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Irrigation Tips to Mitigate Almond Hull Rot & Bark Damage

The posting of this video is a little belated as almond harvest has already begun, but if you’ve had hull rot issues this season, be sure to watch this brief video interview with Nut Crops Advisor Mae Culumber as she provides some tips to prevent hull rot and trunk damage through better irrigation practices, as explained at a mid-July Nut …

Three Tips on Managing Pocket Gophers

Pocket gophers can be very detrimental for growers, especially those with young orchards.  So how do you minimize populations of these pesky critters?  Watch this brief interview with Julie Finzel from the UC Cooperative Extension as she offers growers three quick tips for effective management.  Julie will also be addressing growers on wildlife issues at the upcoming Grape, Nut & …

Senate Bill Changes Soda to Milk or Water for Kids Meals in CA Restaurants

CA Senator Monning has spearheaded a bill currently pending the governor’s approval mandating that all restaurants in the state offer healthier beverages like water and milk as the default for kids meals, rather than soda. Designed to address increasing childhood obesity issues and improve children’s diets, California dairy producers are also excited about the potential this has to increase milk …

Introducing New American Pecan Council Executive Director Alex Ott

Attention pecan growers: Executive Director of the California Apple Commission, California Blueberry Commission & California Olive Committee, has taken up roots and moved to Texas to assume the new position of Executive Director of the American Pecan Council, effective July 1, 2018. Ott brings 14 years of experience working with federal and state marketing orders and various export programs to …

Dealing with Wild Pig Pests on the Farm

Farmers are used to dealing with insect pest and small furry rodents, but how about wild pigs? Now, this is a more common issue in some areas more than others; nonetheless, pigs can wreak a lot of havoc in vineyards, orchards and field crops, so exploring your management options is key.  Watch this brief interview with Julie Finzel from the …

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 …

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