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California Department of Food and Agriculture Announces Vacancy on Nursery Advisory Board

Sacramento, Calif., (February 2, 2018) – The California Department of Food and Agriculture’s (CDFA) Pest Exclusion Branch is announcing two, mid-term vacancies on the Nursery Advisory Board.  The Board is composed of twelve voting members, each representing an establishment with a valid California License to Sell Nursery Stock.  No two members shall represent the same organization.  Members will represent a …

Immigration Worksite Enforcement Guidance

Modesto, Calif., (February 1, 2018) – This memorandum provides advice and guidance concerning the implementation of AB 450, and its integration under federal immigration laws. To understand the significance of the new law, and the public threats being made by state officials against employers, employers must understand the process for enforcement of immigration laws. There are two primary methods used …

International Agri-Center Prepares For 51st World Ag Expo®

Tulare, Calif., (February 1, 2018) – International Agri-Center® to hold its 51st World Ag Expo® farm show on February 13-15, 2018 The largest annual agricultural exposition of its kind, World Ag Expo® boasts more than 1,500 exhibitors displaying cutting-edge agricultural technology and equipment on 2.6 million square feet of exhibit space. In 2017, 105,780 people came from 43 states and …

CDFA Among Agencies Featured in Update on State Climate Adaptation, Resiliency Strategies

Sacramento, Calif., (February 1, 2018) – The California Natural Resources Agency has released an updated report on state actions and strategies to adapt to a changing climate. The Safeguarding California Plan: 2018 Update lays out a road map for everything state agencies are doing and will do to protect communities, infrastructure, services, and the natural environment from climate change impacts. As California …

Census of Agriculture – Deadline Coming Fast

Sacramento, Calif., (January 31, 2018) – The 2017 Census of Agriculture is underway in California and across the country, but the deadline for response–February 5, 2018–is closing fast. The USDA mailed questionnaires to over 3 million US producers in December 2017. So far, 21.75 percent of California producers have responded, close to the national return rate of 23.34 percent. The …

Nearly Half of California’s Vegetation at Risk From Climate Stress

Davis, Calif., (January 31, 2018) – Current levels of greenhouse gas emissions are putting nearly half of California’s natural vegetation at risk from climate stress, with transformative implications for the state’s landscape and the people and animals that depend on it, according to a study led by the University of California, Davis. However, cutting emissions so that global temperatures increase by no more …

Governor Brown Takes Action to Increase Zero-Emission Vehicles, Fund New Climate Investments

Sacramento, Calif., (January 31, 2018) – Taking action to further California’s climate leadership, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today signed an executive order to boost the supply of zero-emission vehicles and charging and refueling stations in California. The Governor also detailed the new plan for investing $1.25 billion in cap-and-trade auction proceeds to reduce carbon pollution and improve public health and the …

New Cost and Return Study for Walnuts Released by UC Agricultural Issues Center

Davis, Calif., (January 30, 2018) – The UC Agricultural Issues Center has released a new study on the costs and returns to establish an orchard and produce walnuts in the northern San Joaquin Valley. This study assumes a hypothetical farm size of 100 contiguous acres that is farmer owned and operated. Sixty acres are being established to walnuts and 35 …

CDFA Introduces Produce Safety Program

Sacramento, Calif., (January 30, 2018) – The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is announcing the creation of a new unit within its Inspection Services Division called the Produce Safety Program.  This unit has been created to assist California produce farms in understanding the requirements of the Produce Safety Rule under the Food Safety Modernization Act.  The unit will …

USDA California Crop/Weather Report

USDA Crop/Weather Report

Sacramento, Calif., (January 30, 2018) – A pacific storm brought heavy rains to much of northern/central California in the early part of the week, with light showers lingering until the early part of the weekend. Snow showers occurred in the mountains above 2,500 feet. Some areas in the valley experienced near freezing temperatures as a cold front passed through mid-week, …

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