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U.S. Dairy Replacement Heifer Numbers Fall to a 20-Year Low

The increasing cost of raising heifer calves has prompted a steep decline in dairy replacements. California Dairy Editor Matthew Malcolm recently met with Corey Geiger, Lead Dairy Economist from CoBank, to discuss the impact of these trends and opportunities for dairy producers.  Watch this brief interview, and read more in California Dairy Magazine. Please thank this video’s sponsor afimilk for their industry …

California FFA Elects 2024-2025 State FFA Officer Team

Students from Kingsburg, Turlock Christian, Hilmar, Santa Maria, and O’Neals Minarets were elected by delegates at the 96th Annual State FFA Leadership Conference to serve as 2024-25 State FFA Officers. Candidates take part in an extensive online and in-person interview process with the State FFA Nominating Committee leading up to the election. The new team was announced during the closing session …

Citrus Thrips Field Day at Lindcove on April 9

As thrips season approaches, University of California Cooperative Extension Advisor Sandipa Gautam is organizing a field day focused on citrus thrips. This event will be organized at Lindcove Research Center on April 9, from 9:00 AM -11:00 AM. This objective of field day is to teach PCAs/field scouts about thrips biology and identification, differentiating flower thrips from citrus thrips, and best management approaches as …

March 28 Webinar on Emergency Relief Program 2022 Track 2

Emergency Relief Program (ERP) 2022 Track 2 is a revenue-based certification program designed to assist producers who suffered a loss in revenue resulting from 2022 calendar year disaster events when compared with revenue in a benchmark year. Join USDA staff and experts Guido van der Hoeven and JC Hobbs as they provide an overview of ERP 2022 Track 2, completing …

USDA Secures Market Access for U.S. Poultry Exports to Colombia

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative have reopened the Colombian market for U.S. poultry and egg product exports, culminating several months of collaborations with the Colombian Institute of Agriculture to resolve this trade barrier. U.S. Trade Representative’s office has reopened the Colombian market for U.S. poultry and egg product exports, culminating several months …

Update to ACP and HLB Bulk Citrus Movement Requirements

Effective March 12, 2024, the Citrus Pest and Disease Prevention Division (CPDPD) has updated the requirements for moving bulk citrus fruit from an Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) quarantine zone to a packer/processor in a Huanglongbing (HLB) quarantine area. Citrus fruit may now be moved from any ACP quarantine zone to an HLB quarantine area for packing or processing without a mitigation, such as a …

California FFA Leadership Conference Arrives in Sacramento

Nearly 7,500 Future Farmers of America (FFA) members and supporters from across the state of California will return to Sacramento to celebrate agricultural education and the agriculture industry during the 96th State FFA Leadership Conference on March 21-24 at the Golden 1 Center. The state capital will be filled with FFA members donned in the iconic blue corduroy jacket, each representing …

Milk Sustainability Center to Launch this Summer, Supporting Dairy Producers Across the Nation

Sustainability is more than just a buzzword. In farming, it encompasses responsible stewardship of land and resources, while maintaining economic viability, so that farmers can continue feeding the world for generations to come.  John Deere and DeLaval have joined forces to create a new (free) tool to help dairy farmers measure the efficiency and sustainability of their operations.  California Dairy …

Global Milk Supply and Demand Trends Favor U.S. Dairy

After a challenging 2023, what can dairy producers expect of the milk market moving forward, based on current global supply and demand trends.  California Dairy Editor Matthew Malcolm met with Senior Dairy Analyst at Rabobank Lucas Fuess to discuss the challenges and opportunities for the California and U.S. dairy industry arising from these trends. Watch this brief interview filmed at …

Six California Ag Teachers Named Finalists for Golden Owl Award®

Educators devote countless time, and often their own resources, to helping students pursue their passions. To recognize the contributions of California’s leading agricultural teachers, the California FFA Foundation, in partnership with Nationwide and the California Farm Bureau, is honoring six exceptional teachers as finalists for the Golden Owl Award. From September 1 through January 16, nominations were collected for top …

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