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Boxing Champion Jose Ramirez Joins and Supports Pistachio Industry

World Champion Boxer and Olympian Jose Ramirez grew up in the Central Valley and spent some of his youth working in the fields.  Both inside and outside the ring, he has been an advocate for farm water rights, immigration reform, farmers, and farm workers.  Watch this brief interview at the American Pistachio Growers annual luncheon featuring Jose taking his involvement …

Turlock Irrigation District Comments on Serving Farmers in a Wet Year

With the bountiful supply of much needed rain and snowpack over the winter and spring, watch this brief interview with Michelle Reimers from Turlock Irrigation District as she shares how they are utilizing it, serving and protecting their farming customers this summer with full water allocations. Please thank this video’s sponsor G3 Enterprises for their industry support.

California Growers Face High Mildew Pressure, Delayed Grape Harvest

It’s been a while since California growers have experienced a wet year with a plentiful snowpack and water supply.  Weather conditions this season, though, have pushed harvest back for most grape growers and powdery mildew pressure has been unusually high for growers that didn’t stay on their spray programs with just the right timing.  Watch this brief interview with UCCE …

Celebrating 100 Years of USDA Grape Breeding in the Central Valley of CA

Strategically positioned in the nation’s center of grape production — the Central Valley of California, 2023 marks 100 years for the USDA’s raisin and table grape breeding program at their agricultural research facility, currently based in Parlier, CA. Watch this brief interview with Summaira Riaz, the current head of grape breeding at this one-of-a-kind research station, as she highlights some …

Bob Schramm Retires, APG Selects New Federal Advocacy Firm

Back at the annual American Pistachio Growers (APG) Conference, longtime federal advocate for the association — Bob Schramm was paid special tribute for his dedicated service to the U.S. pistachio industry.  Schramm is now transitioning into retirement, and he has worked with APG in selecting a new firm to take his place in representing and protecting the interests of the …

Two New Labor-Saving Raisin Varieties Show Promise for CA Growers

Watch this brief interview with UC Viticulture Extension Specialist Matthew Fidelibus with an update on the performance of a couple of new labor-saving DOV raisin grape varieties that are showing a lot of promise for the industry.  Visit AmericanVineyardMagazine.com/calendar/ to get more information on a couple upcoming raisin industry meetings to provide growers the opportunity to check out these varieties …

Losing Freedom may be Positive When it Comes to this Grapevine Rootstock

The thought of losing freedom sounds awful; however when it comes to the grapevine ‘Freedom’ rootstock, it may be a good idea, particularly for growers in the San Joaquin Valley.  Watch this brief interview with UCCE Viticulture Farm Advisor Karl Lund as he explains why and explores alternative options. Please thank this video’s sponsor Ranch Systems for their industry support.

World Boxing Champion Jose Ramirez to be Featured at American Pistachio Growers Luncheon

American Pistachio Growers (APG) Annual Membership luncheon is coming up on Friday, July 28th at the Visalia Convention Center.  In addition to pistachio crop and marketing updates, APG is excited to have world boxing champion and Central Valley native Jose Ramirez joining the growers for the program.  Watch this video featuring Wes Wilson from APG to learn more, and register …

USDA Final Forecast Projects Slightly Larger 2023 Almond Crop

The 2023 California Almond Objective Measurement Report published Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (USDA-NASS) estimates that the crop harvested in 2023 will come in at 2.6 billion meat pounds, 1% percent above last year’s 2.57 billion pounds. The estimate is up 4 percent from USDA-NASS’s Subjective Forecast in May and comes after one of the wettest winters on …

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