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Oak Ridge Angus: 105 Years

Santa Rosa, Calif., (May 16, 2017) – At 14 years old, Massimino LaFranchi emigrated from Switzerland in 1888 and made his living milking cows throughout Sonoma County before meeting his wife Anna Nicklaus in San Francisco. In 1912, the couple bought 500 acres of land on the outskirts of Calistoga forming Oak Ridge Farm, named after all the oak trees …

New Cost Estimates for Strawberry Production Released by UC Agricultural Issues Center

Davis, Calif., (May 16, 2017) – A new costs and returns study for strawberries has been released by UC Agricultural Issues Center and UC Cooperative Extension to help growers make farm management decisions. The study presents sample costs to produce and harvest strawberries for fresh market in Santa Cruz and Monterey counties. “The study also has an expanded section on …

MCFB Hosts President of American Farm Bureau for Salinas Valley Tour

Salinas, Calif., (May 15, 2017) – On Tuesday May 9th, the American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall came to the Salinas Valley for a tour of local Ag operations.  Accompanying Mr. Duvall were Paul Wenger, California Farm Bureau Federation President, and staff members of both American and California Farm Bureaus. President of the American Farm Bureau Federation since 2016, …

Jackson Family Wines Receives Luther Burbank Conservation Award

Santa Rosa, Calif., (May 15, 2017) – Although Jackson Family Wines formally launched their sustainability program in 2008, the company was founded with sustainability in mind. When the late Jess Jackson, founder of Kendall-Jackson, thought about farming he was mindful of taking care of the land and wanted to build a company that would last for multiple generations. His daughter, …

CDFA Announces Vacancy On The Livestock Identification Advisory Board

Sacramento, Calif., (May 15, 2017) – CDFA’s Bureau of Livestock Identification is announcing a vacancy on the Livestock Identification Advisory Board, which makes recommendations to the secretary of agriculture about the curbing of livestock theft; legislation and procedures to improve the function of the Bureau; and the Bureau’s annual budget. The term of office for a member on the Board is …

Shearing School Sell Out!

Hopland, Calif., (May 12, 2017) – On Monday morning a group of 25 strangers gathered in front of the lambing barn at the UC Hopland Research and Extension Center. “If you survive the week, you’ll be in a rare group” commented John Harper, Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor to the class. This heralds the beginning of the sheep shearing school, …

Tulare County Reports on Current Crop Status For Week Ending May 13, 2017

Tulare County Crop Status

Visalia, Calif., (May 12, 2017) – 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 Winter wheat is being green chopped for silage; some is being dried, with harvest nearing completion. Harvested fields are being disked and planted to silage or other forage crops. …

Backyard Poultry Enthusiasts Invited to Participate In UC Research Survey

Davis, Calif., (May 12, 2017) – Californians who raise backyard poultry are invited to participate in a study to help the University of California more effectively deliver poultry health information, especially to prevent the spread of poultry diseases. The UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and UC Davis Veterinary Medicine Cooperative Extension are conducting a research study consisting of a …

Centennial Gala Celebrates A Century of Service

Fresno, Calif., (May 11, 2017) – On Friday, May 5, Farm Bureau members, dignitaries and the community collectively came together at the Clovis Veterans Memorial District building to celebrate 100 years of service to the agricultural industry at FCFB’s Centennial Gala. With over 540 attendees present, the Gala recognized the many agricultural stewards that united within the Farm Bureau organization …

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