**California winegrape growers in Napa and Sonoma have tried various methods to mitigate effects of heat on their crop, leading a handful of Sonoma County farmers to start growing cabernet sauvignon grapes on high-wire trellises.

The system, more common to the Central Valley, shades grape clusters with vine leaves.

Now researchers at the U.C.-Davis and Cal State, Fresno say the technique may result in dramatically less sun damage to winegrapes.

**John Deere announced it is investing $29.8 million to begin manufacturing harvesters in the U.S. instead of China.

Louisiana’s state development agency says the ag manufacturer is expanding an already-existing Deere factory that will produce medium-chassis cotton harvesters to replace the models currently built in China.

A Deere spokesman says, the employees at our Louisiana factory have demonstrated remarkable resiliency and commitment, describing how workers restored operations after Hurricane Ida hit last year.

**Another American railroad workers’ union has voted against a contract settlement with railroads.

The Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen is the latest union to vote against ratifying the agreement, with 60% voting no.

Over 300 trade associations covering local, state, and national-level groups wrote to the White House asking for intervention to keep railroads running.

The groups say if more unions vote no, a strike could shut

down the entire rail system.

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