Monthly Archives: July 2017

FAACT Application Deadline Is July 21

Fresno, Calif., (July 7, 2017) – FCFB is accepting applications to be part of the 2017-2018 Future Advocates for Agriculture Concerned about Tomorrow (FAACT) Class XV. The deadline to apply is Friday, July 21. The FAACT leadership development program provides community leaders with a comprehensive education highlighting specific issue areas in agriculture. Both agricultural and non-agricultural, community-minded individuals are encouraged …

California Almond Crop Projected to Increase 5.1 Percent

2017 CA Almond Forecast Up 5.1 Percent

MODESTO, Calif., July 6, 2017 – This year’s California almond crop is forecasted to exceed 2 billion pounds, according to the California Almond Objective Measurement Report announced today by United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service — Pacific Regional Office (NASS/PRO). Based on 1 million bearing acres, the objective forecast for the 2017 crop is 2.25 billion …

California Cow’s Milk Processors Score 68 Wins at California State Fair Commercial Cheese Competition

TRACY, Calif. – July 6, 2017 – California cow’s milk processors that use the Real California Cheese and Milk seals brought home 68 awards from the 2017 annual cheese competition held by California State Fair, in Sacramento. Cheesemaker – Pt. Reyes Farmstead Cheese was nominated as Best of Show Cow’s Milk Cheese and Best of California Cow’s Milk Cheese during …

USDA California Crop/Weather Report

USDA Crop/Weather Report

Sacramento, Calif., (July 6, 2017) – A ridge of high pressure sat over the western United States, which resulted in another hot and dry week across the State. The only rain for the week was along the northern coast, where Eureka reported four hundredths of an inch for the week. A broken band of snow approximately 40 miles wide between …

Gamlake Dairy: The Gambonini Family, Passionate About Dairy Cattle, Has Been Farming on the Same Land for 104 Years

Petaluma, Calif., (July 6, 2017) – The Gambonini family has been farming in Petaluma for nearly 150 years, passing down their family ranch off Lakeville Highway for the last 104 years. Frank Gambonini runs the ranch alongside his wife Stacey, and the couple has three daughters who are actively involved in the ranch and the dairy industry. Frank’s great great-grandfather, …

CDFA Announces $5.1 Million In Cap-And-Trade Funded Grants For 2017 State Water Efficiency And Enhancement Program (SWEEP)

Sacramento, Calif., (July 6, 2017) – The California Department of Food and Agriculture is pleased to announce the projects selected for the 2017 State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP). Fifty-eight agricultural operations throughout the state will receive grant funding to improve crop irrigation systems that result in water savings and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The 2017 SWEEP list of …

Hushour Leads Fresno State Bulldoggers at National College Rodeo

Fresno, Calif., (July 5, 2017) – Five Fresno State rodeo men’s and women’s team members capped their season at the College National Finals Rodeo on June 11 through 17 in Casper, Wyo. Senior Dillon Hushour (Fairfield) claimed the team’s top effort with a ninth-place finish in the steer wrestling final standings. His best time of 5.4 seconds came in the opening round, and …

New Survey Highlights the Valuable Contributions of Winegrape Growers to Sonoma County

Santa Rosa, Calif., (July 5, 2017) – A new survey of more than 295 winegrape growers in Sonoma County confirms that the local winegrape industry provides a number of valuable contributions to the community. As one of the largest employers, winegrape growers pay top wages to their workers and serve as generous philanthropists contributing to non-profit organizations and groups in …

Walker Apples: 107 Years of Family Farming Tradition

Walker family has been farming in Graton

Santa Rosa, Calif., (July 5, 2017) – Lee Walker, 86, is a sixth generation apple farmer in Graton whose 50 acre apple farm epitomizes the term family business. Walker manages the farm alongside his son Lee Walker III, but around the property you will always find a handful of family members putting in their best effort on top of their …

CAWG Seeks Winegrape Exemption from Produce Safety Rule


SACRAMENTO, June 20, 2017 – The California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG) has requested the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) exempt winegrapes from its produce safety rule under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and place them on a list of produce commodities rarely consumed raw. The action would exempt growers and wineries from having to comply with unnecessary …

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