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CA Table Grape Commission Celebrates 50 Years

In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the California Table Grape Commission (commission), Secretary Karen Ross of the California Department of Food and Agriculture presented the organization with a resolution commemorating 50 years of service to the state and its residents. Among other things, the resolution Secretary Ross presented noted that, “since its first meeting in 1968, the commission has …

Northern CA Fairs Step-up to Support Fire Response

With the Carr, Ferguson, Mendocino Complex, Whaleback and Natchez fires continuing to burn in Shasta County, Lassen County, Mariposa County, Mendocino County, and Del Norte County–not to mention a number of additional fires–California’s network of fairs is fulfilling a crucial role as staging areas for fire crews, and serving as evacuation centers for people and animals. The following fairgrounds are …

CA Milk Advisory Board Announces New Dairy Princess Representatives

Young Dairy Leaders to Serve as Advocates on Behalf of Dairy Industry The California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB) recently welcomed the 2018-2019 class of Dairy Princess representatives for a three-day session to launch their year of service as California dairy industry advocates. Nineteen Dairy Princesses and Alternates from Districts 1 to 9 attended the Dairy Princess Training in July where …

Dairy Students Selected for California Milk Advisory Board Internship Program

Fourth generation dairy producer Tony Lopes of Gustine and third generation producer Jeremiah Tiemersma of Visalia have been selected to serve as international interns in a new program from the California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB), the promotional arm of the state’s dairy farmers. The interns, selected from students enrolled in agriculture-related programs at colleges and universities throughout the state, were …

Growing Fresh Market Figs with Steve Schafer

With oncoming groundwater regulations and an increasingly tight water supply, California farmers are searching for alternative crops that require less water, not to mention lower labor costs, and Madera grower Steve Schafer has more recently invested in the fresh fig market for those reasons.  Watch his brief interview here and read more about growing figs in California Fresh Fruit Magazine.

CA Wine Market Trends & Thompson Green Price with Allied Grape Growers

Allied Grape Growers just held their 67th Annual Meetings in the Central Valley and North Coast, celebrated their success with Nat DiBuduo as President for the last 18 years, and welcomed Jeff Bitter stepping up as the new President & CEO of Allied. Watch this brief video with Jeff who shared the new leadership structure of Allied, discussed the current …

Western United Dairymen on USDA Aid Announcement for International Trade Dispute

WUD applauds USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue’s actions announced today to try to mitigate the impact international trade disputes are having on California’s dairy farm families. The Department announced a three-prong plan to mitigate the impact of retaliatory tariffs on various agricultural commodities including payments to producers, product purchase and donation and assistance with developing new export markets. The combination of …

USDA-FSA Approves Pistachio Bushy Top Syndrome for Natural Disaster Assistance

Pistachio Bushy Top Syndrome has caused a lot of economic injury and heartache to the western pistachio industry over the last several years.  Thankfully, the USDA Farm Service Agency recently announced approval of Bushy Top as a natural disaster qualifying for coverage under the federal Tree Assistance Program for replacement of affected trees.  Watch this brief interview with Richard Matoian …

California Pistachio Crop Update: Summer 2018

What started off as a potentially disastrous year for the pistachio industry is now shaping up to potentially be one of the largest crops ever for California growers.  Watch this brief interview with Richard Matoian from American Pistachio Growers as he provides an update on the crop and invites growers to APG’s Summer Luncheon this week.  Read more about it …

UC Experts Provide Update on Valley Cotton at Mendota Field Day

A trio of University of California extension and farm advisors will offer tips and provide the latest developments in cotton across in the San Joaquin Valley during a Tuesday, July 24 field day in Mendota.  Open to all growers and pest control advisors, the free event starts at 9:30a.m. at Pik-A-Lok Farms on Bass Avenue in Mendota. Featured speakers are: …

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