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Tom Vilsack to Return as Secretary of Agriculture

President-elect Joe Biden has nominated Tom Vilsack to serve as Secretary of Agriculture. Former U.S. Agriculture Secretary, Tom Vilsack currently serves as president and CEO of the U.S. Dairy Export Council. He took the position in February 2017 after serving eight years as the nation’s 30th Secretary of Agriculture. According to the U.S. Dairy Export Council, “Vilsack worked hard to strengthen the …

California Horticulture Sales Reach $2.63 Billion in 2019

On Tuesday, December 8, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released the 2019 Census of Horticultural Specialties report, the only source of detailed production and sales data for floriculture, nursery, and specialty crops for the entire United States. The data show that horticulture operations in California sold a total of $2.63 billion in floriculture, nursery and …

Blue Diamond Growers 110th Annual Meeting Recap, Gurcharan Dhillon Honored

The 110th Blue Diamond Growers Annual Meeting countered the challenges of 2020 with a sense of accomplishment for the present and optimism for the future. “We are a growth business by choice, and I’m confident in declaring that the best is yet to come,” said Mark Jansen, President and CEO, Blue Diamond Growers. In his virtual presentation to Blue Diamond almond growers on …

US Maintains Position as India’s Top Tree Nut Importer as Demand Surges

India’s tree nut imports continue to surge, with demand growing despite a tariff stranglehold. Consumption is growing as a result of the expanded perception of the health benefits of almonds and walnuts among middle- class consumers. FAS New Delhi forecasts in marketing year 2020/2021 Indian almond imports to reach 115,000 metric tons (MT). While walnut imports are forecast to reach …

Navel Orangeworm Winter Sanitation Considerations

Winter sanitation is a critical step in your Navel Orangeworm IPM programs. But when should you start and is it enough just to shake those mummy nuts off of the trees? Watch this interview with Bob Klein from the California Pistachio Research Board as he shares some key insights growers should consider when approaching winter sanitation and read about it …

Veronique Lagrange Appointed Director Of California Dairy Innovation Center

The California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB), the marketing order representing California dairy producers, today announced the addition of Veronique Lagrange as the Director of the California Dairy Innovation Center (CDIC). The CDIC was recently created to further product-oriented innovation and enhance productivity for the California dairy industry. Working closely with the CMAB and the California Dairy Research Foundation (CDRF), Lagrange …

First-Ever USMCA Enforcement Action on Behalf of Dairy Farmers to Hold Canada Accountable for Undermining Value

United States Trade Representative Robert E. Lighthizer announced today that the United States is exercising its rights under the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) to address measures adopted by the Government of Canada that are contrary to the provisions of the agreement and harm U.S. dairy farmers.  Specifically, the United States is challenging Canada’s allocation of dairy tariff-rate quotas (TRQs).  By …

Animal Agriculture Alliance Virtual Summit to Help Turn “Obstacles to Opportunities”

Today, the Animal Agriculture Alliance announced that its 2021 Stakeholders Summit, set primarily for May 5-6, will be hosted virtually and themed “Obstacles to Opportunities.” The annual Summit brings top thought leaders in the industry together to discuss hot-button issues and out-of-the-box ideas. In addition to announcing the theme and virtual format for 2021, the Alliance also issued a call …

CDFA Issue Stop Use Notice & Statewide Quarantine On Organic Fertilizer Agro Gold WS

Agro Gold WS was found  adulterated with glyphosate and diquat and CDFGA has issue a stop order for use on organic farms in the state of California. The press release is shown below: CDFA ISSUES STOP USE NOTICE AND STATEWIDE QUARANTINE ON ORGANIC FERTILIZER AGRO GOLD WS The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) today announced that a Stop …

CA Dairy Organizations Host 900+ in Successful Virtual Summit

Dairy Cares — California’s dairy farmers are leading change and making significant progress in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and advancing planet-smart, sustainable farming practices. Ongoing partnerships remain critical to this progress. On November 5-6, the virtual California Dairy Sustainability Summit welcomed 900+ registrants, with more than 600 tuning in live throughout the two-day online event. The virtual summit hosted …

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