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Castanon’s 5th-Place Finish Leads Fresno State Soil Judging Team At Nationals

Fresno, Calif., (April 17, 2018) – Fresno State senior Mark Castanon qualified for the International Soil Judging Contest in Rio de Janiero after finishing fifth overall among 88 individuals at the national competition. The Fresno State soil judging team placed 15th for its highest-ever team finish in the national competition. The National Collegiate Soils Contest was hosted by the University …

“Valley’s Gold” promotes Education through Agriculture

Fresno, Calif., (April 16, 2018) – Created in 2013, through a partnership between FCFB and ValleyPBS, “Valley’s Gold” is a local television series that presents a behind-the-scenes look at the economic engine that drives the region, agriculture. Hosted by FCFB CEO Ryan Jacobsen, “Valley’s Gold” provides a window into understanding the people, places and crops of California’s agriculture industry and …

California Grown Goes to Disneyland

Sacramento, Calif., (April 16, 2018) – When it comes to featuring nutritious California-grown foods, two of the best built-in ambassadors we have are in Anaheim – Disneyland and the California Adventure park. They host millions of visitors from around the world every year, providing an excellent opportunity to showcase our state’s agriculture. Disney embraced that this year with its 2018 Food …

Fresno County Department of Agriculture Crop Report

Fresno, Calif., (April 16, 2018) – Growers continued to irrigate oats, triticale, wheat, and winter forage as they started to head out. Dry-land barley, triticale, and wheat benefitted greatly with the recent rain that arrived in March. All grain fields received fertilizing and treatment for broadleaf weeds as needed. Rice fields were getting prepared for planting. Alfalfa fields started to …

Road Trip! “Scrumptious California Tour” Shows Foodies The Salad Bowl Of The World

Sacramento, Calif., (April 13, 2018) – Get your foodie passport ready to tour scrumptious California veggie country! With over 970 thousand acres of harvested vegetables, melons, and strawberries, the just released USDA NASS Vegetables 2017 Summary places California at a whopping $7.85 billion in vegetable production – over half of the U.S. total of $13.8 billion. Where are all of these amazing …

Tulare County Reports on Current Crop Status

Tulare County Crop Status

Visalia, Calif., (April 13, 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. Some fields are emerging. Winter wheat and oats enjoyed the latest rains, growth is excellent. Alfalfa is maturing …

Mandarin Drought Tips Featured in Final Video of Drought Series

Oakland, Calif., (April 12, 2018) – Because periodic droughts will always be a part of life in California, the UC California Institute for Water Resources (CIWR) produced a series of videos to maintain drought awareness and planning, even in years when water is more abundant. The first of the three videos premiered Feb. 2 on the UCTV Sustainable California channel. The second video …

A Reminder That It Only Takes One Person To Spread Invasive Pests

Washington, D. C., (April 12, 2018) – Each year, harmful invasive plant pests and diseases cost the United States about $40 billion in crop losses, damage to forests and vulnerable ecosystems, and expensive eradication and control efforts. It only takes one person who moves one piece of infested firewood, one infected plant, or one piece of infested fruit to spread …

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