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CDFA Accepting Applications For The 2017 State Water Efficiency And Enhancement Program (SWEEP)

Sacramento, Calif., (February 3, 2017) – The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is beginning to accept applications, effective today, for the State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP). An estimated $3.75 million will be available for competitive grant funding to provide financial assistance to implement irrigation systems that reduce greenhouse gases and save water at California agricultural operations. …

Irrigators to Defend Klamath Water Users’ Rights

Washington, D. C., (February 3, 2017) – Monday marks the beginning of the Federal Court of Claims Takings Case trial that has been on the docket for over 15 years. In this case, Klamath Project water users contend that curtailment of their water supplies in 2001 based on the Endangered Species Act (ESA) was a taking of property rights – …

Tulare County Reports on Current Crop Status

Tulare County Crop Status

Visalia, Calif., (February 3, 2017) – 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 Growers continue to wait for fields to dry out sufficiently that they can resume planting winter grain and field crops. The planted grains and field crops continue to mature …

Winter Management of Pocket Gophers on the Farm

Winter is one of the best times to control your pocket gopher populations in the field. Watch this video as Mike Konda from the Fresno County Ag Department shares a few tips on managing them in the vineyard or orchard, and subscribe to the California Ag Network You Tube Channel to learn more about pest management on the farm.

Controlling Ground Squirrels in the Vineyard

Ground Squirrels can be a real pest on the farm, damaging plant roots, chewing through drip line, and their tunnels can be a safety hazard for farm workers. At the San Joaquin Valley Grape Symposium, Mike Konda from the Fresno County Ag Department provided some valuable tips. Watch his brief interview here and read more in American Vineyard Magazine.

Full statistics now available for crop year 2015

Sacramento, Calif., (February 2, 2017) – In 2015 California’s farms and ranches received approximately $47 billion for their output. This represents a decrease of nearly 17 percent compared to 2014. California remains the leading US state in cash farm receipts. California’s agricultural abundance includes more than 400 commodities. Over a third of the country’s vegetables and two-thirds of the country’s …

Making Spinach with Low Oxalate Levels

Featured Photo: ARS geneticist Beiquan Mou and colleagues analyzed hundreds of spinach plants to find ones with less oxalate, a compound linked to kidney stones. Salinas, Calif., (February 2, 2017) – Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists identified 8 spinach varieties that have low oxalate levels, which is sometimes linked to better health. Oxalic acid, or “oxalate,” is a naturally occurring …

A Super Bowl Of Chili: Something To Crow About

Vallejo, Calif., (February 2, 2017) – Life is just a bowl of…ch…no, not cherries! Chili! Make that chicken chili. When the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons square off at Super Bowl Sunday on Feb. 5 in Houston, odds are that feathers will fly and football fans will flock to heaping bowls of chili. All chili aficionados have their …

2017 WUD Director & Delegate Election Results

Modesto, Calif., (February 1, 2017) – On behalf of the Board of Western United Dairymen we would like to thank all those who volunteered to participate in this year’s election process. We were extremely happy with the turnout and look forward to many more successful years. Please see the 2017 election results below. Delegates and Alternates: Please be advised that …

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