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Taking Care of Bees During Orchard Pollination

[wpdevart_youtube]WZK1YKrzpz8[/wpdevart_youtube] Spring is in the air, the birds are singing, and orchards are beginning to bloom in the warmer areas of California. To ensure successful almond pollination, Bee sure to follow a few safety tips with Billy Synk in dealing with honeybees in the orchard. Watch this video and read more in Pacific Nut Producer Magazine.

Watch out for Honey Bee Theft During Pollination

[wpdevart_youtube]88-4oeh7vFM[/wpdevart_youtube] Honeybees are in high demand this time of year and are worth a lot. There have already been reports this year of stolen bee hives, so Bee sure to protect your investment and keep a watchful eye out during orchard pollination. Watch this brief interview with Billy Synk from Project Apis, and learn more in your monthly issue of …

USDA California Crop/Weather Report

USDA Crop/Weather Report

Sacramento, Calif., (February 14, 2017) – Another wet week across the State. Most days received widespread precipitation across a large portion of the State. Last week, the heaviest rains fell on the windward and southern slopes of the central/northern Sierras and northern mountains. Blue Canyon reported the largest precipitation of 14.16 inches. The northwestern mountains received four to six inches …

2017 Acreage Reporting Dates

Tulare, Calif., (February 14, 2017) – In order to comply with FSA program eligibility requirements, all producers are encouraged to visit the Tulare County FSA office to file an accurate crop certification report by the applicable deadline. The following acreage reporting dates are applicable for Tulare County: March 15, 2017 – 
Alfalfa Seed, Almonds, Barley, Cherries, Oats, Olives, Pears, Pistachios, Plums, Walnuts, …

USDA’s FMMO Recommendation Released!

Turlock, Calif., (February 14, 2017) – After over a year of anticipation, it is finally here folks: USDA released its recommended decision for a California Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO). If you recall, USDA heard about two complete proposals at the Clovis hearing in Fresno during fall 2015. Proposal number 1, from the three largest coops in the state (CDI, …

Pulses Production Expanding as Consumers Cultivate a Taste for U.S. Lentils and Chickpeas

Washington, D. C., (February 13, 2017) – Pulses are a versatile group of 12 leguminous crops, including dry beans, dry peas, lentils, and chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans), which produce an edible seed that grows within a pod. U.S. pulses production has trended higher for several years and for the 2016/17 marketing year, lentil and chickpea production is set …

Recommended Decision to Establish a California Federal Milk Order Published

Modesto, Calif., (February 13, 2017) – On February 14, 2017 the USDA will published in the Federal Register a Recommended Decision proposing that a California Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO) be established. An unpublished copy of the Recommended Decision is now available here. AMS will hold a public meeting on February 22, 2017, in Clovis, to explain how the proposed California FMMO …

Pilot Study Highlights Role of Grapes in Preventing Alzheimer’s Disease

Fresno, Calif., (February 13, 2017) – Consuming grapes twice a day for six months protected against significant metabolic decline in Alzheimer-related areas of the brain in a study of people with early memory decline. Low metabolic activity in these areas of the brain is a hallmark of early stage Alzheimer’s disease. Study results showed a grape-enriched diet protected against the …

Tulare County Reports on Current Crop Status

Tulare County Crop Status

Visalia, Calif., (February 10, 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 sufficiently that they can resume planting winter grain and field crops. The planted grains and field crops continue to mature …

Denner Ranch: 125 Years of Farming In Santa Rosa

Santa Rosa, Calif., (February 10, 2017) – Denner Ranches, established in 1890, is operated by Kathy Reese and her husband Steve, Russ Denner and his wife Joanne and their son Brian Denner. The property was purchased by Reese and Denner’s great grandfather who emigrated from Devonshire England, originally settling in Illinois before coming west and deciding Santa Rosa was the …

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