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Harvest Hidden Tax Deductions with Boa Safra Ag

– SPONSORED CONTENT – The IRS allows agricultural landowners (cropland, pasture, and timber) to deduct the legacy nutrient values present in their soils at the time of purchase.  Owners must provide the appropriate documentation to justify these deductions. Boa Safra Ag ( www.boasafraag.com ) specializes in the data collection, analytics, and reporting that enables owners of agricultural land to benefit …

UCCE Tulare County Assists Pathologists in Survey for Decay Fungus in Prunes

Recently, extensive wood decay-related limb breakages have been reported in commercial prune orchards in the Sacramento Valley, adversely affecting fruit production and limiting the value of salable firewood upon orchard removal. Several fungal genera such as Phellinus, Rhodoformes, Schizophyllum, Sterum, Trametes, Ceriporia, and Perenoporia have been recognized for wood-decaying activity on California prunes.  Phellinus pomaceus has been the primary organism associated with prune decay symptoms in the Sacramento Valley; however, …

$12.2 Million Secured for San Joaquin Valley Projects, Including Groundwater Recharge

Congressman Jim Costa (CA-21) reported the securing of $12,235,783 in Community Project Funding through the Fiscal Year 2024 budget. This funding will respond directly to some of the most pressing needs in Fresno and Tulare counties. The budget is expected to be signed into law by President Joe Biden later this week. “Bringing back federal funding to the San Joaquin …

Growing Matters’ BeSure! Campaign Promotes Best-Stewardship Practices Ahead of 2024 Planting Season

To the agriculture industry collaboration, Growing Matters, our planet and people come first. That’s why its annual BeSure! campaign is back for another year to promote the implementation of proper stewardship practices during planting season to help protect the biodiversity surrounding America’s farmland. This campaign was created in 2019 to educate growers and applicators about responsible stewardship measures for neonicotinoid …

Ag Retailers Association Honors Jimmy Panetta with Legislator of the Year Award

The Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) honors Representative Jimmy Panetta with a Legislator of the Year award. “Producers in California’s 19th Congressional District and across the country need access to the latest innovative tools in order to feed the world and better protect our environment,” said Rep. Panetta. “It’s an honor to receive the Legislator of the Year award from the ARA as we …

New Technologies Featured at World Ag Expo That California Farmers Should Know About

Boasting over 100,000 attendees from 49 States and 81 countries, the World Ag Expo was another big hit this year.  With  a sea of vendors to navigate across the International Agri-Center grounds in Tulare, it’s hardly feasible for attendees to see it all.  Check out this brief video featuring several companies that Malcolm Media visited with during the event that …

California Association of Winegrape Growers Announces California Compost Tax Credit Legislation

As the second year of the 2023-24 legislative session is now in full swing, Senator Monique Limón, (D-Santa Barbara) has introduced SB 1135 to establish the California Compost Tax Credit Fund. This legislation seeks to incentivize sustainable agricultural practices, undertaken by winegrape growers and other ag producers, by offering a tax credit for the utilization of compost to enhance carbon …

57th World Ag Expo Comes to a Close

Attendees and exhibitors from around the world returned to Tulare for the 57th Annual World Ag Expo®, the world’s largest annual outdoor agricultural exposition. The three-day show boasted 1,258 exhibitors on 2.6 million square feet of exhibit space, and hosted over 100,000 attendees representing 49 states, the District of Columbia, and 81 countries. Exhibitors reported quality traffic with plans to return. …

Kings Watershed Snowpack Still Below Average Despite Recent Storms

Sierra Snowpack Conditions within the Kings River watershed have improved in February 2024, with several storms delivering snow and rain to the region. Snow surveyors are collecting samples in the high elevations of eastern Fresno and Tulare counties for the California Cooperative Snow Survey. Kings River Watermaster Steve Haugen shared that initial results show snowpack water content is about 18 …

March USDA Lending Rates for Ag Producers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced loan interest rates for March 2024, which are effective March 1, 2024. 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. “I encourage our lenders and borrowers alike to work with our local …

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