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What’s That in Your Cornmeal?

Davis, Calif., (April 3, 2018) – You’re thinking about making Grandma’s Southern Cornbread. You head for your pantry. You remember that six months ago you purchased a bag of cornmeal from a local supermarket and that you immediately emptied the contents into a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid. You open the airtight jar and notice something strange. It’s moving. Moving? …

Research Reveals a New Direction for Halting the Citrus Greening Epidemic

Ithaca, New York, (April 2, 2018) – New clues to how the bacteria associated with citrus greening infect the only insect that carries them could lead to a way to block the microbes’ spread from tree to tree, according to a study in Infection and Immunity by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and Boyce Thompson Institute (BTI) scientists. Citrus greening, also known as …

UC Agricultural Issues Center Releases Cost Estimates For Growing Processing Tomatoes

Davis, Calif., (April 2, 2018) – A new study on the costs and returns of producing processing tomatoes in Fresno County and the central San Joaquin Valley has been released by the UC ANR Agricultural Issues Center. Growers contemplating crops to grow may use the estimates to help decide whether to plant processing tomatoes. The report estimates costs and returns …

Fresno State Appoints Esqueda To Lead Water And Sustainability

Fresno, Calif., (April 2, 2018) – In its quest to solidify its reputation as a national leader in applied research on water, Fresno State has appointed Thomas C. Esqueda as its first associate vice president in Water and Sustainability. Esqueda is a native of the Central Valley. “Thomas Esqueda brings a wealth of water experience in private industries, local and …

CDFA Announces Grant Funding Available For The 2018 Alternative Manure Management Program

Sacramento, Calif., (March 30, 2018) – The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is now accepting applications for the 2018 Alternative Manure Management Program (AMMP). The AMMP is one of two programs designed by CDFA to reduce dairy and livestock greenhouse gas emissions. The program will provide $19-33 million in grants to California dairy and livestock operators to implement …

Tulare County Reports on Current Crop Status

Tulare County Crop Status

Visalia, Calif., (March 30, 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 still being planted as weather and soil conditions allow. Winter wheat and oats are enjoying the latest rains, growth is excellent. Ground preparation is continuing for spring …

Nuts for Calories!

Beltsville, Maryland, (March 30, 2018) – Not all of nuts’ calories are taken up by the human body; on some of them, the body gets a free pass, according to studies by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists. Physiologists David Baer and Janet Novotny, with ARS’s Food Components and Health Laboratory in Beltsville, Maryland, recently looked at how many of an almond’s, walnut’s, and pistachio’s calories …

Federal Funding Supports California Water Projects

Statement by Cannon Michael, Chairman, San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority Los Banos, Calif., (March 29, 2018) – In November 2014, California voters overwhelmingly passed Proposition 1, the Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014.  Voters approved this initiative, in large part, because they understood that the future of California depends on building new or enlarged water supply …

Building Named for ‘Father’ Of Fresno State Viticulture And Enology

Fresno, Calif., (March 29, 2018) – The California State University Trustees approved Tuesday the naming of the Vincent E. Petrucci Viticulture Building at Fresno State, in honor of the late and esteemed professor emeritus of viticulture. The action item was approved by the Committee on Institutional Advancement. Among his many accomplishments during his 46-year career, Dr. Petrucci led successful fundraising …

California State Senator to Honor University of California 4-H Program in Mexicali

Sacramento, Calif., (March 29, 2018) – California State Senator Ben Hueso will honor California and Baja California 4-H with a resolution in the State Senate at 2 p.m. April 2 to recognize the cross-border team that established a 4-H Club in Mexicali, Baja Mexico, in January 2017. Last year, UC ANR Vice President Glenda Humiston signed a memorandum of understanding with the Baja …

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