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NGWI Elects Board Members, Officers
Thirteen board members and new officers from across the U.S. were elected at the National Grape & Wine Initiative Annual Meeting of Members held last week in Sacramento.

The National Grape & Wine Initiative (NGWI) has been recognized by USDA Agencies for their role as supporter and collaborator on Farm Bill programs
NGWI is pleased to have been recognized by officials from 2 important program sectors of the United States Department of Agriculture: The Plant Pest and Disease Management and Disaster Prevention Program (PPQ) and the National Clean Plant Network (NCPN). The recognition was presented to NGWI for exceptional teamwork and collaboration and support of the programs, collectively referred to as Section 10007 Program in the Farm Bill. The entire press release may be read here.

Camron King Named President of the National Grape and Wine Initiative
Wine industry executive Camron King has been selected as the new president of the National Grape & Wine Initiative (NGWI), effective May 2. He succeeds Jean-Mari Peltier, the organization’s first president who served from 2008 to 2015.

NGWI President Departs
Jean-Mari Peltier announced at a November meeting of the National Grape & Wine Initiative’s (NGWI) Executive Committee that she will  join Environmental Solutions Group, LLC , a Sacramento-based consulting practice, at the end of the year. Jean-Mari has served as NGWI’s president since August of 2008.

National Grape & Wine Initiative Announces $6 Million Federal Research Grant to Transform U.S. Vineyard Management (October 2015)
The National Grape & Wine Initiative (NGWI) recently announced it helped secure $6 million over four years in federal funding for research to develop and apply new technologies to transform the way grapes are grown throughout the United States.

Crop research will wither if farm bill fails to pass
September 16, 2012 - Obscured by the immense shadow cast by the Civil War is one of President Abraham Lincoln’s most significant and enduring legacies – the creation of the land grant university system now celebrating its 150th anniversary. 

In 1862, the Morrill Land-Grant College Act committed 17.4 million acres of land to all states for the purpose of establishing universities aimed at making higher education accessible to the masses while simultaneously boosting the nation’s farm economy with practical research for improving the ability of farmers to feed their countrymen. 

Dr. Lance Cadle-Davidson is Selected for the 2012 T.W. Edminster Research Associate Award
October 4, 2012 - A grape genomics project proposed by plant pathologist Dr. Lance Cadle-Davidson of the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Grape Genetics Research Unit at Geneva, NY, has been selected to receive ARS’ prestigious T.W. Edminster Research Associate Award. 

National Grape & Wine Initiative Announces Major Grant to Combat Trunk Diseases
October 5, 2012 - With trunk diseases devastating grape vineyards and other crops throughout the nation, $1.8 million in federal research funding has been secured in what is viewed as a major step to rid agriculture of this costly epidemic, the National Grape & Wine Initiative (NGWI) announced today.

Grape Consumption Associated with Healthier Eating Patterns in U.S. Children and Adults
October 9, 2012 - In a new observational study presented today at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Food and Nutrition Conference and Exposition (FNCE) in Philadelphia, PA, researchers looked at the association of grape consumption, in the non-alcoholic forms most commonly consumed – fresh grapes, raisins and 100% grape juice – with the diet quality of a recent, nationally representative sample of U.S. children and adults. Their findings suggest that, among adults and children, consumption of grapes and grape products is associated with healthier dietary patterns and increased nutrient intake.

Researchers analyzed the diets of more than 21,800 children and adults using data from the 2003-2008 National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (NHANES) and found that consumption of grape products is associated with increased nutrient intakes and a healthier dietary pattern among the U.S. population. View the results presented at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Food and Nutrition Conference and Exposition.

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