Jan 06 2020


8:00 am - 6:00 pm

2016 Wine & Grape Industry Forum Day 1

The SJV Wine & Grape Industry Forum is the preeminent educational and industry event in the San Joaquin Valley dealing with our Industry. This year, we have expanded our critically acclaimed event to include a trade show focusing on new technologies for vineyards and wineries, a scholarship dinner and an entire day of in-depth break out sessions dealing with a host of issues. As usual, we also have information in the second day (which traditionally has been our entire program) dealing with the 2016 crush and harvest recap, land values and sales trends, wine and grape markets, industry health and legal issues and our 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award honorees.

The Association is very excited to be expanding our most looked-forward-to event of the year and we know all of our members stakeholders and friends will enjoy this enhanced educational and social experience!

Day One features 5 Panels of experts – each Panel will go twice, so you can pick and choose the schedule that works for you. In addition, there will be presentations on new technologies throughout the day and equipment demonstrations around the event for your perusal! The Panels are listed below:

Panel 1: What we need from UC & CSU to address the viticulture and Enology needs for the San Joaquin Valley in the 21st Century. 9:30 am & 11:30 am
Dr. David Block, Professor of Viticulture/Enology, UC Davis
Dr. Federico Casassa, Assistant Professor of Enology, Cal Poly SLO
Dr. Sonet Van Zyl, Assistant Professor of Viticulture, CSUF
Moderated By Board Member Matt Brain

Panel 2: Current Affairs and Future Direction for California’s ongoing Water Shortage Crisis. 10:00 am & 12:30 pm
Dane Mathis, CA Department of Water Resources
Julie Vance, Regional Mgr, Central Region CA Fish and Wildlife
Dr. Helen Dahlke, UC Davis Dept. of Land, Air and Water Resources
Pam Buford, Sr. Environmental Scientist, Central Valley Water Board
Moderated by Board Member Nathan Cardella

Panel 3: What are my grapes worth and how can the industry sell more wine from my grapes? 11:00 am & 1:00 pm
Gary Agajanian, Owner, Agajanian Vineyards
Greg Livengood, President & CEO, Ciatti Company
Peter Vallis, Executive Director, SJV Winegrowers Association
Doug Hayes, Young’s Market Company
Jay Christiansen, American Wine & Spirits
Moderated by Board Member Jay Irvine

Panel 4: Viticulture Treadmill – Using Technology & Unconventional Thinking to Reduce Costs in the Vineyard. 2:00pm & 3:30 pm
Dean Striebich, Agronomist
Stan Grant, Progressive Viticulture
Tom Stone, Aero Vironment, Inc.
John Crossland, Vineyard Professional Services
Moderated by Board Member Joey Biscay

Panel 5: Rounding Up Vineyard Pests & Diseases with what to look for in 2017: 2:30 pm & 4:00pm
Joshua Kress, Program Supervisor, CDFA Nursery Services Program
Melissa Cregan, Deputy Ag Commissioner, Fresno Co
Dr. Lucia G. Varela, North Coast IPM Advisor, UC Davis
Dr. Maher Al Rwahnih, Director, UC Davis Foundation Plant Services
Moderated by Board Member Stephen Vasquez

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