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Reclamation Announces Initial Water Supply Allocation for the Central Valley Project

Sacramento, Calif., (March 3, 2017) – The Bureau of Reclamation today announced the initial 2017 water supply allocation for Central Valley Project contractors in the Friant Division, Eastside Division and Municipal & Industrial Water Service Contractors in the American River Division. “The 2017 water year has been an extreme year thus far, with precipitation throughout the Central Valley on track …

Emergency Orchard Fungicide Applications Authorized by DPR

Read Official Document Here February 17, 2017 TO: County Agricultural Commissioners of Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Merced, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Yolo, Yuba Counties SUBJECT: EMERGENCY APPLICATION OF FUNGICIDES TO ORCHARDS WITH STANDING WATER County Agricultural Commissioners have notified the Department of Pesticide Regulation that there is a need for emergency aerial applications of fungicides to orchards with standing water …

March Bee Forage Cover Crop Field Days

MARCH 7TH, 9TH & 15TH 9:00 -11:00 AM Come join us to learn about the benefits cover crops can provide for your orchard! This collaborative field day hosted by Project Apis m. and Kamprath Seeds will demonstrate how cover crops can improve soil health while improving the health and vitality of bees. Expert speakers from the grower and beekeeping community …

Anger, Disappointment, Amazement

Los Banos, Calif., (March 2, 2017) – (The following is a statement by Executive Director Jason Peltier of the San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority on 2017 CVP Allocation Announcement) “There are few words left to describe our reaction to this year’s unusual allocation announcement for South of Delta Central Valley Project water users. Some areas are receiving a 100 …

Western Growers Statement on Waters of the United States Rule Executive Order

Irvine, Calif., (March 2, 2017) – In response to President Trump’s executive order regarding the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule released during former President Obama’s administration, Western Growers President and CEO Tom Nassif issued the following statement: The health of our nation’s water is of paramount importance to Western Growers and its 2,500 members who grow more than …

Ag/Biological Engineers Society Honors Industrial Tech Prof, Students

Fresno, Calif., (March 2, 2017) – Dr. Balaji Sethuramasamyraja, industrial technology associate professor at Fresno State, was honored as the Agricultural Engineer of the Year at the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers section meeting for California and Nevada. He was selected based on his contributions the past decade to the society, area agriculture and Fresno State’s applied agricultural …

UC Davis Launches $1.4 Million Project to Help Kenya’s Rural Poor

Davis, Calif., (March 1, 2017) – 1.4 million grant from USAID is targeting poverty in one of the poorest regions of the world. The grant funds a project, recently launched by University of California, Davis, researchers in northern Kenya, that will use a randomized, controlled trial to evaluate the impacts of combining programs that offer training, support and aid with …

Fresno County Farm Bureau Issues Statement On Water Supply for County’s Federal Water Contractors

Fresno, Calif., (March 1, 2017) – Statement by CEO Ryan Jacobsen: “Mother Nature has provided a bountiful precipitation season-one that will be near the top of the record books.  After the historic five-year drought, the snowpack and rain are a tremendous blessing to an agricultural industry hammered by the critical water shortage.  Most farmers and ranchers with surface supplies will …

Berry Finishes In Top 4 Of Farm Bureau National Competition

Fresno, Calif., (March 1, 2017) – Fresno State senior Hunter Berry (San Jacinto) finished as one of four finalists in the American Farm Bureau Federation and Young Farmers and Ranchers Collegiate Discussion Meet on Feb. 11 and 12 at the annual conference in Pittsburgh. A Fresno State agricultural business student, Berry earned a $1,250 scholarship as part of the honor. …

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