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USDA Announces Contracts for Round 3 of the Farmers to Families Food Box Program

Following President Donald Trump’s approval to include up to an additional $1 billion in the Farmers to Families Food Box Program, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved up to $1 billion in contracts to support American producers and communities in need through the USDA Farmers to Families Food Box Program. Earlier this …

American Pistachio Growers Employs Robust Campaign to Meet Record Harvest

With the high likelihood that U.S. pistachio growers will shake a record crop from their trees this fall, American Pistachio Growers (APG) is pulling out all of the stops to keep its wave of marketing success rolling in 2021 and well beyond.  APG’s marketing team has just put the final touches on a new advertising campaign that combines extensive television …

Almond Alliance of California Strongly Opposes Proposition 15 – “Split Roll” Proposal

The Almond Alliance of California strongly opposes the Proposition 15 “split roll” proposal on the November 3, 2020 ballot. California Proposition 15 is the Tax on Commercial and Industrial Properties for Education and Local Government Funding Initiative. We believe a split roll proposal will hurt the business community as well as employees and consumers, thereby having a negative impact on …

San Francisco 49ers Announce Partnership With Clover Sonoma

The San Francisco 49ers and Clover Sonoma, a third-generation family-owned and operated dairy, today announced an exclusive partnership to bring together the two beloved Bay Area brands. As part of the partnership, Clover Sonoma will become the “Preferred Milk of the San Francisco 49ers,” which will include packaging, promotions, a holiday eggnog sweepstakes, advertising, and in-stadium and digital media. PARTNERSHIP …

Plant, Insect Viruses Work Together to Spread Disease

In what may be a first for science, researchers with the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) have found an example of plant and insect viruses working together to increase their spread. Michelle Heck, an ARS research molecular biologist, was leading research into poleroviruses, a type of plant virus spread by aphids, when she and Cornell University graduate students Jenny Wilson and …

USDA Assists Farmers, Ranchers & Communities Affected by Western Wildfires

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the availability of assistance for residents and agricultural producers affected by recent wildfires. As of today, wildfires have burned nearly 6.9 million acres across 11 states. More than 31,000 personnel from the local, state and federal levels are working to contain 61 large fires. The USDA Forest Service has more than 7,800 …

California’s Wine Industry Unites to Support Fire-Impacted Communities

Fires have once again ravaged California’s rural agricultural regions, leaving the most vulnerable in those communities without access to basic resources ranging from gas money to shelter. In response, California’s wine industry has rallied under the umbrella of #CAWineStrong to raise awareness and funds to support those in need. “Though many of our member wineries and growers are at risk …

20% Raisin Crop Reduction in China Spurs Increased Demand

China’s raisin production is forecast at 160,000 MT in MY 2020/21, down 20 percent from the previous year as the Covid-19 outbreak in the country’s major producing area has delayed raisin processing. As a result, China’s raisin export forecast is reduced sharply from the previous year to 20,000 MT on reduced exportable supplies. The raisin import forecast is expected to …

Reality of the Wildfire Impact on the 2020 Winegrape Crop

Many of our wine grape industry friends and families have been impacted by the recent wildfires, and our hearts and prayers go out to them. Although vineyards tend to act as fire breaks helping to mitigate the spread of these wildfires, growers and winemakers are concerned about what the smoke exposure impact will have on the 2020 vintage.  Please watch …

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