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Western Growers Launches Leafy Green Food Safety Website

Answering the nation’s call for enhanced food safety measures, Western Growers (WG) has developed a website to facilitate changes to the Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement (LGMA)-approved Leafy Green Food Safety Guidelines: www.leafygreenguidance.com. The interactive website now easily allows the public to participate in routine discussions and process amendments that will ensure continuous improvement of the leafy green food safety preventive …

Navel Orangeworm Host Preferences & Need for Collaborative Control

Some may think Navel Orangeworm is just a pest of almonds and pistachios, but there are other crops it thrives off of as well. Watch this brief interview with Bob Klein from the California Pistachio Research Board as he shares his insights on preferred overwintering hosts for this pest as well as in-season comparisons.  It’s going to take a unified …

New Tool to Combat Fusarium Head Blight in Wheat

Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists and their colleagues have discovered a gene that can be used to develop varieties of wheat that will be more resistant to Fusarium Head Blight (FHB), a disease that is a major threat both overseas and to the nation’s $10 billion annual wheat crop. A paper reporting the discovery and the cloning of the gene, …

USDA Approves Program to Feed Kids in California

(Washington, D.C., April 24, 2020) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced California and Connecticut have been approved to operate Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT), a new program authorized by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), signed by President Trump, which provides assistance to families of children eligible for free or reduced-price meals dealing with school closures. …

Bill & Carol Chandler Honored as the Agriculturalists of the Year

In celebrating the tradition and innovation of the State’s number one industry, agriculture, the California State Fair Board of Directors, upon the recommendation of the Agricultural Advisory Council, selects Bill and Carol Chandler as the Agriculturalists of the Year. The Agriculturalist of the Year award is presented to an individual or individuals who have contributed extensively, in a professional capacity, …

Bullseye Farms: First California Almond Farm Recognized with “Sustainably Grown” Label

SCS Global Services announced today that Bullseye Farms is the world’s first almond farm to be independently certified under the internationally recognized “Sustainably Grown” standard for agricultural crops. Bullseye Farms, a diversified farming operation based in Woodland, California, grows almonds marketed under the “Almond Lane” brand. “As the first almond grower to meet the high-bar requirements of the Sustainably Grown …

Meeting Nutritional Needs Key to Almond Orchard Productivity

By Almond Board of California — Almond trees need a variety of different nutrients to thrive, though one of the most important among them is nitrogen. From proper management to understanding the relationship between nitrogen and yield, it’s imperative that growers understand how this element benefits tree health and their productivity each crop year. Comprehensive nutrient management improves many aspects of tree growth, yield …

USDA COVID-19 Food Assistance Program to Support Farmers

Summary By Schramm, Williams & Associates, Inc. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the $19 billion Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) to support farmers and ranchers during the COVID-19 pandemic. This program is comprised of two major elements: direct payments to farmers and ranchers and commodity purchase and distribution. Direct Payments Program – Provides $16 billion in direct support based …

California Wineries Bring Virtual Wine Experiences to Consumers

With winery tasting rooms temporarily closed due to California’s statewide shelter-in-place order, wine lovers are looking for new ways to connect with their favorite wineries without leaving home. Golden State winemakers have responded with a variety of fun, creative offerings to bring California wine country to consumers across the country. Along with putting innovative and educational twists on “virtual tastings,” …

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