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Rominger Brothers Farms Receives CA Leopold Conservation Award

Rominger Brothers Farms of Winters has been selected as the recipient of the 2019 California Leopold Conservation Award®. Sand County Foundation created the Leopold Conservation Award to inspire American landowners by recognizing exceptional farmers, ranchers and foresters. The prestigious award, named in honor of renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold, is given in 20 states. The award is presented annually by Sand County …

How Far $3.6 Million Ag Trade Promotion Funding Goes To Boost California Walnuts

In addition to the normal domestic and international trade promotions funded through the California Walnut Board and Commission, the industry received an additional $3.6 million from the government through the ATP program.  Watch this brief interview with Claire Lee to see how this funding is being used to boost California walnut sales and how growers can receive additional funding through …

Improving Chill Accumulation to Boost Pistachio Yields

Hoping to have a good winter, but concerned about chill accumulation in your pistachio orchard? Although you can’t control the weather, there are some things you can do to enhance chill accumulation in your orchard. Watch this brief interview with Gurreet Brar, pistachio plant physiologist at Fresno State, as he shares some insights based on his grower presentation at Malcolm …

The Truth Behind Fluctuating Walnut Prices & What Growers Need to Know

In a special State of the Walnut Industry panel discussion at Malcolm Media’s annual Grape, Nut & Tree Fruit Expo in Fresno, Mike Poindexter, CEO of Poindexter Nut Company pointed out to growers that the trade war isn’t responsible for the decline in walnut prices in recent years, but the perception of its impact on the walnut industry might be. …

Economic & Pest Damage Year in Review for California Pistachios

  What kinds of damage/losses did California pistachio growers incur this year? How was Navel Orangeworm, the industry’s most formidable pest? How about the international trade war? Can pistachios growers still get trade mitigation funding? Watch this brief video with American Pistachio Growers’ Executive Director Richard Matoian and read more about in Pacific Nut Producer Magazine. Please thank our sponsor Duarte …

Pistachio Supply & Demand Trends with Richard Matoian — Record Shipments

  At Malcolm Media’s annual Grape, Nut & Tree Fruit Expo, Richard Matoian reported record high shipments of American pistachios in his State of the Pistachio industry address, despite the ongoing international trade dispute. Although this year is an “off-year” for the California pistachio industry, growers still managed to deliver large yields this season.  Watch this brief video with the …

Coming up – Healthy Soils Week Dec 2-6

CDFA has introduced a webpage to promote the week-long Healthy Soils Week, December 2-6, 2019. CDFA, several partner agencies, and non-governmental organizations have joined forces to promote awareness about the importance of soil health to fight climate change, enhance food security, and conserve California’s natural resources. The website provides details about the following daily events: Monday, Dec. 2: Ribbon cutting …

Strong Case for Upgrading Trucks: Food Distributors Realize Important Soft Benefits of Replacing Aging Equipment

Food distributors are increasingly realizing the need to upgrade the trucks in their transportation fleet more frequently by replacing older, less efficient units that cost more to operate and produce harmful emissions. Without question, newer, eco-efficient trucks deliver significant savings in fuel and maintenance costs. In fact, according to the most recent truck lifecycle data index, food distribution fleet operators can …

Ryan Talley is Elected New Western Growers Chairman of the Board

Western Growers is pleased to announce that Ryan Talley, co-owner and farm manager of Talley Farms, will assume the role of Chairman of the Board of Directors. Talley, who has been committed to agriculture for more than three decades, will serve as chairman for a one-year term, taking over the responsibilities of outgoing chairman, Ron Ratto, president of Ratto Bros., …

California Almond Harvest Update with Blue Diamond Growers

California almond harvest is almost complete for the 2019 crop. Growers have enjoyed a nice harvest season with minimal pest damage, but what can we expect this year as far as crop size and quality?  Watch this brief interview with Blue Diamond Growers’ Mel Machado, and don’t miss the annual State of the Almond Industry address at the Tree & …

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