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Issue 36, March 2019

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News from Cornell's Viticulture and Enology Program, March 2019

Workers in a vineyardVIEWPOINT

Developing a viable vineyard workforce for the future 

There is a growing shortage of efficient vineyard workers, but there are also solutions available. A focus on the needs of both the vineyard managers and the employees can help create a sustainable workforce in the future.

Kaylyn Kirkpatrick thumbnail pictureFACULTY FOCUS

Five Questions for Kaylyn Kirkpatrick

Kaylyn Kirkpatrick joined the Cornell Craft Beverage Institute in August 2018 as the brewing extension associate. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in quality assurance chemistry and other aspects of brewing. 

Zach Waltz, Cornell Viticulture and Enology student, pruning a grape vine. STUDENT FOCUS

Cornell students aim for precision and speed in pruning competition

At the inaugural Felco East Pruning Competition in February, Cornell Viticulture & Enology students braved the elements and got hands-on experience pruning alongside industry experts.

Graduated cylinders with gelatinous liquidGRAPES 101

This is fine: Wine additives, just passing through

What are fining agents, why are they  necessary, and should they be included on the wine label?

Alice wise harvesting a grape clusterAlice Wise receives "Excellence in IPM" Award

Alice Wise, Suffolk County viticulture extension specialist, earned an Excellence in Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Award from the New York State Integrated Pest Management Program.

Juliet Carroll examining a hops plant.Fruit Coordinator Juliet Carroll receives excellence in IPM award

Dr. Juliet Carroll, Fruit Integrated Pest Management Coordinator, received an Excellence in IPM Award for supporting both the development and implementation of IPM tools in our community.

Alice wise receiving an award.Alice Wise and Cornell AgriTech recognized with awards from the New York Wine and Grape Foundation

Cornell Cooperative Extension viticulture specialist Alice Wise, received the New York Wine and Grape Foundation’s annual “Unity Award”, while Cornell AgriTech was recognized with its annual “Research Award”.





Spotted Lanternfly Basics for Grape and Apple Industries. This Northeastern IPM project webinar recording addresses what grape and apple growers need to know about the Spotted Lanternfly -- an invasive insect pests established in Pennsylvania, and which last summer was first found in New York state.