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$4.65 Million DPR Grant Application to Fund Innovative Solutions Supporting More Sustainable Pest Management Tools

The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) today opened the application period for the 2023 Alliance and Research Grants cycle, offering $4.65 million in potential funding to accelerate the transition to safer, more sustainable pest management in agricultural, urban and wildland settings. “California is a leader in the development of more sustainable pest management,” said DPR Director Julie Henderson. “DPR-funded …

Western Growers to Honor John Harris at 2022 Annual Meeting

Western Growers will honor California agricultural icon John Harris with the 2022 Award of Honor. The Award of Honor is Western Growers’ highest recognition of achievement and is given to individuals who have contributed extensively to the agricultural community. With more than 50 years’ experience in ranching, farming, hospitality and thoroughbred horse racing, Harris embodies the diversity of California agribusiness. …

Top 5 Things to Consider at Almond Hullsplit

Hullsplit is a time when growers’ various orchard practices – proper irrigation, nutrient management, pest control and orchard monitoring – come together in an effort to maximize almond quality and yield. To assist during this busy season, we’ve pulled together a list of the top five things you should consider before hullsplit. 1. Measuring Hullsplit Progress Proper detection is the …

Citrus Research Board Secures Immense Support from Citrus Growers

California citrus growers voted to continue their support of the Citrus Research Board (CRB) by a broad margin in a state-mandated referendum. The just-concluded referendum, which must be held every five years, was conducted by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA). A majority of eligible citrus producers cast their vote and their support was nearly unanimous – 97.80 …

Almonds Prove Indispensable to New Product Innovation

Almond Board of California — For the sixteenth consecutive year, almonds are the top nut in global new product development according to Global New Products data from Innova Market Insights, having been first recognized as the number one nut globally in 2006. With more forms than any other tree nut, almonds’ versatile taste, texture and health claim benefits align to …

Impacts of Water Restrictions on Agriculture Production Cannot Be Understated

United Vegetable Growers Cooperative — Our most precious resource is in critical condition. Chances are if you have driven through the Central San Joaquin Valley over the past 20 years you have seen prominent signs and billboards scattered along the interstate highways as well as the backroads. Many can attest to driving by one of these signs countless times while checking their fall …

Students Learn About Commodities Grown Almost Exclusively in the Golden State

California’s farmers grow more than 400 commodities each year, making the state the nation’s breadbasket. And for 36 years, the nonprofit California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom has been educating students around the state that the nutritious and tasty fruits and vegetables they eat don’t just come from the supermarket. During the past school year, Executive Director Judy Culbertson …

Fun Facts About Bees & Almonds

Almond Board of California — Honey bees and almonds form a partnership designed by nature. They both evolved in the same Mediterranean region and help each other prosper. Pollinators are responsible for one out of every three bites of food we consume, beyond just almonds. Just like almonds are a nutritious snack for us, almond pollen is very nutritious for honey …

NASS Updates Almond Forecast, Smaller 2022 Crop

The 2022 California Almond Objective Measurement Report published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) estimates that the crop harvested in 2022 will come in at 2.6 billion meat pounds, 11 percent below last year’s 2.9 billion pounds. The estimate is down 7 percent from NASS’s subjective forecast in May and comes in a complicated year. …

How Stressed-out Plants Produce Their Own Aspirin

Plants protect themselves from environmental hazards like insects, drought and heat by producing salicylic acid, also known as aspirin. A new understanding of this process may help plants survive increasing stress caused by climate change. UC Riverside scientists recently published a seminal paper in the journal Science Advances reporting how plants regulate the production of salicylic acid. The researchers studied a model …

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