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Gene Editing Can Complement Traditional Food-Animal Improvements

By Pat Bailey Quick Summary Gene editing builds on traditional breeding successes The technology enhances sustainability plus animal health and welfare Questions remain about regulatory issues  Gene editing— one of the newest and most promising tools of biotechnology — enables animal breeders to make beneficial genetic changes, without bringing along unwanted genetic changes. And, following in the footsteps of traditional …

LAURELS: Karban, Stachowicz Are New Ecological Fellows

Davis, Calif., (February 17, 2017) – UC Davis has two new fellows of the Ecological Society of America: Richard “Rick” Karban,professor, Department of Entomology and Nematology, an international authority on plant communication. He states on his website: “My current research involves two main projects: volatile communication between sagebrush plants that affects resistance to herbivory, and factors that control the abundance …

New mobile app to track close encounters with coyotes

Davis, Calif., (February 17, 2017) – As urban coyote numbers rise, the animals are increasingly crossing paths with residents. There have been police reports of coyotes attacking pets and even people, but there has been no place to report casual coyote encounters. Now there is a new mobile app to help keep track of where those wily coyotes are coming …

Tulare County Reports on Current Crop Status

Tulare County Crop Status

Visalia, Calif., (February 17, 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 …

Northern California fairs step-up in Lake Oroville crisis

Oroville, Calif., (February 16, 2017) – When a fear of imminent disaster on February 12 led to a mass evacuation order in communities along the Feather River beneath Oroville Dam, tens of thousands of people were forced to clear out in a hurry, many with no place to go. A number of Northern California fairs stepped-up at a moment’s notice …

Statement by California Farm Water Coalition Executive Director Mike Wade on Oroville Dam Operations.

Sacramento, Calif., (February 16, 2017) – This winter’s record-breaking storms have tested our state and its infrastructure in ways no one could have predicted. The past week has been particularly frightening for people in and around the City of Oroville. We’d first like to say how glad we are that hundreds of thousands of people were able to safely evacuate …

California Wine Exports Reach Record $1.62 Billion in 2016

San Francisco, Calif., (February 16, 2017) – U.S. wine exports, 90% from California, reached $1.62 billion in winery revenues in 2016, a new record. Despite challenges from a strong dollar, winery revenues were up 1% from 2015. Volume was 412.7 million liters or 45.9 million cases. “California wine exports continue to reflect the trend toward premiumization with the dollar value …

California State Board Of Food And Agriculture Holds 2018 Farm Bill Listening Session At World Ag Expo

Sacramento, Calif., (February 15, 2017) – The California State Board of Food and Agriculture will be hosting a 2018 Farm Bill Listening Session at the World Ag Expo in Tulare on Thursday, February 16th. The session will be held from Noon to 3:00 p.m. at the International Agri-Center/Heritage Complex, 4500 S. Laspina Street (Theater) in Tulare, CA 93274.  Individuals interested …

E.M. Tharp and World Ag Expo “We Believe in Growing” Scholarship Winners Announced

Tulare, Calif., (February 15, 2017) – World Ag Expo and E.M. Tharp, Inc. have teamed up again to provide the “We Believe in Growing” scholarship, which supports local high school students who will be attending four-year universities to major in an agricultural field. This year’s winners, Grace Guthrie and Derrick Nunes, will each receive $2,500 scholarships to be renewed up …

The facts about food product dating – from the USDA

Sacramento, Calif., (February 15, 2017) – This month the Planting Seeds blog is featuring stories on food security, nutrition, and efforts to reduce food waste. 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. The USDA estimates that …

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