Baltimore County to sue Monsanto for alleged water contamination   

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Baltimore County is going to ask a federal judge to force agriculture chemical company Monsanto to pay for the cleanup of environmental toxins submerged in the county’s water bodies.

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Trump/Perdue not that into Farmers...   

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1. “I went to Madison feeling financially scared and emotionally depressed but hopeful,” said Paul Adams, who runs a 500-cow organic dairy near Eleva, WI."I came home feeling financially scared, emotionally depressed, unwanted, and unneeded.”

2. Brittany Olson left her Barron County farm at 2am to make the trip to Expo and hear Perdue speak. “To go through the effort to see the USDA secretary, only for him to say that small farms like ours likely have no future made me feel like little more than a peasant in a system of modern-day feudalism,” Olson said.

3. “To me, it really drew a line in the sand on just where this administration stands,” said Chippewa County dairy farmer George Polzin.
Danielle Erdvick summed it up this way in the story:
But I sense a fire growing in the belly of the family farmers I meet in my work with Farmers Union. Farmers are weary. But there’s a growing flicker that’s starting to feed a change in the narrative. No more will they be spoon-fed a top-down vision for rural America. Instead, I see a drive for a farmscape where fair prices, local food systems, clean water, and land conservation are at the heart of farm policy. How can we achieve it? It’ll take actually enforcing America’s antitrust laws and holding corporations accountable when they try to monopolize an industry. It’ll mean addressing market manipulation. It’ll mean not raising our hackles, as farmers and ag groups, every time someone wants to talk about clean water or livestock siting. It’ll mean continuing to adopt regenerative practices and thinking outside the box so we’re protecting our natural resources for our children and grandchildren.
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Farmers will never stop voting for Republicans. Sadly, GOP promises of "small government" simply mean they don't really have to do anything for their constituents, and deregulation is anything that basically leaves them alone.

Tariff War is not Their Fight: It seems farmers are okay sacrificing their livelihoods for big corporate interests seeking intellectual rights and protections. 

And then the last shoe dropped; Ag Sec. Sonny Perdue told us what big corporate Republican politicians were really thinking about family farmers:

Perdue told reporters that he doesn’t know if the family dairy farm can survive as the industry moves toward a factory farm model ... “In America, the big get bigger and the small go out. I don’t think in America we, for any small business, we have a guaranteed income or guaranteed profitability.”
A few farmers suddenly realized what was really going on...
Jerry Volenec, a fifth-generation Wisconsin dairy farmer with 330 cows, left the Perdue event feeling discouraged about his future. “What I heard today from the secretary of agriculture is there’s no place for me. Can I get some support from my state and federal government?"

Darin Von Ruden, president of the Wisconsin Farmers Union and a third-generation dairy farmer who runs a 50-cow organic farm (said) getting bigger at the expense of smaller operations like his is “not a good way to go.  Do we want one corporation owning all the food in our country?” 
Democrats, Governor Tony Evers backs Family Farms, despite never getting their vote, but after Sonny Perdue's comment, even our laid back Gov. had to say something:

"Are they struggling? Absolutely. But I think at the end of the day we need to get behind them rather than saying, ah maybe you should go larger. I, frankly, resent that the Department of Agriculture secretary from the federal government came in and kind of lambasted them."
But don't take Evers word for it, here's a comment made at the Minnesota Farmfest about CAFO's. Note: Why were visa's for dairy labor ever determined to be seasonal and not year around?:


Trump Piled on First: Remember this...
Wisconsin dairy farmers are still feeling the sting of Trump's visit to Milwaukee in July, where the president downplayed the suffocation felt by farmers here because of Trump's own tariffs.

Trump: "Some of the farmers are doing well. ... We're over the hump. We're doing really well."
Farmer Response...:
"If he's saying farmers are over the hump, he would be badly mistaken," said Darin Von Ruden, a third generation dairy farmer. "In order to get over the hump we need to stop losing dairy farms."
From PBS's Market to Market: Trump's says farmers are happy...


Farmers are slamming Trump's $28 billion farm bailout — more than double Obama's 2009 payment to automakers — as a 'Band-Aid'.
Perdue editorial doesn't repair Damage: Nope, his word salad backtrack to obscure how he really feels, is a little late. In fact, Perdue reminds farmers how this whole problem was really Trump creation:
Purdue: "President Donald Trump has made it his mission to support American agriculture and negotiate better trade deals so our productive farmers can sell their bounty around the globe."
And don't forget how Scott Walker pushed oversupply in the dairy industry.

Here's what one farmer, "a great patriot," really thinks about Trump:



In Gays Mills, WI, over production and large dairy farms are locking many out of getting into farming. From WPT's Portraits from Rural Wisconsin:


          

U.S., Japan Sign Limited Deal on Farming, Digital Trade Deals   

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U.S., Japan Sign Limited Deal on Farming, Digital Trade Deals(Bloomberg) -- The U.S. and Japan signed a limited trade deal intended to boost markets for American farmers and give Tokyo assurances, for now, that President Donald Trump won’t impose tariffs on auto imports.The accords on agriculture and digital trade cover about $55 billion worth of commerce between the world’s largest- and third-biggest economies, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said at a ceremony in the Oval Office alongside Trump.The accord is a “game changer for our farmers” and ranchers, Trump said at the event.The goal is for the accord to take effect Jan. 1.Trump, who faces re-election next year, was eager to make a deal with Japan to appease U.S. farmers who have been largely shut out of the Chinese market as a result of his trade war with Beijing. American agricultural producers, also reeling from bad weather and low commodity prices, are a core component of Trump’s political base.Under the deal, Japan will lower or reduce tariffs on some $7.2 billion of American-grown farming products, including beef and pork.Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s priority was to win a pledge that the U.S. won’t slap tariffs on Japanese automobile exports, a sector valued at about $50 billion a year and a cornerstone of the country’s economy.Read more: Click here for the most recent research from Bloomberg EconomicsThe written text of the deal doesn’t explicitly cover auto tariffs, but Abe has said he received assurances that Japan would be spared from them.The proposed pact won’t lower the barriers protecting Japan’s rice farmers -- a powerful group supporting Abe’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party. This could help the prime minster smooth the deal’s course through parliament, where it must be ratified before coming into effect.The U.S. has said this agreement -- which was signed in principle on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly last month -- is just the first phase of a broader agreement.To contact the reporters on this story: Justin Sink in Washington at jsink1@bloomberg.net;Jennifer A. Dlouhy in Washington at jdlouhy1@bloomberg.net;Brendan Murray in London at brmurray@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Margaret Collins at mcollins45@bloomberg.net, Sarah McGregor, Robert JamesonFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



          

Small farms are struggling—now there’s a crowdfunding platform for that   

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Through Steward, individual investors can put as little as $100 into small, sustainable farms that otherwise have trouble gaining access to government and bank loans.

On Tuesday, October 1, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue made a grave statement about the lifespan of the country’s small dairy farms. “In America, the big get bigger and the small go out,” Perdue said after attending the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin. This extends to all types of small farming enterprises in the U.S., from fruit and vegetable to grain and livestock, which struggle to make ends meet.

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USDA Will Use Bacon-Curing Chemical To Curb Feral Hog Population   

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From Texas Standard . Wild boars, feral swine – many call them feral hogs. But as lots of Texans know, they’re the source of much angst and misery. Feral hogs cause property loss of more than $1.5 billion nationwide, about a quarter of which is in Texas. And that may be a conservative estimate. Now, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is stepping in with what it hopes is a solution.
          

E.A. Whitney Professorship in Plant Sciences - University of Wyoming - Sheridan, WY   

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‘Leave our small girls alone’– AfDB Boss, Dr. Akinwumi A. Adesina’s Wise Counsel To Men Is Definitely Spot-on!   

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Dr. Akinwumi A. Adesina, President of African Development Bank (AfDB) has voiced his annoyance at the way child marriage is on the increase. Lending his voice to end child marriage in Africa, the former Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development

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USDA, Cooperative Extension, & APLU Award Top Honors in Extension Excellence and Diversity   

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APLU: Jeff Lieberson, (202) 478-6073
USDA-NIFA: William Hoffman, (202) 401-1112
Cooperative Extension: Sandy Ruble, (202) 478-6088

WASHINGTON, October 7, 2019 – Recognizing visionary leadership and diversity in educational programming, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), Cooperative Extension, and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) today announced that Matthew Devereaux, of the University of Tennessee, will receive the 2019 Excellence in Extension Award, and two Iowa State University-led teams, will receive the National Extension Diversity Award. Both awards, along with Regional Excellence in Extension Awards, will be presented at a ceremony on Nov. 10 in San Diego, California during APLU’s 132nd Annual Meeting. NIFA and Cooperative Extension have sponsored the awards since 1991.

“NIFA is proud to support the national network of extension experts and educators through our land-grant institution partnership,” said NIFA Director J. Scott Angle. “This collaboration brings science-based knowledge to farmers, ranchers and community members to help them grow their businesses, raise healthy families and support their communities.”

“We applaud this year’s Excellence in Extension and National Extension Diversity Awards winners,” said Ed Jones, Associate Dean and Director of Extension, Virginia Tech, and Chair of the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy. “Their work stands as an exceptional example of the impact of Cooperative Extension for the people in all 50 states and five U.S. territories where more than 32,000 Cooperative Extension professionals serve.”

National Excellence in Extension Award The Excellence in Extension Award is given annually to one Cooperative Extension professional who excels at programming, provides visionary leadership and makes a positive impact on constituents served.

Matthew Devereaux is Interim Assistant Dean and Department Head for Family and Consumer Sciences at the University of Tennessee Extension. Much of Devereaux’s work has centered on developing innovative and highly impactful youth programs. Specifically, his research has focused on best practices for positively developing youth in afterschool settings.

His findings show the importance of focusing heavily on a student’s social/emotional development during the beginning of the school year to improve learning as the year progresses. Devereaux’s research has shown students have greater gains in grades and standardized test scores when incorporating significant social/emotional learning programming that teaches students how to recognize, understand, label, express and regulate emotions. He’s also focusing on developing resources on adverse childhood experiences (ACES), mindfulness, quality childcare and early brain development. He’s aiming to examine the impact of positive fathering in future research.

National Diversity in Extension Award The National Diversity Award recognizes significant contributions and accomplishments in achieving and sustaining diversity and pluralism.

Kimberly Greder, Professor of Human Sciences Extension and Outreach Family Life Specialist, leads efforts in Iowa to implement and evaluate extension programs to reduce educational and health disparities facing Latino families. Using Juntos Para Una Mejor Educación (Together for a Better Education), Greder and her teams helped 1,300 Latino youth and parents gain information, develop skills, access resources and broaden networks to help youth identify paths to post-secondary education.

In partnership with the University of Illinois, Iowa faculty engaged 262 parents and children of Mexican heritage in an extension research study focused on testing the efficacy of Abriendo Caminos, a curriculum designed to promote healthy lifestyles and reduce obesity risk. Preliminary findings revealed that families who participated had larger increases in good cholesterol levels, and larger decreases in bad cholesterol and blood inflammation, suggesting improved lifestyle behaviors reducing obesity risk. These efforts led to significant strides in expanding extension’s capacity to engage with and provide responsive programming to Iowa Latino families.

Regional Awards NIFA, Cooperative Extension, and APLU will also present four regional awards for excellence this year. The 2019 Regional Excellence in Extension recipients are:

  • 1890 Institutions Region: Dorothy Brandon, Family and Finance Extension State Specialist at Alabama A&M University, for work to improve thousands of adults’ financial well-being.
  • North Central Region: Dianne Shoemaker, Extension Field Specialist, Dairy Production Economics and Associate Professor at The Ohio State University, for holistic farm business management education efforts that help dairy farms improve profitability and sustainability.
  • Northeast Region: Gordon Johnson, Assistant Professor and Fruits and Vegetables Extension Specialist at the University of Delaware, for work to address challenges facing fruit and vegetable producers in Delaware and the broader mid-Atlantic region.
  • Southern Region: Mark Peterson, Professor of Community and Economic Development with the Division of Agriculture at the University of Arkansas System, Cooperative Extension Service, for efforts to build vibrant, sustainable communities and regions through community leadership education programming and mentoring.
  • Western Region: Dave Schramm, Family Life Extension State Specialist, Human Development and Family Studies at Utah State University, for innovative, scholarly leadership of family life programs.

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USDA Announces $16.2 Million to Support Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers   

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WASHINGTON, Oct. 7, 2019 – Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it will issue $16.2 million in grants (PDF, 325 KB) to provide training, outreach, and technical assistance to underserved and veteran farmers and ranchers.


          

USDA Invests $152 Million to Improve Broadband Service in 14 States   

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WASHINGTON, Oct. 7, 2019 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Donald “DJ” LaVoy today announced that USDA is investing $152 million in 19 projects (PDF, 121 KB) to provide or improve rural broadband service in 14 states.


          

Pito (7) arestado sa Jeddah dahil sa ipinagbabawal na kagamitan at maling pamamaraan ng pangingisda. Dalawa (2) sa mga naaresto ay Pinoy   

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Arabic News Source: Sabq.org October 7, 2019, Jeddah – Arestado ng mga koponan mula sa Fisheries Unit ng Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture at ng mga border guards ng Jeddah; ang pito (7) ka...
          

Service Dept Technician - Preeceville - Pattison Agriculture Limited - Preeceville, SK   

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Agriculture Equipment Technician - Rocky Mountain Equipment - Preeceville, SK   

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€¢ Complete work orders and enter technician notes into computer. We offer an exceptional compensation structure with benefits including health, disability and…
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agricultural equipment technician - Pattison Agriculture Ltd. - Kamsack, SK   

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Agricultural Equipment Technician Red Seal Certificate. Heavy-Duty Equipment Technician Red Seal Endorsement. Mechanical Maintenance and Repair Specialization.
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Cattle Ranchers Are Calling Out the Trump Administration   

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It’s often said that the agriculture industry—farmers and ranchers—helped get Donald Trump elected. But after several extremely difficult years and a costly trade war, many are beginning to turn on th ... - Source: modernfarmer.com
          

Crowdsourcing Sustainable Agricultural Practices   

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The agriculture sector produces 14 percent of the world’s greenhouse gases. Now, with new shared technology in hand, even small farms can be full partners in mitigating climate change.
          

Territory Manager- Agronomy - ASLE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP (ATG) - Saskatoon, SK   

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Present technical information related to agriculture and growing groups of various foods and grains, from apples to zucchinis. Reporting to the Sales Manager:
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Tariffs are terrible economic policy, and it’s very hard to make them not terrible | American Enterprise Institute - AEI   

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Tariffs didn’t make America great, nor did they make it the world’s preeminent industrial power. As trade economist Douglas Irwin notes in his new paper, “U.S. Trade Policy in Historical Perspective” (based on his recent book, “Clashing over Commerce: A History of US Trade Policy”), America’s late 19th century protectionism did little to nothing to promote capital accumulation, technological progress, and the shift of resources from agriculture to industry and services. Protectionism was a bad idea then, and it remains a bad idea now. via www.aei.org
          

Trump Says Ethanol Deal Will Be Around 16 Billion Gallons   

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Trump's EPA unveiled the plan last week to boost US biofuels consumption to help struggling farmers, but did not provide an exact figure; the plan cheered the agriculture industry but triggered a backlash from Big Oil, which views biofuels as competition
          

Methodologies mapping of the community museum project’s socially engaged art and design practices   

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Title: Methodologies mapping of the community museum project’s socially engaged art and design practices Authors: Siu, KC Abstract: The work constitutes a series of methodological analysis (in form of visual mappings) of the author's past and current socially engaged art and design projects, which had attempted to link photography, drawing and visual design with community studies and social activism; The visual maps exhibit the methodological explanation of the author's community design processes of various projects , namely, A ) Street as the Museum: Lee Tung Street (2005, HK) , B) The Museum of Complaints (2010, South Korea ), C) The Riverside Scene of Local Agriculture , (2011 , HK) and D) the timely documentation of the "complaints" (a street scene in three stages) during the Hong Kong Occupy Movement (2014, HK); In creating these projects, the author and his team, the Community Museum Project, employed different approaches of community engagement and participatory design to arrive at the visual outcomes, which had, in turn, become unique visual objects for public persuasion (see examples of A) B), C) and D of the above respectively). These approaches, visually expressed as exhibits, illustrated how E. Wenger's (1998) model of Communities of Practice could be applied in real life activism contexts, both in Hong Kong and Anyang, South Korea. This particular 2014-15 Exhibition, organized by the Association of Visual Art of Taiwan, and the Centre for Research and Development of the Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University, was the first of its kind to survey relevant socially engaged creative practices in Taiwan and Hong Kong since the 2000s. It surveys the different approaches in socially engaged art, participatory design, and social curating currently prevail in the cultural, arts and design circle in the region, (and where the Community Museum Project is considered one of the pioneers.)
          

Nigeria: Nigerian Banks Give Only 4% of Their Loans to Agriculture   

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[Premium Times] Despite efforts by the Nigerian government to focus on agriculture and make it a mainstay of the Nigerian economy, Nigerian banks gave only 4.20 per cent of their total loans to the sector in the second quarter (Q2) of this year.
          

Vegetable growers warn of shortages   

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Vegetable growers are warning proposed Government policies could create vegetable shortages and cause prices to skyrocket in coming years. The Agriculture and Environment Ministers are visiting Pukekohe today, to hear industry leader's concerns. RNZ rural reporter, Maja Burry, filed this report.
          

177 millions de personnes ont faim en Afrique de l’Ouest (Rapport Fao)   

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Plus de 2 milliards de personnes affamées dans le monde dont 177 millions en Afrique de l’Ouest. Ce qu’a révélé le rapport 2019 de l’Organisation des Nations-unies pour l’alimentation et l’agriculture (Fao). Selon son coordonnateur [...]
          

Ep104: Flooding Impact On Agricultural Systems   

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Consider Napa’s Other Cab   

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It is a chilly, sunny February afternoon in Napa Valley.  Tasting rooms are packed and wine routes are busy, much busier than I remember from previous visits.



It’s been five years since my last visit to the region and just over a decade since I spent weekends roaming Napa’s wine routes while working on a nine-month project in the Bay Area.



Napa served as my introduction to wine a dozen years ago and the foundation of my initial wine education. Those early trips were largely about cabernet sauvignon, but today I’m in search of Napa’s other Cab — cabernet franc.



Cabernet sauvignon may be King of Napa Valley — 23,000 of the 43,000 acres of vines in the region are planted to the grape — but, over 30 grape varieties are being cultivated for wine across the region.



Among the other varieties thriving in vineyards across the Valley is cabernet franc, the ancient red grape of the right bank of Bordeaux and the Loire Valley where it’s grown for centuries (though recent genetic analysis indicates the grape originated in the Spanish País Vasco, Basque Country).  It’s also the genetic parent of cabernet sauvignon.



Often used to add bright aromatics to red blends, cabernet franc wines are lighter, juicier, softer, more perfumed and versatile than those made from its progeny.  



Two weeks before this trip, I organized a Napa BYOB dinner with friends to get reacquainted with wines of the region.



There were several exceptional cabernet sauvignons and chardonnays, a serviceable merlot and a seriously delicious ribolla gialla shared that evening, but it was a 2016 cabernet franc from Detert Family Vineyards that stole the evening.  



Aromatically charming and intense, a perfect blend of new world fruit and old world spice and earthy notes, the grapes for the Detert Cabernet Franc were grown in To Kalon, the iconic American vineyard.



To Kalon — Ancient Greek for ‘the highest beauty’ — is situated between Highway 29 and the edge of the Mayacamas mountains in western Oakville in the heart of Napa Valley.



Established in 1868 by Napa wine pioneer Hamilton Walker Crabb, To Kalon spans 678 acres today and is the source of Cabernet Sauvignon for some of the most prestigious and expensive American wines.



The origins of cabernet franc in Napa are opaque but one of the first plantings is thought to be seven decades ago in To Kalon. Planted along the northwestern edge of To Kalon in 1949, the seven acre plot has been farmed by the Deterts Family Vineyards team for six decades.



Like the cabernet sauvignons made from grapes grown in the gravelly soils of Ta Kalon, the complex and expressive Detert Cabernet Franc is one of the most acclaimed in Napa.



About 20 miles southeast of the Detert vineyard at To Kalon, cabernet franc is thriving in vineyards planted on Sugarloaf Mountain East in southeast Napa.  



Cabernet franc evangelist John Skupny, and his wife Tracey, founded Lang & Reed (the middle names of their two sons) in 1996 in St. Helena to focus on Napa’s other cabernet.   



The Skupnys left their careers in the restaurant industry in the midwest to move to Napa in 1980.  “We drank a lot of cab franc when we lived in the midwest working in the restaurant industry so we had an appreciation for the potential the grape and believed it could make excellent wines in Napa,” explained Skunpy.



“We made an experimental cab franc in 1993, started commercial production in 1996 and have made one every vintage since.”



In 2007, Napa viticulturist Bill Hill contacted Skupny about buying cab franc grown on Sugarloaf Mountain in southeast Napa.  “I’ve been working with cab franc in Napa so long I’m like an orphanage for it, growers often contact me about buying fruit,” said Skupny with a chuckle.



“I wasn’t looking for new fruit sources at that time but said I’d be interested in walking the vineyard.  Bill sent me a map and I noticed it was planted with the Entlav 214 clone that originated in the Loire Valley and thrives in cool sites like Sugarloaf Mountain east.”



In his over two decades of experience working with cabernet franc in Napa, Skupny has gained a deeper appreciation for the importance of site and clonal selection, “I’ve found Entlav 214 performs great here in cooler sites that drain well and are planted on the mid to upper benchlands.  Cab franc vines on Sugarloaf Mountain are planted just above the fog line on a 20% slope with southwest exposure which is why the wine is so expressive.”



Elizabeth Vianna, winemaker at Chimney Rock Vineyards who farms nearly four acres of cabernet franc in the Stags Leap District, is a big fan of the grape and feels it’s underrated but starting to get more deserved attention, “Cab Franc is a niche grape here [in Napa] but there is definitely a growing buzz around the grape as a varietal wine for sure.”    



Adding to cabernet franc’s appeal is the grape’s versatility as a varietal wine.



Winemaker Steve Matthiasson says, “Cab Franc is actually an adaptable variety, making more Cabernet Sauvignon-like wine planted up-valley where it’s warmer, and lighter more aromatic wines in the south part of the valley.  It can work on east or west exposures, but again, it’s a bit of a chameleon style-wise, and it will be riper and more powerful on the southwestern exposures, and more aromatic on the northeastern exposures.”



“Cab Francs from the cooler AVAs like Stags Leap express a brighter personality but it is thriving across the Valley because it’s so versatile,” said Vianna, who farms nearly four acres of Cabernet Franc in the Stags Leap District.



“In a blend, Cab Franc brings freshness and liveliness but has a lot to stay on it’s own as a varietal wine,” says Brian Kay, winemaker at Trefethen Family Vineyards, who farms just over five acres of the grape in the Oak Knoll District.



At $8,505 per ton in 2018, cabernet franc is the most expensive grape in the region (compared to $7,925/ton for Cabernet Sauvignon) but is often a serious bargain in bottle compared to the cabernet sauvignon. [Ref. 1]



Cabernet franc may not be the first cabernet that comes to mind when you think of Napa Valley and may always be in the shadow of its progeny, but these wines are compelling and worthy of a place at your table.



For a taste of Napa’s other Cab, seek out Cabernet Franc wines from Corison, Detert, Beringer, Cornerstone, PRIDE Mountain, Crocker & Star, and these producers:



Ref. 1: Price per ton as reported in the United States Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service Grape Crush Report and Napa County Agricultural Crop Report (page 10).
Lang & Reed 2016 Two-Fourteen Cabernet Franc



Named for the Entav 214 clone, Two-Fourteen is 100% cabernet franc grown on the sloped hillside of Sugarloaf Mountain.  This is the only Cabernet Franc in the region made exclusively from the Entav 214 clone.  Medium-bodied and ruby in color, this wine pulls you in to the glass with aromas of red raspberry, blueberry and spice.  Energetic, revealing a complex range of flavors including raspberry, cherry, dried strawberry, tobacco leaf, violet and spice with hints of black olive on the edges. Lengthy dried herb and dark berry finish. Seriously delicious.



Matthiasson 2016 Cabernet Franc



Made from 100% Cabernet Franc from Matthiasson’s home vineyard in the western Oak Knoll District.  An aromatically charming Cabernet Franc from the restrained hand of winemaker, Steve Matthiasson; a bridge from new to old world.  Pale ruby in color, offering aromas of red fruits, spices and dried herbs followed by flavors of ripe plum, sage and mineral.  Mouthwatering acidity with a long herbaceous finish. A compelling expression of Cabernet Franc.



Trefethen 2016 Cabernet Franc



Founded in 1968, Trefethen is now managed managed by the third generation. Made 100% Cabernet Franc grown in Trefethen’s estate vineyard in the Oak Knoll District in southern Napa from vines planted in 2003. Aged 18 months in French oak (22% new).  Cab Franc offering notes of tobacco leaf, violets, dark cherry, and cranberry around a core of dried herbs.  Hints of toasty oak and black tea linger on the finish.



Chimney Rock 2014 Estate Cabernet Franc  



Made from 100% Cabernet Franc grown in the Chimney Rock estate vineyard in the Stags Leap District AVA in southern Napa Valley.  A robust and complex Cab Franc offering pronounced dark fruit, violets, baking spice, and leather aromas with savory notes lingering. Energetic and powerful in the mouth, revealing a range of dark berry and earthy flavors.  Ample acidity. Lengthy vanilla and blueberry notes on the finish.



Barnett 2016 Cabernet Franc



Made from grapes grown in Barnett’s estate vineyard on Spring Mountain in St. Helena at 1,800 feet in elevation, just above the fog line.  A complex and layered Cabernet Franc, offering ripe plum, tobacco leaf, pomegranate, and bright raspberry aromas; the 6% Merlot adds ripe blueberry and cocoa powder aromas on the edges.  Medium-bodied, the palate is expressive, full of dark fruits, cedar, violets, olive tapenade, framed by moderate tannins and a lively red acidity with mint tea on the finish.

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A Virginia native, Frank Morgan founded DrinkWhatYouLike.com nine years ago to chronicle his wine experiences and share stories of local wines and winegrowers. Morgan is the wine columnist for VA Growler Magazine.  He contributes to Piedmont Virginian Magazine, The Virginian-Pilot online, edibleDC, the wine site Snooth, and PBS.  He is the founder of Virginia Wine Chat, a monthly virtual tasting series featuring notable wines and winemakers.  He lives in the Coastal Virginia region with his wife and daughter.  Connect with him on Instagram:  /DrinkWhatYouLike


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