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Emergency Funds to Address Virulent Newcastle Disease in California

USDA secretary Sonny Perdue is making available an additional $45 million to the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and its partners to address the ongoing virulent Newcastle disease (VND) outbreak in Southern California.  This funding will allow APHIS and the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) to strengthen their joint efforts to stop the spread of this …

What US Dairy Producers can Learn & Benefit from the Canadian Dairy Industry

What US Dairy Producers can Learn & Benefit from the Canadian Dairy Industry

Not only in California, but the entire US dairy industry has been in an economic slump for a while, and it’s time for a change.  Lynn McBride, Executive Director of the California Dairy Campaign is rallying with other dairy organizations across the country to look to the prosperity of the Canadian dairy industry all these years, and begin to model …

Record High Pistachio Acreage Planted in 2018

Record High Pistachio Acreage Planted in 2018

Along with record high pistachio production in the western United States in 2018, a record number of acres were planted to pistachios as well last year. Is this good news or bad news for the pistachio industry? Watch this interview with American Pistachio Growers’ Executive Director Richard Matoian to find out, and read more about it in Pacific Nut Producer …

US Pistachio Exports Increase Despite International Trade Issues

US Pistachio Exports Increase Despite International Trade Issues

After the US pistachio industry brought in a record high pistachio crop last season, there were concerns as to how recent international trade issues would impact movement of this record crop; however, at the annual conference of American Pistachio Growers, Executive Director Richard Matoian shared positive news on recent domestic and export shipments. Watch Matoian’s brief interview and read more …

Cultivating An Effective Strategy for Productivity and Growth

harvest time

Introduction How much inventory did you have left over from the last harvest season? What about two seasons ago? For produce processors the answers to these questions can be a make or break proposition. Thin gross margins, fluctuating commodity prices and ever-increasing storage costs make proper inventory management critical to the overall profitability of your operation. As such, it is …

Syngenta Scholarship Program Awards Ag students

Scholarship winners

$20,000 in total awards are available to selected applicants. Applications are being accepted until May 27, 2019. Syngenta is now accepting applications for its 2019 Agricultural Scholarship program. Totalling $20,000, scholarships will be awarded to select promising college students. As future leaders of the industry, applicants are asked to share how they aspire to inspire future generations of agricultural students. “At Syngenta, we …

US Dairy Exports Decline Due to International Trade Dispute

US Dairy Exports Decline Due to International Trade Dispute

With a rising middle class in China, US dairy producers saw potential for a great marketing opportunities that has recently been shattered by the current international trade dispute.  With trade issues in Mexico as well, another big market for the the US dairy industry, there are big concerns as to how this will impact the industry in a time of …

How Retaliatory Tariffs are Impacting the Almond Industry

There has been a lot of talk and concern about the retaliatory tariffs impacting the California almond industry, and as almond production continues increasing, just how is this all going to impact the market? Watch this brief interview with Julie Adams from the Almond Board of California as she responds to these concerns, and read more about it in Pacific …

How the New Farm Bill will Assist California Dairy Producers

While there has been a lot of talk about the new Farm Bill that finally passed, California dairy producers may be wondering how and if it will really impact them.  Aubrey Bettencourt, Executive Director of the USDA Farm Service Agency in California shared that it will, through the new Dairy Margin Coverage Program replacing the less impactful Margin Protection Program. …

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