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Farm Bureau Awards FFA Jackets to Local Students

Farm Bureau Awards FFA Jackets to Local Students

Tulare, Calif., (January 27, 2017) – Tulare County Farm Bureau will award the signature blue corduroy FFA jacket to local students through the Blue Jacket Bonanza program. Launched in 2012, Blue Jacket Bonanza was developed to provide area students involved in FFA, who may not have the financial means, a chance to earn their own uniform jacket. To be granted …

Tulare County Reports on Current Crop Status

Visalia, Calif., (January 27, 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 Growers continue to wait for fields to dry out in order to resume winter grain and field crop planting. The planted grains and field crops continue to mature at …

Update on Organic Certification Cost Share Program

Update on Organic Certification Cost Share Program

Sacramento, Calif., (January 26, 2017) – CDFA’s State Organic Program (SOP) is pleased to announce a federal funding opportunity of $12.5 Million for eligible applicants under the Organic Cost Share Program (OCCSP).  The SOP has applied to the Farm Service Agency (FSA) under the United States Department of Agriculture to assist in distribution of these funds.  This money assists organic …

International Agri-Center Prepares For 50th Anniversary of World Ag Expo

Tulare, Calif., (January 26, 2017) – World Ag Expo will celebrate its 50th anniversary show,  February 14-16, 2017. The largest annual agricultural exposition of its kind, World Ag Expo boasts more than 1,500 exhibitors displaying cutting-edge agricultural technology and equipment on 2.6 million square feet of exhibit space. A record-setting 106,349 people came from 47 states and 79 countries to …

Moths, Leafhoppers, Wasps…Oh My! Six California Projects that Reduce Pesticide Use

Sacramento, Calif., (January 26, 2017) – The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) at a Jan. 26 award ceremony will recognize several organizations for projects aimed at managing pests while using fewer pesticides. The awards recognize innovation, leadership, education and outreach by California based organizations that carry out pest management. The six projects use integrated pest management (IPM) to manage …

California Lands More than $5 Million in USDA Grants for Citrus Greening Research

Sacramento, Calif., (January 25, 2017) – The USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has announced four grants totaling more than $13.6 million to combat a scourge on the nation’s citrus industry, citrus greening disease, also known as Huanglongbing (HLB). UC Riverside will receive $5,112,000 of that funding for a program to design and identify bactericides that can cure or suppress …

In Wake Of TPP Decision, Farm Bureau Seeks Improved Agricultural Trade

Sacramento, Calif., (January 25, 2017) – Calling for continued efforts to break down barriers to agricultural trade, the California Farm Bureau Federation expressed disappointment today in President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement. “Trade in food and farm products benefits both rural and urban areas of California,” CFBF President Paul Wenger said. “For example, farm products …

How Much Drought Can a Forest Take?

Featured Image: Dead trees in the Sierra National Forest in April 2016. Credit: USFS Region 5 Davis, Calif., (January 25, 2017) – Why do some trees die in a drought and others don’t? And how can we predict where trees are most likely to die in future droughts? Scientists from the University of California, Davis, and colleagues examined those questions in …

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