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Wine symposium announces keynote speaker

Tim Hearden 2020 Unified Wine and Grape Symposium
Speakers make presentations at the 2020 Unified Wine and Grape Symposium in Sacramento.
USDA climate director to discuss how extreme weather affects ag during Jan. 25-27 conference.

With so much attention paid to climate change, the 2022 Unified Wine and Grape Symposium this January has appropriately recruited the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) climate director to open the prestige three-day event.

As Unified’s opening-day luncheon keynote speaker, Steven Ostoja, director of the USDA California Climate Hub, will offer his  insights into how a changing climate and extreme weather are affecting agriculture and winegrape production, adaptation strategies growers need to know about and ways the industry can combat a changing climate. The luncheon will take place at Sacramento’s SAFE Credit Union Convention Center on Tuesday, Jan. 25, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Based at the Agricultural Research Services’s Sustainable Agriculture Water Systems Research Unit, Ostoja is a Fellow at the John Muir Institute of the Environment at the University of California, Davis. He’s responsible for leading the development and delivery of regional, science-based information to enable climate-smart agricultural and forestry decision-making for the largest agricultural producing state in the nation.

Ostoja’s research into applied natural resources management, human-environment ineractions, and climate adaptation science has been published in over 50 peer-reviewed government and technical publications.

Registration for the Unified Wine & Grape Symposium is online at or by calling (888) 529-9272. The Keynote Luncheon is a separate fee and includes a plated lunch and wine. The 2022 Unified Wine & Grape Symposium will be held on Jan. 25-27, with exhibits open on January 26 and 27, at the SAFE Credit Union Convention Center, 1400 J St., Sacramento, Calif. 95814.

Unified is following the most current COVID-19 health and safety requirements. To learn more about its safety measures, visit the website or click on this link.

Built with the joint input of growers, vintners and allied industry members, the Unified Symposium has served as a clearinghouse of information important to wine and grape industry professionals for 28 years. Unified also hosts the industry’s largest trade show of its kind, with more than 850 booths displaying supplier’s products and services. For more information, go to

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