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Viticulture briefs

The Sonoma County Winegrowers, the Sonoma County Agricultural Commissioner's office and The Ratto Group are co-sponsoring two upcoming opportunities to recycle vineyard materials and plastic containers at no charge.

On Nov. 7, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., a free Vineyard Materials Recycling Day will be held at the Sonoma County Transfer Station, 166 Alexander Valley Road, Healdsburg. Drip hose, drip tube and tape, steel posts, PVC and metal irrigation pipe, grow tubes, trellis wire and clean rolled and tied bird netting will be accepted for free. New this year, growers may bring in plastic sheeting at no charge. Pressure-treated wood will not be accepted.

On Nov. 12, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., plastic pesticide containers will be accepted at the Healdsburg Corporation Yard at 17270 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg.

For more information on either event contact Karen Thomas at 707-522-5862 or karen@sonomawinegrape.org.

Red blotch virus specialist to address grape growers

The Napa Valley Grapegrowers have announced three opportunities to discuss red blotch virus with Dr. Marc Fuchs, plant virologist at Cornell University, thanks to a USDA grant awarded to the Mendocino Winegrowers.

Fuchs has worked on viruses of fruit crops and vegetables for the past 30 years, developing detection techniques, understanding spread and investigating management strategies.

The meetings will be held on Nov. 14 at 10 a.m. at the UC Davis Conference Center Ballroom; on Nov. 14 at 3 p.m. at the NVG Wine + Grape Expo held at the Napa Expo Fairgrounds; and on Nov. 15 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Mendocino and Lake County Integrated Pest Management Seminar in Hopland. For more information visit www.napagrowers.org or call 944-8311.

HR seminar for Spanish-speaking farm supervisors in Lake County

The Lake County Winegrape Commission announced that author, mediator and teacher Gregorio Billikopf will lead a two-day training seminar, “Cultivating Personnel Productivity.”

Designed for Spanish-speaking farm supervisors, the goal of the workshop is to educate mid-level agricultural managers about their roles and responsibilities in implementing farm worker productivity. This seminar will be held on Nov. 20 and 21 at the Lodge at Blue Lakes, Upper Lake.

The cost is $150, or $125 before Nov. 10. For more information contact Paul Zellman at paulz@lakecountywinegrape.org or 279-2633.

Compiled by Cathy Bussewitz. Submit items to cathy.bussewitz@pressdemocrat.com.

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