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Grounded Land and Livestock: Restoration Grazing in Sonoma County

Santa Rosa, Calif., (February 14, 2018) – Byron Palmer and Nate Chisholm are the co-founders of Grounded Land and Livestock, working on what they describe as restoration grazing. The company was started in 2015, but the partners have been working together since 2011. Grounded often partners with Sonoma Mountain Institute, a non-profit whose mission is to preserve land for natural, …

Agricultural Legacy: Past and Future

Santa Rosa, Calif., (February 14, 2018) – Every February the ag and local community come together to celebrate the legacy of Sonoma County agriculture, mix and mingle with old and new friends, raise money to support the next generation of farmers and, of course, eat delicious crab and drink the best wine in the world made right here in our …

Nearly 1,900 People Show Support for Sonoma County Agriculture by Attending the Great Sonoma Crab and Wine Fest

Santa Rosa, Calif., (February 13, 2018) – Selling out in record time, this year’s Great Sonoma Crab and Wine Fest also hosted more people than ever before. With more than 1,500 guests and nearly 400 volunteers and reception participants, nearly 1,900 people gathered to support local agriculture. One of the most important parts of the Great Sonoma Crab and Wine …

CA FMMO Decision – Don’t Hold Your Breath

Modesto, Calif., (February 13, 2018) – The final decision for a California Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO) was expected sometime before the end of 2017. At least that appeared to be a reasonable timeline for the agency in charge of working on the extensive document since releasing its draft in February 2017. Then the holidays have come and gone with …

Fresno County Department of Agriculture Crop Report

Fresno, Calif., (February 13, 2018) – Irrigated fields of barley, oats, triticale, wheat, and winter forage appeared to be rowing well; herbicides were applied to control broadleaf weeds. Lack of rain hurt the dry-land grain fields around the County, leaving fields with little or no growth. No dry-land grain was planted in the Kerman District this year. Bird damage was …

CDFA Among Participants At World Ag Expo

Tulare, Calif. (February 12, 2018) – The 2018 World Ag Expo is scheduled for next week in Tulare (Feb 13-15), and several divisions at CDFA will be participating. On Wednesday, February 14, deputy secretary Jenny Lester Moffitt will join a panel to discuss the 2018 federal Farm Bill alongside participants from the USDA, the University of California Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and the California …

Keeping Bees Safe During Bloom

Modesto, Calif., (February 12, 2018) – As bloom season arrives, growers, pesticide applicators and beekeepers are reminded to utilize spray application best practices for the protection of bees. Below are important reminders. Tips for beekeepers, growers and applicators: Constant communication between the beekeeper, grower and applicator is crucial in ensuring the safety of bees during pesticide applications. Regardless of routine …

Pesticide Laws Changing Near Schools, Come Learn More

Tulare, Calif., (February 9, 2018) – The Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner will host an important training coming up for growers to learn about new laws and regulations related to pesticide applications.  For more information call the TC Ag Commissioner’s office at 559-684-3352. Thursday, February 22 – A morning meeting will be hosted for growers near schools to learn about new laws and …

Tulare County Reports on Current Crop Status

Tulare County Crop Status

Visalia, Calif., (February 9, 2018) – Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner released the current status today of Major crops in the most valued county in the California Ag portfolio. They report that Winter forage crops, such as wheat, barley, other cereal grains, and forage mixes continue to be planted. Overall, grains and field crops are showing good signs of germination and …

Ag Day Presenters Invited!

Tulare, Calif., (February 9, 2018) – International Agri-Center along with the Tulare County Farm Bureau, and University of California Cooperative Extension, partner on AgVentures Day, a unique farm day experience set each spring to host approximately 1,500 fourth grade students from Visalia and Tulare City Schools. This year’s event date is Friday, May 11 from 9am to 2pm, approximately. Call for presenters, …

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