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Agricultural Leaders Announce Support For USMCA

Agricultural leaders around the Central Valley announced their support for the United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement, referred to as the USMCA and call upon Congress to act quickly and to vote on the agreement.  The USMCA would replace the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and offers Agricultural more opportunities. The Agricultural Industry plays a vital role in California’s economy. …

Turkey On Track to Become Top Dried Fruits and Nuts Exporter to the United States

Since the beginning of time, Turkey has been the bountiful source of countless different plants and fruits. The warm sunshine, fertile lands and attentive hands of local farmers produce zesty, nutritious and high-quality food products, both fresh and naturally sun-dried. And, according to recent data, Turkey is on track again to become one of the top dried fruits and nuts exporters to the United States this year. More than half of world’s dried figs are produced in Turkey and exported to over 150 countries. Almost two-thirds of the dried figs that are exported are Turkish dried figs with top export markets including European Union …

Western Growers Statement on U.S. and Mexico Trade Deal

In response to the deal reached by the U.S. and Mexico to avert the addition of five percent tariffs on all Mexican goods, Western Growers President and CEO Tom Nassif issued the following statement: “We are pleased that this potential impediment to trade between our two countries has been avoided. Mexico represents one of the largest export markets for U.S. …

2018 USDA California Almond Nursery Sales Report

The primary objective of the California Almond Nursery Sales Survey is to estimate future almond acres based on the number of almond trees sold for new plantings. This report summarizes data supplied by California nurseries throughout the State who sold to almond growers for commercial plantings. Results from this survey will be used in conjunction with the Almond Acreage Survey …

CAWG Statement on Passing of $19.1 Billion Disaster Assistance Bill by House of Representatives

CAWG-Statement

SACRAMENTO, June 4, 2019 – California Association of Wine grape Growers (CAWG) President John Aguirre has issued the following statement: “In November 2018, in the wake of wildfires that devastated a number of California communities and prevented many growers from selling their 2018 wine grape crop, the California Association of Wine grape Growers (CAWG) and other California grower organizations asked …

Organic Trade Association holds Bold Ideas & Critical Conversations Conference

Critical Conversations Conference

The Organic Trade Association promised to look at the world of organic a little differently at its 2019 policy conference, and it kept its word. The association invited other organizations that are working to advance food and farming priorities to share their bold ideas with the organic community. It hosted social influencers from around the country to educate them on …

Under Secretary McKinney to Lead U.S. Exporters on Trade Mission to Colombia

Trade Mission to Colombia

Colombia and Panama are among the fastest-growing markets in the Western Hemisphere for U.S. farm and food products. American exporters seeking to tap that potential will join Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney in Bogotá for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s largest-ever international trade mission June 4-7. “The record size of this trade mission delegation demonstrates …

Maximizing Use of Water Stored in Soil Could Result in Savings for Farmers

Maximizing use of water

  As California faces more frequent and severe droughts, agriculture, which relies on irrigation from surface water and groundwater, could become expensive and unsustainable. Researchers at the University of California, Davis, looked at using a “free” resource — rain water stored in the soil — and found that optimizing its use could go a long way to help meet demand …

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