Lodi growers are looking forward to a reprieve from some stiff state regulations to keep the European grapevine moth under control. A quarantine over San Joaquin County agriculture will lift on March 8, though officials say some controls will remain in place to monitor the pest. Quarantines were also lifted from Fresno, Merced and Mendocino counties.
"Thank God they lifted the quarantine," said Joe Valente, vineyard and orchard manager for Kautz Farms. "We had to treat those sections different for a couple years."