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Tulare County Reports on Current Crop Status

Tulare County Crop Status

Visalia, Calif., (June 2, 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 The last of the winter wheat is being dried and baled. Alfalfa fields are making excellent progress; and being cut, dried, and baled. Last year’s Black-eyed beans are being …

USDA Invests $17.7 Million in Plant Health and Production Workforce

Washington, D. C., (June 1, 2017) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced 54 grants totaling more than $17.7 million for plant research that helps optimize crop production, mitigate disease, and increase yield. The funding is made possible through NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) program, authorized by the 2014 …

Raise your glass to National Dairy Month!

Real California Milk

Fresno, Calif., (June 1, 2017) – June is recognized as National Dairy Month.  Initially created as National Milk Month in 1937 to promote the consumption of dairy products, National Dairy Month has evolved into an annual tradition that recognizes the dairy industry and celebrates the nutrient-rich products that it provides to consumers worldwide. Since the early 1900s, America’s dairy industry …

CDFA Announces Vacancy On The Citrus Pest And Disease Prevention Committee

Sacramento, Calif., (June 1, 2017) – The California Department of Food and Agriculture is announcing one vacancy on the Citrus Pest and Disease Prevention Committee. The Committee advises the CDFA secretary on activities associated with the statewide citrus specific pest and disease work plan that includes, but is not limited to outreach and education programs and programs for surveying, detecting, …

USDA California Crop/Weather Report

Sacramento, Calif., (May 31, 2017) – Last week brought an upper-level ridge over the area leading to hot and mostly dry conditions. During the week, only a few locations received any measurable precipitation, Santa Rosa reported 0.03 inches on Thursday. For the weekend, a weakening of the ridge led to cooling statewide and a few more sprinkles across the northern …

Westlands’ Food For Thought

Fresno, Calif., (May 31, 2017) – It’s clear that opponents of farming are having difficulty manufacturing legitimate reasons to oppose the drainage settlement between the federal government and Westlands Water District. Opponents first tried to sell the idea that the settlement was a “sweetheart deal negotiated without transparency.” But the “sweetheart deal” misrepresentation did not pass the smell test for …

Delta Farm Tour Gives UC Students a Broader View of Food System

Davis, Calif., (May 31, 2017) – UC Global Food Initiative student fellows from University of California campuses throughout the state gathered for a springtime field trip in the Central Valley to learn more about the relationships between food, farming and the environment. The day-long tour, hosted by UC Agriculture and Natural Resources, began at a farm that is maintained to …

California’s Forgotten

Modesto, Calif., (May 30, 2017) – Who speaks for the “Forgotten?” The woman who is constantly told to fork over more of her money for road repairs? For government employee health and pension programs? For electric cars or solar roof projects? The “Forgotten” who works to maintain a safe and healthy household for their children, but is constantly losing the …

Oak Woodland Conservation Workshop

Hopland, Calif., (May 30, 2017) – A variety of factors have contributed to the loss of oak habitats. The loss of deciduous oak woodlands to native conifer encroachment is a major concern in northwestern California, resulting in loses of wildlife habitat, cultural uses, biodiversity, and other ecosystem services. This workshop will provide landowners and resource professionals with the latest information …

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