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CA Walnut Commission Celebrates USDA’s Regional Agricultural Promotion Program (RAPP) Awards

The California Walnut Commission (CWC), representing more than 4,600 California walnut growers, mostly multi-generational family farms, and nearly 70 handlers, is pleased to announce it has been awarded $7 million in funding as part of the Regional Agricultural Promotion Program (RAPP) to expand distribution and sales of California Walnuts in international markets. The CWC thanks Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, the …

New UC Study Estimates Costs for Growing Coastal Organic Strawberries

A new study that can help growers and other readers estimate costs and potential returns for Central Coast organic strawberries was recently released by UC Agriculture and Natural Resources, UC Cooperative Extension and the UC Davis Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics. Organic strawberries represent approximately 13% of all strawberries produced along the Central Coast. “This study provides growers with …

UC Davis Ends Strawberry Licensing Agreements with Eurosemillas

The University of California, Davis, a leader in the development of world-class strawberry varieties for the California and global markets, is terminating all strawberry licensing agreements with Eurosemillas S.A., which has been a master licensee for older UC Davis strawberry varieties in countries outside of the United States. The decision to terminate the UC Davis Public Strawberry Breeding Program licensing …

Weed Control During Pollinator Habitat Establishment

Pollinator insects are essential to produce many economically and nutritionally important crops grown in the western USA. These crops include blueberries, almonds, sunflowers, cucurbits, and many others. Almond pollination in California plays a vital role in the apiary industry, driving beekeepers to haul huge numbers of bee colonies to California for the few weeks in late winter when almonds bloom. …

Organic Trade Association Awarded $2.5 Million to Open Untapped Export Markets

The Organic Trade Association (OTA) is pleased to announce it has been awarded $2.5 million to open and develop untapped export markets for U.S. organic products through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s new Regional Agricultural Promotion Program (RAPP). The award will help fund market development activities over a 5-year period from June 1, 2024, to September 30, 2029. The activities …

Partnership, Funding Award To Advance SouthOf Delta Drought Resiliency Pilot Program

Today, the United States Department of Interior, United States Bureau of Reclamation, along with the Friant Water Authority (FWA), San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority (SLDMWA), and the San Joaquin River Exchange Contractors Water Authority (SJRECWA), are pleased to announce the execution of a groundbreaking Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to establish a South of Delta Drought Resiliency Framework. This partnership …

Student Ambassador, Samantha GamboniniTo Share California Dairy Messages With International Audience

Samantha Gambonini of Petaluma has been selected to represent the California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB) in South Korea during the 2024 CMAB International Internship Program. Gambonini was chosen based on academic achievement, her connection to the California dairy industry, and her willingness to travel abroad to learn more about international dairy sales and marketing. The goal of the International Internship …

Almond Leadership Program Raises Over $21,000 for FFA Scholarships

The Almond Board of California’s Almond Leadership Program (ALP) swung into action once again, hosting its annual golf tournament on Thursday, May 2, at the Dragonfly Golf Club in Madera. With 32 teams comprising a total of 128 enthusiastic golfers, the event teed off at 8 in the morning and concluded with triumph and camaraderie at 2 in the afternoon. …

USDA Funding to Address Specialty Crop Export Challenges

U.S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Alexis M. Taylor today announced the availability of funding for the first five projects under the new Assisting Specialty Crop Exports (ASCE) initiative. The ASCE initiative is part of USDA’s commitment to create more, new and better markets at home and abroad for U.S. producers and agribusinesses. The …

Dr. Ty Wagoner Welcomed As Senior Manager Of California Dairy Innovation Center

The California Milk Advisory Board’s California Dairy Innovation Center (CDIC) has announced the addition of Dr. Ty Wagoner as Senior Manager, a new position at CDIC. Dr. Wagoner brings over 10 years of experience in dairy products research and innovation to the role. He got his start as a trained chef at the California School of Culinary Arts before obtaining …

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