Local Opportunities

Lodi Calendar - June 2015Check this page for local educational opportunities hosted by the Lodi Winegrape Commission, universities, ag associations, and more. *ALWAYS* confirm event details with hosts.

To get your event posted, email the details in the format below to Dr. Stephanie Bolton, stephanie@lodiwine.com, with the subject line “new lodigrowers.com event.”  Join the email list using the link to the right to stay informed!

 Upcoming Educational Opportunities:

MOSS ADAMS: Active Business Planning & Insights for Wineries & Growers.

Date: Thursday, August 31st, 2017

Time: 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Venue: Online

Cost: FREE

Description: As a winery or grower, your ability to effectively manage and analyze mission-critical information can mean the difference between the mere survival of your business and effective growth.  During our next webcast, we’ll look at one of the latest business planning software applications, Adaptive Insights, and how it can specifically help wineries and growers create a more comprehensive, cost-effective, and continuous planning process.  Whether you’re considering opening a tasting room, changing distribution channels, or acquiring another winery, vineyard, or related business, identifying ways to improve your planning and decision making processes can help increase profitability—so you can continue to invest in your future.
For more information, click here.

Contact: Kelly Walsh for more information at (949) 221-4000

Register:  Online here.


Date: Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

Time: 7:30 am – 9:00 am

Venue: Burgundy Hall, 413 E Lockeford St, Lodi, CA 95240

Cost: FREE, breakfast burrito provided with an RSVP

Credits: 1.5 (DPR – CE OTHER) approved

Description: Local PCAs (and growers who manage their own pest control) will gather with technical advisors to discuss current vineyard pests and their management, including pertinent monitoring information and IPM strategies. Strategies for dealing with vineyard management challenges will be discussed. The goal is to create a strong local PCA network for communicating best pest management strategies and for support with solving viticultural anomalies.

RSVP: Contact the Lodi Winegrape Commission by phone 209.367.4727 or email lwwc@lodiwine.com.

UC DAVIS EXTENSION: Taxation and Accounting for the Vineyard.

Date: Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Venue: DaVinci. 1632 DaVinci Court, Davis, CA 95618

Cost: $210 includes course materials and lunch

Description: Understanding relevant tax and accounting issues is a vital step for successful start-up and ongoing vineyard operations. This course is tailored to help both the vineyard owner and entrepreneur. Learn the principles of accounting for a vineyard operation from the initial start-up phase through the land clearing, planting, pre-production and production stages. Tax aspects and specific accounting techniques for the expenditures in each phase will be discussed in detail.
For more information, click here.

RSVP: To register online, click here.


Date: Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

Time: 8:30 am – 11:00 am

Venue: Burgundy Hall, 413 E Lockeford St, Lodi, CA 95240

Speakers: Paul Verdegaal (Cost Study Co-Author), Mickie Nuss (F&M Bank), Representative from Bank of Stockton

Cost: FREE

Description: Paul Verdegaal will teach growers and bookkeepers how to pull out information from the most recent Lodi Vineyard Cost Study and customize it to calculate your operational costs.  Paul will also teach us how to separate out costs for specific practices such as pruning.  Then, bankers will teach us how to use that customized information to best prepare for a loan interview (for example, to purchase mechanization equipment).

RSVP: Contact the Lodi Winegrape Commission by phone 209.367.4727 or email lwwc@lodiwine.com.


Date: Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

Time: 7:00 am – 2:00 pm

Venue: Stanislaus County Fairgrounds, 900 N Broadway, Turlock, CA 95380

Cost: FREE includes coffee and breakfast at 7:00am

Description: The Tree & Vine Expo is held every year at the Stanislaus Fairgrounds, in Turlock, California, the heart of North Valley wine grape & tree nut country and is a place where Growers and PCAs gather to learn about the status of the industry, earn PCA credits, and visit with exhibitors. It is produced in cooperation with the North Valley wine and nut industries. There are nearly 6,000 grape & tree nut growers and PCAs in this area.
For more information, click here.

Register:  Online here.


Date: November 13th-15th, 2017

Venue: Madonna Inn Expo Center, 100 Madonna Road, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Cost: For tickets and prices, click here.

Description: The annual Sustainable Ag Expo provides farmers, ag professionals, and pest control advisors an opportunity to learn about and discuss the latest in farming research, resource issues, and business trends related to sustainable agriculture. Not only does the conference feature pathologists, weed specialists, entomologists, and extentionists from Cornell University, Kearney Ag Research and Education Center, and UC Davis, the three-day ag expo will also include presentations and panel discussions from farmers and consultants. This expansive mix provides an excellent platform to share the latest research, while offering practical approaches to sustainable farming. In addition, the conference offers generous continuing education hours for PCA’s and CCA’s.
For information on the expo, click here.
To see the program schedule, click here.


Date: Thursday, November 30th, 2017

Venue: Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95404

Description: For information on the expo, click here.

UC DAVIS EXTENSION: Current Issues in Vineyard Health.

Date: Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Venue: UC David Conference Center, 500 Alumni Lane, Davis, CA 95616

Cost: $210 includes course materials and lunch

Description: Guest instructors, chosen for their involvement in developing solutions to the problems associated with grape pests and diseases, provide the latest management information on current topics including: Breeding grapevines for Pierce’s Disease resistance, Controlling grape fungal disease such as powdery mildew and Botrytis bunch rot diseases, The grape grower’s role in managing exotic pests and diseases and Mealybugs and grapevine leafroll viruses.
For more information, click here.

RSVP: To register online, click here.

ZAP: ZINEX 2018.

Date: January 18th-20th, 2018.

Venue: San Francisco, CA

Cost: For tickets and prices, click here.

Description: Dine, Learn, Enjoy, Taste with legends and emerging rock stars of Zinfandel. ZinEX is a three-day wine and food extravaganza attracting wine lovers from around the world. Experience the classic character of Zinfandel at four extraordinary events featuring a diverse selection of wines and styles. The weekend includes a Welcome Reception, Farm-to-Table dinner, Flights seminar, Winemakers Auction & Dinner, and Grand Tasting. ZinEX 2018 features access to winemaker celebrities at three impressive venues, showcasing the talents of winemakers, chefs, and artisanal food purveyors. Your VIP package includes Heritage Club membership, tickets to each of these events and so much more.
For information on the expo, click here.


Date: January 23rd-25th, 2018 (Exhibits January 24th-25th, 2018)

Venue: Sacramento Convention Center, 1301 L Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

Description: For information on the symposium, click here.

WIVI 2018.

Date: Wednesday, March 21st, 2018

Venue: Paso Robles Event Center, 2198 Riverside Ave, Paso Robles, CA 93446

Description: WiVi Central Coast, is the premier wine and viticulture symposium and trade show in Central California. Now the largest wine industry event south of San Francisco, WiVi boasts 45,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space with nearly 200 exhibits and hundreds of new products, product demonstrations, educational seminars and networking opportunities for winemakers, grape growers, winery owners and managers.  This one-day conference and tradeshow features sessions by top industry leaders on regional viticulture, enology and DTC topics and gives attendees the opportunity to understand and experience new trends and technology.
For information on the expo, click here.

UC IPM Online Trainings.

The UC Statewide IPM Program provides online courses that reflect current advances in pest management and related topics. Selected courses are approved by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) for Continuing Education units. Some are also approved for structural units from the Structural Pest Control Board (SPCB).

Check out the UC Integrated Pest Management website for online trainings – some are free and some charge a fee: http://ipm.ucanr.edu/training/index.html.

Organizations Hosting Training Seminars and Educational Events (many of these qualify for Lodi Rules Standards 1.6 & 2.8).

Ag Safe Conference

American Society for Enology and Viticulture (ASEV) annual meeting

American Vineyard Grape Expo

Association of Applied IPM Ecologists (AAIE) annual conference

California Plant and Soil Conference (California Chapter of the ASA)

California State University-Fresno Biennial Grape Day

California Association of Pest Control Advisors (CAPCA) Meetings and Workshops

Clarksburg Grape Day

Dollars and Sense Tradeshow and Seminar

Foothill Grape Day

Lodi Farm Safety Day

Lodi Grape Day (every February)

Lodi District Grape Growers Association Seminars and Workshops

Lodi Winegrape Commission Seminars and Workshops

Napa Valley Viticulture Fair

Rootstock: Napa Valley Grapegrowers

San Joaquin Farm Bureau Seminars and Workshops

San Joaquin Valley Grape Symposium

San Joaquin Valley Winegrowers Association Annual Meeting and Industry Forum

Sonoma Grape Day

Sustainable Ag Expo (San Luis Obispo every fall)

University of California-Davis extension courses and seminars (RAVE, etc.)

Unified Wine and Grape Symposium (every January in Sacramento)

Vineyard Economics Seminar

Wine Industry Financial Symposium


World Ag Expo (every February)

Event Calendar
  1. Grower Marketing Committee Meeting

    August 23 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  2. Executive Committee Meeting

    August 24 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm