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Precision Management in Vineyards
Grapegrowing Breakout Session

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Regardless of the market situation we face, successful growers continually challenge conventional thinking, test new ideas and invest in innovation. Considering our ever-changing market, innovative growers are adopting precision agriculture to deal with the reduced availability of labor and increasing costs of inputs on top of drops in grape prices.

Each of our panelists will share their stories of three technology moves that could be game changers. If you are contemplating an investment in a significant technological innovation for your vineyard operations, then you will want to hear from these professionals that are using technology to guide their organizations’ decision-making.

This Session is designed to address how innovative growers are adjusting to the reality of producing high quality fruit while reducing inputs through technology. Growers across regions, land, and price points will provide information on innovative growing techniques.

*Applied for 1 Integrated Pest Management CEU for Certified Crop Advisors

*Applied for 1-hour CE (other) for Pest Control Advisors and Pesticide Applicators

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Moderator:

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Matt Frank
Trinchero Family Estates, California

Matt is responsible for leading Vineyard Operations at Trinchero Family Estates. Serving as Senior Director, he is responsible for overseeing Vineyard activities at TFE properties throughout the state of California.

Matt joined the company in 2012 as a Vineyard Intern and since then has held various positions in the organization including Viticulturist, Vineyard Manager, and was recently promoted to Senior Director of Vineyard Operations. Matt serves on various boards and has a personal interest in developing the next generation of Vineyard Leaders at TFE.

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Speakers:

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Nick Dokoozlian
E. & J. Gallo Winery, California

Dr. Nick Dokoozlian is the Vice President of Winegrowing Research at E&J Gallo Winery in Modesto, CA. He also serves as the Research Chair for the National Grape and Wine Initiative, and is an Associate Editor of the American Journal of Viticulture and Enology.

Prior to joining E. &J. Gallo, Dokoozlian was a member of the Department of Viticulture and Enology at the University of California, Davis. Dr. Dokoozlian received his PhD in Plant Physiology from the University of California, Davis.

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Lav R. Khot
Washington State University, Prosser

Lav Khot is an Associate Professor of Precision Agriculture in the Department of Biological Systems Engineering and is a core affiliated faculty for the Center for Precision & Automated Agricultural Systems Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center. His research and extension program focuses on sensing and automation technologies for site specific and precision management of production agriculture. He has published 80+ peer-reviewed papers and 300+ combined national and international conference talks, extension/outreach workshops and short courses.

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Bob Thomas
Mesa Vineyard Management, California

Graduate of Oregon State University. Bob has been a vineyard manager with Mesa Vineyard Mgmt. since 1991. Bob has managed Castoro’s vineyards since 2003 and has converted their 1,500 acres to certified organic.

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