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Season's Greetings!

I hope you and your family have a good holiday season and a Happy (and safe) New Year! Thanks again for your support of our programs.

Here are some recent media highlights. 😉 The link will open a new window.

AHS AREC promotional video that highlights some of our activities.

The link did not work... It asks you to log in to VT. I will request the IT people to change the setting, but in a meantime, here's the same video.



We also appeared in the Library of Congress project “Winery Workers of Virginia”.

One more announcement: I will be moving this blog to a new location (ext.grapepathology.org) early next year. I had to make a change due to the email subscription service, which has been terminated. You do not need to change your bookmark or your email subscription. The URL will be forwarded to a new site and your email subscription has been moved to a new site already. 

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