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From 1998 to about 2000, more than 40 percent of the Temecula Valley vineyards were removed due Pierce’s disease, which is spread by the glassy-winged sharpshooter. In 2000, the California Department of Food and Agriculture received money from the federal government to provide compensation to growers and alleviate the impact of their losses caused by this disease. In order to process the amount of compensation, both the growers and CDFA required current information on production practices and costs of establishment for winegrape production in the impacted areas.
The cultivar 'Kerman' is planted on more than 95% of current pistachio acreage. While Kerman has been an extremely successful variety, growers would benefit from a variety that produces a higher proportion of split nuts. Also, although the U.S. pistachio industry prides itself on producing large, unstained nuts, a new selection with even whiter and larger nuts would give the U.S. a further market advantage. In addition, the almost exclusive planting of a single cloned variety makes the pistachio industry genetically susceptible to new plant diseases.
A 1999 survey of California farm operators revealed a growing need for materials on two increasingly profitable industries: agritourism and nature tourism. Farmers and ranchers have heretofore lacked a centralized resource for obtaining such materials, in a time when opportunities abound for tourist ventures to take root.