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Tulare County Reports on Current Crop Status

Tulare County Crop Status

Visalia, Calif., (February 23, 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 Corn is being planted. Winter wheat and oats are growing slowly due to insufficient rainfall. Ground preparation is continuing for spring row crops. Alfalfa fields need more time to …

Recent Fresno State Alumni Creates Meat Science Scholarship Endowment

Fresno, Calif., (February 23, 2018) – Six recent Fresno State graduates have started the Ag One Meat Science Laboratory Scholarship Endowment to support students who work in the unit and produce an array of popular meat products sold at the Rue and Gwen Gibson Farm Market. The former meats lab student employees graduated in 2013 or later and pledged a combined $25,000 to …

Good News For Hedgerows: No Effects On Food Safety In The Field

Davis, Calif., (February 23, 2018) – Hedgerows enhance wildlife abundance and diversity around farmland without contributing to food safety problems in field crops, according to a new study published by a team of University of California researchers. The UC Agriculture and Natural Resources and UC Davis study documented that field edge plantings around farms are generally too narrow relative to …

How Dairy Farmers Are Helping Us Meet Our Climate Goals

by Karen Ross, Secretary, California Department of Food and Agriculture Sacramento, Calif., (February 22, 2018) – Each time I drive through California’s Central Valley I am in awe of how much food it produces. The Valley is responsible for almost 10 percent of the country’s agriculture value and is home to many of California’s most productive dairies. In fact, 90 percent …

Coalition Taking California to Court Tuesday Over Unjustified, False Prop 65 Listing

California Ag Network

Washington, D. C. (February 22, 2018) – As the state of California attempts to implement a policy that would cause massive damage to American farmers, a national agriculture coalition is going to court tomorrow with a reasonable request: halt California’s extreme action until the judge can consider all of the facts. At issue is California’s unjustified and false Prop 65 …

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 …

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