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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 …

U.S. Organic Sales Break Through $50 Billion Mark in 2018

US Organic Sales

Clean, transparent, fresh, sustainable. Environmentally friendly, animal humane, high quality, social activism. Those traits are all identified with organic, and in 2018 they all helped push organic sales to unprecedented levels. The U.S. organic market in 2018 broke through the $50 billion mark for the first time, with sales hitting a record $52.5 billion, up 6.3 percent from the previous …

USDA Announces March Income over Feed Cost Margin Triggers Third 2019 Dairy Safety Net Payment

March Income on Feed

WASHINGTON, May 7, 2019 — USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced last week that the March 2019 income over feed cost margin was $8.85 per hundredweight (cwt.), triggering the third payment for dairy producers who purchase the appropriate level of coverage under the new Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program. DMC, which replaces the Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy), offers …

Economic Analysis: Grain Exports Offer Billions in Benefits Beyond the Farm

Grain Exports

A new study shows access to international export markets for U.S. grains supported nearly $38 billion in business sales in the U.S. economy during 2016 beyond the value of the products themselves. The analysis commissioned by the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) found a total economic impact of U.S. grains exports of $55 billion …

USDA Extends Deadline to May 17 for Producers to Certify 2018 Crop Production for Market Facilitation Program Payments

Market Facilitation program

USDA extended the deadline to May 17 from May 1 for agricultural producers to certify 2018 crop production for payments through the Market Facilitation Program (MFP), which helps producers who have been significantly affected by foreign tariffs, resulting in the loss of traditional exports. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) extended the deadline because heavy rainfall and snowfall have delayed harvests …

Emitter Selection for Drip Systems

By Farouk A. Hassan, Ph.D. Emission devices or emitters are vital component of drip/microirrigation systems as they control the dripping (emission) of water and fertilizer solution to the plant.  Drip emitters basically slow down the flow rate to a “trickle” by dissipating the energy of the flow through frictional resistance.  This makes it possible to deliver water and fertilizer solution …

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