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Farmers Monitor Storms’ Impact On Crops, Water Supplies

Sacramento, Calif., (February 23, 2017) – Strong storms during the Presidents’ Day holiday weekend flooded farm fields, caused several dairy farms to relocate their animals and brought other impacts on California farms and ranches. The storms also added more water to an already overtaxed system, and led to renewed calls to modernize the system. “In the long term, the surge …

USDA California Crop/Weather Report for Week Ending February 19, 2017

USDA Crop/Weather Report

Sacramento, Calif., (February 22, 2017) – Another warm and wet week across the State as a strong Pacific system moved inland. The system brought rain to most of the State, with mountains receiving snow. Temperatures cooled through Friday, before rising slightly over the weekend. Dry weather ruled the State on Monday and Tuesday with the exception of some light sprinkles …

Californians Win National 4-H Youth in Action Awards

Sacramento, Calif., (February 22, 2017) – California 4-H members Bryanne Sanchez and Samuel Sugarman are winners of the 2017 national 4-H Youth in Action Awards, National 4-H Council announced February 21, 2017. Sanchez, of Imperial, was selected as winner of the 4-H Youth in Action Award for Healthy Living for the true leadership she has demonstrated as an advocate for …

The 50th Anniversary of World Ag Expo Comes to a Close

Tulare, Calif., (February 21 2017) – The 2017 World Ag Expo came to a close on February 16, 2017, with large crowds, cutting-edge exhibits and a little bit of rain. Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the world’s largest annual agricultural exposition was held at the International Agri-Center and featured 1,480 exhibitors on 2.6 million square feet of exhibit space. The three …

USDA Announces Webinar Series about Project Applications for the Regional Conservation Partnership Program

Washington, D. C., (February 21, 2017) – In January 2017, USDA invited potential conservation partners to submit project applications for federal funding through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). Through this fourth RCPP Announcement for Program Funding (APF), USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will award up to $252 million to locally driven, public-private partnerships that improve the nation’s water quality, …

CDFA Selects Organizations To Provide Technical Assistance To Sweep Applicants

Sacramento, Calif., ((February 20, 2017) – The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has selected 10 organizations that will provide hands-on technical assistance to prospective State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP) applicants. The organizations are: 1) Cachuma Resource Conservation District, Santa Maria 2) Ventura County Resource Conservation District 3) Butte County Resource Conservation District 4) University of California Cooperative Extension, Fresno County …

Kings County Farm Day Is One Month Away; Unique Field Trip Brings Agriculture To Life For Local Third Graders

Hanford, Calif., ((February 20 2017) – Kings County Farm Bureau is busy preparing for the annual event that best exemplifies what Farm Bureau is all about: Farm Day. Now in its 13th year, Kings County Farm Day will bring together 2,373 third graders and 108 teachers from 32 schools for a unique field trip. With the help of 24 businesses, …

Workshop On New General Plan Guidelines

Fresno, Calif., ((February 20, 2017) – The Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) will be having a General Plan guidelines workshop on Friday, February 24, from 1 to 4 p.m., at the Fresno City Council Chambers, 2600 Fresno St., Fresno. OPR has been engaged in a thorough update of the General Plan Guidelines (GPG). The new GPG will include …

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