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USDA California Crop/Weather Report

USDA Crop/Weather Report

Sacramento, Calif., (January 17, 2017) – A continued abundance of moisture across the State for the entire week tapered off over the weekend as the upper-level trough pulled away to the east with surface high pressure building over the western United States. Temperatures were fairly consistent, but cooled slightly late last week as a drier airmass settled over the State. …

USDA Surveys – how to tell if it’s legitimate?

Modesto, Calif., (January 16, 2017) – This week we received a call at the office from a concerned member who was asked to participate in a tallow survey. The person calling identified himself as a USDA employee. While there are plenty of phone surveys going around, this particular one sounded suspicious (typically dairy producers are not asked to participate in …

Sonoma County Winegrowers To Establish Center For Ag Sustainability To Address Concerns About The Future Of Farming

Santa Rosa, Calif., (January 16, 2017) – As the calendar turns to a new year, Sonoma County Winegrowers (www.sonomawinegrape.org) are quickly closing in on its goal of becoming the nation’s first 100% sustainable wine region by 2019.  According to the latest Report Card published in the Sonoma County Winegrowers’ 3rd Annual Sustainability Report, 85% of the county’s vineyard acres have …

2017 Pesticide Safety Instructor Training Workshops

Sacramento, Calif., (January 13, 2017) – UC IPM is partnering with AgSafe to offer up-to-date instructor training programs that are approved and co-funded by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR). Updates to the Federal Worker Protection Standard (WPS) that will have the most impact on CA agriculture include:
• Annual pesticide safety training for all fieldworkers
• Instructors must attend an …

In A New Study Biochar Helps Yields, But Only In The Short Term

Davis, Calif., January 13, 2017) – Adding biochar to a farm’s field is an irreversible decision, so understanding its long-term impacts is essential for farmers to make informed decisions. Biochar, a charcoal created from organic materials burned at high temperatures and added as a soil amendment, has been shown to increase pH and soil fertility in areas with more weathered, …

Tulare County Reports on Current Crop Status

Visalia, Calif., (January 13, 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 Recent rains have benefited the growth of already planted grains and field crops, but the rain has hindered ground preparations for continued planting. The forecast for optimal returns continues …

Cal Poly Float Wins Founders’ Trophy at 2017 Rose Parade

Pasadena, Calif., (January 12, 2017) – Cal Poly universities’ “A New Leaf,” featuring an animated family of chameleons exploring the wonders of a vibrantly colorful world around them, received the Founders’ Trophy for the most beautiful float built and decorated by volunteers from a community or organization at the 128th Rose Parade held Jan. 2.

The float, designed and built by …

Steve Dutton Begins His Term as President of Sonoma County Farm Bureau

Santa Rosa, Calif., (January 12, 2017) – The Dutton Family has been farming in Sonoma County for more than five generations. Steve and Joe Dutton, brothers and co-owners of Dutton Ranch, farm apples and winegrapes on their home ranch in Graton. The property was purchased by their parents, Warren Jr. and Gail, in the 1960’s, but the Dutton family’s involvement …

Snowpack’s Statewide Water Content is Below Average

Sacramento, Calif., January 12, 2017) – Today’s Department of Water Resources (DWR) manual snow survey at Phillips Station in the Sierra Nevada range found a snow water equivalence of 6 inches, which is 5.3 inches less than the average early-January snow water equivalence of 11.3 inches as measured at Phillips since 1964. Snow water equivalence is the depth of water …

Governor Brown Proposes 2017-2018 State Budget

Sacramento, Calif., (January 11, 2017) – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today proposed a balanced state budget that eliminates a projected $2 billion deficit and bolsters the state’s Rainy Day Fund while continuing to invest in education, health care expansion and other core programs. In a letter to the Legislature, the Governor explained that while this year’s budget “protects our …

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