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Tulare County Reports on Current Crop Status

Visalia, Calif., (June 24, 2016)

– Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner released the current status today of major crops in the second most valued county in the California Ag portfolio...

Confident Collaboration: Early Bird Registration

Hopland, Calif., (June 24, 2016)

– We talk about the need for collaboration all the time! There's no question about it's value, but we also know that it's one of the most difficult things to achieve when you enter a room of diverse viewpoints in the hopes of bringing them together in a common path...

Climate Smart Israel – to Jerusalem and the Sea of Galilee

Sacramento, Calif., (June 24, 2016)

– Secretary Ross is traveling through Israel this week with a California delegation interested in adaptation strategies for climate change and drought...

USDA California Crop/Weather Report for Week Ending June 19, 2016

Sacramento, Calif., (June 21, 2016)

– A hot and dry week across the state of California as an upper-level ridge of high pressure continued to sit over the western continental United States...

CDFA Announces SWEEP Funding Availability for 2016

Sacramento, Calif., (June 21, 2016)

– The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) will begin accepting applications today, June 20, 2016, for the State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP)...

Long-time leader of UC outreach in Spanish retires in June

Riverside, Calif., (June 21, 2016)

– When Myriam Grajales-Hall discovered her penchant for foreign languages, she set out to find a way to use her talent to make the world a better place, a goal she achieved in her 34-year career with the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR), based at UC Riverside...

UC Davis Joins 12 Public and Private Universities Calling for Increased Federal Investment in Agricultural Research in Response to Modern Challenges

Washington, D. C., (June 15, 2016)

– Thirteen prominent research institutions in the United States joined the SOAR Foundation today in calling for a surge in federal support of food and agricultural science...

State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP) technical Assistance Workshops

Sacramento, Calif., (June 15, 2016)

– The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has awarded $50,000 for 11 projects that will provide hands-on technical assistance to prospective State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP) applicants...

Local Microbes Can Predict Wine’s Chemical Profile, Study Finds

Davis, Calif., (June 15, 2016)

– Regionally distinctive groups of bacteria and fungi, associated with local climate and environmental conditions, may leave a very specific “fingerprint” on a wine’s chemical composition, report University of California, Davis, researchers who collaborated on a new study with two Napa Valley wineries...

Bulldoggers Rodeo Team Advances Six Qualifiers to Nationals

Fresno, Calif., (June 13, 2016)

– The Fresno State club rodeo team qualified six competitors for the College National Finals Rodeo, June 12-18, in Casper, Wyoming...

Change in State Dairy Farm Inspection Fees

Sacramento, Calif., (June 13, 2016)

– In order to maintain dairy farm inspection and sampling activities, the Department is increasing quarterly inspection fees for dairy farms in State Established Inspection Areas by $0.01 per hundredweight (cwt) according to the maximum volume and rate specified below...

Spotlight on Research: Lizard Malaria

Hopland, Calif., (June 13, 2016)

– Join lizard wrangler Dr. Anne Vardo-Zalik for a journey into the world of the malarial parasite...

Tulare County Reports on Current Crop Status

Visalia, Calif., (June 10, 2016)

– Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner released the current status today of major crops in the second most valued county in the California Ag portfolio. They report that With wheat silage harvest almost completed most fields are being replanted with Black-eyed beans, silage corn, Sudan grass, and silage sorghum. Wheat harvest for grain has begun, and wheat straw is being baled...

Public Meetings on Forest Plan Revisions

Sacramento, Calif., (June 10, 2016)

– The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) has released draft environmental impact statements (EIS) and forest plan revisions for the Inyo, Sequoia, and Sierra National Forests...

Wine Vision ventures to the New World – Sonoma County, California to be host destination for 2016

Santa Rosa, Calif., (June 10, 2016)

– Following two years in London and resounding success in Bilbao, Spain in December 2015 the premier international wine industry event, Wine Vision, will make its first visit to the New World of wine in 2016...

Fresno County Department of Agriculture Crop Report for the Month Ending Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Fresno, Calif., (June 8, 2016)

– Barley, oat, triticale and wheat were harvested and the straw was cut, baled and stacked; the fields were cultivated for new plantings of forage crops and silage corn...

CDFA and the University of California work together to identify natural enemies to protect citrus

Sacramento, Calif., (June 8, 2016)

– Citrus has a long and proud history in California. In 1895, the fruits helped make Riverside “the wealthiest city per capita in the nation,” as we explained in this article...

UC Davis Student Takes Father’s Lessons to Heart, Named Top Graduate

Davis, Calif., (June 8, 2016)

– University of California, Davis, student Lucydalila Cedillo grew up in East Los Angeles in a home without books, collected recyclable cans with her mother to help support the household and didn’t know anyone who had gone to college...

USDA California Crop/Weather Report for Week Ending June 5, 2016

Sacramento, Calif., (June 7, 2016)

– AB 2757, the elimination of agricultural overtime, was defeated with the help of fair-minded, and business friendly legislators. The bill needed 41 votes (Ayes) and received only 37, therefore failing...

BIG WIN for Dairy Industry

Modesto, Calif., (June 7, 2016)

– I am Maggie Reiter, a new UC Cooperative Extension Advisor for Environmental Horticulture. I cover Fresno, Madera, Tulare, and Kings Counties. I have an undergraduate degree in Horticulture and a Master’s degree in Applied Plant Science, both from the University of Minnesota...

UC and State Fair to host 4th Apps for Ag Hackathon July 15-17

Sacramento, Calif., (June 7, 2016)

– The Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA) is California’s highest environmental honor...

AB 2757 DEFEATED in the Assembly

Sacramento, Calif., (June 6, 2016)

– AB 2757, the elimination of agricultural overtime, was defeated with the help of fair-minded, and business friendly legislators. The bill needed 41 votes (Ayes) and received only 37, therefore failing...

New Environmental Horticulture Advisor Maggie Reiter!

Fresno, Calif., (June 6, 2016)

– I am Maggie Reiter, a new UC Cooperative Extension Advisor for Environmental Horticulture. I cover Fresno, Madera, Tulare, and Kings Counties. I have an undergraduate degree in Horticulture and a Master’s degree in Applied Plant Science, both from the University of Minnesota...

Nominations being accepted for 2016 GEELA Awards

Sacramento, Calif., (June 6, 2016)

– The Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA) is California’s highest environmental honor...

Tulare County Reports on Current Crop Status

Visalia, Calif., (June 3, 2016)

– Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner released the current status today of major crops in the second most valued county in the California Ag portfolio...

Celebrating Friends of Ag is June 16: Help FCFB Celebrate 99 years!

Fresno, Calif., (June 3, 2016)

– FCFB's Celebrating Friends of Agriculture (CFA) Annual Social is scheduled for Thursday, June 16, from 5:30 to 8 p.m., at the CPDES Hall..

County Ag Policy Advisory Committee seeks Applicants

Tulare, Calif., (June 3, 2016)

– The Tulare County Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee (APAC) has vacancies for several open positions. This committee advises the County's Planning Commission and the County's Board of Supervisors...

Researchers see more overhead irrigation in California’s future

Fresno, Calif., (May 30, 2016)

– Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner released the current status today of major crops in the second most valued county in the California Ag portfolio...

Secretary Ross visits dynamic school Ag programs in Calaveras County

Sacramento, Calif., (May 30, 2016)

– CDFA Secretary Karen Ross visited several flourishing school Ag programs in Calaveras County today, getting an opportunity to speak directly with young people who could be part of the next generation of farmers and ranchers in California...

Fresno County Sheriff’s Ag Task Force - Ag Crimes Report

Fresno, Calif., (May 30, 2016)

– The Ag Task Force recently arrested two subjects for thefts in and around the Caruthers area. Both were suspected in wire thefts and an agricultural related burglary. Since their arrests, wire thefts and metal thefts have decreased in the Caruthers area...

Tulare County Reports on Current Crop Status

Visalia, Calif., (May 27, 2016)

– Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner released the current status today of major crops in the second most valued county in the California Ag portfolio...

Inspiring youth leaders to cultivate health

Santa Maria, Calif., (May 27, 2016)

– What are sixth-graders interested in these days? “Cooking!” “Growing food!” “Learning how to be healthier.” “Exercising.” “Meeting new friends!” These enthusiastic answers came from sixth-grade student leaders in Santa Maria, Calif...

Nut Harvest Safety Training Days set for June and July

Tulare, Calif., (May 27, 2016)

– In this workshop series, AgSafe and WAPA will provide best practices that specifically address how to safely harvest nut crops. This includes operating harvesting equipment such as harvesters, sweepers, shuttles, use of hand-held tools, proper use of personal protective equipment such as dust masks and hearing protection, minimizing danger when cleaning and/or repairing equipment, hazards and more...

UN to Discuss Fresno State Co-Authored Case Study of San Joaquin Valley Drought

Fresno, Calif., (May 26, 2016)

– The United Nations will be discussing recommendations from a new report about climate change-related loss and damage, including a case study of how the San Joaquin Valley is coping with drought, during the second UN Environment Assembly (UNEA2), May 23 to 27 in Nairobi, Kenya...

California State Board of Food and Agriculture to Discuss Technology, Innovation, and Food Waste in the Bay Area

Sacramento, Calif., (May 26, 2016)

– The California State Board of Food and Agriculture will be hosting two public meetings in the Bay Area next week, on May 31st in Emeryville and on June 1st in Palo Alto, to discuss issues related to agricultural innovation and food waste...

Shrestha Receives President Obama’s Volunteer Service Award

Fresno, Calif., (May 26, 2016)

– Fresno State plant science professor Dr. Anil Shrestha received President Barack Obama’s Volunteer Service Silver Award in recognition for his community service...

USDA California Crop/Weather Report for Week Ending May 22, 2016

Sacramento, Calif., (May 24, 2016)

– Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner released the current status today of major crops in the second most valued county in the California Ag portfolio. They report that corn continues to grow and nitrogen fertilizer is being applied...

CDFA announces adjustment to milk-for-cheese pricing formula

Sacramento, Calif., (May 24, 2016)

– International agricultural leader Bayer established a $200,000 endowment with the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology at Fresno State to support entomology research in the University’s new Jordan Agricultural Research Center...

NRCS Expands Targeted Investment to Combat Climate Change

Davis, Calif., (May 24, 2016)

– Today’s U.S. Senate subcommittee hearing on Western drought legislation should now lead to prompt markup of a bill for consideration by the full Senate, the California Farm Bureau Federation said...

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Tulare County Reports on Current Crop Status

Visalia, Calif., (May 20, 2016)

– Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner released the current status today of major crops in the second most valued county in the California Ag portfolio. They report that corn continues to grow and nitrogen fertilizer is being applied...

Bayer Supports Ag Research with $200,000 Endowment

Fresno, Calif., (May 20, 2016)

– International agricultural leader Bayer established a $200,000 endowment with the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology at Fresno State to support entomology research in the University’s new Jordan Agricultural Research Center...

Farm Bureau urges continued Senate action on drought legislation

Sacramento, Calif., (May 20, 2016)

– Today’s U.S. Senate subcommittee hearing on Western drought legislation should now lead to prompt markup of a bill for consideration by the full Senate, the California Farm Bureau Federation said...

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Kaweah Landowner Outreach Meeting for SGMA, May 23

Visalia, Calif., (May 18, 2016)

– As part of Farm Bureau’s commitment to keeping growers in the know, a sub-basin wide workshop for Kaweah sub-basin landowners will be held in May to provide updates, education, and information on the ongoing work of groundwater management that will soon be impacting local landowners...

Zika Virus and Other Ailments Take Flight (INFOGRAPHIC) Mosquitoes transmit diseases to millions

Davis, Calif., (May 18, 2016)

– ika virus, which has caused thousands of infants in Brazil alone to be born with abnormally small heads and neurological problems during the past year and a half, joins a suite of emerging and long-established diseases transmitted throughout the world by mosquitoes...

New book traces Los Angeles’ transformation from cows to concrete

Los Angeles, Calif., (May 18, 2016)

– After thousands of years as a sparsely populated coastal plain, the Los Angeles Basin underwent two dramatic transformations in the last century and a half, first into an agricultural powerhouse and then into mile upon mile of wall-to-wall American dream homes, shopping centers, freeways, businesses and schools...

USDA California Crop/Weather Report for Week Ending May 15, 2016

Sacramento, Calif., (May 17, 2016)

– Hot and dry weather dominated the State this week as a ridge of high pressure built over the western US. The ridge broke down by the weekend, allowing for cooler temperatures and showers across the northern part of the State...

First-of-its-kind Jordan Agricultural Research Center opens at Fresno State

Fresno, Calif., (May 17, 2016)

– The Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology at Fresno State celebrated the opening of the new Jordan Agricultural Research Center with a ribbon cutting at 9 a.m., Friday, May 13...

Dairymen Join Birders To Help Save The Tricolored Blackbird

Modesto, Calif., (May 17, 2016)

– Late last year the Tricolored Blackbird became a candidate for the California Endangered Species List. The population of the bird mostly native to the Golden State has plummeted making flocks harder and harder to find...

Is Your Farm Subject to APSA?

Sacramento, Calif., (May 16, 2016)

– The Aboveground Petroleum Storage Act (APSA) applies to farms that...

The California State Fair Announces Commercial Chees Competition Winners

Sacramento, Calif., (May 16, 2016)

– Winners have been announced for the 2016 California State Fair Commercial Cheese Competition. A panel of twelve qualified judges tasted and evaluated 169 California cheeses at Cal Expo on May 11, 2016...

Santa Margarita Youth Takes Unique Approach to Leadership

Santa Margarita, Calif., (May 16, 2016)

– It’s no secret that today’s youth feel pressure. Pressure to excel in school, to go to college, to get a job, etc. How they overcome those pressures is a true testament to their character. Take Santa Margarita native Mikaela Jensen for example...

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Tulare County Reports on Current Crop Status

Visalia, Calif., (May 13, 2016)

– Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner released the current status today of major crops in the second most valued county in the California Ag portfolio...

Water Board hosts Fresno workshop; Grower attendance encouraged

Fresno, Calif., (May 13, 2016)

– The State Water Resources Control Board (State Board) is proposing to modify the Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program that was developed and approved by the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board...

Announcement of Vacancy on the Rendering Industry Advisory Board

Sacramento, Calif., (May 13, 2016)

– CDFA will begin accepting applications today from non-profit organizations, California academic institutions and California Resource Conservation Districts for grant funds to provide technical assistance to applicants for grants from the State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP)...

CDFA Announces Recall of Raw Milk and Cream From Organic Pastures Dairy of Fresno County

Sacramento, Calif., (May 11, 2016)

– Raw milk and cream produced by Organic Pastures Dairy of Fresno County with a code date of MAY 18 is the subject of a statewide recall and quarantine order announced by California State Veterinarian Dr. Annette Jones...

Carrot Genome Paints Colorful Picture of Domestication

Davis, Calif., (May 11, 2016)

– Sometimes, the evolutionary history of a species can be found in a fossil record. Other times, DNA and genetic fingerprints replace rocks and imprints...

CDFA Accepting Applications for Grants to Provide Workshops and Technical Assistance for Farmers Participations in the State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP)

Sacramento, Calif., (May 10, 2016)

– CDFA will begin accepting applications today from non-profit organizations, California academic institutions and California Resource Conservation Districts for grant funds to provide technical assistance to applicants for grants from the State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP)...

USDA California Crop/Weather Report for Week Ending May 8, 2016

Sacramento, Calif., (May 10, 2016)

– Temperatures remained near average with a noticeable cool down late in the week as Pacific air surged inland. Lows were in the 10s to 40s in the mountains, 40s to 50s along the coast and across the valley, and 40s to 60s in the desert depending on elevation...

Governor Brown issues order to continue water savings as drought persists

Sacramento, Calif., (May 10, 2016)

– Moving to bolster California’s climate and drought resilience, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued an executive order that builds on temporary statewide emergency water restrictions to establish longer-term water conservation measures, including permanent monthly water use reporting, new permanent water use standards in California communities and bans on clearly wasteful practices such as hosing off sidewalks, driveways and other hardscapes...

CDFA Accepting Applications for Grants to Provide Workshops and Technical Assistance for Farmers Participations in the State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP)

Sacramento, Calif., (May 10, 2016)

– CDFA will begin accepting applications today from non-profit organizations, California academic institutions and California Resource Conservation Districts for grant funds to provide technical assistance to applicants for grants from the State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP)...

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Chief Jason Weller Visits Sonoma County after NRCS Invests $8 Million in Local Land Conservation

Santa Rosa, Calif., (May 9, 2016)

– A regional collaboration of local resource agencies will host a special reception and field tour for the United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS) Chief Jason Weller and USDA-NRCS State Conservationist Carlos Suarez...

Cathy Alameda Named Ag Woman of the Year

Soledad, Calif., (May 9, 2016)

– Cathy Alameda was named the 2016 Agricultural Woman of the Year at the 23rd annual Agricultural Woman of the Year Recognition Luncheon hosted by Ag Against Hunger on April 29, at the Smith Family Wines Paraiso Home Estate in Soledad...

Fire devoured chaparral plots at UC facility to set up a research project

Hopland, Calif., (May 9, 2016)

– Firefighters set two hillsides ablaze at the UC Hopland Research and Extension Center (HREC) in April, sending flames 50 feet into the air while dense, chest-high chaparral was reduced to a moonscape – all in the name of science...

USDA California Crop/Weather Report for Week Ending May 1, 2016

Sacramento, Calif., (May 3, 2016)

– For most of the week a fairly moist air mass resided over the State, which resulted in very little variation in temperatures. Lows were in the 20s to 30s in the mountains, 20s to 50s in the desert, and 40s to 50s along the coast and across the valley...

USDA Unveils New 'Urban Agriculture Toolkit' for Urban Farmers and Agri-business Entrepreneurs

Washington, D.C., (May 3, 2016)

– Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today unveiled the USDA Urban Agriculture Toolkit, a new resource created by USDA's Know Your Farmer team to help entrepreneurs and community leaders successfully create jobs and increase access to healthy food through urban agriculture...

California Leopold Conservation Award® Seeks Nominees

Sacramento, Calif., (May 3, 2016)

– Sand County Foundation, the California Farm Bureau Federation and Sustainable Conservation are accepting applications through July 8 for the $10,000 California Leopold Conservation Award...

SCW Sponsors Guild of Sommeliers’ Top|Somm Competition

Santa Rosa, Calif., (May 2, 2016)

– The Sonoma County Winegrowers were proud to partner with the Guild of Sommeliers for their annual Top|Somm Competition that concluded this weekend in Sonoma County with their championship round...

It's not just climate change: Study finds human activity is a major factor driving wildfires

Sacramento, Calif., (May 2, 2016)

– A new study examining wildfires in California found that human activity explains as much about their frequency and location as climate influences...

Imaging Detects Decay in Bagged Cut Lettuce

Salinas, Calif., (May 2, 2016)

– We all hate buying bagged salad only to find brown edges on the lettuce. Fresh-cut lettuce sold in modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) is a desirable but highly perishable product...

Tulare County Reports on Current Crop Status

Visalia, Calif., (April 29, 2016)

– Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner released the current status today of major crops in the second most valued county in the California Ag portfolio. They report that Winter wheat continues to mature, and is being harvested for silage...

Upcoming Farm Demonstration Visits to Focus on Soil Health

Davis, Calif., (April 29, 2016)

– The week started off warm and dry before a Pacific storm system entered the northwestern United States on Thursday, bringing moisture and cooler weather. During the weekend the cooler temperatures remained for the northern two-thirds of the State...

99th Annual Dinner Celebrates Farm Bureau Leaders

Tulare, Calif., (April 29, 2016)

– The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has selected 129 projects totaling $16 million for the State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP)...

Cal Poly Pomona Announces 2016 Award Winners

Pomona, Calif., (April 25, 2016)

– The College of Agriculture has chosen recipients for its year-end awards...

USDA California Crop/Weather Report for Week Ending April 23, 2016

Sacramento, Calif., (April 26, 2016)

– The week started off warm and dry before a Pacific storm system entered the northwestern United States on Thursday, bringing moisture and cooler weather. During the weekend the cooler temperatures remained for the northern two-thirds of the State...

CDFA Announces 129 Projects Totaling $16 Million for the State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP)

Sacramento, Calif., (April 25, 2016)

– The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has selected 129 projects totaling $16 million for the State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP)...

Cal Poly Pomona Announces 2016 Award Winners

Pomona, Calif., (April 25, 2016)

– The College of Agriculture has chosen recipients for its year-end awards...

An Environmental Update: Dairies and Climate Change

Modesto, Calif., (April 25, 2016)

– The California Air Resources Board (CARB) released a Proposed Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Reduction Strategy a couple of weeks ago. This follows on a draft that was released by CARB last September. Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCPs) include black carbon (soot), methane, and fluorinated gases (refrigerants) and have a larger climate impact than carbon dioxide (CO2) over a shorter time frame...

CDFA Announces 129 Projects Totaling $16 Million for the State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP)

Sacramento, Calif., (April 25, 2016)

– The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has selected 129 projects totaling $16 million for the State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP)...

Tulare County Reports on Current Crop Status

Visalia, Calif., (April 22, 2016)

– Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner released the current status today of major crops in the second most valued county in the California Ag portfolio. They report that Winter wheat continues to mature. Some winter forage is being chopped and cut for silage...

Turtles, Pesticides, and Parks Western Pond Turtles are Exposed to Pesticides in Sequoia National Park

Davis, Calif., (April 22, 2016)

– Western pond turtles in Sequoia National Park and other California remote wildlands have been exposed to an assortment of agricultural and industrial contaminants, according to a study from the National Park Service and the University of California, Davis...

State Water Board to host Fresno workshop

Fresno, Calif., (April 22, 2016)

– The State Water Resources Control Board recently announced two public workshops, including one in Fresno, to hear comment on the proposed order regarding waste discharge requirements (General Order No. R5-2012-0116)...

Tulare County Farm Labor and Agriculture Museum to host special event April 24

Tulare, Calif., (April 21, 2016)

– Tulare County Museum’s Main Street exhibit has been closed for almost a decade, on Sunday, April 24 it will be brought to life again during the Main Street Jamboree. Tulare County’s largest museum will host a walk down memory lane for visitors that remember the Main Street exhibit complete with a general store, doctor’s office, dentist’s office, and barber shop...

California Agriculture Contributes Record Amount of Farm Products to Food Banks

Oakland, Calif., (April 21, 2016)

– The California Association of Food Banks’ Farm to Family program received a record 150 million pounds of donated produce in 2015 from farmers, ranchers, packers and shippers dedicated to helping their communities...

Youth Leadership Applications due, May 1

Tulare, Calif., (April 21, 2016)

– Calling all high school sophomores, Tulare County Farm Bureau's Youth Leadership program applications are now available. Visit the Tulare County Farm Bureau (TCFB) website at www.tulcofb.org to apply online or contact the Farm Bureau office at 559-732-8301 for an application...

Farms that Grow Groundwater – from the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC)

Davis, Calif., (April 20, 2016)

– Farmers use the lion’s share of California’s groundwater, but they also do the most to rebuild depleted reserves of this critically important water source. We talked to Graham Fogg—a groundwater expert at UC Davis and a member of the PPIC Water Policy Center research network—about farmland groundwater recharge...

USDA Seeks Feedback From California and Nevada Growers About 2016 Crops, Stocks, Inventories, Values

Sacramento, Calif., (April 20, 2016)

– During the next several weeks, U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will conduct two major mid-year surveys, the June Agricultural Survey and the June Area Survey. The agency will survey 2,327 farmers and ranchers across California and Nevada to determine crop production and supplies levels in 2016...

Cal Poly Exceeds State’s Order for 25 Percent Water Reduction

San Luis Obispo, Calif., (April 20, 2016)

– Cal Poly surpassed Gov. Jerry Brown’s call for a 25 percent reduction in water use by 2016...

USDA California Crop Weather Report for Week Ending April 17, 2016

Sacramento, Calif., (April 19, 2016)

– Temperatures averaged 3 to 6 degrees above normal for the week. Lows were in the 20s to 40s in the mountains except at the highest elevations which occasionally dropped into the teens or even single digits, 30s to 50s along the coast and across the valley, and 30s to 60s in the desert...

Sonoma County Winegrowers Expand Sustainability Certification Options to Include Fish Friendly Farming

Sonoma, Calif., (April 19, 2016)

– As Earth Day nears, Sonoma County Winegrowers is proud to announce today that the Fish Friendly Farming (FFF) Environmental Certification Program is now an accepted option under the region’s globally recognized Sonoma County Sustainable Program...

Sustainable grape production and precision viticulture

Fresno, Calif., (April 19, 2016)

– The California State Fair is proud to announce the Best of Show winner for the Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition -- KATZ, Organic Chef’s Pick Extra Virgin Olive Oil...

Agroecology, internationally and at home

Davis, Calif., (April 11, 2016)

– For many years, a key international strategy to ending hunger has been to grow more food: push for higher yields, develop ways for farmers to intensify their farming, focus on technologies that drive both...

USDA California Crop/Weather Report for Week Ending April 10, 2016

Sacramento, Calif., (April 11, 2016)

– Sand County Foundation, the California Farm Bureau Federation and Sustainable Conservation are accepting applications through July 8 for the $10,000 California Leopold Conservation Award...

USDA announces record growth in organic producers

Washington, D. C., (April 6, 2016)

– The California State Fair is proud to announce the Best of Show winner for the Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition -- KATZ, Organic Chef’s Pick Extra Virgin Olive Oil...

California USDA Crop/Weather Report for Week Ending April 3, 2016

Sacramento, Calif., (April 6, 2016)

- Rainfall was sparse during the week with most totals below a quarter of an inch. Monday through Wednesday saw scattered rain showers across portions of the State with scattered snow showers in the Sierras...

Fresno County Farm Bureau issues statement on water supply for County's federal water contractors - Statement by CEO Ryan Jacobsen:

Fresno, Calif., (April 6, 2016)

– Sand County Foundation, the California Farm Bureau Federation and Sustainable Conservation are accepting applications through July 8 for the $10,000 California Leopold Conservation Award...

USDA announces record growth in organic producers

Washington, D. C., (April 6, 2016)

– The California State Fair is proud to announce the Best of Show winner for the Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition -- KATZ, Organic Chef’s Pick Extra Virgin Olive Oil...

Statement issued on water supply for County's federal water contractors

Fresno, Calif., (April 5, 2016)

– The announcement of a five percent water allocation for Fresno County's West side federal water contractors and a 30 percent allocation for Friant users is despicable. It illustrates the degree of mismanagement and inconsistency by the federal government in operating the Central Valley Project...

California Leopold Conservation Award Seeks Nominees

San Francisco, Calif., (April 5, 2016)

– Sand County Foundation, the California Farm Bureau Federation and Sustainable Conservation are accepting applications through July 8 for the $10,000 California Leopold Conservation Award...

California State Fair Honors the Best of the California Olive Oil Industry

Sacramento, Calif., (April 5, 2016)

– The California State Fair is proud to announce the Best of Show winner for the Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition -- KATZ, Organic Chef’s Pick Extra Virgin Olive Oil...

CALIFORNIA STATE FAIR ANNOUNCES RECIPIENTS OF PRESTIGIOUS 2016 AWARDS

Sacramento, Calif., (April 4, 2016)

– The California State Fair has announced the recipients of its prestigious awards, including Agriculturalist of the Year. The State Fair annually recognizes the accomplishments and service of key individuals or organizations through a series of awards that are publicly recognized and honored at the Friends of the California State Fair Gala...

CDQAP Stewardship Classes for Dairy Producers, set for April 6-7

Hanford, Calif., (April 4, 2016)

– Free classes are the first step for producers seeking CDQAP certification...

How one farmer’s invention is reducing postharvest losses around the world

Davis, Calif., (April 4, 2016)

– In many developing countries, more than half of all fruits and vegetables are never eaten, but instead are lost, damaged or spoiled after harvest...

USDA California Crop/Weather Report for Week Ending March 27, 2016

Sacramento, Calif., (March 29, 2016)

– It was a warmer than normal week, with temperatures averaging 2 to 4 degrees above normal in the north and central portions of the State and 4 to 8 degrees above normal in the southern region. Lows in the mountains were 0s – 30s based on elevation, 20s to 60s in the desert, 30s to 50s in valley, and 40s along the coast...

State Holds Workshops on Fumigant Pesticide Notification

Sacramento, Calif., (March 29, 2016)

– The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) will hold two workshops to hear ideas from various stakeholder groups on how to notify residents living around agricultural fields, when certain types of pesticides, known as fumigants, are applied...

Join UC Davis Viticulture and Enology on the road in Mendocino County!

Hopeland, Calif., (March 29, 2016)

– Catch up with the latest information on frost protection, irrigation and how your vineyard site affects wine character...

New walnut variety ‘Durham’ released

Davis, Calif., (March 28, 2016)

– The UC Davis Walnut Breeding Program has recently released a new walnut variety, ‘Durham’...

Farm Groups Join to Oppose UFW Safe Harbor Exclusion Clause in Piece-rate Bill

Irvine, Calif., (March 28, 2016)

– Western Growers and the California Fresh Fruit Association will file a friend-of-the-court brief supporting a lawsuit challenging provisions of a new law that provides a safe harbor from class action lawsuits to employers who make back payment to piece-rate employees. ..

California food choices won’t save much drought water, researchers find

Davis, Calif., (March 28, 2016)

– Can you help fight the California drought by consuming only foods and beverages that require minimal water to produce?..

USDA farm-to-school programs invest nearly $800 million in local economies

Sacramento, Calif., (March 17, 2016)

– Schools across the United States purchased $789 million in local foods from farmers, ranchers, fishermen, and food processors and manufacturers in school year 2013 – 2014, according to results from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm to School Census released today...

Kings County Farm Bureau endorses California Water 4 All ballot initiative

Hanford, Calif., (March 17, 2016)

– The Kings County Farm Bureau (KCFB) board of directors voted unanimously to support the Water Priorities Initiative, a ballot measure intended to restore balance and certainty to California's water supply. ..

Cal Poly Pomona’s College of Agriculture to Honor Produce Innovator Karen Caplan

Pomona, Calif., (March 17, 2016)

– The president and CEO of an Orange County specialty produce firm is the College of Agriculture’s recipient of the 2016 Jim Hicks Agricultural Achievement Award...

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University to Remember Agricultural Alumnus Ron Metzler

Fresno, Calif., (March 9, 2016)

– Fresno State will host a celebration of life event to honor Ronald Metzler, a well-respected Fresno State alumnus and supporter, at 2 p.m. Saturday March 12, at the Department of Viticulture and Enology (2360 E. Barstow Ave.)...

Invasive superweed Johnsongrass is the target of a new nationwide research effort

Parleir, Calif., (March 9, 2016)

– A team of researchers has received a $5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to find new ways to combat Johnsongrass, one of the most widespread and troublesome agricultural weeds in the world...

Salinas to Host AgTech Meet-Up

Salinas, Calif., (March 9, 2016)

– As part of its effort to build an ecosystem for Agtech business development, the City of Salinas Economic Development Department is co-organizing an Agtech Meet-up on Tuesday, March 15 at the National Steinbeck Center, from 6-8 p.m...

Tulare County Reports on Current Crop Status

Visalia, Calif., (March 4, 2016)

– Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner released the current status today of major crops in the second most valued county in the California Ag portfolio. They report that Winter forage crops continue to grow well with this week’s continued warmer weather...

Cal Poly Pomona’s “Spring Harvest” Farm to Table Dinner to Feature Student-Grown Food

Pamona, Calif., (March 4, 2016)

– Farm fresh food grown and raised by students at Cal Poly Pomona is on the menu Saturday, April 9, for the 2nd Annual Spring Harvest dinner...

NRCS Continues Financial Assistance to Protect Calleguas Creek Watershed

Ventura, Calif., (March 4, 2016)

– Running a small-scale farm or ranch isn't easy; it requires hard-learned skills, innovative marketing and a supportive community...

Fresno County Department of Agriculture Crop Report for the Month Ending Monday, February 29, 2016

Fresno, Calif., (March 3, 2016)

- Winter plantings of barley, forage, oat, wheat, and small grains grew very well due to the last rain followed by warm weather; some fields showed seed heads...

NRCS Continues Financial Assistance to Protect Salt River Watershed

Humboldt, Calif., (March 3, 2016)

- The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in California will again offer continued financial assistance to agricultural producers to improve water quality in the Salt River Watershed...

Farmers learn, connect, tour and taste in Sacramento

Sacramento, Calif., (March 3, 2016)

– Running a small-scale farm or ranch isn't easy; it requires hard-learned skills, innovative marketing and a supportive community...

California’s delta: On the front lines of the state’s water issues

Sacramento, Calif., (March 2, 2016)

– On June 3, 2004, a small trickle of water started to flow through a levee on the Jones Tract, a patch of farmland west of Stockton that sits below sea level. Of California's 27 million acres of irrigated croplands, the tract's 12,000 acres weren't exactly at the forefront of anyone's mind...

Jordan College Students Take Honors at Plant Science Conferences

Fresno, Calif., (March 2, 2016)

– Eight Fresno State plant science students were honored with awards for their research in competitions at annual conferences in California and Puerto Rico...

Sacramento Strategy Update to Western’s Valued Members

Modesto, Calif., (March 2, 2016)

– Recently, Western United Dairymen (WUD) hired a new team of standout individuals in the state capitol to facilitate the common interests of the dairy farmer. Working diligently since January 1st, significant messaging achievements have been set and accomplished, namely in setting up a better offense for the California dairy farmer versus defense tactics only...

USDA California Crop/Weather Report for Week Ending February 28, 2016

Sacramento, Calif., (March 1, 2016)

– An annual experiment to “plant” salmon in Yolo County rice fields aims to better explain how floodplains support strong salmon populations...

Early detection to prevent invasive pests – National Invasive Species Awareness Week

Davis, Calif., (March 1, 2016) – Davis, Calif., (March 1, 2016)

– Many people have heard the well-publicized admonitions to “Buy it where you burn it” or “Don't pack a pest!” ...

Community Produce Stand opens March 2 in East Oakland

Oakland, Calif., (March 1, 2016)

– UC Davis is partnering in a global plant-breeding consortium that is fighting malnutrition and poverty in Africa by improving the traditional crops of the continent...

‘Nigiri Project’ mixing salmon and rice fields now in fifth year

Davis, Calif., (February 29, 2016)

– An annual experiment to “plant” salmon in Yolo County rice fields aims to better explain how floodplains support strong salmon populations...

The “Iron Wolf” and whole orchard recycling – from the California Almond Board

Davis, Calif., (February 29, 2016)

– California almond growers are examining new ways to deal with tree biomass produced by the removal of old orchards other than cogeneration burning...

Forgotten Crops May Hold Key to Nutritional Security

Davis, Calif., (February 29, 2016)

– UC Davis is partnering in a global plant-breeding consortium that is fighting malnutrition and poverty in Africa by improving the traditional crops of the continent...

Tulare County Reports on Current Crop Status

Visalia, Calif., (February 26, 2016)

– Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner released the current status today of major crops in the second most valued county in the California Ag portfolio. They report that winter forage crops continue to grow well with this week’s continued warmer weather. Dry land grain fields continue to benefit from the recent rains, and growers continue to be optimistic for a good return this year. As always more rain is needed...

Fresno State plant science professor receives national outstanding teacher award

Fresno, Calif., (February 26, 2016)

– Fresno State plant science professor Dr. Anil Shrestha received the Weed Science Society of America’s Outstanding Teacher Award at its national conference Feb. 9 in San Juan, Puerto Rico...

Secretary Ross editorial on Climate Smart Agriculture – from the UC’s “California Agriculture”

Sacramento, Calif., (February 26, 2016)

– California is the nation’s leading agricultural state, with 76,400 farms producing more than 400 commodities with a farm-gate value of $54 billion. The mission of the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is to promote and protect agriculture...

Countdown to WUD’s Annual Convention March 16-17, Rohnert Park Onto Greener Pastures

Rohnert Park, Calif., (February 25, 2016)

– Do not miss out for this year’s Western United Dairyman Annual Convention on March 16-17, 2016. There is an agenda full of Fun and learning...

Congratulations to Our Graduating Class of Dairy Leaders

Modesto, Calif., (February 25, 2016)

– The Dairy Leaders Program consists of regular classes to study challenges affecting dairy producers in today’s industry. Topics include...

Experts converge in March to discuss human-wildlife conflict resolution

Newport Beach, Calif., (February 25, 2016)

– Wildlife and people have been in the news lately. Perhaps you've heard of coyotes wandering in urban neighborhoods. You might have also read why you shouldn't feed wildlife...

The “Iron Wolf” and whole orchard recycling – from the California Almond Board

Davis, Calif., (February 24, 2016)

– California almond growers are examining new ways to deal with tree biomass produced by the removal of old orchards other than cogeneration burning. While sending the biomass to cogeneration converts the wood to electricity, returning the wood back to the soil would return the nutrients and energy back to the soil ecosystem...

Ponciano Ramirez Wins 17h Annual Sonoma County Pruning Championship

Santa Rosa, Calif., (February 24, 2016)

– The Sonoma County Winegrowers are proud to recognize Ponciano Ramirez of Vimark Vineyards for winning first place honors at the 17th annual Sonoma County Pruning Championship held on Friday, February 12 at Shone Farms, a certified sustainable vineyard owned by the Santa Rosa Junior College...

Frerichs to oversee UC ANR government affairs and community relations

Davis, Calif., (February 24, 2016)

– Lucas Frerichs has joined UC Agriculture and Natural Resources as government affairs and community relations manager. On Wednesday evening, local community leaders helped UC ANR welcome Frerichs to UC ANR's office at 2801 Second Street in Davis...

Fresno State plant science prof receives national outstanding teacher award

Fresno, Calif., (February 18, 2016

– Fresno State plant science professor Dr. Anil Shrestha received the Weed Science Society of America’s Outstanding Teacher Award at its national conference Feb. 9 in San Juan, Puerto Rico...

US Chamber of Commerce joins USDA in push to enlist veterans in agriculture

Washington, D. C., (February 18, 2016)

– The USDA has announced a joint agreement with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to increase employment opportunities in the agricultural sector for military veterans and their spouses...

USDA, partners to invest $720 million in conservation projects across country, including California

Washington, D. C., (February 18, 2016)

– The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and partners across the nation together will direct up to $720 million towards 84 conservation projects that will help communities improve water quality, combat drought, enhance soil health, support wildlife habitat and protect agricultural viability...

USDA California Crop/Weather Report for Week Ending February 14, 2016

Sacramento, Calif., (February 17, 2016)

– Warm, dry weather prevailed across the state during the week. For the week, temperatures averaged 5 to 14 degrees warmer than normal. Temperatures in coastal areas were 7 to 10 degrees above normal and were 7 to 9 degrees above normal in the far Southeast...

Record-Breaking 49th Annual World Ag Expo Comes to a Close

Tulare, Calif., (February 17, 2016)

– Thursday, February 11, 2016, marked the final day of the three-day show, World Ag Expo. The 49th annual show, which was held at the International Agri-Center in Tulare, California, opened Tuesday, February 9, at 9:00 a.m...

Preliminary Crush Report for Sonoma County Confirm Wine Community’s Expectations

Santa Rosa, Calif., (February 17, 2016)

– According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Preliminary Crush Report, Crush District 3 (comprised of Sonoma and Marin Counties) experienced a lower tonnage harvest year in 2015 than in the previous three banner years of 2012-2014...

California secures more than $12 million in USDA invasive species funding

Sacramento, Calif., (February 16, 2016)

– The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has allocated $58.25 million from Section 10007 of the 2014 Farm Bill. This money will support 434 projects that prevent the introduction or spread of plant pests and diseases that threaten U.S. agriculture and the environment and ensure the availability of a healthy supply of clean plant stock in the United States...

Vintners & Growers creates Rich Smith Research Fund

Monterey, Calif., (February 16, 2016)

– The Monterey County Vintners & Growers Association (MCVGA) is proud to announce the establishment of the Rich Smith Memorial Research Fund in celebration of the life and extraordinary accomplishments of Richard Smith...

Sonoma County Front and Center During San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl

Santa Rosa, Calif., (February 16, 2016)

– Over the course of nine days more than 20,000 glasses of wine were poured at the Taste of Sonoma Lounge and throughout Super Bowl City. Throughout the week, 55 Sonoma County wineries offered more than 150 different wines to showcase the diversity of Sonoma Wine Country...

USDA awards $20 million in grants for huanglongbing research

Washington, D. C., (February 10, 2016)

– The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded $20.1 million in grants to university researchers for research and extension projects to help citrus producers fight Huanglongbing (HLB), commonly known as citrus greening disease...

Registration open for Spray Safe event

Ventura, Calif., (February 10, 2016)

– Karen Ross, secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture, will deliver the keynote address March 2 at the fifth Spray Safe event in Ventura...

Cost estimates for growing romaine hearts and organic spinach released

Davis, Calif., (February 10, 2016)

– Two new studies on the costs and returns of growing romaine hearts and organic spinach have been released by UC Agriculture and Natural Resources' Agricultural Issues Center...

University Announces $2 Million Endowment for Livestock Judging Team

Sacramento, Calif., (February 9, 2016)

– The weather shifted from a cool, moist, wintry trend to a warmer and dry spring-like one. For the week temperatures averaged 1 to 4 degrees cooler than normal. Temperatures in coastal areas were near normal and were 5 to 7 degrees below normal in the far Southeast...

Malaysian Fruit Fly Quarantine in Portion of Los Angeles County

Sacramento, Calif., (February 9, 2016)

- A portion of Los Angeles County has been placed under quarantine for the Malaysian fruit fly (Bactrocera latifrons) following the detection of two adult female fruit flies in one trap in the Westchester area. This is the first quarantine for this pest in the history of the continental United States. The USDA, the Los Angeles County Agricultural Commissioner, and CDFA are working collaboratively with residents on this project...

The UC Pest Management Guidelines just got spicier!

Davis, Calif., (February 9, 2016)

– Whether or not your favorite team is playing in Sunday's big game, the Super Bowl is often a great excuse to gather with friends and family and enjoy some tasty treats. Maybe your favorite snack involves chips with salsa or guacamole, or perhaps you prefer shrimp with a delicious avocado dip. Whatever your snack of choice, chances are that you might spice it up with a little cilantro or parsley...

University Announces $2 Million Endowment for Livestock Judging Team

Fresno, Calif., (February 8, 2015)

– In the past three years about 70 alumni, friends and organizations have donated more than $2 million to the Ag One Foundation to support Fresno State’s Livestock Judging Team. The first donor to this effort was alumnus, farmer and businessman Marvin Meyers...

Zoldoske Named Execututive Director of Water Initiatives on Campus

Fresno, Calif., (February 8, 2016)

– Dr. David Zoldoske, director of the Fresno State Center for Irrigation Technology, was elevated to executive director of water initiatives at Fresno State and will help guide the University in water technology, water resource management and policy...

Monterey County Annual Crop Report Survey Reminder

Monterey, Calif., (February 8, 2016)

– The Monterey County Agricultural Commissioner's Office produces an annual Crop Report of crop production, acreage and value of the agricultural products of Monterey County. The release of this annual publication receives substantial media attention and is utilized throughout the state by numerous industries, agencies, and institutions...

California State Fair Farm Opens 2016 Registration for School tours

Sacramento, Calif., (February 3, 2016)

– The California State Fair Farm School Tours are now open for 2016 registration. The tours are intended to increase interest in food production and academic/career opportunities available in California’s agriculture industry...

Come Join us at the Sutter-Yuba-Colusa Walnut Day

Yuba City, Calif., (February 3, 2016)

– The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) will honor four organizations for finding a variety of ways to manage and solve pest problems while reducing the use of chemical pesticides. The annual Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Innovator Awards are the department's highest honor...

UC Davis experts evaluate water year, so far

Davis, Calif., (February 3, 2016)

– January 2016 (was) much wetter than the previous Januaries during this drought. Precipitation is modestly above average, as is snowpack, and climatic conditions remain promising...

USDA California Crop/Weather Report

Sacramento, Calif., (February 2, 2016)

– Temperatures were warmer and more uniform early in the week as dry conditions prevailed. Temperatures dipped 10 degrees by the weekend as a trough deepened over the western United States. Lows in the mountains ranged from 10 to 30 degrees, 30s to 40s in the valley, 40s along the coast, and 30s to 50s in the desert based on elevation...

California Honors Four Groups for Pest Management

Sacramento, Calif., (February 2, 2016)

– The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) will honor four organizations for finding a variety of ways to manage and solve pest problems while reducing the use of chemical pesticides. The annual Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Innovator Awards are the department's highest honor...

Oakdale Area Added to Asian Citrus Psyllid Quarantine in Stanislaus County

Sacramento, Calif., (February 2, 2016)

– A new portion of Stanislaus County has been placed under quarantine for the Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) following the detection of one ACP within the City of Oakdale. The quarantine zone measures 133 square miles, bordered on the north by E Sonora Road; on the south by Milnes Road; on the west by Stanislaus County Boundary; and on the east by Oakdale Irrigation District South Main Canal...

Flooding Farms in the Rain to Restore Groundwater

Davis, Calif., (February 1, 2016)

– The Central Valley sky was a never-ending expanse of gray. Not a single pixel of blue in sight. Under it, UC Davis scientists were flooding a Modesto almond orchard with half a foot of water. On purpose. In the pouring rain...

California Agricultural Mediation Program a new resource to help farmers resolve problems

Sacramento, Calif., (February 1, 2016)

– Farmers and ranchers are a self-reliant group. They can tune and service tractor engines, repair irrigation systems, and find a way to fix all kinds of broken farm equipment. But there are other kinds of problems they face where they can use some outside assistance – issues with loans, creditors, and USDA agencies...

UCCE to show whole almond trees being ground up and incorporated into soil on Feb. 16

Davis, Calif., (February 1, 2016)

– When an orchard is removed for replanting, the trees are usually uprooted, chipped and hauled to a biomass plant. However, burning the wood in a cogeneration plant removes carbon from the orchard and biomass plants are becoming fewer and farther from farms...

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Tulare County Reports on Current Crop Status

Visalia, Calif., (January 29, 2016)

– Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner released the current status today of major crops in the second most valued county in the California Ag portfolio. They report that winter forage crops continue to grow well. This week’s rain was very light if any, and allowed soils to dry a bit allowing more field activity...

Ag statistics for 2014 show trends for farm sales, exports

Sacramento, Calif., (January 29, 2016)

– In 2014, the most recent year for which a full crop-year report is available, California’s 76,400 farms and ranches received approximately $54 billion for their output...

State Water Project Allocation Boosted Early Winter Storms Promising, but State Remains in Drought

Sacramento, Calif., (January 29, 2016)

– With winter storms slowly boosting water supply, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) today increased its water delivery estimate for most recipients from 10 percent of requests for the calendar year, as announced in December, to 15 percent...

State Board of Food and Agriculture to Discuss California’s Organic Program on February 2 in Sacramento

Sacramento, Calif., (January 28, 2016)

- The California State Board of Food and Agriculture will bring together federal and state officials as well as organic stakeholders to discuss California’s state organic program (SOP) on Tuesday, February 2, 2016 in Sacramento...

IN MEMORIAM: Jim Beutel, Retired Pomologist

Davis, Calif., (January 28, 2016)

– James A. “Jim” Beutel, a UC Davis pomologist who battled a devastating virus in a well-established fruit and helped in introducing two new fruits to California, died Dec. 28 at the age of 88 at a Vacaville hospital...

Why we need a finger on the pulse of these California crops

Sacramento, Calif., (January 28, 2016)

– Do you have your “finger on the pulse” of foods that pack a powerful nutritious punch and trending globally? Then you may know that the United Nations has declared 2016 as The International Year of Pulses...

New grants allow for produce safety research and consumer education

Fresno, Calif., (January 27, 2016)

– Two grants were awarded to Fresno State’s Food Science and Nutrition Department for produce safety research and consumer education, the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology announced...

CDFA Announces Vacancy on Shell Egg Advisory Committee

Sacramento, Calif., (January 27, 2016)

– The California Department of Food and Agriculture, Meat, Poultry and Egg Safety Branch, Egg Safety and Quality Management (ESQM) program is announcing a vacancy on the Shell Egg Advisory Committee (SEAC)...

New Grants Allow for Produce Safety Research and Consumer Education

Fresno, Calif., (January 27, 2016)

– Two grants were awarded to Fresno State’s Food Science and Nutrition Department for produce safety research and consumer education, the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology announced...

USDA California Crop/Weather Report

Sacramento, Calif., (January 26, 2016)

- For most of the State last week, temperatures averaged 5 to 9 degrees above normal, except in the south where temperatures dipped 2 to 4 degrees below normal. Lows were in the 10s to 30s in the mountains, 30s to 40s in the valley and desert, and 40s to 50s along the coast...

Asian Citrus Psyllid Quarantine in Fresno County

Sacramento, Calif., (January 26, 2016)

- A new portion of Fresno County has been placed under quarantine for the Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) following the detection of one ACP within the City of Fresno. The quarantine zone measures 97 square miles, bordered on the north by W Alluvial Avenue; on the south by W North Avenue;

Sonoma County Winegrowers Win Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award

Santa Rosa, Calif., (January 26, 2016)

– Nearly two years ago to the day that Sonoma County Winegrowers announced a goal to become the nation’s first 100% sustainable winegrowing region, the organization has been recognized with California’s highest environmental honor – the Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA)...

Winegrowers and cattle ranchers shine at Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Awards

Sacramento, Calif., (January 25, 2016)

– Each year Governor Brown sponsors GEELA, the Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Awards, which recognize individuals and organizations for exceptional achievements in conservation and environmental stewardship. It is the state’s highest environmental honor...

From the California Department of Pest Regulations Director Brian R. Leahy

Sacramento, Calif., (January 25, 2016)

– Hello and Happy New Year! This update is to give you a sense of some of the major issues the Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) is working on this year...

Federal Funding Available to Address Tree Mortality on Private Forestlands

Davis, Calif., (January 25, 2015)

– The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in California has launched an initiative to assist private forestland owners address tree mortality and other drought-related damage to improve forest health...

Secretaries of the Navy, Agriculture Launch Deployment of Great Green Fleet

Coronado, Calif., (January 21, 2016)

– Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack kicked off the Great Green Fleet with the deployment of the USS John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group (JCS CSG) during a ceremony at Naval Air Station North Island...

Brazilian Delegation to Tour Fresno State, Attend Ag Workshop

Fresno, Calif., (January 21, 2015)

– The Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Fresno State will host an agricultural technology delegation from Brazil beginning at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20, as part of the Lyles Global Innovation Academy...

Farm Bureau Awards FFA Jackets to Local Students

Tulare, Calif., (January 21, 2016)

– California air quality should get a boost from farmers using lower emission harvesting equipment, according to USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in California. Beginning in 2016, the agency is offering a new incentive option for almond and walnut farmers (and potentially others) to use cleaner harvesting technology...

USDA California Crop/Weather Report for Week Ending January 17, 2016

Sacramento, Calif., (January 20, 2016)

– Temperatures started off cool but warmed up throughout last week. Temperatures averaged 3 to 6 degrees warmer than normal in the northern and central parts of the State and 1 to 3 degrees below normal in the south...

Sonoma County Winegrowers Release 2nd Annual Sustainability Report Documenting Impressive Progress Towards 100% Goal

Santa Rosa, Calif., (January 20, 2016)

– As Sonoma County’s reputation around the world as a leader in sustainability continues to grow, the march towards its 100% goal picked up major momentum in 2015, according to the findings released in the Sonoma County Winegrowers’ 2nd Annual Sustainability Report...

New air quality incentives from USDA NRCS for nut farmers to utilize low-emission harvesters

Sacramento, Calif., (January 20, 2015)

– California air quality should get a boost from farmers using lower emission harvesting equipment, according to USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in California. Beginning in 2016, the agency is offering a new incentive option for almond and walnut farmers (and potentially others) to use cleaner harvesting technology...

White House Calls for Initiative to Advance Ag Research

Washington, D. C., (January 19, 2016)

- As the global population continues to grow, increasing to a projected nine billion people by 2050, demand for food and other agricultural products will increase. This demand must be met even as climate change compounds issues such as soil loss, pest and pathogen damage, and land and water availability...

New Air Quality Incentives for Nut Farmers to Adopt Low-Emission Harvesters

Davis, Calif., (January 19, 2016)

– California air quality should get a boost from farmers using lower emission harvesting equipment, according to USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in California...

Tricolored Blackbird Update

Modesto, Calif., (January 19, 2015)

– Winter is typically lambing season on Northern California sheep ranches - a perilous time of year. Baby lambs are vulnerable prey for wildlife like coyotes, mountain lions and bears...

Newly identified enzyme may be the culprit in Pierce’s disease grapevine damage

Davis, Calif., (January 18, 2016)

– UC Davis plant scientists have identified an enzyme that appears to play a key role in the insect-transmitted bacterial infection of grapevines with Pierce’s disease, which annually costs California’s grape and wine industries more than $100 million...

International experts to discuss water pricing Feb. 2-3 in Sacramento

Sacramento, Calif., (January 18, 2015)

– Although rain has begun falling in California after four years of drought, living with limited water is the new normal for Californians, according to University of California water experts...

Research can help Californians live safely with wildlife

Hopland, Calif., (January 18, 2016)

– The Tricolored Blackbird was once again on the California Fish and Game Commission’s agenda this past December, and again it was due to a petition from the Center for Biological Diversity, which asked the Commission to add the bird to the state’s Endangered Species List...

Asian Citrus Psyllid Quarantine 2016 Update

Sacramento, Calif., (January 13, 2016)

– Agricultural officials and citrus farmers continue to work with California residents and other stakeholders to control the spread of the Asian citrus psyllid (ACP), a citrus pest of grave concern because it can spread a devastating disease that is fatal to citrus trees – huanglongbing (HLB), also known as citrus greening...

Information Needed for 2015 Crop Report

Fresno, Calif., (January 13, 2015)

– The 2015 crop report survey letters were mailed out on December 31, 2015. The return of the surveys would be appreciated before February 28, 2016...

Tulare County Annual Farm Bureau Calendar Art Contest Seeking Entries

Tulare, Calif., (January 13, 2016)

– Calling all young artists! Farm Bureau’s 2016 Calendar Art Contest theme is “Tulare County Agriculture From the Farm to You.” Winning entries will be printed in a 12-month full color calendar distributed to schools throughout the county recognizing the winning entries and honorable mentions...

USDA California Crop Weather Report for Week Ending January 10, 2016

Sacramento, Calif., (January 12, 2016)

– Temperatures for the week averaged 1 to 3 degrees above normal in the north and 1 to 3 degrees below normal in the east and south. Lows reach