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Viticulture briefs

The Sonoma County Winegrowers and California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance are sponsoring a free workshop for grape growers and wineries on Sustainable Winegrowing Water Efficiency and Quality. The workshop will be held on Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

It will cover best practices for vineyard irrigation, soil erosion and water quality. Updated information on the Sonoma County Ag Waiver currently being developed by the Regional Water Quality Control Board also will be provided.

It will be held at the SRJC Shone Farm Pavilion located at 7450 Steve Olson Lane, Forestville.

For more information, contact Kate at 415-356-7548 or kvenugoopal@wineinstitute.org.

Napa pruning contest approaches

The Napa Valley Grapegrowers organization will hold its 13th annual Napa County Pruning Contest on Feb. 20 from 8 a.m. to noon at Gamble Ranch, 1229 State Lane, Yountville.

Growers and vineyard managers are encouraged to attend to cheer on contestants and enjoy a taco lunch.

This year’s contest will include a women’s division. Contestants in this division will be eligible for the same prizes, but will compete only against other female pruners.

For more information, visit www.napagrowers.org.

New brand, leader for farm society

The California chapter of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers launched a new brand and elected a new president.

The group, which has 300 members in California and Nevada, will now be called CalASFMRA — Western Ag Professionals.

Nat DiBuduo, president of Allied Grape Growers in Fresno, was elected president of the professional organization. He has served on the CalASFMRA board for five years.

“It is both a personal and professional goal of mine to reach out to farm managers and agricultural consultants throughout our coverage area and to develop educational tools to help them in their careers,” DiBuduo said in a statement.

(Compiled by Press Democrat staff. Submit items to derek.moore@pressdemocrat.com.

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