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Safe Food Alliance Introduces Business Development Team

Introducing the Business Development Team The Safe Food Alliance team is proud to introduce the newest additions to the family. Annette Magee, Juan M. Sanchez, and Joseph Nicholl now represent our Business Development team with Safe Food Alliance. Each member brings with them a unique set of skills which make them a well-rounded team ready to serve the needs of …

Central Valley Citrus Growers Manage through Mid-Season Freeze

Exeter, CA, February 11, 2019 – Temperatures once again fell below freezing across the Central Valley citrus belt last night with overnight lows around 28 in the coldest areas. Growers report running wind machines in order to raise grove temperatures as much as 3-5 degrees to prevent freeze damage. While the temperatureswere within manageable ranges, there is some concern that …

California Farm Water Coalition Statement on New Biological Assessments

California Farm Water Coalition Statement on New Biological Assessments

Recognizing the failure of the existing biological opinions issued a decade ago by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) for Delta smelt and by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) for salmon, the Bureau of Reclamation released a new biological assessment which serves as the basis for new biological opinions that will be released within 135 days. The Biological …

Why do we need to keep breeding new crop varieties?

Fueling wheat to win over heat

Global warming and changes in the amount – and location – of water, are key factors in the need to continue crop breeding programs. In addition, there are many diseases that affect crop yield and quality. We need to continue breeding new disease resistant crop varieties to ensure a healthy, adequate food supply. Below are examples of breeding programs at …

Public Invited to Visit SJV Soil Health Demo Site in Five Points

Jeff Mitchell

UC Cooperative Extension cropping systems specialist Jeff Mitchell is issuing a standing invitation to the public to visit the site of an ongoing conservation agriculture research project and see for themselves the results of long-term soil-building practices. “Every Friday morning from 9 o’clock till noon, beginning in February and going through June, I invite folks to come to the project …

Public Hearing on Proposed New “Waters of the United States”

Public Hearing on Proposed New “Waters of the United States”

Hearing will be held February 27-28, 2019 in Kansas City, Kansas Following President Trump’s directive to provide certainty to American farmers and landowners so that the economy can continue to expand while waters are protected, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of the Army (Army) are moving to the next steps in proposing a new definition of …

Organic Farmers Enroute to D.C. to Meet New Lawmakers

The United States Capitol building

Farm Bill implementation high on list for Organic Trade Association fly-in Twenty-two farmer members of the Organic Trade Association’s Farmers Advisory Council, a national coalition of organic farmers and organic farming organizations representing nearly 8,000 organic farms, will come to Washington on Feb. 5 and 6 to meet with new and incumbent members of Congress, to familiarize the freshmen lawmakers …

Reclamation Releases Biological Assessment for CA Water Operations

Reclamation Releases Biological Assessment for CA water operations

The Bureau of Reclamation released late last week the Biological Assessment for the re-initiation of consultation on the coordinated long-term operation of the Central Valley Project and State Water Project. The document was transmitted to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service for consideration in developing new biological opinions covering CVP and SWP operations. Reclamation …

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