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How Farms can Donate Fresh Food for Tax Deductions

Charitable Contributions for Farmers It is common for businesses to receive tax deductions for cash donations, but did you know that the agriculture community can donate fresh foods for a similar benefit? California farmers and agriculture businesses have the opportunity to donate fresh fruits and vegetables in return for some pretty hefty tax breaks. How much is the deduction?  In …

Friends of the California State Fair Awarding Over $46,000 In Scholarship Funds

Sacramento, Calif., (November 22, 2017) – The Friends of the California State Fair Scholarship Program is now accepting scholarship applications for the 2018 – 2019 academic year. The program offers 14 categories of scholarships ranging from $1,000 – $2,500 each with varying eligibility requirements. Categories include: agriculture, art, academic excellence, business, culinary/hospitality/event management, education, international relations, trade school, viticulture and …

Plant Science Club Wins Fourth President’s Trophy In 6 Years

Fresno, Calif., (November 15, 2017) – The Fresno State Plant Science Club again received the President’s Trophy for beating many of the nation’s top agricultural universities at the recent Students of Agronomy, Soils and Environmental Sciences national club speech contest. The nation’s top university plant science competition was held Oct. 22 at the Tri-Societies national conference (American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America and Soil …

Mechanized Agriculture Lab Renovations Made Possible by Moller Family Gift

Fresno, Calif., (November 14, 2017) – The Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology at Fresno State showcased initial renovations to its mechanized agriculture laboratory on Tuesday, Nov. 14 that were made possible by a $250,000 gift by Dr. James Moller and his wife, Carol Moller. The event was attended by University President Joseph I. Castro, Jordan College Dean Sandra …

Attend the Sonoma Grape Expo on Nov. 10

American Vineyard Magazine is pleased to invite grape growers and vineyard consultants to attend the Sonoma Grape Expo coming on November 10th.  This FREE bi-ennial Expo will feature an industry trade show, educational grower seminars, and state of wine grape industry addresses by Jeff Bitter from Allied Grape Growers and Todd Azevedo from the Ciatti Company.  The USDA-Farm Service Agency and NRCS will …

Tree & Vine Expo, Nov. 7th

November has come and growers & PCAs are anticipating the annual Tree & Vine Expo on November 7th at the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds, held by American Vineyard, California Fresh Fruit, and Pacific Nut Producer Magazines.  The Expo will feature educational grower seminars, and state of the grape, nut, and tree fruit industry addresses by Jennifer Williams from the California Walnut Board, Kelly Covello from …

Mealybug Management – In or Out of Sync

UC IPM Advisor David Haviland recently shared some tips on mealybug control. The goal is to lower mealybug populations, prevent movement, protect the cluster and keep the vines compatible for biocontrol (especially postharvest). Some insecticides effective against vine mealybug include: Chlorpyrifos (delayed-dormant treatment), Buprofezin (best against crawlers), Spirotetramat (foliar applied/systemic in the phloem and xylem), and Neonicotinoids (some soil, some …

Ag Students Learn to Bottle Wine

Ag Students at Reedley College Learn how to bottle wine for the first time. The Plant and Soil Science program at Reedley College offers a wide variety of courses that lead to an Associates of Science Degree or Certification. Students enrolled in a plant and soil science course have the opportunity to engage in numerous industry experiences, including: wine making, field …

Don’t Miss the Grape, Nut & Tree Fruit Expo at the Fresno Fairgrounds

Don’t miss the annual Grape, Nut & Tree Fruit Expo coming to the Big Fresno Fairgrounds on November 14th, put on by American Vineyard, California Fresh Fruit, and Pacific Nut Producer Magazines.  The Expo will feature educational grower seminars, and state of the grape, nut, and tree fruit industry addresses by Gary Schulz of the Citrus Research Board, Ian LeMay of the California Fresh Fruit …

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