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USDA California Crop/Weather Report

USDA Crop/Weather Report

Sacramento, Calif., (May 16, 2017) – There was bit more variation in the weather pattern this week across the west coast with two separate storm systems developing and moving through the area. Each system brought a couple of rounds of light precipitation to various parts of the State. Saturday was the only completely dry day across the State, with no …

Oak Ridge Angus: 105 Years

Santa Rosa, Calif., (May 16, 2017) – At 14 years old, Massimino LaFranchi emigrated from Switzerland in 1888 and made his living milking cows throughout Sonoma County before meeting his wife Anna Nicklaus in San Francisco. In 1912, the couple bought 500 acres of land on the outskirts of Calistoga forming Oak Ridge Farm, named after all the oak trees …

Mancebo Jr. Pledges $1 Million To Fresno State Dairy Program

Fresno, Calif., (May 11, 2017) – The Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology announced that Manuel Mancebo, Jr. from Tulare has pledged a $1 million bequest in support of the Fresno State dairy science program. Fresno State President Joseph I. Castro, Jordan College Dean Sandra Witte, faculty, staff, students and industry supporters honored the former area trucking magnate and …

USDA California Crop/Weather Report

USDA Crop/Weather Report

Sacramento, Calif., (May 9, 2017) – A broad ridging pattern over the western United States brought dry and hot weather to the State during the first two thirds of the week. Then a pattern shift over the weekend brought cooler temperatures and precipitation to parts of the State. A few isolated showers were limited to the Los Angeles basin and …

Update on GMO survey of organic products – several detections in animal feed

Sacramento, Calif., (May 8, 2017) – The California Department of Food and Agriculture works to maintain organic integrity in California by enforcing regulations of the The National Organic Program (NOP). Last year, at the request of the organic industry, CDFA embarked on a pilot project to determine if genetically modified organisms (GMOs) were present in organic products. So far, the …

CDFA Announces Funding For Dairy Digester Development Program

Sacramento, Calif., (May 5, 2017) – The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is now accepting applications for project funding from the Dairy Digester Research and Development Program (DDRDP), authorized by the Budget Act of 2016. This program receives funding from California Climate Investments Program, with proceeds from the state’s cap-and-trade auctions, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while providing …

California Dairy Digital Magazine: May Issue

California Dairy Magazine: May Issue

The May issue of California Dairy Magazine is now available to read online! Read the latest California Dairy & Feed industry news and technology.  Here’s a peek of what’s inside: Overcoming Labor and Environmental Concerns Keeping Informed with Western United Dairymen Declining Dairies Sour Milk Stats Milk Getting Shaky New Pest Management Guidelines for Alfalfa UC Cooperative Extension IPM Revised and …

Public Listening Sessions Scheduled To Discuss Cdfa’s Alternative Manure Management Program

Sacramento, Calif., (April 10, 2017) – Three public stakeholder listening sessions and one webinar are scheduled from April 17 through April 28, 2017 to obtain feedback and comments on CDFA’s Alternative Manure Management Program (AMMP) framework. The listening sessions are designed to obtain input from a wide group of stakeholders including but not limited to dairy and livestock farmers, environmental …

Tulare County Reports on Current Crop Status

Tulare County Crop Status

Visalia, Calif., (April 7, 2017) – Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner released the current status today of Major crops in the most valued county in the California Ag portfolio. They report that Winter forage crops are maturing well. Oats are being cut, dried, and baled. Some alfalfa fields are being cut and baled. Corn seed is being received in advance of …

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