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CDFA Seeking Public Comments On The Next Dairy Digester Research And Development Program Grant Solicitation

Sacramento, Calif., (February 7, 2017) – The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is now accepting public comments on the DRAFT Request for Grant Applications for the Dairy Digester Research and Development Program (DDRDP), authorized by the Budget Act of 2016. An estimated $29-36 million in competitive grant funding will be awarded to provide financial assistance for the installation …

Ag Council Annual Meeting

Sacramento, Calif., (February 7, 2017) – Ag Council thanks our members who have registered for the 98th Annual Meeting taking place March 8-10, 2017 at the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort in Carlsbad. If you have not yet registered, click the “Learn More” link below to register today. The registration fee increases on February 17, 2017. CoBank Partnership: As in the …

USDA California Crop/Weather Report

USDA Crop/Weather Report

Sacramento, Calif., (February 7, 2017) – The week began with high pressure over the Great Basin. By mid-week an onshore surge of moisture associated with a Pacific northwestern system arrived. A brief break occurred on Saturday between systems before a second Pacific northwestern storm brought additional precipitation to the State on Sunday. Widespread rains and snow fell across the northern …

Farm Organizations: Snow Survey Must Lead to Improved Water Supplies

Sacramento, Calif., (February 6, 2017) – When state snow surveyors visit the Sierra Nevada tomorrow, they will find a snowpack well above average for the date—and California agricultural organizations say they hope that translates into improved water supplies for the state’s farmers and ranchers. “You would think that a snowpack in the range of 175 percent of average would assure …

County To Review Nut Theft Ordinance

Tulare, Calif., (February 6, 2017) – The Tulare County Board of Supervisors held a public forum on January 30 for local walnut growers, processors, agents and buyers to meet and discuss the county Nut Theft ordinance, and the consideration of changes which may help improve the ordinance and deter theft. County officials from law enforcement, the district attorney, agriculture commissioner’s …

Increased Focus On Food Security At UC Merced

Merced, Calif., (February 6, 2017) – This month the Planting Seeds blog is featuring stories on food security and nutrition. CDFA’s Office of Farm to Fork is committed to helping all Californians access healthy and nutritious California-grown food by connecting consumers, school districts, and others directly with California’s farmers and ranchers. UC Merced is relaunching its branch of the Blum …

CDFA Accepting Applications For The 2017 State Water Efficiency And Enhancement Program (SWEEP)

Sacramento, Calif., (February 3, 2017) – The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is beginning to accept applications, effective today, for the State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP). An estimated $3.75 million will be available for competitive grant funding to provide financial assistance to implement irrigation systems that reduce greenhouse gases and save water at California agricultural operations. …

Irrigators to Defend Klamath Water Users’ Rights

Washington, D. C., (February 3, 2017) – Monday marks the beginning of the Federal Court of Claims Takings Case trial that has been on the docket for over 15 years. In this case, Klamath Project water users contend that curtailment of their water supplies in 2001 based on the Endangered Species Act (ESA) was a taking of property rights – …

Tulare County Reports on Current Crop Status

Tulare County Crop Status

Visalia, Calif., (February 3, 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 sufficiently that they can resume planting winter grain and field crops. The planted grains and field crops continue to mature …

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