Vit Fair

Seminars & Demos

Tuesday, November 6

Registration begins at 12:30 p.m.

1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
(Cabernet Hall)
Leadership and Teamwork

Liderazgo y Trabajo en Equipo
Speaker – Jess Gomez, Jess Gomez & Associates

Wednesday, November 7

(2 – Other, 2 – Laws & Regs)


7 a.m. – 8 a.m.
(Cabernet Hall)
Sustainable & Organic Best Practices for Pesticide Application in North Coast Vineyards

Mejores Prácticas Sostenibles y Orgánicas Para La Aplicación de Plaguicidas en Los Viñedos

Moderator – Arnulfo Solorio, Silverado Farming Company
Speaker – Rolando Sanchez, Walsh Vineyard Management
* 1 hour of CE credit approved (Other)

9:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.
(Cabernet Hall)
Best Practices for Planting Grapevines

Mejores Prácticas para la Plantación de Las Vides de Uva

Moderator – Arnulfo Solorio, Silverado Farming Company
Speaker – Francisco J. Araujo, Atlas Vineyard Management


8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
(Cabernet Hall)
North Coast Vineyard Case Studies: Diagnosing  Unusual Symptoms
Speakers – Dr. Monica Cooper, Ph.D, Napa County Viticulture Farm Advisor

Rhonda Smith, Sonoma County Viticulture Farm Advisor
*1 hour of CE credit approved (.5 Hours Other, .5 Hours Laws & Regs)

10 a.m.
(Outdoor Stage)
Rainbow Agricultural Services New Equipment Demonstration
10:30 a.m.
(Outdoor Stage)

PG&E Programs & Resources

Learn about PG&E’s energy efficiency rebates and incentives to upgrade your equipment, allowing for more effective energy management on time-of use rates coming to agriculture customers in March 2013.  Find out how to maximize your incentive payments with Peak Day Pricing electric rates.

11:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
(Outdoor Stage)
Best Practices for Planting Grapevines
Speakers – Josh Rubin, Gallo Family Vineyards
Jeff Lyon, Gallo Family Vineyards
12 p.m.
(Outdoor Stage)
Allied Propane Service Flamer Equipment Demonstration
12:15 p.m.
(Outdoor Stage)
Duarte Nursery – New Products Demonstration
Bigger, Better, and Uber-Amazing! 
12:30 p.m. – 1 p.m.
(Outdoor Stage)

Promoting Beneficial Bird Populations in North Coast Vineyards
Speaker – Dr. Julie Jedlicka, UC Berkeley

Learn how establishing owl and songbird nest boxes can increase the presence of beneficial birds in vineyards.  She will offer advice, describe best management practices, and distribute 1 free songbird nest box to the first 45 people at the session.
* .5 hours CE credits approved (Other)

(Outdoor Stage)
Central Valley Builders Supply & Profil Alsace Present

Engineered Trellising System
No Nuts, No Bolts, No Tools – Just Click and Grow

1:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
(Cabernet Hall)

Trivia Time: Current Laws & Regulations for Pesticide Application in Vineyards
Speaker – Chad Godoy, Napa County Agricultural Commissioner’s Office

Trivia questions will test attendees’ knowledge of pesticide application regulations. Get your winning team ready to compete!
* 1.5 hours of CE credits approved (Laws & Regs)