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A Farm Bill for our future

Sacramento, Calif., (March 16, 2017) – CDFA is in the midst of preparing California’s recommendations for the 2018 Farm Bill. The Farm Bill is renewed every five years and serves as the policy guideline for food and farming in the United States. The legislation touches all of us in numerous ways, as this blog post and others to follow in …

UC water institute announces 2017 grant recipients

Sacramento, Calif., (March 16, 2017) – The UC California Institute for Water Resources (CIWR) has announced the recipients of six grants to address the most critical water issues in the state. For this program, the Institute leverages funds it receives from the Water Resources Research Act of 1964 through the Department of Interior. CIWR, which is part of UC Agriculture …

Tricolored Blackbird Nesting Season Approaching

Modesto, Calif., (March 16, 2017) – As fields begin to dry out from this wet winter and you prepare your harvest equipment, or schedule your custom harvester, to harvest your winter forage, the Tricolored Blackbird is also looking for a good place to nest. Hopefully with such a wet winter, the wetlands that the birds naturally prefer will appeal to …

Fresno County Farm & Nutrition Day is March 17

Fresno, Calif., (March 15, 2017) – More than 4,000 third-grade students, teachers and chaperones from throughout Fresno County will participate in the 12th annual Farm & Nutrition Day at the Big Fresno Fairgrounds, located at Butler and Chance avenues, on Friday, March 17, from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. The one-day, interactive educational experience is sponsored by Fresno County Farm …

Los Banos Farmer is Newly Elected Chair of San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority

Los Banos, Calif., (March 15, 2017) – Cannon Michael, a 6th generation California farmer is the newly elected chairman of the San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority (Authority). Michael is president of Bowles Farming Company, a family owned and operated farming company headquartered in Los Banos. Bowles Farming Company is an 11,000 acre organic and conventional farm growing fresh market …

USDA California Crop/Weather Report

USDA Crop/Weather Report

Sacramento, Calif., (March 14, 2017) – Temperatures warmed up last week between 10 and 20 degrees, with a drier pattern taking hold over much of the State. Rainfall was largely confined to the northern one third of the State, with generally light rains falling along the central/northern valley, central/northern coast, and snow into the central/northern Sierras on Monday through Wednesday. …

Groverman Ranch: Veterinarian Keeps Family Property in Ag for 100 Years

  Petaluma, Calif., (March 14, 2017) – Throughout Sonoma County, the name Groverman is synonymous with a veterinarian who has dedicated his life to the county’s agricultural community. Dr. Fred Groverman, 83, has spent a lifetime as a beloved large and small animal veterinarian but also as a shepherd of his Shropshire flock which he raises on a 50 acre …

New CAWG Director of Gov’t Relations Addresses Grape Industry Challenges

The California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG) recently announced Michael Miiller as their new Director of Government Relations. Michael has many years of experience working with legislature and he has already hit the ground running advocating on behalf of growers in his new position, especially with the CAWG day at Capitol Hill coming up on March 15. Watch this video …

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