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Tulare County Reports on Current Crop Status

Visalia, Calif., (July 14, 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 are making excellent progress; and being irrigated, cut, and baled. Planting of corn and sorghum for silage is complete, but still being cultivated and irrigated. The corn …

County Releases Draft Groundwater Ordinance that Impacts Extractions

Tualre, Calif., (July 14, 2017) – Farm Bureau wanted to alert our members that the County of Tulare has released a DRAFT proposal of a groundwater ordinance that will impact groundwater extractions and property rights.  If approved, it would be a prohibition on groundwater usage that takes effect potentially before the enforcement of the new Sustainable Groundwater Management Act laws …

School Gardens Get New Life From UC Cooperative Extension Volunteers

Santa Barbara, Calif., (July 13, 2017) – When children grow their own fresh fruits and vegetables, they are much more likely to eat healthy food, so for decades California politicians, teachers and nutrition educators have advocated for a garden in every school. However, UC Cooperative Extension experts in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties found that garden care can …

Announcement Of Vacancy On The California Animal Health And Food Safety Laboratory Advisory Board

Sacramento, Calif., (July 13, 2017) – The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is announcing one vacancy on the California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory (CAHFS) Advisory Board. The Board makes recommendations to CDFA and the University of California on matters pertaining to the operations of the CAHFS laboratory system. The Board consists of representatives of the livestock …

UC ANR Hosts Workshops for California’s Urban Farmers

Alhambra, Calif., (July 13, 2017) – In communities around California, urban farms provide fresh produce, community green space, and even job training. However, a 2014 UC ANR needs assessment indicated that urban farmers face challenges, as well as opportunities. They are often beginning farmers, and encounter barriers related to growing in the city, such as zoning restrictions. Building on the needs assessment, …

Heat Wave Could Impact Butter Production

Sacramento, Calif., (July 12, 2017) – California is the largest milk producing state, representing 20 percent of U.S. milk production every year. The Central Valley has nearly 1.5 million dairy cows and one of the highest concentrations of livestock in the nation, Figure 1. The Central Valley has faced some extreme heat already this year, with nine days in June …

Fresno County Department of Agriculture – Crop Report

Fresno, Calif., (July 12, 2017) – Fields of oats, triticale, and wheat continued to be green chopped for silage or cut, windrowed and baled for hay production. Harvester inspections took place to certify wheat fields for inter-county permits to ship out of the County. Rice was growing well and had herbicides applied as needed. Alfalfa fields were growing well and …

CDFA Announces Vacancies On The Fertilizer Inspection Advisory Board

Sacramento, Calif., (July 12, 2017) – The California Department of Food and Agriculture is announcing three vacancies on the Fertilizer Inspection Advisory Board. The board advises the secretary of food and agriculture on the department’s Fertilizing Materials Inspection Program, which ensures fertilizing materials are safe, effective and meet quality guarantees. As part of the Fertilizing Materials Inspection Program, inspectors and …

Robert Young Estate Vineyard and Winery: 159 Years

Santa Rosa, Calif., (July 11, 2017) – Peter Young immigrated to New York in the early 1800’s and came to California in the 1850’s for the Gold Rush. He settled on 120 acres in Alexander Valley, where he raised cattle for leather and sheep. At their peak, the Young family had more than 700 head of sheep, raised grain and …

USDA California Crop/Weather Report

USDA Crop/Weather Report

Sacramento, Calif., (July 11, 2017) – Another hot and dry week as this midsummer heat wave continues across most of the state. Measurable rainfall was limited to the area immediately surrounding Yosemite N.P. on Thursday, where very light showers fell. A few light showers were also reported in the mountains surrounding the LA basin on Sunday. Summer temperatures led to …

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