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New Hazard for Interplanted Prune Orchards

Sacramento, Calif., (February 22, 2018) – Interplanting existing prune orchards where established trees don’t fill their space is a long accepted practice to increase grower income while limiting costs compared to complete orchard removal and replanting. This is often done in older orchards either by interplanting down the existing tree row or changing the direction of the tree rows 45° …

USDA, Dairy Industry In Partnership to Promote and Enhance Environmental Sustainability

Hanford, Calif., (February 21, 2018) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy to jointly promote and enhance environmental sustainability in the dairy industry. The pact extends and builds upon a MOU originally signed in 2009. Secretary Perdue signed the …

Tricolored Blackbird Update

Modesto, Calif., (February 21, 2018) – As I write this on February 14, Valentine’s Day, love is in the air. The Tricolored Blackbirds are also in an amorous mood getting together with their mates and looking for a place to build a nest. In a natural setting 200 years ago they would be looking for a wetland with cattails to …

USDA Moves to Assure Producers Can Vote on FMMO This Year

Modesto, Calif., (February 20, 2018) – Unlike milk production, excitement surrounding the California dairy industry’s efforts towards better producer prices is not in decline. Indeed, just a week ago, USDA announced an unexpected delay in the FMMO process that left producer groups very disappointed. The agency stated it would be delaying the final decision for a California FMMO until after …

California Issues Warning About Consuming Certain Cactus Imported from Mexico due to Health Risk

Sacramento, Calif., (February 20, 2018) – The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) today warned people not to eat cactus pads imported from Mexico sold at specific retail and wholesale locations around the state, due to the presence of unapproved pesticides. Through routine monitoring of fresh produce, the cactus pads, or nopales, were found by DPR …

Latino Youths Increase Their Presence In UC ANR 4-H Program

Sacramento, Calif., (February 20, 2018) – For more than 200 youngsters in California, including 45 Latinos, the last weekend of January was a unique experience, full of physical activities and workshops that will help them build a successful future. Under the theme “Be a leader, Be a hero,” they participated in the 4-H Youth Summit carried out in several California …

Efficient Technique Discovered for Isolating Embryonic Stem Cells in Cows

Davis, Calif., (February 16, 2018) – For more than 35 years, scientists have tried to isolate embryonic stem cells in cows without much success. Under the right conditions, embryonic stem cells can grow indefinitely and make any other cell type or tissue, which has huge implications for creating genetically superior cows. In a study published this week in the journal Proceedings …

Tulare County Reports on Current Crop Status

Tulare County Crop Status

Visalia, Calif., (February 16, 2018) – 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, such as wheat, barley, other cereal grains, and forage mixes continue to be irrigated to maintain growth. Pre-emergent herbicides are being applied to fields, and weed …

E.M. Tharp and World Ag Expo® “We Believe in Growing” Scholarship Winners Announced

Tulare, Calif., (February 16, 2018) – World Ag Expo® and E.M. Tharp, Inc. have teamed up again to provide the “We Believe in Growing” scholarship, which supports local high school students who will be attending four-year universities to major in an agricultural field. This year’s winners, Aalexias Woolf and Abbigail Prins, will each receive $2,500 scholarships to be renewed up …

After the Thomas Fire: Growers Inspire With Resiliency, Optimism

Sacramento, Calif., (February 16, 2018) – The recent holiday season collapsed in flames for thousands of Ventura and Santa Barbara County residents in the path of the catastrophic Thomas Fire. It is considered the largest fire in California history, burning nearly 282,000 acres and destroying more than one-thousand homes and other structures. The fire spread across 440 square miles, more …

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