At the end of the 2015-2016 funding
cycle, we will have produced the four On-the-road educational events proposed
in the AVF Extension and Outreach grant. In addition, we completed all
proposed events for the 2014-2015 funding cycle, before the end of the grant
period (as proposed), described in last year’s annual report.
The first On-the-road event in the
current (2015-2016) grant cycle took place in Santa Maria at the Presquile
Winery. Karen Block worked with Mark Battany, Farm Advisor for both Santa Barbara
and SLO counties, to determine topics of regional interest and invited
individuals working in those areas to speak at this educational event. In
addition, we offered continuing education credits from both the Department of
Pest Regulation and Certified Crop Advisors.
Turnout was better than expected, with 80 people in attendance. Rhonda
Smith spoke about Red Blotch and Pinot Leaf Curl, Kent Daane gave an update
on research on vine mealybugs, Ron Runnebaum gave a summary of his background
and the types of research he will pursue and he spoke about his Pinot noir
project, and Andy Walker spoke about his PD-resistant grapevines.
We are planning to complete three more
On-the-road events before the end of the current funding cycle. One event is
scheduled to take place in Sonoma County, at the Wells Fargo Center for the
Arts, on March 29, 2016, another is scheduled for April 5, 2016, at the
Hopland Research and Extension Center, in Mendocino County, and the last is
scheduled for April 11, 13, or 14 in Modesto at the Stanislaus County Ag
Center Harvest Hall. Karen Block has been working with Rhonda Smith for the
Sonoma event, Glenn McGourty for the event in Mendocino County, and Roger
Duncan and local industry professionals for the Modesto event. For the events
in Sonoma and Mendocino, the speakers will be Anita Oberholster, Kaan
Kurtural, Dario Cantu, Ron Runnebaum and David Block. For the Stanislaus
County event, the proposed speakers are Kaan Kurtural, Ron Runnebaum, Andrew
Waterhouse and David Smart.
Other extension efforts include
organizing the UC Davis Viticulture and Enology Unified Reception, which
brings together 200+ alumni, faculty, students and wine and grape industry
friends on the Wednesday evening of the Unified Wine and Grape Symposium in
Sacramento, posting relevant industry/research news to the Department
Facebook page, participating in NGWI meetings, hosting the International
Cabernet Symposium, setting up industry/student information sessions and
setting up small group listening sessions to further communicate with the
wine and winegrape industries.