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California Fresh Fruit Association Hosts 83rd Annual Meeting

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(Santa Barbara, CA) – The California Fresh Fruit Association (CFFA) kicked off their new fiscal year yesterday during the Annual Membership Meeting at their 83rd Annual Meeting in Santa Barbara, California. The event featured the election of the Board of Directors and Chairman, as well as industry and committee updates. The Board of Directors is made up of 44 men …

California Dairy Districts Seek Ambassadors to Serve in 2019

California Dairy Princesses

Each year, a special group of young women are selected to represent the state’s more than 1,300 dairy farm families who contribute to making California number one for milk production in the U.S. These Dairy Princess ambassadors and alternates are selected during events at Districts throughout the state, where they showcase speaking skills, knowledge of dairy and plans to represent …

2018 Table Grape Crop Crosses 117 Million Boxes

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In 2018 California table grape growers produced just under 117.1 million box units of grapes which translates to 115.6 million 19-pound boxes. The 2018 total marks the second largest volume shipped in industry history, behind only the 2013 total of 117.4 million box units. The original estimate for the 2018 season was 114.6 million 19-pound boxes. The top varieties produced in …

Sun-Maid Continues Successful Expansion with Move to Fresno

As part of the company’s commitment to growth and efficiencies, Sun-Maid Growers of California announced it will move its corporate offices from Kingsburg and satellite offices from northern California to a new consolidated headquarters in Fresno this summer. Sun-Maid’s Kingsburg location will be transformed into a center for operational excellence and product development to further incite innovation and encourage a strong focus on new products for the brand. To ensure …

Incorporating Biopesticides in Vineyard IPM Programs

Incorporating Biopesticides in Vineyard IPM Programs

As biopesticides become more available to the grape industry, growers and PCAs may wonder how to best go about incorporating them in the integrated pest management programs. This was a topic addressed by Dan Rodrigues from Vina Quest and the Cal Poly Viticulture & Enology Department at Malcolm Media’s recent Central Coast Grape Expo. Watch his brief interview here and …

New Nematode Resistant Rootstocks for Grape Growers

New Nematode Resistant Rootstocks for Grape Growers

Good news for the grape industry. Growers now have access to more nematode resistant rootstocks than ever before. UCCE Viticulture Farm Advisor Karl Lund recently talked about the characteristics and availability of these rootstocks at Malcolm Media’s Tree & Vine Expo in Turlock, CA. Watch his brief interview and read more about it in American Vineyard Magazine.

USDA Offers Flood Impacted California Farmers and Ranchers Immediate Disaster Assistance

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California Farm Service Agency Stands Ready to Assist Agricultural Producers Slammed by Recent Heavy Rains  California Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds farmers and ranchers across the state of federal farm program benefits that may be available to help eligible producers recover from recent heavy rains and flooding. FSA offers disaster assistance and low-interest loan programs to assist agricultural producers in …

Breeding a Better Strawberry:Scientists Uncover Genetic Roadmap of Cultivated Strawberry

Steve Knapp

Consumers want strawberries to be red, sweet, ripe and juicy, like those fresh picked from a garden. Suppliers want them to be easy to handle and ship, without getting squished. Commercial strawberry growers need their crops to be high-yielding and disease-resistant. An international team of scientists led by the University of California, Davis, and Michigan State University has taken a …

Projections Point to 1.4 Billion Pounds of California Pistachios by 2026

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California’s burgeoning pistachio industry is on a trajectory to produce more than 1.4 billion pounds by 2026 according to a new economic study commissioned by American Pistachio Growers (APG).  Bountiful harvests predicted in the years ahead will present both new opportunities and challenges that APG and its member processors fully embrace amid positive consumption trends in the United States as well …

American Pistachio Growers Nets More Than $2.8 Million in Marketing and Research Grant Funding

Orandi Pistachios

American Pistachio Growers (APG) has secured more than $2.8 million in funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to expand international trade in overseas markets, confront unjustified trade retaliation and to enhance research on the healthful attributes of American-grown pistachios. This week, APG received news that it had secured $911,108 under USDA’s Market Access Program (MAP), completing a funding …

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