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Public Hearing in February on Proposed Amendments to California Raisins Marketing Order

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it will hold a public hearing on proposed amendments to the federal marketing order for California raisins Feb. 13-14, 2024, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT at the Raisin Administrative Committee offices in Fresno, California. The committee, which locally administers the marketing order, recommended the following amendments: Reduce membership from 47 to …

Opportunities to Grow Tree Nut & Wine Exports in Serbia

Serbia offers good opportunities for the U.S. exporters of consumer-oriented agriculture products. From January-October 2023, total U.S. exports of agriculture products to Serbia reached $22.6 million, an increase of about 16 percent compared to the same period in 2022. The most significant commodities traded were almonds, whiskey, bourbon, tobacco, sweet potato, pistachios, peanuts, vegetable planting seeds, pet food, cranberries, juices …

New Chair Introduced at American Pistachio Growers, and What to Expect at Annual Conference

Rich Kreps has just been announced as the new American Pistachio Growers Chairman of the Board. Watch this brief interview to learn more about Rich and what to expect at the 2024 American Pistachio Growers annual conference coming soon to Monterey, including some special keynote speakers. Learn more and register to attend the conference HERE.

Cracking Open New Markets for California Almonds

USDA Foreign Ag Service — If you committed to eating healthier this new year, chances are you are not alone. New year resolutions focused on living a healthy lifestyle are some of the most common resolutions made throughout the world. Thankfully sticking to that new year resolution in 2024 just got easier for international consumers, thanks to increased exporting opportunities for …

Opportunities for U.S. Ag Products in India (Tree Nuts Included)

USDA Foreign Ag Service — India is the world’s most populous country and boasts one of the fastest growing economies in the world. As Indian households continue to reach higher levels of consumer spending, imported agricultural products are becoming more accessible to a larger number of people. U.S. agricultural exporters wanting to enter India’s market will have numerous opportunities to help meet this growing …

UCCE 58th Annual Sweetpotato Meeting

Save the date, Thursday February 8, 2024, for the UC Cooperative Extension 58th Annual Sweetpotato Meeting to take place at the UCCE Classroom (2145 Wardrobe Ave., Merced).  Growers and industry stakeholders are invited to attend and gain research updates on sweetpotato production and marketing in California. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. where attendees can sign-in, and enjoy some coffee and …

New UC Studies Estimate Production and Harvest Costs for Coastal Apples

Two new studies that can help Central Coast growers and other readers estimate costs and potential returns for organically and conventionally produced apples for processing were recently released by University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources, UC Cooperative Extension and the UC Davis Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics. “These studies provide growers with a baseline to estimate their own …

Legislation Introduced to Extend Pierce’s Disease Control Program

Last week, Assemblywoman Dawn Addis, (D-Morro Bay) introduced AB 1861 to extend a vital program within the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) that protects California’s picturesque vineyards and our iconic wine industry from deadly disease. This legislation is sponsored by the California Association of Winegrape Growers and Wine Institute. “The wine industry is integral to the economic success …

Global Bulk Wine Market Challenges to Navigate

Watch this brief interview with Turrentine Brokerage bulk wine broker Marc Cuneo following his State of the Industry report at Malcolm Media’s Tree & Vine Expo on what’s going on in the bulk wine market and the challenges that lay ahead. Read the State of the California grape industry reports in the January and upcoming issues of American Vineyard Magazine.

Waning Demand Concerning Future of the Wine Industry

At Malcolm Media’s recent Grape, Nut & Tree Fruit Expo, Allied Grape Growers’ Jeff Bitter delivered a State of the Wine & Grape Concentrate Industry report, that left attendees concerned about the near future of the wine industry. Predicting an imminent market correction that will impact most in the industry, watch his interview and read more about it in American …

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