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Statewide Citrus Grower Approaches for Controlling ACP & HLB

The deadly HLB spreading asian citrus psyllid (ACP) continues to make its way through citrus orchards all over California, and the industry is going to need to work together to slow the spread of this pest to buy researchers sufficient time to come up with a solution for HLB. Watch this brief interview with UC Entomologist Beth Grafton-Cardwell as she …

Immigration & Ag Labor Update from CAWG

It’s going to be another tough year for growers when it comes to finding sufficient labor to take care of the 2018 crop. Watch this brief interview with Michael Miiller from the California Association of Winegrape Growers who provided an update on the current legislative status of the labor and immigration situation.  Miiller helps growers understand the current dynamics taking …

CA Compliance Bucket Inventory Checklist for Growers

CA Compliance Bucket Inventory Checklist for Growers

With ongoing changes in California pesticide laws and regulations, growers should be prepared with the right tools and resources, especially if County Ag inspector pays you a surprise farm visit.  That is why Amanda Zito and Alya Wakeman-Hill from the Fresno County Department of Agriculture provided growers with a bucket inventory checklist regarding pesticide applications at a Sun-Maid Growers meeting …

Good News For Hedgerows: No Effects On Food Safety In The Field

Davis, Calif., (February 23, 2018) – Hedgerows enhance wildlife abundance and diversity around farmland without contributing to food safety problems in field crops, according to a new study published by a team of University of California researchers. The UC Agriculture and Natural Resources and UC Davis study documented that field edge plantings around farms are generally too narrow relative to …

How Dairy Farmers Are Helping Us Meet Our Climate Goals

by Karen Ross, Secretary, California Department of Food and Agriculture Sacramento, Calif., (February 22, 2018) – Each time I drive through California’s Central Valley I am in awe of how much food it produces. The Valley is responsible for almost 10 percent of the country’s agriculture value and is home to many of California’s most productive dairies. In fact, 90 percent …

New Hazard for Interplanted Prune Orchards

Sacramento, Calif., (February 22, 2018) – Interplanting existing prune orchards where established trees don’t fill their space is a long accepted practice to increase grower income while limiting costs compared to complete orchard removal and replanting. This is often done in older orchards either by interplanting down the existing tree row or changing the direction of the tree rows 45° …

USDA, Dairy Industry In Partnership to Promote and Enhance Environmental Sustainability

Hanford, Calif., (February 21, 2018) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy to jointly promote and enhance environmental sustainability in the dairy industry. The pact extends and builds upon a MOU originally signed in 2009. Secretary Perdue signed the …

2018 Resolutions for Navel Orangeworm Management

Navel Orangeworm brought devastating levels of damage to many growers in the tree nut industry last year. At the annual Tree & Vine Expo, UC Farm Advisor Emily Symmes reviewed the cause of greater infestation in the 2017 season and what growers can do better moving into 2018. Watch this brief interview with Emily and read more on IPM in …

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