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Ag Trade Caucus Leaders Urge Reduction of Trade Barriers Holding Back Farmers

U.S. Representatives Jim Costa (CA-21), Jimmy Panetta (CA-19), Adrian Smith (NE-03), and Dusty Johnson (SD-AL), Co-Chairs of the Congressional Agricultural Trade Caucus led 24 of their colleagues in the House urging the Biden Administration to make agriculture a priority in its trade agenda by reducing tariff and non-tariff barriers for American agricultural exports. The Members encourage the U.S. Trade Representative …

Disaster Assistance for California Farmers Impacted by Recent Flooding

Agricultural operations in California have been significantly impacted by recent storms. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has technical and financial assistance available to help farmers and livestock producers recover from these adverse weather events. Impacted producers should contact their local USDA Service Center to report losses and learn more about program options available to assist in their recovery from crop, land, …

North San Joaquin Valley Issued ‘AA’ BDO Zone Rating For Tree Nut Biomass

BEAM Circular, the Almond Board of California, Stanislaus County and Ecostrat are pleased to announce the issue of a rare ‘AA’ rating to the North San Joaquin Valley Bioeconomy Development Opportunity Zone centered in Modesto, CA, North America’s first BDO Zone rating for Orchard Biomass, Nut Tree Shells and Almond Hulls. The North San Joaquin Valley BDO Zone investment grade rating denotes ‘very high quality’ feedstock supply …

Efficacy of a Hull Split Spray vs. Sanitation for NOW Control

Navel orangeworm (NOW) is most effectively controlled with the cultural practice of winter sanitation. Winter shaking almond trees to remove mummy nuts has proven to decrease next year’s NOW damage better than any other approach. The reason for this is clear. NOW overwinters as larvae in mummy nuts left in the tree after harvest and it is in these nuts the population …

2023-2024 Winter Chill, Dormancy & Walnut Management Update

Walnuts are one of the highest chill requirement tree crops in California. Though it’s easy to forget given the luxuriously high amounts of chill last year, multiple recent winters have fallen short of the chill accumulation needed for a tight, economical walnut bloom (e.g. 2014, 2015, 2020). Inadequate winter chill accumulation can result in delayed budbreak, scattered or prolonged budbreak …

“Organic Night Out” Puts Spotlight on Organic Trend-Setters, Groundbreakers

The best of organic – from innovative entrepreneurs and established organic brands to cutting-edge organic research and visionary scientists – will be honored next month at organic’s premier event at the Natural Products Expo West trade show in Anaheim, California. Hosted by The Organic Center and Organic Voices, “An Organic Night Out: Honoring the Year’s Best in Organic” on March …

Preventing Bacterial Blast Damage in Almond This Year

In 2023, the cold, wet weather during bloom and leaf-out resulted in bacterial blast damage in many Sacramento Valley almond orchards. If conditions this year are cold and wet during bloom, we may see a recurrence of blast: make a plan now to keep blast damage to a minimum. The Bottom Line: Bacterial blast can be a problem when cold, wet conditions …

2023 UCCE Blackeye Bean Variety Evaluation

UC Cooperative extension experts led by Michelle Leinfelder-Miles evaluated blackeye bean varieties in a commercial field in Stanislaus County in 2023. The season began with cool and wet spring conditions, which lasted through the month of June and delayed planting. Seven varieties from the University of California blackeye breeding program were planted on July 7th. The varieties were grown on …

Dairy Council of California Awards over $45,000 in Let’s Eat Healthy Grants

Dairy Council of California, a leader in nutrition education and advocacy, has awarded over $45,000 in community grants to assist California schools and community-based organizations with innovative and sustainable solutions to foster healthy eating and meet local needs. Grants advance Dairy Council of California’s Let’s Eat Healthy Initiative, engaging nutrition champions to support equitable access to science-based nutrition education. Funds …

Nine California Counties Make Top 10 List for Ag Sales in the Nation

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) has announced the results of the 2022 Census of Agriculture, spanning more than 6 million data points about America’s farms and ranches and the people who operate them down to the county level. The information collected directly from producers shows a continued decline in the total number of California farms. However, the …

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