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Almond Alliance Announces Leadership Transition

Today, the Almond Alliance Board of Directors announced that our esteemed President and CEO, Aubrey Bettencourt, will be leaving the organization after nearly three years of dedicated service. “As President of the Almond Alliance, Aubrey showed exceptional vision and commitment, guiding us through a period of significant growth and accomplishments,” said Blake Vann, Chairman of the Almond Alliance. “Her leadership …

Navigate Animal Welfare Versus Animal Rights at 2024 Summit

The Animal Agriculture Alliance’s 2024 Stakeholders Summit will feature panelists from Protect the Harvest, American Kennel Club, and CloverLeaf Animal Welfare Systems who will share their experience navigating animal rights activism and how to chart a winning path to continuous improvement in animal welfare – independent of the influence of animal rights extremists. The 2024 event, themed “Ready, Set, Solve! …

Environmental and Social Benefits from Diversified Ag Found in Global Study

Food security and biodiversity are both helped by diversified farming techniques, with little negative impact, according to a new study, published in the journal Science, involving 58 co-authors located at institutions on five continents. “The results are overwhelmingly strong for all diversification strategies,” said David Crowder, a professor in Washington State University’s (WSU) Department of Entomology. “The working theory is that diversity is good …

California Citrus Breeding Program Expanding with Congressional Support

Today, Presidents of California Citrus Mutual (CCM) and Citrus Research Board (CRB) issued statements applauding Congressional leaders for recently approving additional funds for the new citrus breeding program in Parlier, California. Congress is allocating an additional $500,000 in federal funding on top of the $1 million granted last year to expand the program into California. The program will now receive $1.5 …

Cal Poly Strawberry Center 8th Annual Field Day

Join more than 400 strawberry growers, researchers and industry representatives for this year’s Strawberry Center Field Day on Thursday, August 8th from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (check-in beginning at 7:30 a.m.).  Participants will rotate through stations, hearing from students and staff about the latest research taking place at the Strawberry Center at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Topics include the newest …

Fall River Junior-Senior High School’s Rick Neugebauer Named California’s “Ag Educator of the Year”

After recognizing six exceptional California teachers as finalists through the Golden Owl Award, the California FFA Foundation, in partnership with Nationwide and the California Farm Bureau, selected Rick Neugebauer, agricultural teacher at Fall River Junior-Senior High School, as California’s 2023-2024 “Ag Educator of the Year.” Neugebauer was formally recognized as the Golden Owl Award grand prize winner during the California …

Reflections on the 2022 Census of Agriculture

Did you know, that the United States started collecting statistics on agriculture before we had a United States Department of Agriculture?  In 1840 the first Census of Agriculture was tallied and in February 2024 the 2022 Census of Agriculture was released.  The surveys, completed once every five years, are distributed nationally and collect data from any farm that produces $1000 per year or …

Livestock Marketing Association Members Advocate for Critical Needs in Washington D.C.

Nearly two dozen Livestock Marketing Association members and staff met with members of both the House of Representatives and Senate, agriculture staff, and U.S. Department of Agriculture officials March 20-22, during the association’s 18th D.C. Fly-In. The event offered an opportunity for livestock auction market owners to share their stories and connect with elected officials. Throughout the visit, LMA members advocated …

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