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Federal Government Invests $6 Million to Combat Formidable Tree Nut Pest

California tree nut growers received a ‘holiday gift’ from the Federal Government last week — to the sum of $6 Million in appropriation funds to combat the formidable pest of the tree nut industry, Navel Orangeworm.  Watch this brief video with the Executive Director of American Pistachio Growers Richard Matoian for more details. Please thank our sponsor Duarte Nursery for their industry …

Pesticide Use Notifications Near Schools: Correcting Common Mistakes

By now, most farmers know the regulations regarding pesticide use notifications near school sites; however, many are still getting fined by the counties for violation of this rule. So where are farmers coming short? Watch this brief interview with Travis Howard from the Sonoma County Ag Department as he clarifies some important dates and requirements farmers need to know about …

“Brand New” Sun-Maid Holds 107TH Annual Meeting

Sun-Maid Growers of California held its 107th Annual membership meeting at the Convention Center’s “New Exhibit Hall” in Downtown Fresno this past weekend. The theme “It’s a Brand New Sun-Maid—And it’s not just Business as Usual” was evident throughout the event with a fresh approach to facing challenges in the industry and continuing company-wide transformation. More than 1,000 raisin growers, families …

How Do You Define Smoke Tainted Wine Grapes?

Growers across California are now accepting the fact that wildfires are a seasonal threat to their crops.  With wineries rejecting “smoke tainted” wine grapes even under contract, this has become a very sensitive issue, particularly in Northern California, Oregon and Washington. But just how much smoke exposure to the crop warrants rejection as being “smoke tainted?” Working with local wine …

Get Funding for On-Farm Conservation Projects with the USDA-NRCS

From floods to drought, fire to hurricanes, NRCS provides disaster recovery assistance to farmers, ranchers and landowners through a variety of USDA programs. Watch this brief interview with Brooke Pippi to find out how NRCS can support you. Please thank our sponsor Duarte Nursery for their industry support and see them at their booth at Unified Wine & Grape Symposium in Sacramento, …

How to Achieve Zero Waste — Almond Orchard 2025 Goals

There are byproducts in any industry; but is it possible to eliminate waste and make use of it all?  The Almond Board of California believes so, and growers are working together to achieve this by 2025.  But how does this work at the grower level.  Watch this brief interview with local almond grower Christine Gemperle as she shared her experience …

National Watermelon Promotion Board Wraps Up Fitness Sponsorships

The National Watermelon Promotion Board (NWPB) recently wrapped up a cross-country tour of fitness events including the Fit Foodie Festivals in Denver and San Diego and concluded with the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington D.C. From 5ks to ultra-marathons, and distances in between, over 35,000 watermelon samples found their ways into participants and attendees’ hands helping them rehydrate, refuel and …

California Table Grape & Plum Market Hurt by China Tariffs

In the fresh fruit world, which commodities have been hit the hardest by the international trade dispute and what is the industry doing to overcome the situation?  Watch this brief interview with Ian LeMay from the California Fresh Fruit Association as he explains, based on his recent presentation at the annual Grape, Nut & Tree Fruit Expo.   Please thank …

Almond Board Fueling Farm of the Future with $5.9 Million Research Investment

The Almond Board of California (ABC) today announced an investment of $5.9 million dollars in 85 independent research projects exploring next-generation farming practices. With this commitment, the California almond community has invested $89 million in research since 1973 to build a foundation of knowledge on responsible farming practices, food quality and safety and almonds’ impact on human health. A tangible …

Five Ways USDA Farm Service Agency Can Support Farmers Impacted by Wildfires

Whether you’ve experienced wildfire damage on the farm or other disasters, disease outbreaks on your trees and vines — the USDA-Farm Service Agency has a program to support you. Watch this brief interview with Farm Service Agency California representative Lisa Velasquez as she explains some of these programs to get involved in. Please thank our sponsor Duarte Nursery for their industry support …

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