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Grapes: Organic Production
USDA, Penn State University, and Mountain View Vineyards are collaborating in an effort to develop a more profitable, organic wine grape for the Northeast, reports Lehigh Valley Business. Verona is a hybrid grape bred for insect- and disease-resistance that could make it possible to grow high-quality grapes organically and profitably in the challenging climate of the Northeast. So far, the Verona grape is growing well in tests, even with fewer sprays of organic treatment. Testing the grape in wine is still a few years away, but the participants in this project have hopes that Verona will help support a high-quality wine industry in the Poconos.