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Cultivating An Effective Strategy for Productivity and Growth

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Introduction How much inventory did you have left over from the last harvest season? What about two seasons ago? For produce processors the answers to these questions can be a make or break proposition. Thin gross margins, fluctuating commodity prices and ever-increasing storage costs make proper inventory management critical to the overall profitability of your operation. As such, it is …

Future Industry Leaders Begin Yearlong Almond Experience: Almond Leadership Program Welcomes its 11th Class

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The Almond Board of California (ABC) today announced its 2019 Almond Leadership Program class. These 19 promising leaders represent diverse backgrounds across multiple industries, from almond growers, processors and food safety specialists to marketing experts, sales representatives and even a dentist who has a passion for farming. Almond Leadership Program participants will spend the next year growing in their roles …

California Leopold Conservation Award Seeks Nominees

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Know a California farmer, rancher or forester who goes above and beyond in the care and management of natural resources? Nominate them for the 2019 California Leopold Conservation Award®.  Sand County Foundation, the nation’s leading voice for the conservation of private land, presents the Leopold Conservation Award to private landowners in 13 states for extraordinary achievement in voluntary conservation. In California the …

As Ag Tech Summit Nears, Tickets Remain Available: Also limited openings for President’s Opening Reception on March 26

A limited number of tickets remain for the Sixth Annual Salinas Valley Ag Technology Summit on March 27 at Hartnell College in Salinas, as well as for the President’s Opening Reception that will start the event on the evening of March 26.   Speakers, panels and exhibitors at the 2019 summit will highlight how industry players can leverage innovation for …

Political analyst David Wasserman to keynote 2019 Organic Trade Association conference Annual policy conference to focus on Bold Ideas & Critical Conversations:

Attendees of the Organic Trade Association’s spring policy conference will have the rare opportunity to get an insider’s look into the upcoming presidential race when they hear from one of the few political analysts in the country who accurately forecast the results of the historic 2016 election. David Wasserman, one of the nation’s most influential political analysts and election forecasters …

Tulare County Crop Status (For the week ending March 16, 2019)

Tulare County Crop Status

SMALL GRAINS AND OTHER FIELD CROPS: Wheat and alfalfa crops continue to mature well. Dairy forage crops are still flourishing from the recent rain. Some fields are beginning to be planted for spring silage. Cover crops planted between rows in orchards are being incorporated into the soil. DECIDUOUS TREE FRUITS, NUTS, AND GRAPES: Petal-fall on almonds is occurring. Stored almonds …

Syngenta Scholarship Program Awards Ag students

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$20,000 in total awards are available to selected applicants. Applications are being accepted until May 27, 2019. Syngenta is now accepting applications for its 2019 Agricultural Scholarship program. Totalling $20,000, scholarships will be awarded to select promising college students. As future leaders of the industry, applicants are asked to share how they aspire to inspire future generations of agricultural students. “At Syngenta, we …

USDA Celebrates National Ag Day with New Youth Website

National Ag Day

Recently, the U.S. Department of Agriculture joins the nation in celebrating National Ag Day, which highlights agriculture’s crucial role in everyday life, and honors the farmers, foresters, scientists, producers and many others who contribute to America’s bountiful harvest. As part of this effort, USDA is launching a new Youth and Agriculture website to connect young people and youth-serving organizations with …

NCGA Statement on E15 Proposed Rule

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National Corn Growers Association President Lynn Chrisp made the below statement following the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) release of a proposed rule to allow for year-round sales of E15. “Today’s proposed rule is great progress to getting the rulemaking completed by the start of the summer driving season, June 1. NCGA appreciates EPA’s efforts to meet this deadline and we …

The Benefits of Environmental Monitoring

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Each year roughly 48 million people get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die from foodborne illnesses according to the CDC. As our food supply becomes progressively more globalized, the need to strengthen food safety systems in and between countries has become much more apparent. Legislation like the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) now enables the Food & Drug Administration …

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