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Fresno County Department of Agriculture Crop Report for the Month

Fresno, Calif., (February 4, 2016)

– Fields of barley, oats, triticale, and wheat grew vigorously in presence of frequent rains. Growers applied herbicides for weed control and fertilizations via air due to limited field access on wet ground. All small grain crops grew well...

University Announces $2 Million Endowment for Livestock Judging Team

Fresno, Calif., (February 4, 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...

TCFB Scholarships Due March 1

Tulare, Calif., (February 4, 2016)

– The Tulare County Farm Bureau Scholarship program was created for the purpose of providing annual scholarships to the youth of Tulare County based on academic achievement, leadership skills and financial need...

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 reached single digits in the mountains, 20s in the east, and 40s in the central valley and south coast. High temperatures were mostly 40s in the north, 50s in the central region, and 60s in the south...

USDA awards $3 million for robotics research – more than $1 million for California

Washington, D. C., (January 12, 2015)

– The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has announced $3 million in grants to advance the use of co-robots that benefit and assist stakeholders in America’s production agriculture field. These three grants are part of the National Robotics Initiative (NRI), a federal research partnership that includes NIFA, the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Department of Defense, and Department of Energy...

Two Rock Elementary Teaches the Importance of Agriculture

Petaluma, Calif., (January 11, 2016)

– The Two Rock Elementary School’s 158 students have two teachers and one principal who are devoted to teaching students about agriculture. Pat Godoski is the school’s fifth grade teacher and Jan Brogan teaches sixth grade...

Governor Brown’s budget invests in Climate Smart Agriculture

Sacramento, Calif., (January 11, 2016)

– Governor Brown’s proposed budget for 2016-2017 would provide a total of $485 million to CDFA for its mission to promote and protect agriculture, including appropriations for invasive species programs, food safety and security programs, drought analysis and response, a new program to address antibiotic use in livestock, a new licensing program for medical cannabis, and greater investment in a vitally important direction for our state – climate smart agriculture...

CDFA Awards More than $240 Million to Support Agricultural Education Through the California Agricultural License Plate Program

Sacramento, Calif., (January 11, 2015)

– The Wine vs. Beer Showdown, Kings County Farm Bureau’s largest annual fundraiser, is coming up on Thursday, Jan. 21. This popular event gives guests the opportunity to enjoy samples from California wineries, breweries and local restaurants while catching up with friends and raising money to support Farm Bureau programs...

Two Rock Elementary Teaches the Importance of Agriculture

Petaluma, Calif., (January 11, 2016)

– The Two Rock Elementary School’s 158 students have two teachers and one principal who are devoted to teaching students about agriculture. Pat Godoski is the school’s fifth grade teacher and Jan Brogan teaches sixth grade. ..

Tulare County Reports on Current Crop Status

Visalia, Calif., (January 8, 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 grains and field crops continue to benefit from this week’s ongoing precipitation...

Wine vs. Beer Showdown Coming up on January 21

Hanford, Calif., (January 8, 2016)

– The Wine vs. Beer Showdown, Kings County Farm Bureau’s largest annual fundraiser, is coming up on Thursday, Jan. 21. This popular event gives guests the opportunity to enjoy samples from California wineries, breweries and local restaurants while catching up with friends and raising money to support Farm Bureau programs...

Land for Future Generations - Jim and Betty Doerksen Choose to Leave their Legacy with LandPaths

Santa Rosa, Calif., (January 8, 2016)

– Jim Doerksen described his decision to sell his 124 acre ag preserve to LandPaths as selfish. With no children to inherit the land after Doerksen and his wife Betty both pass, he knew the best way for the land to stay in agriculture and educate children about nature would be with LandPaths...

USDA Declares Drought Assistance for Counties across California

Sacramento, Calif., (January 7, 2016)

– The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on Dec. 23 designated 12 counties in California as primary natural disaster areas, tied to damages and losses caused by a drought from Jan. 2, 2015 to the present...

Cal Poly Float Wins Lathrop K. Leishman Trophy at 2016 Rose Parade

Pasadena, Calif., (January 7, 2016)

– Cal Poly universities’ “Sweet Shenanigans,” featuring a sleuth of larger-than-life gummy bears enjoying a snow day in a multi-flavored ice cream wonderland of cones, lollipops and sundaes, received the Lathrop K. Leishman Trophy for the most beautiful non-commercial entry at the 127th Tournament of Roses Parade held New Year’s Day...

CDFA Announces Vacancies on California Invasive Species Advisory Committee

Sacramento, Calif., (January 7, 2016)

– The California Department of Food and Agriculture, on behalf of the Invasive Species Council of California (ISCC), seeks to appoint six (6) members to the California Invasive Species Advisory Committee (CISAC)...

Fresno County Department of Agriculture Crop Report for the Month Ending Thursday, December 31, 2015

Fresno, Calif., (January 6, 2016)

– Recent rains gave favorable growth to fall and winter plantings of barley, oat, and wheat. Some grain fields were treated with herbicides. Straw was harvested and shipped to various users...

Asian Citrus Psyllid detected in city of Fresno

Fresno, Calif., (January 6, 2016)

- The Fresno County Agricultural Commissioner's Office announced that a single Asian Citrus Psyllid (ACP) was found in the city of Fresno, near Clinton Avenue and Highway 99...

EPA Releases the First of Four Preliminary Risk Assessments for Insecticides Potentially Harmful to Bees

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

– The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a preliminary pollinator risk assessment for the neonicotinoid insecticide, imidacloprid, which shows a threat to some pollinators...

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

Sacramento, Calif., (January 5, 2016)

– A large-scale troughing played a major factor in the weather. A dry air mass moved over the State from the east, allowing for some of the coldest temperatures yet this season. Lows dropped as cold as -10s in the mountains, although 0 to 20s were more common...

Scientific consensus says U.S. Forest Service should implement proposed forest treatments

South Lake Tahoe, Calif., (January 5, 2016)

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) conducted the winter’s first media-oriented manual snow survey today, and despite the higher-than-average water content for the statewide snowpack, officials said snowfall during the remainder of the winter will largely determine whether California’s drought will be entrenched for a fifth year...

New Hope for Extending Fresh-cut Vegetable Storage

Salinas, Calif., (January 4, 2016)

– Fresh-cut peppers and lettuces in supermarkets have a shot at lasting longer thanks to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists in Beltsville, Maryland, and Salinas, California...

California State Board of Food and Agriculture to Discuss Climate Change Issues at January 5th Meeting

Sacramento, Calif., (January 4, 2016)

– The California State Board of Food and Agriculture will discuss climate change issues at its upcoming meeting on January 5th in Sacramento. The meeting will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the California Department of Food and Agriculture, 1220 N Street – Main Auditorium, Sacramento, CA 95814...

Snowpack’s Water Content Far Greater than One Year Ago, But It’s Still Too Soon to Know Whether Drought Will Be Broken

Sacramento, Calif., (January 4, 2016)

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) conducted the winter’s first media-oriented manual snow survey today, and despite the higher-than-average water content for the statewide snowpack, officials said snowfall during the remainder of the winter will largely determine whether California’s drought will be entrenched for a fifth year...

New Hope for Extending Fresh-cut Vegetable Storage

Salinas, Calif., (January 4, 2016)

– Fresh-cut peppers and lettuces in supermarkets have a shot at lasting longer thanks to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists in Beltsville, Maryland, and Salinas, California...

Tulare County Reports on Current Crop Status

Visalia, Calif., (December 31, 2015)

– 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 crops such as wheat are thriving with a good mixture of rain and sunshine...

Veterinary food-safety lab gets $1.89 million boost for toxicology testing

Davis, Calif., (December 31, 2015)

– The California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory System, based at the University of California, Davis, has received a $1.89 million, five-year grant from the federal Food Emergency Response Network to support its food-safety efforts...

Wild bees decline where crop pollination most needed, study finds

Davis, Calif., (December 31, 2015)

– Wild bee populations have declined significantly since 2008 in Central California and some other key areas of the United States, according to a newly published study co-authored by UC Davis researchers...

USDA California Crop/Weather Report for Week Ending December 27, 2015

Sacramento, Calif., (December 29, 2015)

– It was another week with freezing temperatures in the agricultural valleys, where temperatures in the upper 20s were common. Minimums varied from below zero in the Northeast, to mid to upper 30s in the South and Southeast. Temperatures averaged 1 to 3 degrees below normal for most coast areas and 1 to 3 degrees above normal elsewhere...

UC workshops on IPM and proposed EPA cancellation of chlorpyrifos

Davis, Calif., (December 29, 2015)

– New pesticide regulations and integrated pest management (IPM) decision-making will be featured in a series of UC Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) workshops in January and February 2016...

Rose Parade gives Cal Poly students a head start in promoting California agriculture

Sacramento, Calif., (December 29, 2015)

– One of my favorite traditions as secretary is the Rose Parade on New Year’s Day. Each year I have an opportunity to join our colleagues from California Grown as they certify that a select number of floats are comprised of at least 85 percent flowers and plants grown in California...

Asian Citrus Psyllid Quarantine in Stanislaus County Includes Portion of Merced County

Sacramento, Calif., (December 28, 2015)

- Southern Stanislaus County has been placed under quarantine for the Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) following the detection of two ACPs within the City of Turlock. The quarantine also takes in a portion of northern Merced County along its border with Stanislaus County...

CDFA Accepting Concept Proposals for 2016 Fertilizer Research and Education Grants

Sacramento, Calif., (December 28, 2015)

– The California Department of Food and Agriculture’s Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) is currently accepting concept proposals for the 2016 grant cycle. FREP’s competitive grant program funds research that advances the agronomic and environmental performance of fertilizing materials...

Genome Sequencing May Save California’s Legendary Sugar Pine

Davis, Calif., (December 28, 2015)

– The genome of California’s legendary sugar pine, which naturalist John Muir declared to be “king of the conifers” more than a century ago, has been sequenced by a research team led by UC Davis scientists...

Tulare County Reports on Current Crop Status

Visalia, Calif., (December 24, 2015)

– 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 All cotton fields are in compliance with the Cotton Plowdown Regulations...

World Ag Expo Announces 2016 Top-10 New Product Winners

Tulare, Calif., (December 24, 2015)

– Results are in for World Ag Expo's Top-10 New Products competition. The winners will be showcased February 9-11, 2016 during the 49th annual World Ag Expo in Tulare, California. A group of judges made up of farmers, ranchers and industry professionals selected the Top-10 New Products...

California State Fair Receives Global Recognition for Marketing, Programming and Agriculture

Sacramento, Calif., (December 24, 2015)

– The California State Fair received the coveted International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE) Best Marketing Campaign Award for its 2015 Best 17 Days of Summer Campaign. Not only did the California State Fair win among its Division 4 competitors, which includes fairs between 500,000 and one million visitors, but it won the top award out of all IAFE member Fairs and Festivals around the globe...

California leads the nation with $2.88 billion in horticultural sales

Sacramento, Calif., (December 23, 2015)

– California leads the nation with $2.88 billion in horticulture sales, according to the 2014 Census of Horticultural Specialties report released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS)...

Next Generation Science in School Gardens Workshop

Tulare, Calif., (December 23, 2015)

- This customized workshop is designed to engage educators in Next Generation Science Standards with common core learning. Using activities from the award winning Life Lab Science curriculum, participants will learn to use a garden to connect their students in Next Generation Science and Engineering practices...

Pastured poultry farm to foster innovation for small chicken farms

Davis, Calif., (December 23, 2015)

– UC Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) provided seed money to launch a new Pastured Poultry Farm at UC Davis. The farm is home to 150 young chickens and a living laboratory where students and faculty researchers hope to develop innovative solutions benefiting pasture-based farms, integrative crop-and-poultry farms and backyard flocks...

Delivering on Climate Smart Agriculture

Sacramento, Calif., (December 18, 2015)

– Our trip to the Netherlands is just the start of greater collaboration with the Dutch in addressing climate change in the agricultural sector. The innovations in water use, green house technology, and saline agriculture are practical on-farm solutions that can assist California’s farmers...

UC Davis cracks the walnut genome

Davis, Calif., (December 22, 2015)

– Scientists at the University of California, Davis, have for the first time sequenced the genome of a commercial walnut variety. The information should accelerate the rate of breeding and variety improvement in walnuts and help breeders select for desired traits such as insect and disease resistance, and drought tolerance...

ANR food drive nets $3,808 for food bank

Sacramento, Calif., (December 22, 2015)

– To celebrate National Food Day, University of California Office of the President employees in Oakland donated a total of $3,808 and 283 cans and packages of food to the Alameda County Community Food Bank. The food drive was sponsored by UC Agriculture and Natural Resources and UCOP Staff Assembly...

Tulare County Reports on Current Crop Status

Visalia, Calif., (December 18, 2015)

– 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 Cotton fields are being shredded and disked to comply with the Cotton Plowdown Regulations...

What can California, Israel and Australia learn from each other about drought?

Modesto, Calif., (December 18, 2015)

– Drought management experts from Israel and Australia will join U.S. scientists in California for a workshop in Modesto on Jan. 12 and 13. Growers, crop consultants, irrigation practitioners, state agency members and others are invited to participate.

WTO Rules Against U.S. on COOL; U.S. facing retaliation on products, including wine

Calif., (December 18, 2015)

– A World Trade Organization (WTO) arbitrator ruled on December 7, 2015 that Canada and Mexico may impose tariffs of $1.01 billion on U.S. imports in retaliation to the U.S. country of origin labeling (COOL) rules for meat...

California State Fair Accepts Nominations for 2016 Agriculturalist of the Year

Sacramento, Calif., (December 14, 2015)

– Since 1854, the California State Fair has showcased the progress and advancement of the State’s agricultural industry. In celebration of those individuals who have substantially contributed to that success, the California State Fair is seeking nominations for the 2016 Agriculturalist of the Year...

In the Netherlands – The Taste and Feel of Climate Smart Agriculture

Sacramento, Calif., (December 14, 2015)

– In the village of Valthermond in the east of the Netherlands, we visited Wageningen University‘s demonstration farm. Wageningen UR, like UC Davis, is one of the leading agricultural research universities in the world...

Planting the seeds for garden-based education

Davis, Calif., (December 14, 2015)

– The UC CalFresh Nutrition Education Program in Santa Barbara County (UC CalFresh) is planting new ideas and possibilities to increase teacher use of school gardens...

Tulare County Reports on Current Crop Status

Visalia, Calif., (December 11, 2015)

– 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 cotton fields are being shredded and disked to comply with the Cotton Plowdown Regulations...

FREE Groundwater Well Drilling Informational Workshop, December 14

Tulare, Calif., (December 11, 2015)

– A free Water Well Drilling Workshop will be held on Monday, December 14 at the Southern California Edison Energy Education center (formerly AgTAC) in Tulare for interested individuals.

CFBF honors Dennis Stohl with Lifetime Service Award

Sacramento, Calif., (December 11, 2015)

– Described as a dedicated and caring advocate for Farm Bureau members during nearly 30 years of service, Dennis Stohl was honored with the Helen Roberti Lifetime Service Award from the California Farm Bureau Federation. Stohl, of Roseville, received the award during the CFBF Annual Meeting in Reno last night...

2015 California Leopold Conservation Award winner recognized

Sacramento, Calif., (December 10, 2015)

– The 2015 California Leopold Conservation Award was presented this week at the California Farm Bureau Federation’s Annual Meeting in Reno, NV...

New Software Measures Agriculture’s Carbon Footprint

Davis, Calif., (December 10, 2015)

– As world leaders meet in Paris to discuss climate change, agriculture is one human activity that must be factored in—both as an emitter and an absorber of greenhouse gas. But how can farmers know their farm’s carbon footprint? Not just a qualitative idea, mind you, but the actual shoe size?

2016 Conservation Easement Applications Due January 15

Davis, Calif., (December 10, 2015)

– The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in California is now accepting applications for both Wetland Reserve Easements (WRE) and Agricultural Land Easements (ALE) through the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP)...

USDA Crop/Weather Report for Week Ending December 6, 2015

Sacramento, Calif., (December 9, 2015)

- For the northern half of the State lows were 0s to 20s in the mountains, 20s to 30s in the valley, and 30s to 40s along the coast. Highs were 30s to 40s in the mountains and 40s to 50s along the coast and in the valley...

Emergency Nut Theft Summit provides important tips

Visalia, Calif., (December 9, 2015)

– The Tree Nut Theft Summit held today at the Visalia Wyndham hotel provided a great forum to share ideas and strategies, discuss with law enforcement key concerns, and help nut hullers, handlers, and processors network ideas about how to stop nut theft from occuring...

Mid-Kaweah Groundwater Agency seeks advisory members

Tulare, Calif., (December 9, 2015)

– Ag representatives are needed ... if you live or own a business in the City of Visalia, City of Tulare, or in the Tulare Irrigation District ... we need agriculture representatives to take note...

Fresno County Department of Agriculture Crop Report, November

Fresno, Calif., (December 8, 2015)

– Harvest season had ended in Huron District and fall plantings were complete in Sanger for barley, oats, and wheat. The recent rains helped speed up the germination in newly planted grain fields...

Farmer generosity shines through farm-to-food bank contributions

Sacramento, Calif., (December 8, 2015)

– California is a bountiful state full of some of the most generous and productive land, as well as people. Farmers care deeply about their local communities and many of them contribute to food banks through California Association of Food Banks’ Farm to Family Program...

Sonoma County woman wins Farm Bureau Discussion Meet

Sacramento, Calif., (December 8, 2015)

– By discussing ways to balance agricultural water needs with maintaining vibrant communities, a Sonoma County woman earned top honors in the annual Young Farmers and Ranchers Discussion Meet at the California Farm Bureau Federation Annual Meeting in Reno...

Botrytis ‘noble rot’ fungus reprograms wine grape metabolism

Davis, Calif., (December 7, 2015)

– For hundreds of years, the fungus Botrytis cinerea has been key to making the world’s finest dessert wines. Now UC Davis researchers working with Dolce Winery in the Napa Valley show how the fungus changes plant metabolism to produce new flavors and aromas in white-skinned grapes...

2016 Conservation Easement Applications Due January 15

Davis, Calif., (December 7, 2015)

– The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in California is now accepting applications for both Wetland Reserve Easements (WRE) and Agricultural Land Easements (ALE) through the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP)...

USDA begins enrollment period for Conservation Reserve Program

Washington, D. C., (December 7, 2015)

– The USDA reminds farmers and ranchers that the next general enrollment period for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) began this week and ends on Feb. 26, 2016...

Tulare County Reports on Current Crop Status

Visalia, Calif., (December 4, 2015)

– 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 Cotton fields are being shredded and disked to comply with the Cotton Plowdown Regulations...

USDA report warns that climate change is likely to impede progress on global food security

Washington, D. C., (December 4, 2015)

– Climate change is likely to impede progress on reducing undernourishment around the world in the decades ahead, according to a major scientific assessment by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on global food security...

FELS - Are You Ready for 2016?

Sacramento, Calif., ( December 4, 2015)

- Farm Employers Labor Service provides agricultural employers with a variety of educational services and products. Seminars are offered periodically by FELS to keep agricultural employers up to date with current labor issues...

California to Host Informational Sessions on the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) in January

Sacramento, Calif., (December 3, 2015)

– The California Department of Food and Agriculture will host informational sessions on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Final Rules for Produce Safety and Preventive Controls for Animal Food...

New organic plant breeding effort to produce novel varieties and train new breeders

Davis, Calif., (December 3, 2015)

– A new effort to provide California growers with seeds for tomato, bean, pepper and other crop varieties that are specially bred for organic farming has been launched at UC Davis...

GMO food animals should be judged by product, not process, scientists say

Davis, Calif., (December 3, 2015)

– In a world with a burgeoning demand for meat, milk and eggs, regulatory policies around the use of biotechnologies in agriculture need to be based on the safety and attributes of those foods rather than on the methods used to produce them, says a UC Davis animal scientist...

USDA California Crop/Weather Report for Week Ending November 29, 2015

Sacramento, Calif., (December 2, 2015)

- Temperatures for the week averaged 2 to 5 degrees below normal across most of the State except in the extreme south where temperatures averaged near normal. Freezing temperatures were common over much of the interior valley, with mid-20s to near freezing reported...

Partial Tax Exemption for Certain Items Decreases by 0.25 Percent on January 1, 2016

Sacramento, Calif., (December 2, 2015)

– Effective January 1, 2016, the tax rate for several partially exempt sales and purchases will be 2.25 percent plus applicable district taxes. If you are a retailer who accepts a partial exemption certificate for sales affected by this change, you will need to collect and report tax at the new rate beginning January 1, 2016...

Making Decisions About Well Drilling, Equipment Installation and Water Wells Work Shop

Tulare, Calif., (December 2, 2015)

– Fresno County Farm Bureau and The Big Fresno Fair are proud to announce that Fresno County schools can now register for the 11th annual Farm & Nutrition Day, which invites all third graders from throughout Fresno County to the Fresno Fairgrounds on Friday, March 18, 2016...

Cal Poly’s Swanton Pacific Ranch Joins US Forest Service Research Program

San Luis Obispo, Calif., (December 1, 2015)

– Cal Poly and the USDA Forest Service recently signed an agreement to include the university’s Swanton Pacific Ranch near Santa Cruz, Calif., in the federal Experimental Forests and Ranges program...

Agritourism Intensive classes offered in Quincy, Modesto and Redding

Davis, Calif., (December 1, 2015)

– The USDA has announced $4.8 million in grants for 74 projects spanning 39 states that support the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) efforts to connect child nutrition programs with...

Another Successful Sonoma Summit

Santa Rosa, Calif., (December 1, 2015)

– The Sonoma County Winegrowers, in partnership with Sonoma County Vintners, hosted 33 of America’s top wine buyers and sommeliers to Sonoma County for a three-day immersion in Sonoma County vineyards and wines. ..

Pastured Poultry Farm to explore solutions for small chicken farms

Davis, Calif., (November 30, 2015)

– UC Davis unveiled its new Pastured Poultry Farm, home to 150 young laying chickens and a living laboratory where students and researchers hope to develop innovative solutions benefiting pasture-based poultry farms, integrative crop-and-poultry farms, and backyard flocks...

California nets nearly $700,000 in USDA farm-to-school grants

Washington, D. C., (November 30, 2015)

– The USDA has announced $4.8 million in grants for 74 projects spanning 39 states that support the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) efforts to connect child nutrition programs with...

2016 Farm & Nutrition Day is March 18 at Fresno Fairgrounds

Fresno, Calif., (November 30, 2015)

– Fresno County Farm Bureau and The Big Fresno Fair are proud to announce that Fresno County schools can now register for the 11th annual Farm & Nutrition Day, which invites all third graders from throughout Fresno County to the Fresno Fairgrounds on Friday, March 18, 2016...

Tulare County Reports on Current Crop Status

Visalia, Calif., (November 25, 2015)

– 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 Cotton fields are being shredded and disked to comply with the Cotton Plowdown Regulations...

Forty Days Later the California FMMO Hearing is a Wrap

Clovis, Calif., (November 25, 2015)

- After 40 days (and nights for many), the California FMMO hearing finally came to an end. Will things ever be the same again? While USDA said farewell to Fresno, it still seems like we’re light years away from a producer vote...

Farm Bureau Awards $4,500 in Garden Grants to Local Schools

Tulare, Calif., (November 25, 2015)

– Every year, Tulare County Farm Bureau’s education committee accepts applications from area schools who want to create or maintain gardens on their campuses. This fall, the education committee awarded grants to 16 schools throughout Tulare County...

New Agronomic Cropping Systems and Nutrient Management Advisor in Kings, Tulare, and Fresno Counties.

Fresno, Calif., (November 23, 2015)

– My name is Nicholas Clark. I’m a new UC Extension (UCCE) Advisor with a number of crops, counties, and issues to cover. I was born and raised in Fresno. I received my M. S. in Plant Science at Fresno State, a strongly agronomic and practical education...

New cost study for English walnuts released by Agricultural Issues Center

Sacramento, Calif., (November 23, 2015)

– With the release of the full text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, the California Farm Bureau Federation urged the state’s congressional delegation to support the agreement. The TPP would reduce barriers to trade among the United States and 11 other Pacific Rim nations...

Latino Farmers Conference Offers Templates for Success, Exceeds Expectation

Davis, Calif., (November 23, 2015)

– From Brawley to Butte and from Napa to Santa Maria, almost 200 Latino farmers and about 100 Agency and business representatives gathered today in Fresno for a conference called Growing Together...

Tulare County Reports on Current Crop Status

Visalia, Calif., (November 20, 2015)

– 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 Cotton harvest is completed, with fields being shredded and disked to comply with the Cotton Plowdown Regulations. Modules are being moved to gins for processing...

Trade agreement will benefit California, farm leader says

Sacramento, Calif., (November 20, 2015)

– With the release of the full text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, the California Farm Bureau Federation urged the state’s congressional delegation to support the agreement. The TPP would reduce barriers to trade among the United States and 11 other Pacific Rim nations...

Farm-to-Food Bank Month a time for sharing and caring

Sacramento, Calif., (November 20, 2015)

– More than four-million people in California are food-insecure and need a little help. It just doesn’t seem right to have that many people lacking nourishment in a state that produces such a bounty of healthy food...

Charter of Milan establishes important values for a sustainable world

Sacramento, Calif., (November 19, 2015)

– Karen Ross, Secretary, California Department of Food and Agriculture attended the 2015 World’s Fair and had this to say:

Runner and Huff File Water Priorities Constitutional Amendment & New Surface Water and Groundwater Storage Facilities Bond Act

Sacramento, Calif., (November 19, 2015)

– Vice Chair, Board of Equalization, George Runner and California State Senator Bob Huff (R-San Dimas) today announced they have submitted for title and summary a 2016 ballot initiative that redirects unspent High Speed Rail Proposition 1A (2008) and Proposition 1 (2014) water bond money to build new surface water and groundwater storage projects without adding more debt or levying new taxes...

California FMMO Hearing - Week #8

Clovis, Calif., (November 19, 2015)

– The positive note on which week seven ended with the statement of Mr. Vanden Heuvel (producer from Southern California), was unfortunately no sign of things to come for week eight. Indeed, the week was filled with ups and downs and a few tense moments...

Technical Review Committee Members Wanted for 2016 Specialty Crop Block Program

Sacramento, Calif., (November 18, 2015)

– California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Secretary Karen Ross is welcoming volunteers with knowledge and expertise regarding the California specialty crop industry to serve as reviewers on the 2016 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program Technical Review Committee...

Western Growers Supports Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement

Irvine, Calif., (November 18, 2015)

– Negotiators released the entire text of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement. The agreement, once implemented, addresses two issues of particular concern to the fresh produce industry...

San Joaquin Valley Winegrowers Association

Fresno, Calif., (November 18, 2015)

– UC Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) has established two $1 million endowments and is now preparing to select the recipients of its first-ever endowed chairs in Cooperative Extension, announced UC ANR vice president Glenda Humiston today (Oct. 29)...

CDFA Awards Nearly $2 Million

Sacramento, Calif., (November 5, 2015)

– The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), through the Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP), is pleased to announce that FREP has awarded almost two million dollars in grant funds to agricultural organizations and universities this year...

Attend Meeting to Establish Regulations on Water Diversions in Your Area

Sacramento, Calif., (November 5, 2015)

– The State Water Resources Control Board will hold five meetings around the state to take public comment as they develop the regulations necessary to implement new water diversion measurement and reporting requirements in Senate Bill 88, which was signed into law earlier this year...

UC ANR establishes two endowed chairs in Cooperative Extension

Sacramento, Calif., (November 5, 2015)

– UC Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) has established two $1 million endowments and is now preparing to select the recipients of its first-ever endowed chairs in Cooperative Extension, announced UC ANR vice president Glenda Humiston today (Oct. 29)...

Annual Water Conference - November 5, 2015

Tulare, Calif., (November 2, 2015)

- Southern California Edison (SCE) in collaboration with Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), is bringing you the 6th Annual Water Conference in Tulare...

California Department of Food and Agriculture Now Accepting Proposals for 2016 Specialty Crop Grants

Sacramento, Calif., (November 2, 2015)

– The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is now accepting proposals for the 2016 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program...

Pesticide Scares

Sacramento, Calif., (November 2, 2015)

– In advance of the year’s scariest day, Halloween, the California Department of Pesticide Regulation has compiled a short list of pesticide-related scares. Unfortunately these are not fairy tales, but real examples. They include unnecessary sicknesses, hospitalizations, and brushes with death. The names have been withheld to protect people’s identities...

Tulare County Reports on Current Crop Status

Visalia, Calif., (October 30, 2015)

– 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 The corn silage harvest is winding down. Corn seed is being processed. Grain sorghum/milo is progressing well...

Groundwater for the future: Sustainable Conservation’s partnership with the Almond Board of California

Sacramento, Calif., (October 30, 2015)

– After a harrowing string of dry years, California pines for wet weather. With summer in the rearview mirror, our farms, communities, and wildlife sure could use a hydrating boost this winter...

California State Board of Food and Agriculture to discuss Business and Consumer Food Trends on November 3rd in Sacramento

Sacramento, Calif., (October 30, 2015)

– How consumer purchasing trends are influencing food marketing and agricultural production practices will be discussed at the upcoming California State Board of Food and Agriculture meeting on Tuesday, November 3, 2015...

Well-managed soils are ready to weather El Niño

Parlier, Calif., (October 29, 2015)

– Farmers who have managed their soil with cover crops and conservation tillage are in better shape to weather El Niño this winter than those who have used traditional soil management methods, says Jeffrey Mitchell of UC Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR)...

Agriculture Partners Host Fresno Outreach Conference for Hispanic Growers

Fresno, Calif., (October 29, 2015)

– The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) has teamed up with the USDA to host a first-of-its-kind conference in Spanish tailored for Spanish-speaking farmers and ranchers statewide. The Growing Together conference will be held Nov. 3, 2015, in Fresno, Calif...

USDA Issues Safety-Net Payments to Farmers Facing Market Downturn

Washington, D. C., (October 29, 2015)

– The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that beginning today, nearly one half of the 1.7 million farms that signed up for either the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs will receive safety-net payments for the 2014 crop year...

GMO Testing Pilot Project

Sacramento, Calif., (October 28, 2015)

– It has been said, “California is the capital of organic.” The strength of that statement is a tribute to our state’s and our industry’s ability and willingness to lead, create and innovate...

California FMMO Hearing - Week #5

Clovis, Calif., (October 28, 2015)

– Another week gone by, and another pile of exhibits that seemed heavier than Batman’s utility belt was entered into the FMMO hearing record for USDA to look at. After 15 days on and off the stand, the coops finally wrapped up their case in chief on Monday. That was a lot of information and work well done to defend the cause of proposal #1...

Three UC students receive UC ANR fellowships to study food issues

Davis, Calif., (October 28, 2015)

– Three University of California students will be working with scientists in the UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources to study food security, nutrition education and agricultural research and extension...

USDA California Crop/Weather Report for Week Ending October 25, 2015

Davis, Calif., (October 28, 2015)

– Afternoon temperatures remained fairly consistent day-to-day, but overnight lows gradually cooled each night under the influence of dry air. High pressure and calm winds combined with low-level moisture trapped in the central valley led to the development of radiation fog each night and morning...

Map identifies farmland with greatest potential for groundwater recharge

Davis, Calif., (October 27, 2015)

– Growers, researchers, policymakers and others can now pinpoint California’s most promising parcels of farmland to help replenish the state’s dwindling groundwater supplies, thanks to a new interactive map developed by the California Soil Resource Lab at the University of California, Davis...

Fall colors in wine country are not a picture of health

Napa, Calif., (October 27, 2015)

– The glorious fall colors in California wine country aren't good news for the industry. Although they look beautiful in the muted autumn sunlight, red leaves on grapevines can be a symptom of serious plant diseases, such as grape leafroll associated viruses and red blotch...

Fun Facts and Fair Statistics for the 2015 Big Fresno Fair

Fresno, Calif., (October 26, 2015)

– The Big Fresno Fair came to a close on Oct. 18. The 12-day event welcomed people from throughout the Valley and beyond. Here are some of the agricultural fun facts and statistics from the Fair...

Distribution of Donor Funds Will Support Youth in the Impacted Communities

Kelseyville, Calif., (October 26, 2015)

– Organizers of the #LakeCountyRising fundraising effort report they have begun distributing funds from its Fire Relief Fund with the first round of giving designed to support the needs of youth in the impacted communities...

Tulare County Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers To Hold Annual Casino Night Fundraise

Tulare, Calif., (October 26, 2015)

– The Tulare County Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers (YF&R) Committee will hold their 22nd annual Casino Night fundraiser on November 7, 2015 beginning at 6:00 pm at the International Agri-Center Dairy Pavilion. Casino Night is the sole fundraiser of the Young Farmers and Ranchers committee...

Tulare County Reports on Current Crop Status

Visalia, Calif., (October 23, 2015)

– 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 The corn silage harvest is winding down. Grain sorghum/milo is progressing well. Alfalfa continues to be irrigated, cut, and baled throughout the county...

National Co-op Month a reminder of the cooperative nature of food and agriculture

Sacramento, Calif., (October 23, 2015)

– Cooperatives are at the very heart of agriculture. Cooperative systems emerge at all levels of production and extend through many facets, from harvesting to marketing. Co-ops can be complex operations that serve as supportive foundations for farmers and ranchers, and they can be as simple as direct marketing between farmers and consumers...

Following the fuel: How portable biomass energy generation may help rural communities

Davis, Calif., (October 23, 2015)

– The forests that surround many of California's mountain communities tend to have an abundance of woody biomass and a pressing need for thinning to reduce fire danger. Revenue from selling forest residues to biomass power plants could help to support fuel reduction activities, but in many cases the nearest plant is so far away that hauling costs are prohibitive...

California FMMO Hearing - Week #4

Fresno, Calif., (October 22, 2015)

– The order of things at the FMMO hearing is getting to be as predictable as the color of the winning team for the upcoming World Series. This week was no exception: coop witness reading a testimony very slowly, followed by extensive questioning from attorneys, alternating with a few producer testimonies...

Archaeology for All at Hopland REC

Hopeland, Calif., (October 22, 2015)

– As one of the 9 UCANR Research and Extension Centers (RECs) across California, Hopland REC offers opportunities for research projects across a variety of disciplines particularly those requiring rangeland, oak woodland and chaparral environments...

Sustaining our salad: UC Davis wins specialty-crops grant for lettuce project

Davis, Calif., (October 22, 2015)

– Improving lettuce crops is the aim of a new, $4.5 million grant, awarded to University of California, Davis, researchers by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture...

Could a mushroom save the honeybee? From NPR

Pullman, Wash., (October 21, 2015)

– Honeybees need a healthy diet of pollen, nectar and water. But at a bee laboratory in eastern Washington state, Steve Sheppard fills their feeding tubes with murky brown liquid from the forest...

El Nino and Drought Could Deliver a One-Two Punch to Unprotected Soil

Davis, Calif., (October 21, 2015)

– Plowing and shaping fields in the fall is common practice in many parts of California, but the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is recommending a different strategy this year...

Fresno FARMS Leadership program kicks off

Fresno, Calif., (October 21, 2015)

– On Sept. 21, PR Farms hosted a kick-off ice cream social to welcome the 2015-16 students into the FARMS (Farming Agriculture and Resource Management for Sustainability) Leadership program...

USDA California Crop/Weather Report

Sacramento, Calif., (October 20, 2015)

- The week started out warm, with highs in the 70s along the north coast and 80s-90s further south, 90s in the valley, 100s in the desert, and 70s-80s in the mountains...

Guava Fruit Fly Eradicated from Long Beach Area of Los Angeles

Sacramento, Calif., (October 20, 2015)

– CDFA, working in coordination with the USDA and the Los Angeles County agricultural commissioner’s office, has declared the guava fruit fly eradicated from the Long Beach area...

Schedule set for 2016 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program Workshops

Sacramento, Calif., (October 20, 2015)

– During the first two weeks of November, the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) will present three workshops and two webinars on the 2016 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) competitive solicitation process...

Kings River Water Quality Coalition Meetings

Fresno, Calif., (October 19, 2015)

– The Kings River Water Quality Coalition will hold member workshops in the coming months...

California Tests Show Low or No Pesticide Levels in Many Fruits and Vegetables

Sacramento, Calif., (October 19, 2015)

– Tests on produce collected by the Department of Pesticide Regulation indicate the vast majority of fruits and vegetables available for sale in California meet stringent federal pesticide safety standards. During its 2014 survey, DPR found 96.4 percent of tested California-grown produce had little or no pesticide residues...

El Nino and Drought Could Deliver a One-Two Punch to Unprotected Soil

Davis, Calif., (October 19, 2015)

– Plowing and shaping fields in the fall is common practice in many parts of California, but the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is recommending a different strategy this year...

Tulare County Reports on Current Crop Status

Visalia, Calif., (October 16, 2015)

– 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 The corn silage harvest is winding down. Grain sorghum/milo is progressing well. Alfalfa continues to be irrigated, cut, and baled throughout the county...

Harvest Season: The Promise of Rural America

Washington, D. C., (October 16, 2015)

– For generations, rural Americans have provided our nation and the world with food, fiber and fuel. At the core of USDA's mission is fostering economic opportunity and innovation that will continue to yield positive results for rural communities and help American agriculture grow and create jobs right here at home...

California Olive Oil Council Forecasts Record-Breaking Production of Extra Virgin Olive Oil for 2015-16, Topping 4 Million Gallons

Berkley, Calif., (October 16, 2015)

– The California Olive Oil Council (COOC) is estimating a record-breaking production of 4 million gallons of California extra virgin olive oil for the 2015 harvest, eclipsing 2014’s production of 2.4 million gallons...

Antibiotic drug use in food animals focus of October workshop

Davis, Calif., (October 15, 2015)

– New guidelines being implemented by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration – effective Jan. 1, 2017 - require label changes allowing only therapeutic uses of some medically important antimicrobial drugs, and call for increased veterinarian oversight for these drugs used in animal feed...

Low residual dry matter on rangeland a concern heading into wet season

Mariposa, Calif., (October 15, 2015)

– Over the past few years, drought has negatively affected everyone in the state and ranchers are no exception. Due to the drought, most areas have seen a decline in forage production and water availability, and as a result many livestock producers reduced their herd sizes and grazing season...

California FMMO Hearing - Week #3

Modesto, Calif., (October 15, 2015)

– This week marked number three of the California FMMO hearing and it was another week spent building up the case for the coops’ proposal. Many topics were covered, but the spotlight seemed to hover around the matters of quota and pooling. It should not be surprising that so much time was spent on these matters, being that they tend to generate as much reaction as a Donald Trump speech...

CALIFORNIA STATE FAIR LAUNCHES FARM SCHOOL TOURS

Sacramento, Calif., (October 14, 2015)

– The California State Fair launched its new Farm School Tour program today with students from Camellia Basic Elementary School. The award-winning Farm is a 3.5 acre demonstration farm located in the center of Cal Expo in Sacramento. The Farm School Tours will take place weekdays throughout October and will resume in the spring of 2016.

Sonoma County Winegrowers' President Embarks on Marshall Memorial Fellowship

Santa Rosa, Calif., (October 14, 2015)

– On September 29, SCW President Karissa Kruse embarked on her global adventure as a participant in the Marshal Memorial Fellowship program. Karissa was selected from more than 700 nominees across the globe and is one of only 34 fellows representing the United States. She is also the first Sonoma County resident to ever receive this prestigious fellowship...

PG&E Agricultural Pump Contractor and Supplier Workshop

Fresno, Calif., (October 14, 2015)

– PG&E will host on October 16th a workshop on agricultural energy efficiency, new service requests and incentive programs for energy efficiency, including repairing or retrofitting your inefficient pumps! Come find out how you can save your customers' money and energy on farming operations...

USDA California Crop/Weather Report

Sacramento, Calif., (October 13, 2015)

– Another mostly dry week, with the exception of scattered rainfall across southern California on Monday. The hills near the coast from Los Angeles southward to San Diego recorded isolated amounts of rain over half an inch.

California Agriculture Leads the Nation in Funding for Specialty Crops

Sacramento, Calif., (October 13, 2015)

– The United States Department of Agriculture has announced funding for the 2015 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP). California received $19.7 million out of approximately $63 million awarded nationwide...

Central Valley Project Begins Water Year 2016 with 2.9 Million Acre-Feet of Storage

Sacramento, Calif., (October 13, 2015)

– The Bureau of Reclamation’s Central Valley Project began water year 2016 (Oct. 1, 2015, to Sept. 30, 2016) with 2.9 million acre-feet of water in six key CVP reservoirs (Shasta, Trinity, Folsom, New Melones and Millerton reservoirs and the federal share of the joint federal/state San Luis Reservoir)...

Statement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Regarding the Agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Washington, D. C., (October 12, 2015)

– Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today made the following statement following the successful conclusion of negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership:

Low residual dry matter on rangeland a concern heading into wet season

Mariposa, Calif., (October 12, 2015)

– Over the past few years, drought has negatively affected everyone in the state and ranchers are no exception. Due to the drought, most areas have seen a decline in forage production and water availability, and as a result many livestock producers reduced their herd sizes and grazing season...

TCFB Calls for Blue Jacket Bonanza Applicants

Tulare, Calif., (October 12, 2015)

– The Tulare County Farm Bureau’s Education Committee is excited to announce the return of Blue Jacket Bonanza. Applications are now available and are due by October 15th to the Tulare County Farm Bureau office. The program is made possible through generous donations from sponsors that support the TCFB Education and Scholarship Charitable Trust Fund...

Tulare County Reports on Current Crop Status

Visalia, Calif., (October 9, 2015)

– 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 The majority of the corn silage crop has been chopped. Grain sorghum/milo is progressing well. Alfalfa continues to be irrigated, cut, and baled throughout the county...

Berkeley to lead $12.3M study of crop drought tolerance

Berkeley, Calif., (October 9, 2015)

– UC Berkeley is leading a $12.3 million project funded by the U.S. Department of Energy to examine the role of epigenetics in allowing plants to survive in drought conditions, an increasing concern for agriculture as the effects of climate change are felt in California and globally...

USDA seeks nominations for National Organic Standards Board

Washington, D. C., (October 9, 2015)

– The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking nominations to fill a vacancy on the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) for an environmentalist or resource conservationist...

Winery wastewater a viable water source for vineyards

Davis, Calif., (October 8, 2015)

– Making wine requires water beyond what it takes to grow grapes. There are bottles to wash, barrels to scrub and floors to clean. But what if the water left over from all that cleaning was treated and reused to irrigate vineyards?...

Food and Agriculture Board to Discuss Land Subsidence, Goundwater Management at October 6 Public Meeting

Sacramento, Calif., (October 8, 2015)

– California State Board of Food and Agriculture board members will discuss groundwater management and land subsidence at their next public meeting on Tuesday, October 6th 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the California Department of Food and Agriculture, 1220 'N' Street – Main Auditorium, Sacramento, CA 95814...

2016 San Joaquin Valley Grape Symposium Wednesday, January 6th, C.P.D.E.S Hall, Easton CA

Easton, Calif., (October 8, 2015)

– Put us on your calendar and come join us for the fun filled and educational event. Continuing education PCA and CCA hours will be requested and our On-line or mail-in registration is coming soon. Please review our agenda:

Will edible native plants be a new food trend?

Claremont, Calif., (October 7, 2015)

– Will edible natives plants be a new food trend, the ultimate in eating locally? Antonio Sanchez at the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont hopes so. Among California native plants are many overlooked food sources, some with gourmet potential, according to Sanchez, production manager at the garden. As an added bonus, edible natives are often low-water users that look great in landscapes...

2015 water year hottest and driest on record

Sacramento, Calif., (October 7, 2015)

– The turn of the calendar from September to October each year goes without fanfare in most of California, but for the Department of Water Resources’ (DWR) State Water Project (SWP), each October 1 is the start of a new water year.

Assessments underway for USDA post-fire assistance in California

Sacramento, Calif., (October 7, 2015)

– In the wake of the Valley and Butte fires, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Farm Service Agency (FSA) staffs in California are meeting with landowners and Agencies to assess damages and offer technical and financial assistance where possible...

USDA California Crop/Weather Report

Sacramento, Calif., (October 6, 2015)

- Pacific moisture streamed into the State and interacted with an incoming Pacific low into the northwestern United States. Temperatures were warm to start the week, then cooler the remainder of the week. Locations along the coast typically saw highs in the 60s to 80s and lows in the 50s to 70s from north to south...

CDFA Funds $9.38 Million to Assist Farmers in Drought Through the State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program

Sacramento, Calif., (October 6, 2015)

– The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has selected 100 projects totaling $9.38 million from the State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program...

Will edible native plants be a new food trend?

Claremont, Calif., (October 6, 2015)

– Will edible natives plants be a new food trend, the ultimate in eating locally? Antonio Sanchez at the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont hopes so. Among California native plants are many overlooked food sources, some with gourmet potential, according to Sanchez, production manager at the garden...

Sorghum growing in the San Joaquin Valley is the subject of $12.3M study of crop drought tolerance

Parlier, Calif., (October 5, 2015)

– UC Agriculture and Natural Resources researchers are working in the San Joaquin Valley with UC Berkeley and Department of Energy (DOE) scientists to examine the role of epigenetics in plant survival under drought conditions, an increasing concern for agriculture as the effects of climate change are felt in California and globally...

Sudden oak death moving to urban areas; 3 steps to protect oaks

Berkley, Calif., (October 5, 2015)

– Drought is decreasing but not defeating the pathogen that causes sudden oak death, according to a citizen science-assisted survey conducted this spring by a UC Agriculture and Natural Resources forest pathologist...

Winery Wastewater a Viable Water Source for Vineyards

Davis, Calif., (October 5, 2015)

– Making wine requires water beyond what it takes to grow grapes. There are bottles to wash, barrels to scrub and floors to clean. But what if the water left over from all that cleaning was treated and reused to irrigate vineyards?...

Tulare County Reports on Current Crop Status

Visalia, Calif., (October 2, 2015)

– 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 The majority of the corn silage crop has been chopped. Sorghum silage is being harvested throughout the county. Grain sorghum/milo is progressing well...

California’s FREP/WPHA Conference Comes to Seaside November 5-6, 2015

Sacramento, Calif., (October 2, 2015)

– The California Department of Food and Agriculture’s (CDFA) Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) and the Western Plant Health Association (WPHA) are hosting their 23rd annual Fertilizer Research Conference at the Embassy Suites in Seaside, California, on November 5 and 6, 2015. This event brings together industry professionals and academic researchers to learn about the latest research and sound management of fertilizing materials...

Cultivating On-Farm Efficiencies with Drip Irrigation Innovations

Chowchilla, Calif., (October 2, 2015)

– With over 1,300 dairy farms, California accounts for more than 20% of the United States milk production, which means there are plenty of cows producing plenty of nutrients in the form of manure...

The Big Fresno Fair Announces Recipients of the Hall of Fame Awards & The Community Champions

Fresno, Calif., (October 1, 2015)

– The Big Fresno Fair is proud to announce the recipients for two of its most prestigious recognition programs – its Hall of Fame, which is in its 9th year, and its Community Champions Awards, now in its 8th year...