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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 …

Holy Guacamole

Photo Credit: Sonia Fernandez Santa Barbara, Calif., (January 23, 2017) – There’s a new pest in town and it’s threatening one of the area’s top crops: avocados. First discovered in Los Angeles County in 2003, six-legged Asian shot hole borers have been found by UC Santa Barbara researchers in their own backyard. Last year, the insects appeared in avocado orchards …

Preventive Controls for Human Food Training

Tulare, Calif., (January 23, 2017) – The Preventive Controls for Human Food regulation is intended to ensure safe manufacturing/processing, packing and holding of food products for human consumption in the United States. This course was developed by the FSPCA is the “standardized curriculum” recognized by FDA and fulfills the FSMA requirement for a PCQI (Preventive Controls Qualified Individual). Join us …

Test Uses Novel Antibodies to Detect Shiga Toxins

  Albany, Calif., (January 23, 2017) – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists have developed a highly sensitive test that for the first time is able to detect all known Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, STEC bacteria are responsible for more than 265,000 cases of illness and 3,600 hospitalizations each year …

USDA Offers Grants To Help Local Food Sector

Washington, D. C., (January 20, 2017) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has announced the availability of $27 million in grants to fund innovative projects designed to strengthen market opportunities for local and regional food producers and businesses. “These grants will continue USDA’s support for the local food sector as an important strategy for keeping …

Tulare County Reports on Current Crop Status

Visalia, Calif., (January 20, 2017) – Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner released the current status today of Major crops in the second most valued county in the California Ag portfolio. They report that Continuing rains have benefited the growth of already planted grains and field crops, but the rain has hindered ground preparations for continued planting. Low spots in some fields …

Flooding and Waterlogging Damage in Alfalfa – What to Do?

Sacramento, Calif., (January 20, 2017) – When are seasonal heavy rains welcomed but worrisome?   When rains fill reservoirs, but also turn fields into seas of standing water! Such has been the case in northern California, which has seen torrential rains in recent weeks. After 5 years of intensive drought, the 2016-2017 rains are a welcome relief, but pose a danger …

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