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Current Water Policies Create Uncertain Future for Central Valley Ag Communities

Fresno, Calif., (September 11, 2017) – A new report entitled “The Implications of Agricultural Water for the Central Valley”by Professor Michael Shires warns of impending economic decline in the Central Valley if water supplies continue to decline for farmers in the region. “This report connects the critical role of agriculture in the region,” said Johnny Amaral, Deputy General Manager, External Affairs. …

Pesticide Safety Instructor Training Workshops

Sacramento, Calif., (September 8, 2017) – Participants who complete this training will become qualified to provide pesticide safety training to fieldworkers and pesticide handlers as required by California state regulations. This training is approved and co-funded by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR). Cost – $200 per person   Please submit one registration form per person. Payment is by credit …

Dairy Producers Can Enroll or Elect to Opt-Out for 2018 MPP Coverage

Washington, D. C., (September 8, 2017) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced that starting Sept. 1, 2017, dairy producers can enroll for 2018 coverage in the Margin Protection Program (MPP-Dairy). Secretary Sonny Perdue has utilized additional flexibility this year by providing dairy producers the option of opting out of the program for 2018. “Secretary …

Tulare County Reports on Current Crop Status

Tulare County Crop Status

Visalia, Calif., (September 8, 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 Alfalfa fields continue to be irrigated, cut, and baled. Sorghum for silage is in various stages of development, with some fields close to maturity. Corn silage continues to be …

CDFA Announces Vacancy On The Citrus Pest And Disease Prevention Committee

Sacramento, Calif., (September 7, 2017) – The California Department of Food and Agriculture is announcing one vacancy on the Citrus Pest and Disease Prevention Committee. The Committee advises the CDFA secretary on activities associated with a statewide work plan that includes outreach and education programs; and programs for surveying, detecting, analyzing, and treating pests and diseases specific to citrus. The …

New Research Examines Avocados’ Potential Impact on Cognitive Health in Older Adults

Mission Viejo, Calif., (September 7, 2017) – Consuming one fresh avocado per day may lead to improved cognitive function in healthy older adults due to increased lutein levels in the brain and eye, according to new research published in the journal Nutrients. The research tracked how 40 healthy adults ages 50 and over who ate one fresh avocado a day …

Irrigation Delivery Notification – Announcement

Selma, Calif., (September 7, 2017) – Consolidated Irrigation District has temporarily stopped water deliveries. The decision to stop at this time was based on several factors. There is a need to make repairs to a portion of the Consolidated Canal. These repairs are relatively significant and cannot be deferred indefinitely. Despite running water since January 8th, the District has a …

Heidrun Meadery: Marin County’s Honey Wine

Point Reyes Station, Calif., (September 6, 2017) – Gordon Hull used to be a geologist. It was the mid-90’s, and he was working for a government agency in Seattle. Hull had an affinity for beer and his home brewing hobby quickly turned into a passion. He applied for an apprenticeship with the American Brewer’s Guild, and took a 10 week …

2017 Alfalfa and Forage Field Day

Parlier, Calif., (September 5, 2017) – Please come join us for this year’s Alfalfa and Forage Field Day on Wednesday, September 20, 2017. The event will be held at the Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center, located at – 9240 S. Riverbend Ave., Parlier, CA 93648. Here is the agenda for your review: 7:30 AM – Registration 8:00 – TRAM …

Google to Support Computer Science Career Training for Santa Clara 4-H

Santa Clara, Calif., (September 5, 2017) – 4-H members in Santa Clara County will work with Google employees to develop computer science technical skills, digital fluency, creativity and problem solving skills in a new 10-week program made possible with a donation from the Silicon Valley internet search giant. Youth participants, teen leaders and adult volunteers are now being recruited to …

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