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UCCE Intern Reflects On Her Summer Experiences

Bakersfield, Calif., (August 26, 2015)

– There is a mysterious sort of feeling that comes with being in a vineyard very early in the morning. It's tranquil and cool; it deceives you into thinking the temperatures won't be sweltering in a mere few hours. Surrounding alfalfa fields sweeten the air, and the sunlight that soon envelops the valley is soft...

Federal agencies release water from Trinity Reservoir

Fresno, Calif., (August 26, 2015)

– The San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority (Authority) along with Westlands Water District has filed a lawsuit in federal court to stop the Bureau of Reclamation from releasing Central Valley Project (CVP) water from the Trinity Division to the Klamath River...

Statement from Secretary Tom Vilsack on Ongoing Devastating Wildfire Season

Washington, D.C., (August 26, 2015)

– U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack made the following statement:

USDA California Crop/Weather Report

Sacramento, Calif., (August 25, 2015)

– It was another hot and dry week across the State. No locations in the State recorded any measurable rainfall throughout the week and the presence of high pressure over the Great Basin prevented any marine fog/stratus events along the coast. Temperatures began above average early in the week but a cooling trend took place midweek as temperatures cooled 10-15 degrees...

International and California water conferences shine new light on drought

Sacramento, Calif., (August 25, 2015)

– The gauge reads 105 degrees in California's state capital as this article is being drafted. The four-year drought has baked itself into the landscape, with dead lawns crunching under feet and trees wilting under the heat, and has so far stolen a year's worth of precipitation...

Sonoma County Harvest Update

Santa Rosa, Calif., (August 25, 2015)

– For the second year in a row, the 2015 harvest began as one of the earliest on record in Sonoma County. Just after midnight on July 29th the first grapes of the year – nearly 18 tons of pinot noir – were harvested from Vineyard Eleven off Starr Road in the Russian River Valley...

CSU Fresno seeks Dean for Agriculture

Fresno, Calif., (August 24, 2015)

– California State University, Fresno is seeking a creative, energetic, innovative, articulate and dynamic leader for the deanship of the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology. The Dean is expected to articulate a bold vision for the college and will be a scholar, entrepreneurial leader, and team player with strong interpersonal skills and a demonstrated track record of success in leading agricultural initiatives...

UC studies estimate cost of production for six crops

Davis, Calif., (August 24, 2015)

– Six new studies outlining the cost of production and estimated revenue for orchard and field crops have been released by UC Agriculture and Natural Resources. The crops include lemons and oranges, field corn, paddy rice, silage corn and strawberries...

NASA Report: Drought Causing Valley Land to Sink

Sacramento, Calif., (August 24, 2015)

– As Californians continue pumping groundwater in response to the historic drought, the Department of Water Resources today released a new NASA report showing land in the San Joaquin Valley is sinking faster than ever before, nearly two inches per month in some locations...

Tulare County Reports on Crop Status

Visalia, Calif., (August 21, 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 Corn continues to be cut for silage. Sorghum silage is making good progress, with some fields being harvested. Grain sorghum is progressing well...

Hedgerows next to crops can enhance pest control

Davis, Calif., (August 21, 2015)

– Research has shown that hedgerows of native California flowering shrubs planted along the edge of a crop field helps keep crop pests under control by increasing the activity of natural enemies...

Drought costs California agriculture $1.84B and 10,100 jobs in 2015

Davis, Calif., (August 21, 2015)

– The drought is tightening its grip on California agriculture, squeezing about 30 percent more workers and cropland out of production than in 2014, according to the latest drought impact report by the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences...

Medfly Quarantine in Portion of San Diego County

Sacramento, Calif., (August 20, 2015)

– A portion of San Diego County has been placed under quarantine for the Mediterranean fruit fly (Medfly) following the detection of 4 adult Medflies in the La Mesa area. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the San Diego County Agricultural Commissioner, and CDFA are working collaboratively on this project...

From the Director, DPR Brian R. Leahy

Sacramento, Calif., (August 20, 2015)

– This update captures a few of the major efforts and changes occurring at the Department of Pesticide Regulation. Science is constantly evolving and DPR is of course adapting to that and to public expectations: The latter has resulted in efforts to further protect school children from pesticide hazards as they are used by farm operations adjacent to schools...

Alumnus Sieperda named new Fresno State farm manager

Fresno, Calif., (August 20, 2015)

– The Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology introduced David Sieperda as Fresno State’s new University farm manager...

Clearing Habitat Around Crops Fails to Reduce Pathogens

Sacramento, Calif., (August 19, 2015)

– The effort to improve food safety by clearing wild vegetation surrounding crops is not helping, and in some cases may even backfire, according to a new study led by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley...

Neonicotinoids' Impact On Pollinators

Davis, Calif., (August 19, 2015)

– “Truth or Myth: Neonicotinoids and Their Impact on Pollinators: What Is the Science-Based Research?”...

Do Not Count on El Nino to end drought

Fresno, Calif., (August 18, 2015)

– State Climatologist Michael Anderson issued the following statement on potential El Niño conditions:

USDA California Crop/Weather Report

Sacramento, Calif., (August 18, 2015)

– Temperatures were seasonal for this time of year and fairly consistent day to day. Mountain regional temperatures were between the high 70s and mid- 80s. Most coastal locations highs were reported to be in the high 60s to low 90s, with highs in the 80s and 90s across Central Valley...

Air District to Allow CMP Plan Change During Drought

Fresno, Calif., (August 18, 2015)

– The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District requires most agricultural operations to develop and implement Conservation Management Practices (CMP) plans to control dust emissions from their unpaved roads and unpaved vehicle equipment traffic areas...

Do Not Count on El Nino to end drought

Fresno, Calif., (August 18, 2015)

– State Climatologist Michael Anderson issued the following statement on potential El Niño conditions:

CDFA introduces California Farmer Marketplace

Sacramento, Calif., (August 17, 2015)

– I am happy to announce the launch of the California Farmer Marketplace, www.cafarmermarketplace.com, by the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s Office of Farm to Fork. The Marketplace is a free statewide website that will feature fresh California produce, grains, meats, eggs, and dairy products for sale directly to institutions and other consumers...

Ventura County Farm Day

Ventura, Calif., (August 17, 2015)

– Discover California agriculture first hand and learn about fun farm-specific facts and specialties at SEEAG’s third annual Ventura County Farm Day on Saturday, September 26, 2015. This free event welcomes visitors to enjoy both guided and self-guided tours, hands-on activities and educational demonstrations from over 20 working farms in Ventura County, followed by a ticketed outdoor BBQ at Limoneira Ranch...

ARB offers agricultural equipment trade-up program

Fresno, Calif., (August 17, 2015)

– The Air Resources Board will hold a public work group to discuss the development of an Off-Road Mobile Agricultural Equipment Trade-Up Pilot Project in the San Joaquin Valley on Aug. 26, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, at FCFB, 1274 W. Hedges Ave., Fresno...

Tulare County Reports on Current Crop Status

Visalia, Calif., (August 14, 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 Corn continues to be cut for silage. Sorghum silage is making good progress, with some fields being harvested. Field tomatoes are being harvested for domestic use. Alfalfa fields are being irrigated, cut, and baled. Cotton continues showing good growth, with plants blooming and setting bolls. Dry Black-eye beans are in various stages of development...

Trading vineyards for a ‘living river’ in Napa County – from the California Water Blog

Rutherford, Calif., (August 14, 2015)

– In the historic heart of Napa Valley, a moderate climate and the alluvial soils deposited by the Napa River create perfect conditions for world-class cabernets. An acre of vines here sells for around $300,000, or 25 times the state average for irrigated cropland...

Vacancies Announced on the Fertilizer Inspection Advisory Board

Sacramento, Calif., (August 14, 2015)

– The California Department of Food and Agriculture is announcing three vacancies on the Fertilizer Inspection Advisory Board. The board advises the department’s Fertilizing Materials Inspection Program, which works to ensure that consumers receive fertilizing materials that are safe, effective, and meet the quality guaranteed by the manufacturer...

Drought Misinformation Persists

Sacramento, Calif., (August 13, 2015)

– Preparing for a fourth consecutive summer of severe drought, California residents also face growing concern and confusion over how the shrinking water supply affects their everyday lives. With new restrictions being placed on urban use and questions being raised about the farming industry’s total water consumption, Agricultural Council of California (Ag Council) is stepping up to address inaccuracies and provide vital information...

‘Friant North’ Water Group Names David Orth As Executive Officer

Chowchilla, Calif., (August 13, 2015)

– A recently-organized San Joaquin Valley water agency has a new name and organizational structure along with its first executive officer. Well known California water leader David L. Orth has been named to head the newly-renamed North Friant Authority...

Thousands of Ag-related jobs annually for college graduates

Washington, D. C., (August 13, 2015)

– During the next five years, U.S. college graduates will find good employment opportunities if they have expertise in food, agriculture, renewable natural resources, or the environment. Between 2015 and 2020, we expect to see 57,900 average annual openings for graduates with bachelor’s or higher degrees in those areas...

USDA Announces September Hearing on a Proposal to Establish a Federal Milk Marketing Order

Clovis, Calif., (August 12, 2015)

– USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced it will hold a hearing starting on Tuesday, September 22 at 9:00 a.m. at the Clovis Veterans Memorial District Building, 808 Fourth Street, Clovis, to discuss a proposal to establish a Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO)...

Rice disease-resistance discovery closes the loop for scientific integrity

Davis, Calif., (August 12, 2015)

– When disease-resistant rice is invaded by disease-causing bacteria, a small protein produced by the bacteria betrays the invader. Upon recognizing that protein, the rice plants sense that a microbial attack is underway and are able to mount an immune response to fend off bacterial infection, reports a research team led by the University of California, Davis...

AP-GfK poll: Americans favor farmers over industry, wildlife & residential use during drought

Los Angeles, Calif., (August 12, 2015)

– When water gets scarce and the government slaps restrictions on its use, who should be first in line at the spigot? Farmers, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll...

District 5 Director Opening on TCFB Board

Tulare, Calif., (August 11, 2015)

– District 5 on the Tulare County Farm Bureau board of directors currently is recruiting candidates to fill an open seat, in the southeast corner of Tulare County. District 5 aligns with the County Supervisorial District 5 map, which includes Ducor, Terra Bella, Porterville, and the area south of Strathmore...

Uber moves forward with Temporary Use Permit approved by CDFA

Sacramento, Calif., (August 11, 2015)

– CDFA’s Division of Measurement Standards (DMS) often deals with the application of new technology as it evaluates the accuracy and suitability of new measuring devices for commercial service. Over the years, we have encountered many new commercial instruments and software-interfaced systems for which there is no existing weights and measures code...

Helping winemakers sustainably produce premium wine

Davis, Calif., (August 11, 2015)

– Ten large, shiny tanks stand near the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science at UC Davis, holding more than a year of rainwater and the key to processing food and drink during a drought. The water tanks, and the teaching-and-research winery they support, are showing students and winemakers throughout the world how to reduce processing costs, improve wine quality, and protect the planet's dwindling natural resources...

Fresno County Department of Agriculture Crop Report for the Month Ending Friday, July 31, 2015

Fresno, Calif., (August 10, 2015)

– Wheat for fodder in Sanger District was harvested and grains of wheat, barley, and oats were reaped except a few fields were saved for sheep grazing. Straw was baled and stacked. Some rice fields received applications of herbicide...

Students to present research on weed control and pest protection in crops

Fresno, Calif., (August 10, 2015)

– Two Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology students at Fresno State recently received honors for their plant science research and academic excellence...

Announcement of Vacancy on the Rendering Industry Advisory Board

Sacramento, Calif., (August 10, 2015)

– The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), Meat, Poultry and Egg Safety (MPES) branch announces two vacancies on the Rendering Industry Advisory Board (RIAB). The RIAB makes recommendations to CDFA’s Secretary on all matters pertaining to the MPES Rendering Program including:

Tulare County Reports on Current Crop Status For Week Ending August 8, 2015

Visalia, Calif., (August 7, 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 Corn continues to be cut for silage. Sorghum silage is making good progress, with some fields being harvested. Grain sorghum is progressing well. Alfalfa fields are being irrigated, cut, and baled. Cotton continues showing good growth, with plants blooming and setting bolls. Dry Black-eye beans are in various stages of development...

Have you tasted an avocado lately?

Riverside, Calif., (August 7, 2015)

– The lab of Mary Lu Arpaia, a Cooperative Extension subtropical horticulturalist with UC Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) and the Department of Botany and Plant Sciences at UC Riverside, hosts an avocado tasting each month on the UCR campus. Attended typically by about 60 people, the tastings have grown in popularity over the years...

Local fairgrounds pitch-in during fire season

Sacramento, Calif., (August 7, 2015)

– There has been an early start to fire season in California. As fire fighters travel around the state to fight a series of devastating blazes, local fairgrounds are renewing their support by again serving as base camps for the crews...

Statement of Westlands Water District on the Introduction of the California Emergency Drought Relief Act of 2015

Fresno, Calif., (August 6, 2015)

– Westlands Water District is encouraged by the introduction by Senator Dianne Feinstein of the California Emergency Drought Relief Act of 2015. The State is facing unprecedented drought conditions, and the water supply shortages caused by four years of extraordinary dry conditions have been exacerbated by the restrictions imposed on the operations of the federal Central Valley Project and the California State Water Project under federal law...

Rice disease-resistance discovery closes the loop for scientific integrity

Davis, Calif., (August 6, 2015)

– When disease-resistant rice is invaded by disease-causing bacteria, a small protein produced by the bacteria betrays the invader. Upon recognizing that protein, the rice plants sense that a microbial attack is underway and are able to mount an immune response to fend off bacterial infection, reports a research team led by the University of California, Davis...

State Fines Companies Selling Tainted Food Aimed at Ethnic Minorities

Sacramento, Calif., (August 6, 2015)

– The California Dept. of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) has taken decisive action against six companies that ignored warnings, and repeatedly sold imported fruits and vegetables with illegal pesticide residues to predominantly ethnic minority customers. The fines range from $10,000 to more than $20,000 for violating pesticide laws and potentially endangering consumers...

Drought: 2015 Turfgrass and Landscape Field Day

Riverside, Calif., (August 5, 2015)

– Scientists planted plots of common turfgrass species and other groundcovers at the Turfgrass Research Facility at UC Riverside last spring, then cut off the water when the weather got hot...

Matt Brain introduced as new campus winemaker

Fresno, Calif., (August 5, 2015)

– Matt Brain, one of Central California’s most respected vintners, has been hired as the new winemaker and lecturer at the Fresno State Winery...

Cal Poly Honored for Efforts to Save Energy and Water This Summer

San Luis Obispo, Calif., (August 5, 2015)

– Cal Poly has been honored with state awards for efforts to conserve energy and water...

Study in calves offers hope for respiratory-disease treatment

Davis, Calif., (August 4, 2015)

– As every parent knows, respiratory illnesses — complete with runny nose, sore throat and cough — are quite routine for young children and usually pass as quickly as they appear...

Almonds contribute little to carbon emissions, study finds

Davis, Calif., (August 4, 2015)

– Almonds, vilified during the current drought for being one of California’s thirstier crops, have a surprisingly small carbon footprint compared to other nutrient-rich crops, reports a team of researchers at the University of California, Davis, and UC Agriculture and Natural Resources...

Students to present research on weed control and pest protection in crops

Fresno, Calif., (August 4, 2015)

– Two Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology students at Fresno State recently received honors for their plant science research and academic excellence...

KRCD General Manager Dave Orth resigns

Fresno, Calif., (August 3, 2015)

– The Kings River Conservation District (KRCD) Board of Directors announced yesterday that it received the resignation of General Manager Dave Orth at its July 14 meeting. "After many years of service to KRCD and Kings River water users, Dave has decided to pursue other professional opportunities," stated KRCD Board Chair Dr. David Cehrs...

USDA announces conservation incentives for working grass, range and pasture lands

Sacramento, Calif., (August 3, 2015)

– The USDA has announced that beginning Sept. 1, farmers and ranchers can apply for financial assistance to help conserve working grasslands, rangeland and pastureland while maintaining the areas as livestock grazing lands...

Greenhouse Gas Reductions on Farms and in Local Communities

Sacramento, Calif., (August 3, 2015)

- Incentive programs available to farmers and local communities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions will be the focus of the California State Board of Food and Agriculture meeting on Tuesday, August 4th, 2015. The meeting will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the California Department of Food and Agriculture, 1220 ‘N’ Street – Main Auditorium, Sacramento, CA 95814...

Tulare County Reports on Current Crop Status For Week Ending August 1, 2015

Visalia, Calif., (July 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 Corn silage continues to be harvested. Sorghum silage is making good progress, with some fields being harvested. Grain sorghum is progressing well. Alfalfa fields are being irrigated, cut, and baled. Cotton continues showing good growth, with plants blooming and setting bolls. Black-eye beans continue to be irrigated and cultivated...

UC ANR scientists urge citrus farmers and backyard growers to be vigilant in face of new disease find

Parlier, Calif., (July 31, 2015)

– Now that two additional backyard citrus trees in Southern California were found to be infected with the bacterium that causes Huanglongbing (HLB) disease, UC Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) Cooperative Extension advisors and specialists are encouraging all citrus owners to monitor for disease symptoms and report trees suspected to be infected with HLB to the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) hotline, (800) 491-1899...

CDFA teams up with UC Davis in new program for graduate students

Sacramento, Calif., (July 31, 2015)

– What does the top-rated agricultural university in the world and the CDFA have in common? In addition to working on key issues involving food and agriculture, they each make their home in the same region of California; and they offer unique opportunities for students, including future Ag leaders, to learn about real-life policy issues while making a meaningful contribution through public service...

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