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Volunteers Invited to help out with Ag Day on May 12

Tulare, Calif., (May 9, 2017) – The 5th Annual AgVentures! Day is on Friday, May 12th and once again we will be hosting 4th grade students from Tulare and Visalia city schools. The students will have an opportunity to visit people in the ag profession and students providing demonstrations to them focused on agriculture from various ag industries. We have …

Update on GMO survey of organic products – several detections in animal feed

Sacramento, Calif., (May 8, 2017) – The California Department of Food and Agriculture works to maintain organic integrity in California by enforcing regulations of the The National Organic Program (NOP). Last year, at the request of the organic industry, CDFA embarked on a pilot project to determine if genetically modified organisms (GMOs) were present in organic products. So far, the …

California and Israel to Co-Host Forum on Water and Agriculture Policy – May 25th in Sacramento

Sacramento, Calif., (May 8, 2017) – The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) and the Israeli Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development will co-host a joint forum on shared issues related to water and agriculture. The forum will bring together Israeli and Californian government officials and researchers to address water/agriculture related issues while also exploring opportunities for future innovation. …

2016 California Wine Sales in U.S. Hit New Record: 238 Million Cases with Retail Value of $34.1 Billion

California Wine Sales Hit New Record

San Francisco, Calif., (May 8, 2017) – California wine shipments to the U.S. reached an estimated retail value of $34.1 billion in 2016, up 4.6%. The state shipped an all-time high of 238 million cases to the U.S. in 2016, up 2% from the previous year. California wine sales to all markets, including shipments to the U.S. and exports, also …

Tulare County Reports on Current Crop Status

Tulare County Crop Status

Visalia, Calif., (May 5, 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 cut for silage. Alfalfa fields are making excellent progress; some are being cut and baled with the coming of drier weather. Dryland oats are being …

CDFA Announces Funding For Dairy Digester Development Program

Sacramento, Calif., (May 5, 2017) – The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is now accepting applications for project funding from the Dairy Digester Research and Development Program (DDRDP), authorized by the Budget Act of 2016. This program receives funding from California Climate Investments Program, with proceeds from the state’s cap-and-trade auctions, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while providing …

UC Davis DryCard Invention Wins Competition to Reduce Food Loss in Africa

Davis, Calif., (May 4, 2017) – A new, low-cost invention from the University of California, Davis, to help prevent food spoilage has been named as the top emerging technology for reducing food loss and waste across the African continent. The tool, called the DryCard, shows farmers whether their dried food products are dry enough to store safely, reducing food losses and risks …

Agriculture Gets Presidential Attention in Washington D.C.

Washington, D. C., (May 4, 2017) – President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue met with 14 farmers and ranchers at the White House April 27th to discuss agriculture issues. This select group of farmers included American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall, Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey, former California Agriculture Secretary A.G Kawamura and …

Settlement Reached Between CDFA And Animal Feed Manufacturer

Agriculture Feed and Livestock Drugs Inspection Program has reached a settlement with animal feed manufacturer Western Milling LLC involving their manufacturing facility in Goshen, Tulare County. In September 2015, the facility produced horse feed that was adulterated with Monensin, a livestock drug that when fed to horses is known to be fatal. The adulterated feed resulted in a number of deaths. In …

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