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CA Walnut Industry Welcomes Joshua Rahm as Director, Technical & Regulatory Affairs

The California Walnut Board (CWB) and Commission (CWC) are pleased to welcome Joshua (Josh) Rahm as their new Director, Technical & Regulatory Affairs. Joshua comes to walnuts with a strong technical and regulatory background in domestic and international agribusiness. Prior to joining the Board and Commission, Joshua worked for Wonderful Citrus as a Director, Global Sourcing & Procurement. Previously, he …

Sonoma County Winegrowers to Launch U.S. Wine Industry’s First Innovation Accelerator

Due to the ongoing pandemic, Sonoma County winegrowers gathered around their laptops and computer screens to review the organization’s efforts last year and learn about the future direction from the Sonoma County Winegrowers’ president, Karissa Kruse, as the 30st annual Dollars and $ense Seminar and Trade Show went virtual for the first time Thursday morning. Additional speakers included Ray Isle, …

Western Growers Inaugurates Next Generation of Agricultural Leaders

To identify and prepare the next generation of Western Growers (WG) members for positions of leadership within the Western fresh produce industry, WG has inaugurated the sixth class of the Future Volunteer Leaders Program (FVLP). This year, for the first time in program history, the FVLP welcomes a future leader from Colorado, which became the third membership state in the …

Mira Winery Announces Ed Thralls as President

Mira Winery, which produces a limited amount of hand crafted, all natural wines, each a singular expression of unique grapes, announced today that Ed Thralls is joining the team as President. The hiring follows the opening of Mira winery and hospitality house last fall on the 16-acre estate just south of Yountville in the heart of the Napa Valley.“Ed has …

2020 Paso Robles Wine Industry Persons of the Year

Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance — We are thrilled to announce the 2020 Paso Robles Wine Industry Persons of the Year awardees, founders and owners of Peachy Canyon Winery, the Beckett Family! This award, bestowed by the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance (PRWCA), annually recognizes an individual(s) who exemplify the spirit of Paso Robles Wine Country with outstanding leadership, vision, …

Allied Grape Growers Hires Michael Haddox as Manager of Central Coast Operations

Allied Grape Growers (AGG) has named Michael Haddox as its manager of Central Coast operations. The newly-created position expands AGG’s managerial grape sales team, which currently consists of positions in the North Coast, North Valley and Central Valley. In his new role, Haddox will oversee business development in the Central Coast, consisting primarily of winegrape marketing and sales as well …

National Coalition Pushes for Investment in Aging Water Infrastructure

A national coalition of over 200 agricultural organizations and urban and rural water districts urged President-elect Joe Biden and congressional leadership today to address aging Western water infrastructure in any potential infrastructure or economic recovery package. The coalition includes organizations from 15 states that collectively represent $120 billion in agricultural production, nearly one-third of all agricultural production in the country, …

Director of the UC Kearney Research & Extension Center Retires

UC Cooperative Extension specialist Jeff Dahlberg, also the director of the UC Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center (KARE) in Parlier, invoked his 35 years of sorghum expertise to increasing interest in growing the crop in California and to better understanding plants’ ability to tolerate drought. Dahlberg retires Jan. 8. As a Peace Corps volunteer in Niger in the early …

New Avocado Study Outlines Costs & Returns of High-Density Plantings

Growers considering producing avocados in San Diego County with high-density plantings now have help to determine the economic feasibility. A new study on the costs and returns of establishing and producing avocados in San Diego County has been released by UC Agriculture and Natural Resources’ Cooperative Extension, UC Agricultural Issues Center and the UC Davis Department of Agricultural and Resource …

California Beef Council Approves 2021 Work Plan, Appoints New Leadership

The California Beef Council (CBC) will invest over $1 million in 2021 in efforts to promote beef, provide consumer information, engage with foodservice and retail stakeholders, educate health and nutrition influencers, and provide educational and informational resources to beef producers. This 2021 work plan and budget were approved by the producer-led CBC board of directors during its annual meeting, held …

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