Measuring Sustainability

Wines & Vines – Editorial Column
By: Clifford Ohmart
September 2011
“The wine community has embraced the concept of sustainability like no other cropping system. Since the early 1990s winegrowers and winemakers have been committed to moving along the sustainability continuum, from less sustainable to more sustainable. For the most part, progress has been

Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association: Launches interactive trade website

Date: April 20, 2011
By: Michelle Rothmeyer
In an effort to provide a more informative, interactive online experience for retailers, restaurateurs, food service personnel and members of the agricultural industry, the Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association (WPVGA) has redesigned and launched The site focuses solely on the needs of trade members,

Healthy Grown Program Update

March 22, 2011
By: Deana Knuteson, University of Wisconsin – Madison
The “Healthy Grown” potato program has enjoyed continual success since its inception enrolling 4000-6000 acres annually (10-15% of the Wisconsin fresh potato crop).  We have been successful in developing educational tools to help growers advance their practices to use more biologically-based, less toxic practices, to

Lodi Rules Grower: Dempel Ranch Vineyards

By: Ukiah Daily Journal Staff
Date: March 14, 2011
Lodi Rules growers are making headlines!  For example, Dempel Ranch Vineyards was recently featured in the Ukiah Daily journal. Take a look at the article below and learn more about the history of the Dempel operation and why their involvement in the Lodi Rules program is important.

Dempel Ranch

Healthy Grown Video

Healthy Grown Program
February 7, 2011
Are you interested in learning more about the Healthy Grown program that we administer? Check out this video which gives a brief highlight of the certification process and the standards that must be met in order to become Healthy Grown certified.

The Wisconsin Potatoes website has a wealth of useful information

“Green Consumers Skeptical of ‘Natural’ Label”

“Green Consumers Skeptical of ‘Natural’ Label”
January 13, 2011
According to a new study by MamboTrack Research, green consumers are increasingly skeptical of the products being labeled as ‘natural’. The most notable statistic that displays this point is 65% of people interviewed showed interest in a uniform set of standards and guidelines for ‘naturally’ labeled

Lodi Rules vs. Organic

January 11, 2011
By:  Lange Twins Winery and Vineyards
The Lodi Rules program has grown increasingly strong since its start in 2005. The program is now certifying over 21,000 acres of wine grapes across California! LangeTwins Winery is just one of many local wineries that act as avid supporters of the program. You can see here their