Growing, Making, and Improving Wines Workshop

Growing, Making, and Improving Wines Workshop

Growing, Making & Improving Wines Workshop 

October 21, 2016 

A.B. McKay Food Research & Enology Laboratory


Presented by

Drs. Eric Stafne & Juan L. Silva 

Mississippi State University


8:00 am               Registration

8:30 am               Introduction

9:00 am               Grape Varieties & other fruits 

Bunch grapes


Others: Blueberry, Strawberry, Blackberry

10:00 am             Vine Management techniques to improve wine quality 

10:30                    Break

10:45 am             Harvest 

11:15 am             Post-harvest management : sulfiting, temp/rh, rots/spoil

12:00                    LUNCH         

1:00 PM               Juice & Winemaking (class plus demo/lab) 

Factors that affect winemaking, Equipment

4:00 PM               Tasting 

                                    Wine & cheese

Discussion on future needs

Research, Regulations, Outreach


Featured Speaker- Ellen Butz

Ellen Butz (Harkness) has worked with the wine industry in the Eastern United States since 1979. She is a microbiologist who spent most of her career working with the yeast and bacteria involved in wine production and teaching winemakers the fine art of pleasing the microbes—thus making fine wines. She recently retired from Purdue University after 15 years as Enology Specialist for the Indiana wine industry. Prior to this she was an Enology Extension Specialist at Mississippi State University (1984-1992). In 2007, she and Dr. Richard Vine established Vintage Winery Consultants to help new and established wineries determine their analytical and quality control needs, assemble the equipment, and train winemakers to be proficient QC managers. In 2010 she was awarded the American Society for Enology and Viticulture Merit Award. In her spare time Ellie makes “non-commercial” wines, grows grapes and teaches others to love the art of the vine.


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Specialty Crop & Green Producer Workshop

Specialty Crop & Green Producer Workshop


Mississippi Farm Bureau is hosting a Specialty Crop and Green Producer Workshop


October 26, 2016

Cotton Blues Restaurant

6116 US 98, Hattiesburg

10 am – 2 pm

Topics Include:

  • Food Safety & Modernization Act

  • FSA Loan Opportunities

  • Grant Opportunities

  • Market Development

  • Labor Policy

  • RMA Risk Management Products

  • Worker Protection Standards


To RSVP, contact Chris Shivers




To download the flyer click shivers-flyer

Most Innovative Women in Food Named by Fortune and Food & Wine Magazines


Long-time friend of the Mississippi Food Policy Council, Emily Broad Lieb topped this year’s list of Most Innovative Women in Food! The list, released by Fortune and Food & Wine, highlights women who had the most transformative impact in the last year on what we eat and drink. “We considered hundreds of entrepreneurs, activists and […]

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Webinar Opportunity! Fish and Tackling Sustainable Production

Webinar Opportunity!  Fish and Tackling Sustainable Production

National Good Food Network Webinar

Fish and Tackling Stimulating Sustainable Production

Thursday, Sep 15
3:30 – 4:45pm ET (12:30 – 1:45pm PT)

Free! Register Now

On first blush, seafood seems quite different from our other food. Fishing is the last domain where most of the supply is hunted, rather than cultivated. Furthermore, we consume a much wider variety of aquatic animal species than terrestrial ones.

And yet so many of the lessons sustainable food systems promoters have learned apply to seafood as well – small scale tends to mean lower impact, local and short value chains increase the rewards to careful stewards of resources, and geography matters.

This webinar will examine how large-scale fishing compromises the environment, the return to traditional methods, the value of fishing certifications, and a truly innovative and sustainable approach to seafood farming. It will connect the problems and solutions of “landfood” with our other, often forgotten, source of food- the sea.

Join Niaz Dorry, executive director of the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance, and Bren Smith of Greenwave for this eye-opening webinar.

Part 1 of our Stimulating Sustainable Production Series, exploring innovations and the state of the art of increasing both the supply and demand for sustainable food at the center of our plates.

Reserve your spot – click here


Niaz Dorry



Bren Smith


Muscadine Field Day

Muscadine Field Day

Mississippi State University will host the annual Muscadine Field Day Aug. 27 at the McNeill Research Unit.

Speakers from the MSU Extension Service, Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service will discuss muscadine cultivars, best production practices, and insects and diseases.

The field day is from 9-11 a.m. Preregistration is not required for the free event. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

The McNeill Research Unit is located at 7 Gill Road near Carriere. Take Exit 15 off I-59 and drive west to Highway 11 in McNeill. Drive south on Highway 11 for about 2 miles.

Small bags will be provided for sampling fruit. Other bags and containers will not be allowed for that purpose.

For more information, contact Eric Stafne, MSU Extension fruit crops specialist, at 601-403-8939.

Calling All Agricultural Professionals! — Mississippi Food Policy Council


Calling all Agricultural Professionals: the Farm to Table Experience offers several opportunities to hone your skills and learn about new trends in the farm to table industry! Several sessions offered for agricultural professionals at all levels. Sign up for a session today: Plenary – “New Markets, New Opportunities: USDA’s Know Your Farmer, Know Your […]

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