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OGIC Meeting set for January 24

The Oklahoma Vineyard Survey results will be presented at the Oklahoma Grape Industry Council (OGIC) annual meeting on January 24 beginning at 10 a.m. Dr. Stafne and Becky Carroll traveled around the state during April and again in July touring vineyards and collecting data. Results from soil and petiole samples submitted from vineyards will also be discussed. The Vineyard Survey was made possible by an Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food & Forestry Specialty Crop Grant that was awarded to the OGIC. Some of the project goals were to identify needed quality improvements in Oklahoma vineyards, identify grape varieties that can be grown in the different eco-regions, and to provide additional subject matter to incorporate into educational and extension programming

The annual meeting will be held at Tatanka Ranch hosted by Sandy Sarette, an OGIC member and vineyard operator. Cost will be $15.00 per person (cash or check) which includes a lunch of salad bar, baked potato bar, and soup as well as a wine tasting at the end of the day. Tatanka Ranch, located near Stroud, is a central location and rooms are available for those who wish to stay. Room reservations can be made by contacting Sandy directly at ssarette@thetatankaranch.com or by phone 918-368-2251. Take time to register for the annual meeting today by mailing a check to Jill Stichler, OGIC Treasurer, 10851 Bryant Road, Lexington, OK 73051.

Make plans to attend to hear Dr. Stafne's findings of Oklahoma vineyard's conditions as well as hear other educational programs through out the day. A agenda will be finalized within the next few days. Members are asked to send in their nominations for OGIC officers and the Max Knotts Viticulture and Enology awards by January 8. For more information on the program or to make nominations, please contact Susan Boehrer by email: redbudfarm@gmail.com or phone 405-426-7070.