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Maximizing Use of Water Stored in Soil Could Result in Savings for Farmers

Maximizing use of water

  As California faces more frequent and severe droughts, agriculture, which relies on irrigation from surface water and groundwater, could become expensive and unsustainable. Researchers at the University of California, Davis, looked at using a “free” resource — rain water stored in the soil — and found that optimizing its use could go a long way to help meet demand …

Nomination Deadline Nears for 2019 California Leopold Conservation Award

California Leopold Conservation Award

Know a California farmer, rancher or forester who goes above and beyond in the care and management of natural resources? Nominate them for the 2019 California Leopold Conservation Award. Applications must be postmarked by July 15, 2019. Mail applications to: Leopold Conservation Award c/o Sustainable Conservation 98 Battery Street, Suite 302 San Francisco, CA 94111 Nominations may be submitted on …

New Ways of Managing Plant-Parasitic Nematodes Under Study

New ways of managing plant-parasitic nematodes under study

Walnut production is most productive on deep-rooting uniform soils with good water-holding capacity. Such soils are also conducive to infestations of plant-parasitic nematodes. Currently, the key pest of concern in walnut plantings is root lesion nematode (Pratylenchus vulnus). In California, this nematode is wide-spread in walnut producing areas and is estimated to be present in almost 85% of walnut orchards. …

USDA Seeks Feedback from California and Nevada Growers about 2019 Crops, Stocks, Inventories, and Values

USDA Seeks Feedback

During the next several weeks, USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will conduct two major mid-year surveys, the June Agricultural Survey and the June Area Survey. The agency will survey over 3,100 farmers across California and Nevada, and nearly 30,000 across the U.S. to determine crop production and supply levels in 2019. “Due to the widespread and significant impact of …

Almonds Included in Round 2 of Relief Funding Due to Tariff Retaliation

Relief Funding-Almonds

Today USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue announced round two of support for farmers impacted by retaliatory tariffs and trade disruption in key export markets, specifically China. California almonds are included in the $16 billion trade mitigation package. The package will consist of $14.5 billion for the Market Facilitation Program (MFP), $1.4 billion for the Food Purchase and Distribution Program (FPDP) and …

U.S. Organic Sales Break Through $50 Billion Mark in 2018

US Organic Sales

Clean, transparent, fresh, sustainable. Environmentally friendly, animal humane, high quality, social activism. Those traits are all identified with organic, and in 2018 they all helped push organic sales to unprecedented levels. The U.S. organic market in 2018 broke through the $50 billion mark for the first time, with sales hitting a record $52.5 billion, up 6.3 percent from the previous …

Harder Leads Bipartisan Coalition to Protect Local Farmers from China Tariffs

Josh Harder/China Tariffs

WASHINGTON – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) is leading a bipartisan group of lawmakers from across the country in an effort to ensure that Central Valley specialty crop growers aren’t again left out of a critical aid program provided to farmers harmed by Chinese tariffs. Although the ongoing trade war has cost the California walnut industry over $600 million, walnut farmers were …

California Milk Advisory Board 2019 Executive Committee Officers

2019 Executive Committee Officers

TRACY, Calif.— May 21, 2019 — Newly elected 2019 officers of the California Milk Advisory Board Executive Committee are (top row, left to right): Treasurer David Vander Schaaf of Stockton, Member-at-Large Renae DeJager of Chowchilla. Shown in the bottom row (left to right): Member-at-Large Megan Silva of Escalon, Chairman Josh Zonneveld of Laton, Secretary Essie Bootsma of Lakeview, Member-at-Large Kirsten …

Tulare Crop Report (For the Week Ending May 25, 2019)

Tulare County Crop Status

SMALL GRAINS AND OTHER FIELD CROPS: Winter wheat is being green-chopped for silage; some is being dried, with harvest nearing completion. Harvestedfields are being disked and planted to silage or other forage crops. Alfalfa fields are making excellent progress; andbeing cut, dried, and baled. Corn continues being planted, and earlier planted fields are growing well. Local dairiescontinue to cut oats …

Video Series on Vegetable Production of the Future

Video series on Vegetable Production on the Future

A 26-episode weekly video series has debuted on YouTube to help train the next generation of vegetable crop workers and increase their use of effective stewardship practices in vegetable production. Projections for near-future retirements of people working in California’s agricultural production, marketing and post-harvest handling sectors indicate severe re-staffing needs in the coming years. Technological advances have reduced manual labor …

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