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USDA to Provide Approximately $6 Billion to Commodity and Specialty Crop...

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First Wave of Payments Based on Crop Insurance Data WASHINGTON, May 16,, 2022 – The U. S Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that commodity...
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Afternoon Brief, December 15th

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A Perfect Storm of Disruptions Will Create a Global Champagne Shortage: It’s not your imagination: Champagne is harder to find these days. After a perfect storm of disruptions, the U.S. is currently in the early stages of a Champagne shortage that is expected to last several years...

USDA Climate Director to Address How Extreme Weather Affects Ag and...

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SACRAMENTO, Calif., December 14, 2021 – With so much attention paid to climate change, the 2022 Unified Wine and Grape Symposium this January has...
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Afternoon Brief, July 30th

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California Wine Country Rebuilds as Threats Persist: The drought in Northern California is severe, and the risk of fires remains high. But winemakers are trying to adapt to climate change...

Biden Administration to Invest $67 Million to Help Heirs Resolve Land...

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WASHINGTON, July 29, 2021 — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced during a press conference with U.S. Senator Raphael Warnock, U.S. Congressman Sanford D. Bishop,...

USDA Announces $16.6 Million in Funding Opportunities to Support Socially Disadvantaged...

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WASHINGTON, July 26, 2021 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced approximately $16.6 million in available funding to community-based and nonprofit organizations,...

USDA to Provide Additional Direct Assistance to Farmers and Ranchers Impacted...

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USDA to Provide Additional Direct Assistance to Farmers and Ranchers Impacted by the Coronavirus (Washington, D.C., September 18, 2020) – President Donald J. Trump and U.S....
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Afternoon Brief, May 21

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Napa County Looks at Wine Country Growth: Napa County is considering how to mold the future of its world-famous wine country balancing a host of factors, from housing demands to requests for wineries in remote locations...

USDA to Provide $1 Billion in Loan Guarantees for Rural Businesses...

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WASHINGTON, D.C., May 21, 2020 – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that the Department is making available up to $1 billion in...

USDA ARS Moves Forward with Smoke Exposure Research

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ARS Funds Collaborative Research Effort with State Land Grant Universities April 29, 2020 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is partnering...
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Afternoon Brief, March 24

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Oregon Wine a Leader in Biodynamics: Even though Oregon only produces one percent of the wines made in the United States, this states accounts for 52% of total vineyard acres that received biodynamic® certification from Demeter USA, a not-for-profit that offers biodynamic certification to farms...

USDA and USTR Announce Continued Progress on Implementation of U.S.-China Phase...

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(WASHINGTON, D.C., March 24, 2020) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) today announced continued progress...
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Afternoon Brief, March 20

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New Napa Ballot Initiative Splits Wine Industry, Set to Repeat Measure C Battle: After the controversial and hotly debated Measure C was narrowly defeated in Napa County, the organization responsible for bringing the measure to the ballot, Napa Growers and Vintners for Responsible Agriculture (NGVRA), is attempting to get a new initiative on the November 2020 ballot...

USDA and DOL Announce Information Sharing to Assist H-2A Employers

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(Washington, D.C., March 19, 2020) - U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced a partnership between the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the...
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Afternoon Brief, March 3

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More Winegrapes Could Go Unsold, Analysts Believe: With the amount of winegrapes that went unpicked in 2019, the message to grape growers from marketers and vineyard managers is clear: Without a winery contract, grapes could easily not have a buyer this year...
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