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Blue Diamond Growers Break Ground & Prepare for Record Almond Production

As almond acreage and production continues to soar in California, almond processors and handlers are strengthening and increase their capacity to be able to take in the record crops to come.  Blue Diamond Growers recently announced the construction of their largest almond storage facility yet.  Watch this brief interview with Blue Diamond CEO Mark Jansen as he shares more details …

American Pistachio Growers Crop Update & Summer Luncheon

How is the 2019 pistachio crop looking?  What’s on the agenda for American Pistachio Growers Summer Luncheon coming up on July 26th?  Check out this brief interview with Executive Director Richard Matoian for some answers. Please thank our sponsor Duarte Nursery and attend one of their upcoming Bennett Hickman Almond Field Days in Pixley or Modesto.

Wine Grower Andy Hoxsey, CAWG Grower of the Year

With the annual Summer Conference of the California Association of Winegrape Growers came the announcement and presentation of CAWG’s Grower of the Year award, honoring Andy Hoxsey from Napa Wine Company.  Watch this brief presentation honoring Hoxsey, as delivered by Randy Lange of LangeTwins Family Winery and Vineyards at the Awards of Excellence dinner in Sonoma.  Hoxsey was also featured …

Drones Provide Eye-in-the-Sky to Help Fight Fires

Wildfires blackened nearly 8.8 million acres in the United States last year, highlighted in the news by California’s Camp Fire, the deadliest in that state’s history. One of the many things that make wildfires so difficult to contain is the effect a fire has on local winds, which can move the fire in unexpected directions with virtually no notice. But, …

Could CA Farmers Lose CalEPA & Science-Based Pesticide Regulation?

Michael Miller Interview

Anti-pesticide sentiment has never been more prevalent, as California courts and anti-agricultural organizations frighten the public with non-science based claims of the harmful effects of crop protection materials such as glyphosate.  What farmers need to understand though now, is that much more than glyphosate is currently at stake.  The legislature is now being pressured to change the whole pesticide regulatory …

Wine Grower Brad Goehring, CAWG Leader of the Year

Brad Goehring-CAWG Leader of the Year

With the annual Summer Conference of the California Association of Winegrape Growers came the announcement and presentation of CAWG’s Leader of the Year award, honoring Lodi wine grower Brad Goehring.  Watch this brief presentation honoring Goehring, as delivered by John Duarte of Duarte Nursery at the Awards of Excellence dinner in Sonoma.  Read more the grower leaders that make this …

UC Davis Releases 5 New Strawberry Varieties

UC Davis Releases 5 New Strawberry Varieties

The Public Strawberry Breeding Program at the University of California, Davis, has released five new varieties that will help farmers manage diseases, control costs and produce plenty of large, robust berries using less water, fertilizer and pesticides. Two of the new varieties could increase yields by almost 30 percent. “These new varieties are intrinsically different from the ones they replace,” …

EPA Registers Long-Term Use of Sulfoxaflor While Ensuring Pollinator Protection

Sulfoxaflor While Ensuring Pollinator Protection

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is issuing a long-term approval for the insecticide sulfoxaflor— an effective tool to control challenging pests with fewer environmental impacts. After conducting an extensive risk analysis, including the review of one of the agency’s largest datasets on the effects of a pesticide on bees, EPA is approving the use of sulfoxaflor on alfalfa, corn, …

UC Riverside Scientists Decode DNA of Black-eyed Peas

UC Riverside Scientists Decode DNA of Black-eyed Peas

UC Riverside scientists have decoded the genome of black-eyed peas, offering hope for feeding Earth’s expanding population, especially as the climate changes. Understanding the genes responsible for the peas’ drought and heat tolerance eventually could help make other crops tougher too. Black-eyed peas are small beans with dark midsections. They’ve been a global dietary staple for centuries due to their …

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