
Cancellation Policy: After January 10, 2014 a $50 cancellation fee will be assessed.
Hotels: Discounted lodging is available in the Benton Harbor Area at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites. To book lodging, call 269-927-4599 by 1/7/2014 and mention the "wine conference" to receive the discounted rate.

2-(20-22), Registration Now Open for the MN Cold Climate Conference

CCC 2014Thurs. Workshop - $150
Thurs. or Fri. $175
Thurs. – Sat. $325
20 classes to choose from. Keynote speaker: Carissa Mondavi
Full details and registration: http://mngrapegrowers.com/attend

3-5-14, Fruit Brandy Distillation Workshop – Missouri State University

March 5, 2014 Fruit Brandy Distillation Workshop 8:00am – 3:00pm
Missouri State University – Mountain Grove
Learn hands-on distillation of fermented fruit must into brandy using a batch column still with reflux with Dr. Karl Wilker, Research Enologist – Missouri State University Winery and Distillery. A short lecture and orientation will be followed by the group distilling fermented grape must into grappa.
Missouri State – Mountain Grove 9740 Red Spring Road Mountain Grove, MO 65711
You must be at least 21 years old to attend this workshop. Due to the hands-on nature of this workshop, attendance is limited to 12 participants. Preregistration is required.
Registration fee $125 includes lunch and support materials
For questions or to register with credit card over phone, please contact: Pamela Mayer 417-547-7533 PMayer@missouristate.edu

5-20 to 6-1, The Art and Science of Wine: Northern Italy Tour – MO State

We are offering a short-term study away program to Italy entitled "The Art and Science of Wine – Northern Italy" with travel dates May 20 – June 1, 2014. The Veneto, Piedmont and Tuscany wine regions will be highlighted. Among the cities we will visit are Venice, Milan, Florence and Pisa. There will be an introductory workshop on Italian wines featuring Dr. Marco LiCalzi, Enology Consultant and Instructor.
Program Fee: $4,920 (based on flight from Springfield, Missouri.)*plus $408/$494 tuition for 2 hours of undergraduate/graduate credit. Program fee includes round-trip airfare, in-country land transportation and hotel accommodations, some meals, admissions fees, tasting notes and travel journal, the Marco LiCalzi workshop and lecture, Study Away student fee and basic medical insurance.
*Note: Even though the itinerary specifies departure from and return to Springfield, Missouri, you may also depart from and return to St. Louis if desired. Program cost will vary with flight cost.
Deadline for Enrollment: 2-10-14 (nonrefundable deposit of $738 required)
For questions, please contact: Marilyn Odneal 417-547-7513 MarilynOdneal@missouristate.edu  or
Diann Thomas (417) 836-4166 DiannThomas@MissouriState.edu
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The next Society of Wine Educators, Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) and Certified Specialist of Spirits (CSS) exam held on the ISU campus in Ames, Iowa will be from 11a.m. to noon Thursday, January 9, 2014. (25 days from now)
Complete information here: http://www.societyofwineeducators.org
Questions: Contact Michael L. White mlwhite@iastate.edu or 515-681-7286
Under French law wine must be bottled using natural cork. The traditional seal has long frustrated producers with the inconsistent amount of air it lets through and its tendency to become tainted with 2,4,6- Trichloroanisole (TCA), a compound that makes wine smell like wet cardboard. ( Bachus to the Future, 11-20-13 – The Economist)

6-(5-7), Winemaker Magazine Conference – Leesburg, VA

WineMaker Mag Conf 2014Join fellow hobby winemakers from across North America in Northern Virginia's wine country for three days of seminars and special events to help you make your own great wine.
FREE Midwest Wide CLASSIFIEDS for vineyards and wineries at Midwest Wine Press here:

3-(14-29), Wine Industry Tour of New Zealand – Purdue University

Purdue Wine GroupJoin the Purdue Wine Grape Team and fellow wine industry professionals this spring for a once-in-a-lifetime Extension adventure in the southern hemisphere.
The group will travel to New Zealand for two weeks during harvest time between March 14 and 29, 2014. Arriving on the North Island on March 16th, they will explore Auckland and Waiheke, New Zealand’s island of wine, the Waitomo glowworm caves and Lake Taupo. Continuing on to the Port of Napier and Hawke’s Bay, they will visit wineries and vineyards along the way before reaching the capital Wellington. From there, a ferry boat will sail everyone to the South Island, where you will be are taken to the infamous wine regions of Marlborough and Nelson, and the Abel Tasman National Park. On the way to Christchurch, you may watch whales and other mammals in coastal Kaikoura. Next, will be a stop at Lincoln University in Canterbury, followed by a Waipara Valley winery tour. The spectacular scenery and the hot springs near Lake Tekapo will be a warm up for Queenstown in Central

Otago where cool climate Pinot Noir and an opportunity to go bungee jumping, canyoneering, jet boating, or river surfing will conclude the adventure.

The cost of the program is $5,000 for double occupancy. A $1,000 deposit is due to hold your spot. The balance of the fees is due December 1, 2013.

Included in the fee: all transportation within New Zealand (bus, ferry, plane); dedicated driver and tour guide; all lodging in double occupancy rooms, breakfasts; several group lunches and dinners; wine tastings; admissions to major visitation sites.

Not included: airfare from the US to Auckland, New Zealand (approximately $2,000); special experiences (bungee-jumping, sky diving, etc.); gratuities for drivers and guides.

Further Details: HERE

Questions contact: Christian Butzke 765-494-6500 butzke@purdue.edu
Bruce Bordelon 765-494-8212 bordelon@purdue.edu
If you have problems with registration, please contact Shannon Harvey at sherrera@purdue.edu.

VESTA Spring Enrollment Deadlines

VESTA logo
VESTA Spring Enrollment
VESTA now offers Associate Degrees and Technical Certificates in Wine Business and Entrepreneurship in addition to Viticulture & Enology.
The University of Kentucky 11-21-13 vineyard and winery contracting webinars have now been archived and can be viewed here: http://www.uky.edu/Ag/CCD/  

Neeto-Keeno Stuff

2. Free bi-weekly Great Wine News Online Magazine: http://greatwinenews.com/magazine-archives/
3. Average brix and dominant acids in fruits: http://www.qasupplies.com/chofsubrle.html
The Napa Valley was once home to many thousands of Wappo Indians, even though there is almost no trace of an Indian population today. The word "Napa" comes from the Wappo dialect and means plenty. (p. 659, The Wine Bible)

Videos of Interest

1. IA: Tasting Notes, "Holiday Pairing", 11-27-13 - Iowa Decanted: http://www.iowadecanted.com/category/diy/wine-education/
2. Singing Wine Glasses – Physics of Sound, 4-18-13 – The Sci Guys, 5:27 min.: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VN3K9WhzOSs
3. Brick Arch Winery – West Branch, IA – 11-30-13 – Iowa Decanted, 5:42 min.: http://www.iowadecanted.com/2013/11/30/ilene-lande-brick-arch-winery/
4. Dr. Murli Dharmadhikari, Director of the Midwest Grape & Wine Industry Institute discusses the Iowa Wine Consortium and his hopes for the future of the industry, Iowa Decanted, 4:35 min.: http://vimeo.com/80269312
5. MO: Report Says global wine shortage looming, local winemakers say not in Missouri, 12-4-13 – KCTV-5, 2:14 min. (Amigoni Winery in KC): http://www.kpho.com/story/24137410/report-says-global-wine-shortage-looming-local-winemakers-say-not-in-missouri
6. MN: The Minnesota flavor of wine and spirits (Black Swan Cooperage), 12-10-13 – WCCO TV4, 3:38 min.: http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2013/12/10/the-minnesota-flavor-of-wine-spirits/
7. Episode 9: What We Drink, Another humorous video from our friends at Sleepy Creek Vineyards at Fairmont, IL. 4:26 min.

Show n Tell

vineyard scarecrow
Templeton Rye Barrel Tree
(Right) Templeton Rye Barrel Tree at their headquarters in Templeton, IA.

Marketing Tidbits

1. CA: Wine on tap: an idea whose time has (finally) come, 11-27-13 – Tablas Creek Winery: http://tablascreek.typepad.com/tablas/2013/11/wine-on-tap-an-idea-whose-time-has-finally-come.html
2. The Rise in 3-D Wine Labels, 11-30-13 – WineSearcher: http://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2013/11/the-rise-of-3d-wine-labels
3. 3 Elements your Website Needs to Have in 2014, 12-3-13 – The Buzz Bin: http://www.crttbuzzbin.com/3-elements-your-website-needs-to-have-in-2014/
4. "FREE" 7 Week e-mail course on "Selling More Wine" from Bauerhaus Design, an Online branding firm owned by Becca Bauer Ritz - Fairview Heights, Illinois (near St. Louis, MO: http://www.bauerhaus.com/sell-more-wine/
5. 7. CA: New Research Suggests Wine vs. Beer thinking outdated, 12-9-13 The Business Journal: http://www.northbaybusinessjournal.com/84485/new-research-suggests-wine-vs-beer-thinking-outdated/
7. "The average person spends 51 seconds reading your email, that is if they even open  your email."
From: Why Your Winery’s E-Mail Marketing Isn’t Working, 12-12-13 – Talk is Sheep Marketing: http://www.talkissheepmarketing.com/blog/bid/327816/Why-Your-Winery-s-Email-Marketing-Isn-t-Working

Notable Quotables

"Wine is biggest between September and April. In fact, the largest wine holiday is Thanksgiving. Easter is the second biggest holiday for wine," he said. "Each spirit seems to have its own season." …………….Iowans bought 4.95 million gallons of spirits, up 1.9 percent from the previous year; 4.42 million gallons of wine, a 6.1 percent increase, and 73.1 million gallons of beer, which represented a 5.8 percent decline from fiscal 2012.
"Iowa is right on par with national trends, which are indicating that beer consumption is down while wine and spirits consumption is up,"
--- From: Beer, wine, liquor are seasonal hits in North Iowa, 11-25-13 – Mason City Globe Gazette
"Kaiser notes that one of the real concerns in a shifting tax scenario may be for smaller producers of wine, those making less than 250,000 gallons annually, who might lose the tax credit of up to .90 per gallon they’re currently receiving from the feds."
The report, commissioned by the Colorado Wine Industry Development Board, shows that consumers in Colorado paid on average $16.68 per bottle for Colorado-made wine compared with an average of $6.14 for all other wines.
"State supported agriculture schools are a big reason for the growth of the Midwest wine industry. And perhaps no Midwestern university supports a wider range of efforts to promote local wine than Purdue University in West Lafayette. In many respects, the face of the Indiana wine is Purdue."
From: Purdue: Wine Capital of Indiana, 12-13-13 – Midwest Wine Press

Articles of Interest

1. NY: Finger Lakes Community College to Build a Teaching Winery, 11-4-13 – Wines & Vines: www.winesandvines.com/template.cfm?section=news&content=123808
3. Argentina: How to optimize the vineyard costs from innovation, 12-3-13 – WineSur: http://www.winesur.com/top-news/how-to-optimize-the-vineyard-costs-from-innovation
4. IL: ZBA approves winery production, 12-5-13 – The Register Mail: http://www.galesburg.com/article/20131204/NEWS/131209908/1994/NEWS
5. WI: Sales Continue to Lag for Wisconsin Made Wines, 12-1-13 – Wisconsin State Journal
6. Penn State Names Research Viticulturist Michela Centinari to join Department of Plant  Science in 2014, 12-10-13 – Wines & Vines Magazine: http://www.winesandvines.com/template.cfm?section=news&content=125364
7. CA: World’s first winery for sale on Bitcoin, 12-11-13 – Broadway World: http://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwgeeks/article/Worlds-first-winery-for-sale-for-Bitcoin-20131211#
8. IA: Farm Land Value Reaches Historic $8,716 Statewide Average, 12-11-13 – ISU Extension: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/article/2013-land-value-survey
9. MO: Wine in the Show Me State Tourism, retail and sweet wines key to building Missouri's wine industry, 12-12-13 – Wines & Vines: http://www.winesandvines.com/template.cfm?section=news&content=125016

Calendar of Events

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1-(2-10), Deadline for 15th Greater KC Cellarmasters Amateur Wine Competition. Details: http://www.cellarmasters.org/wine-classic-information/
1-(17-18), 2014 Kansas Grape Growers & Winemakers Association annual conference. Ramada Topeka West. Detail later here: http://kansasgrapesandwines.com/
1-(19 &21), Wisconsin Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Conference at The Wilderness in the Wisconsin Dells. Details : http://www.waga.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=180&Itemid=88
1-(21-22), Winegrape Vineyard Establishment Conference – MI: hybrid webinar-live workshop broadcast at three locations: http://msue.anr.msu.edu/events/wine_grape_vineyard_establishment_conference
1-(21-23), Indiana Horticultural Congress – The Wyndham West, Indianapolis, IN: http://www.inhortcongress.org/
1-(23 & 24), Iowa Fruit & Vegetable Growers Assn. annual conference – Ankeny, IA. Details later here: http://www.ifvga.org/
1-(28-30), Unified Grape & Wine Symposium, Sacramento Convention Center - Sacramento, CA: http://www.unifiedsymposium.org/
1-30 to 2-1) Illinois Grape Growers Annual Conference & Winter Wine Festival, Crowne Plaza, Springfield, Illinois. Details later: http://www.illinoiswine.org/
1-31 & 2-1, North Dakota Grape & Wine Association annual conference, Bismarck, ND. Details later: http://www.ndgga.org/
3-5, A Fruit Brandy Distillation Workshop will be held at Mountain Grove, MO in early February. Suggest getting your name on the list if interested here: http://mtngrv.missouristate.edu/mtngrvcellars/
2-(17 & 18), Ohio Grape and Wine Conference - Crowne Plaza Dublin, Columbus, OH. Details later: http://www.oardc.ohio-state.edu/grapeweb/
2-(4-6), Midwest Grape Growers Conference – St. Charles, MO: Details: http://www.midwestgrape.com/
2-(20-23), Minnesota Grape Growers Conference Cold Climate Conference – St. Paul Minnesota. Details later here: http://mngrapegrowers.com/conference
2-(24-26), Michigan Grape & Wine Conference, Grand Traverse Resort – Acme, MI. http://www.michiganwines.com/conference#sthash.pvdgCis5.hDCqO3xj.dpbs
2-27 to 3-1), Annual Nebraska Wine Industry Forum and Trade Show - Holiday Inn, Kearney. Details later: http://agronomy.unl.edu/viticulture.
3-(3-6), Eastern Winery Exposition – Lancaster, Pennsylvania: http://www.easternwineryexposition.com/
3-(6-8), Iowa Wine Growers Association Annual Conference – West Des Moines Marriott, Details later: http://www.iowawinegrowers.org
3-(11-13), Wineries Unlimited Conference & Trade Show – Greater Richmond Convention Center, Richmond, VA: http://www.wineriesunlimited.com/attendees/2014-preview/
3-30 to 4-15, Australia Winery & Vineyard Tour - Washington State University. Details: http://wine.wsu.edu/education/certificate/international-winery-tours/australia-winery-and-vineyard-tour/
6-(5-7), Winemaker Magazine Conference – Leesburg, VA: http://winemakermag.com/1328-june-5-7-2014-your-conference-registration-includes-it-all
6-(22-25), American Society of Wine Economists (AAWE) - Walla Walla, WA. http://www.wine-economics.org/2014-walla-walla/
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