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Strong Case for Upgrading Trucks: Food Distributors Realize Important Soft Benefits of Replacing Aging Equipment

Food distributors are increasingly realizing the need to upgrade the trucks in their transportation fleet more frequently by replacing older, less efficient units that cost more to operate and produce harmful emissions. Without question, newer, eco-efficient trucks deliver significant savings in fuel and maintenance costs. In fact, according to the most recent truck lifecycle data index, food distribution fleet operators can …

2019 Raisin Crop Offer Made to RBA Signatory Packers

The Raisin Bargaining Association’s Board of Directors has offered their signatory packers a price of $1,600/ton for the the 2019 Natural Seedless Raisin Crop. The Board of Directors is asking all RBA Signatory Packers to accept, counter, or reject this offer by 11/22/19 at 5 pm.  The RBA Board of Directors strongly believes it is in the best interests of …

Ryan Talley is Elected New Western Growers Chairman of the Board

Western Growers is pleased to announce that Ryan Talley, co-owner and farm manager of Talley Farms, will assume the role of Chairman of the Board of Directors. Talley, who has been committed to agriculture for more than three decades, will serve as chairman for a one-year term, taking over the responsibilities of outgoing chairman, Ron Ratto, president of Ratto Bros., …

Early Bird Registration Announced for California Dairy Sustainability Summit

Early bird registration is now open for the California Dairy Sustainability Summit taking place March 25-26, 2020, at Cal Expo in Sacramento. The Summit, co- hosted by Dairy Cares, California Milk Advisory Board, Dairy Council of California, California Dairy Quality Assurance Program, and the California Dairy Research Foundation, will bring together hundreds of California dairy farmers, state officials, technology providers …

Governor Announces CA Wildfire Safety & Catastrophe Response Task Force

SACRAMENTO – Today, Governor Gavin Newsom announced the appointment of members of the California Wildfire Safety Advisory Board, as outlined in AB 1054, and the California Catastrophe Response Council, established by AB 111, both signed into law in July. The legislation created the California Wildfire Safety Advisory Board, a board of independent expert advisors, to advise a new Wildfire Safety Division …

9th Annual Madera Pomegranate, Fruit and Nut Festival

The 9th annual Madera Pomegranate, Fruit and Nut Festival takes place Saturday, November 2, from 10:00a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Madera District Fairgrounds.  Admission and parking are free.  The unique, vibrant and fun event brings in visitors from all over the world to experience the best of the Central Valley’s local pomegranate and nut products.  The event is organized …

Nominate California Ag Teachers for Golden Owl Award Educator of the Year

COLUMBUS, Ohio – From Oct. 1, 2019 through Jan. 31, 2020, any student, parent, fellow teacher, or other supporters can nominate their favorite agricultural teacher for a chance to be recognized as one of the best in California. Nationwide recently recognized the contributions of 17 Iowa and Ohio agriculture teachers with the 2018-2019 inaugural Golden Owl Award. Nationwide established the …

California Prunes Shine in Fourpoints Energy Bars

The world comes to California for prunes, and so does energy bar innovator, Fourpoints®. Denver-based Fourpoints is the first-and-only energy bar to feature California Prunes as the star ingredient. “The energy bar category is crowded and full of the same old date based and syrup-based bars,” said Kevin Webber, co-founder of Fourpoints. “You have to have a one-of-a-kind product to …

$3 Million Program to Train Tomorrow’s Plant Scientists

If you’re eating fruits, nuts, grains, or vegetables in a few years, you’ll likely owe a debt of gratitude to UC Riverside. The university has created a program to transition today’s undergraduates into professional scientists solving tomorrow’s farming challenges. The program, called Plants-3D, will train students to discover, design, and deploy biology and engineering solutions to the projected problem of …

Reclamation awards $1 million in CALFED grants to improve water reliability, enhance environment

The Bureau of Reclamation awarded a total of $1 million in CALFED Water Use Efficiency grants to two California projects that will conserve around 4,000 acre-feet annually and improve infrastructure for fiscal year 2020. Combined with local cost-share contributions, these projects are expected to implement about $2.7 million in water management improvements during the next two years. The two selected …

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