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California Receives $1.8 Million Dairy Business Innovation Initiative Award

The California State University, Fresno Foundation, in partnership with the California Dairy Innovation Center (CDIC), announced the receipt of a $1.8 million award from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service to create a “Pacific Coast Coalition” to support dairy businesses in California, Oregon and Washington in the development, production, marketing and distribution of dairy products. Dairy Business …

Ag Microbe Product Startup Wins AgSharks Competition for $250,000

3Bar Biologics walked away from Western Growers/S2G Ventures’ AgSharks® Competition with a $250,000 equity investment offer to take its microbe technology from development to market. The seed funding was awarded by S2G Ventures after 3Bar Biologics competed against four other companies inventing new technology solutions to solve agriculture’s most pressing issues. In addition to investment capital, 3Bar Biologics will receive …

Meat Institute: Grassley-Fischer Bill Ignores Economic Fundamentals

The North American Meat Institute said a new Senate bill ignores the analysis of beef and cattle markets by the country’s leading agricultural economists and the bill’s mandated government intervention will have unintended consequences that will hurt livestock producers and consumers. “Beef and cattle markets are dynamic. This fall prices cattle producers received for their livestock have risen without any …

USDA Provides Farmers $1.8 Billion to Offset Market Fluctuations

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is in the process of issuing $1.8 billion in payments to agricultural producers who enrolled in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for the 2020 crop year.  These payments provide critical support to help mitigate fluctuations in either revenue or prices for certain crops. These two USDA safety-net programs help …

November USDA Lending Rates for Farmers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced loan interest rates for November 2021, which are effective Nov. 1. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) loans provide important access to capital to help agricultural producers start or expand their farming operation, purchase equipment and storage structures, or meet cash flow needs. Operating, Ownership and Emergency Loans FSA offers farm ownership and operating …

CDFA Seeking New Grower Representative and Public Member for the Citrus Pest & Disease Prevention Committee

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is announcing two vacancies on the Citrus Pest and Disease Prevention Committee. The committee advises the CDFA Secretary on activities associated with the statewide citrus specific pest and disease work plan that includes, but is not limited to, outreach and education programs and programs for surveying, detecting, analyzing, and treating pests and …

Evie Smith, New UCCE Staff Research Associate in Orchard Crop Systems

Have you had a chance to meet Evie Smith, one of our new Staff Research Associates with the UC Cooperative Extension? Watch her brief introduction here to learn about her and the almond, walnut and prune projects she is working on with Sacramento Valley farm advisors. Please thank this video’s sponsor Suterra for their industry support.

Avoiding Issues with MRL-Based Almond Rejections

The European Union represents the California almond industry’s top export market; however, they also maintain the strictest standards regarding maximum residue levels (MRLs) for toxins of any kind. Herbicide residues have been the source for some recent MRL rejections, but how are they getting on the nuts?  Watch this brief interview with Drew Wolter from the Almond Board of California …

Leaffooted Bug Pressure Increases in California Almonds

Navel Orangeworm is not the only major pest of California almonds. Leaffooted bug damage is also leading to crop rejections, and unfortunately, growers do not have a lot of tools for managing this pest. Watch this brief interview with Drew Wolter from the Almond Board of California as he explains. Please thank this video’s sponsor Suterra for their industry support.

A Word of Caution for Navel Orangeworm Winter Orchard Sanitation

As almond growers diligently begin their Navel Orangeworm winter sanitation and “Mummy Shakes” as the Almond Board of California puts it, Modesto grower Bill Brush shares concerns about caring for young almond trees amidst these sanitation efforts. Watch this brief interview with Bill and read more about almond orchard practices in Pacific Nut Producer Magazine. Please thank this video’s sponsor Suterra for …

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