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Vineyard Educational Workshop

Monday, July 10, 2017 | 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
The Cellar at White Oak 
15065 Northeast White Oak Dr. | Cambridge, Iowa 50046 
$10 Members | $15 Non-Members 

1:00 - 1:15 p.m. Welcome 
1:15 - 1:45 p.m. What is FSMA and How Does it Affect My Business? 
Hear from Dr. Shannon Coleman and Sandy Andrews, Iowa State University Extension & Outreach, and Jennie Savits, Midwest Grape & Wine Industry Institute about what the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is and how it relates and impacts your winery operations, things you need to consider about your current practices, and what you need to be doing moving forward. 
1:45 - 2:30 p.m. Late-Season Disease Prevention, Pest Management & Cold Storage Options 
Mike White, Iowa State University Extension/Midwest Grape and Wine Industry Institute, will be talking about pre-harvest vineyard diseases and how to prevent them, the various late-season pests and management techniques/products, as well as the Cool Bot and other cold-storage "hacks" and solutions for your vineyard and winery needs. 
NEW! Jacto Sprayer Demonstration - Mike Busch from Mid-States Equipment
2:30 - 3:30 p.m. EPA Worker Protection Standards & Harvest Party/Volunteer Group Discussion 
Mike White, Iowa State University Extension/Midwest Grape & Wine Industry Institute, will review the EPA's Worker Protection Standards as it relates to volunteers coming into your vineyard to help harvest, what these new-ish standards mean for your business and harvest schedule and how you can comply while also harvesting your grapes profitably. We'll also have a few minutes for workshop attendees to talk about how you have set up your own winery/vineyard's volunteer harvest program, the opportunity to share tips/ideas you have for other attendees, or ask for advice from others on their programs. 
3:30 - 4:00 p.m. The Cellar at White Oak Facility Tour 
4 - 5 p.m. Iowa State Fair Wine Social 
We'll be offering tastings of the wines submitted to the competition, along with a chance for workshop attendees and industry members to network with one another. Heavy appetizers and refreshments will be served. We first presented this opportunity in 2016, with nearly 200 wines available for you to try, and we're hoping for a new record again this year! 

Register Now!

Please register for the event by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and letting us know how many people you will have attending the event. Please plan to pay cash or check at the door. This half-day educational event is available for IWGA members and non-members. 

BACK AGAIN THIS YEAR: Beginning in 2016, the Iowa Wine Growers Association was given the opportunity to oversee the Iowa State Fair Commercial Wine Competition, in conjunction with the Iowa Wine Experience at the Grandfather's Barn. Last year we offered nearly 200 different wines (177 to be exact!) that were judged during the competition for attendees to sample for themselves and taste the wide variety of Iowa wines. This year, we'll be recorking the 2017 competition wines following the competition, bringing them to The Cellar at White Oak and sharing them with you! 

The Iowa State Fair Wine Social is open to workshop attendees ONLY. The Iowa State Fair Wine Social is a fun chance for you to try a variety of the (soon-to-be announced) award-winning Iowa wines showcased at the Iowa Wine Experience at Grandfather's Barn during the 2017 Iowa State Fair!

Thanks to our venue host:

The Cellar at White Oak 

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