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Local Address: Lodi, California, United States
Vino Farms

Employment History

  • Owner
    Vino Farms
  • Partner and Chief Financial Officer
    Vino Farms
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One of the speakers, Vino ..., 31 Oct 2014 [cached]
One of the speakers, Vino Farms president John Ledbetter, will share his experience drawing up a succession plan for his family's multi-generational business.
"Succession planning is just as important as estate planning," Ledbetter told Wines & Vines during an interview about the Unified program. "I don't think it's ever too early to start."
For those worried about broaching difficult topics such as death and illness, Ledbetter has a warning: "The government has a plan for you" if you don't have your own succession plan in place. "You're not going to like it, and your family is not going to like it," he says of estate tax law.
"It's just as important to plan for who is going to run the business as who is going to own the business," he added.
"I Believe" Capital Campaign - California FFA Foundation, 29 Oct 2014 [cached]
Front Row (L to R): Ron Shuler, Len Monaco, Walt Shaw, Joe Martinez, George Gomes, Ben Higgins, Leland Ruth, Ole Mettler, John Ledbetter
John Ledbetter Vino Farms, Inc.
The Advisory Team | Ricky Gill for Congress, 7 July 2014 [cached]
John Ledbetter Owner, Vino Farms
Wine Articles VIII, 5 April 2012 [cached]
John Ledbetter, a partner and CFO of Lodi, Calif.-based Vino Farms, said it generally costs about $40 to $50 per ton to harvest with a machine. To pick the same grapes with a hand crew, it would probably be closer to $100 per ton. Add to that the cost of the tractors and trucks still needed with a hand crew, and the cost is closer to $150 per ton. Vino Farms manages more than 13,000 acres in 10 California counties stretching from Sacramento County in the northern Central Valley to Santa Barbara County on the Central Coast. Most of the company's acreage is machine harvested. Ledbetter said machines are faster and far more efficient. Two to four people operating machines can replace a crew of 60 to 70 laborers. "It's pretty easy to do the math on that," he said. Ledbetter said that some of the early harvesting technology was pretty rough on the vines. A few decades ago, he said, you could tell a machine had gone through by telltale signs of battered vines and torn canes. "Today, with the technology that's out there, you have to get out of your truck to see if the vines were picked by machines. The new technology is also being embraced by the next generation of winemakers, whom Ledbetter said have seen the advantages of machine harvesting.
Sustainable Conservation - News - Bridge, 1 Nov 2012 [cached]
"My family has a long history of taking care of this land, and I want to make sure that legacy lives on," says Vino Farm's owner John Ledbetter.
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