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Celebrating the 100th California Naturalist Class

Santa Rosa, Calif., (April 17, 2017) – This spring, the 100th California Naturalist class is being offered in Sonoma County – the very same county where we first piloted the curriculum. The UC Agriculture and Natural Resources California Naturalist Program is designed to introduce Californians to the wonders of our unique ecology and engage the public in study and stewardship …

UC Updates Costs and Returns of Growing Processing Tomatoes

Davis, Calif., (April 14, 2017) – UC Agricultural Issues Center has released an updated study on the costs and returns of producing transplanted processing tomatoes under subsurface drip irrigation in the Sacramento Valley and northern Delta region. The analysis is based upon a hypothetical well-managed farming operation using practices common to the region. The costs, materials and practices shown in this …

Tulare County Reports on Current Crop Status

Tulare County Crop Status

Visalia, Calif., (April 14, 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 forage crops are maturing well. Oats are being cut, dried, and baled. Some alfalfa fields are being cut and baled. Corn is both being planted and germinating. Grapevines …

California State Fair Announces Agriculturalist of the Year Vineyard of the Year, Wine Lifetime Achievement and Champions of Technology Awards

Sacramento, Calif., (April 13, 2017) – The California State Fair announces the recipients of the prestigious 2017 agriculture awards, which will be presented at the annual Friends of the California State Fair Gala. These awards recognize the accomplishments and service of key individuals and organizations that contribute to California’s agriculture industry growth and prosperity and are the highlight of the …

Egg-Citing News – Food Prices Down for Easter

Fresno, Calif., (April 13, 2017) – Lower retail prices for several foods, including eggs, ground chuck, sirloin tip roast, chicken breasts and toasted oat cereal resulted in a significant decrease in the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Spring Picnic Marketbasket Survey. “As expected due to lower farm-gate prices, we have seen continued declines in retail prices for livestock products including eggs, …

Fresno County Farm Bureau Congratulates Journalism Award Recipients

Fresno, Calif., (April 13, 2017) – Fresno County Farm Bureau (FCFB) announced the recipients of its 23rd Annual Journalism Awards this evening at the organization’s inaugural Arts & Hops event, held at Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Company in downtown Fresno. Almost 40 entries were received from local publications, websites, radio and television stations. The criteria for the awards were: awareness of agriculture’s …

A Farm Bill for our planet

Sacramento, Calif., (April 12, 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 series of blog posts explains in greater …

Statement on End of California Drought

Sacramento, Calif., (April 12, 2017) – The Governor declared an end to California’s drought and his administration issued plans to permanently entrench many of the drought restrictions and water use efficiency requirements it brought about. “California farmers work every day to make the most out of every drop.  While total agricultural water use in California has remained relatively constant over …

Statement from Westlands Water District on 100 Percent Allocation Announcement

Fresno, Calif., (April 12, 2017) – Today’s announcement by the Bureau of Reclamation of an allocation increase for south-of-Delta Central Valley Project (CVP) agricultural water service contractors from 65 percent to 100 percent is certainly good news. For farmers with permanent crops, the increase is a real blessing. Those farmers will have sufficient, good quality surface water to irrigate their …

Lake County Walnut Update, April 25th

University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) invites growers and others involved in the North Coast walnut industry to attend the 2017 Lake County Walnut Update to be held Tuesday, April 25th from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Scotts Valley Women’s Club, 2298 Hendricks Road, Lakeport. The facility is wheelchair accessible. Topics will include an overview of the 2016 …

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