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Grape Growers of Paso Robles Get a Sneak Peak of the Weather in 2018

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IGGPRA offering the final seminar of an eight-part “Practical Grape Growing” series Discussing Weather Expectations with Dave Hovde,  The Chief Meteorologist at KSBY News

PASO ROBLES, CA, October 19, 2017 – Weather expectations for 2018 is the main topic of the upcoming seminar designed for Paso Robles grape growers hosted by the Independent Grape Growers of the Paso Robles Area (IGGPRA). Featuring Golden Mike Award Winner Dave Hovde, Chief Meteorologist at KSBY News will join us in person to discuss rain projections and models with IGGPRA members.

The November seminar is the final in an eight-part series and will be held at Castoro Cellars, 1315 N Bethel Rd, Templeton, CA on November 8, 2017 from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Wine grape growers in and around the Central Coast are invited to hear from the experts about the 2018 weather as well as best practices for harvest including weed control actions, options for the dormant months and irrigation planning during winter months.

The featured speakers and topics are:

2017-2018 Rain Projections and Models- Dave Hovde, Chief Meteorologist at KSBY News

As chief meteorologist at KSBY News, Dave knows all about the weather along the California Central Coast. He’s a member of the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association and holds active broadcast seals with both. You won’t want to miss hearing his forecast for 2018!

Weed Control Actions and Options for the Dormant Months- Dale Everson, retired Farm Supply Expert

For more than 65 years, Farm Supply has been the Central Coast’s local retail store for all your home, farm, and ranch supply needs. From irrigation equipment to pet supplies to clothing and home decor, Farm Supply is staffed with knowledgeable experts ready to help with any project-big or small. With locations in Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo, Arroyo Grande, Santa Maria and Buellton, Farm Supply has something for the farmer in everyone.

Irrigation planning during winter months- Dr. Lowell Zelinski, President,IGGPRA

Dr. Lowell Zelinski has nearly 30 year’s experience in the agriculture industry in California and abroad. Most of his knowledge comes from working with growers, years of conducting numerous trials and research and working with agricultural related programs throughout the California Central Coast and San Joaquin Valley, as well as the United States.

Special Grape Market report- Audra Cooper, Turrentine Brokerage

When it comes to getting her boots dirty and walking vineyard rows, Audra Cooper has years of experience in both the North Coast and Central Coast. Audra grew up on ranches in the Central Coast and graduated from California State University at Fresno with a degree in Agricultural Economics. Audra’s a broker/partner at Turrentine Brokerage, a trusted advisor in the wine business with an unparalleled record of predicting wine business trends and helping clients profit from them. Audra understands the key factors that make your business tick and how to avoid many hidden disasters.

“Practical Grape Growing” is an eight-part seminar series offered by IGGPRA in 2017 that provides attendees with practical tips and industry knowledge from local experts. All wine grape growers are invited and encouraged to attend. The seminar is free for IGGPRA members and $30/pp for non-members.

The meeting at Castoro Cellars, 1315 N Bethel Rd, Templeton, CA. To RSVP for the November 8 seminar, or learn more and join IGGPRA, visit iggpra.com or call (805) 591-4204.

About IGGPRA

The Independent Grape Growers of the Paso Robles Area (IGGPRA) is a volunteer-run organization dedicated to the advancement of superior wine grape growing in the Paso Robles American Viticultural Area. IGGPRA is committed to providing its members with farming resources, continued education, hands-on training seminars, and opportunities to network through the seminar series and social mixer events with other grape growers, buyers, vintners and vineyard suppliers. For more information, visit iggpra.com

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