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USDA Holds Informational Session In Clovis

Clovis, Calif., (February 27, 2017) – USDA officials came to Clovis to give a Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO) 101 lesson to an eager crowd. The attendees, which included approximately 65 producers, processors, media and attorneys, learned about the ins and outs of FMMOs through an hour- long presentation. In particular, details of the California FMMO proposal were outlined and …

CDFA Announces Vacancy On The Beet Curly Top Virus Control Program Advisory Board

Sacramento, Calif., (February 27, 2017) – The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Integrated Pest Control Branch is announcing one vacancy on the Beet Curly Top Virus Control Board. This Advisory Board makes recommendations to the CDFA Secretary on all matters pertaining to the Beet Curly Top Virus Control Program. The term of office for a board member is …

Melting Sea Ice May Be Speeding Nature’s Clock in the Arctic

Davis, Calif., (February 27, 2017) – Spring is coming sooner to some plant species in the low Arctic of Greenland, while other species are delaying their emergence amid warming winters. The changes are associated with diminishing sea ice cover, according to a study published in the journal Biology Letters and led by the University of California, Davis. The timing of seasonal events, such …

Fighting a citrus killer – from the University of California

  Riverside, Calif., (February 24, 2017) – A team of scientists, led by a group at the University of California, Riverside, has received a five-year, $5.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to fight a disease that is devastating the citrus industry. The team, led by Caroline Roper, an associate professor of plant pathology, will design and identify bactericides, …

Ken Fugelsang, Renowned Enologist: Built A Legacy Of Winemakers

Fresno, Calif., (February 24, 2017) – Kenneth Fugelsang, professor emeritus of enology and retired winemaster at the Fresno State Winery, died Monday, Feb. 20, from cancer. He was 70 years old. An internationally-recognized enologist credited with “producing world-class winemakers who are now making world class wines,” Mr. Fugelsang retired from the Department of Viticulture and Enology in 2011 but continued …

Tulare County Reports on Current Crop Status

Tulare County Crop Status

Visalia, Calif., (February 24, 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 so that they can resume planting winter grain and field crops. The planted grains and field crops continue to …

CDFA Announces Vacancy On The Vertebrate Pest Control Research Advisory Committee

Sacramento, Calif., (February 23, 2017) – The California Department of Food and Agriculture’s Integrated Pest Control Branch is announcing a vacancy on the Vertebrate Pest Control Research Advisory Committee. The committee makes recommendations to the CDFA secretary on all matters pertaining to vertebrate pest control research. The term of office for a committee member is unlimited. Members receive no compensation, …

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