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Tulare County Reports on Current Crop Status

Visalia, Calif., (January 27, 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 in order to resume winter grain and field crop planting. The planted grains and field crops continue to mature at …

Update on Organic Certification Cost Share Program

Update on Organic Certification Cost Share Program

Sacramento, Calif., (January 26, 2017) – CDFA’s State Organic Program (SOP) is pleased to announce a federal funding opportunity of $12.5 Million for eligible applicants under the Organic Cost Share Program (OCCSP).  The SOP has applied to the Farm Service Agency (FSA) under the United States Department of Agriculture to assist in distribution of these funds.  This money assists organic …

International Agri-Center Prepares For 50th Anniversary of World Ag Expo

Tulare, Calif., (January 26, 2017) – World Ag Expo will celebrate its 50th anniversary show,  February 14-16, 2017. The largest annual agricultural exposition of its kind, World Ag Expo boasts more than 1,500 exhibitors displaying cutting-edge agricultural technology and equipment on 2.6 million square feet of exhibit space. A record-setting 106,349 people came from 47 states and 79 countries to …

Moths, Leafhoppers, Wasps…Oh My! Six California Projects that Reduce Pesticide Use

Sacramento, Calif., (January 26, 2017) – The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) at a Jan. 26 award ceremony will recognize several organizations for projects aimed at managing pests while using fewer pesticides. The awards recognize innovation, leadership, education and outreach by California based organizations that carry out pest management. The six projects use integrated pest management (IPM) to manage …

Developing Nematode, Salt & Drought Resistant Grapevines

[wpdevart_youtube]HgevbElHZCA[/wpdevart_youtube] At the San Joaquin Valley Grape Symposium held by the UC Cooperative Extension, Andy Walker from UC Davis addressed Central Valley grape growers on the progress of developing new grapevine rootstocks with combined resistance to drought, high salinity and nematode pressures. Watch this video and read American Vineyard Magazine for more information.

California Lands More than $5 Million in USDA Grants for Citrus Greening Research

Sacramento, Calif., (January 25, 2017) – The USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has announced four grants totaling more than $13.6 million to combat a scourge on the nation’s citrus industry, citrus greening disease, also known as Huanglongbing (HLB). UC Riverside will receive $5,112,000 of that funding for a program to design and identify bactericides that can cure or suppress …

In Wake Of TPP Decision, Farm Bureau Seeks Improved Agricultural Trade

Sacramento, Calif., (January 25, 2017) – Calling for continued efforts to break down barriers to agricultural trade, the California Farm Bureau Federation expressed disappointment today in President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement. “Trade in food and farm products benefits both rural and urban areas of California,” CFBF President Paul Wenger said. “For example, farm products …

How Much Drought Can a Forest Take?

Featured Image: Dead trees in the Sierra National Forest in April 2016. Credit: USFS Region 5 Davis, Calif., (January 25, 2017) – Why do some trees die in a drought and others don’t? And how can we predict where trees are most likely to die in future droughts? Scientists from the University of California, Davis, and colleagues examined those questions in …

2016 CA Wine Harvest Report with Nat DiBuduo

[wpdevart_youtube]I0m8Qv3Ah4A[/wpdevart_youtube] Nat DiBuduo from Allied Grape Growers gave a great State of the Wine Grape Industry Report at American Vineyard Magazine’s Central Coast Grape Expo. Watch this video for a brief synopsis of his 2016 report, and come and see his latest address at Unified Wine & Grape Symposium this week.

CDFA Secretary Karen Ross To Host Farm Bill Listening Sessions – Seeking Public Comments On California’s Agricultural Priorities

Sacramento, Calif., (January 24, 2017) – California Department of Food and Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross is holding several public forums across the state seeking input from farmers, ranchers and other stakeholders on priorities for the 2018 Farm Bill. “The farm bill is as important to San Francisco and Los Angeles as it is to the Central Valley,” said CDFA Secretary …

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