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National Ag Day Coming March 19, 2024

The Agriculture Council of America (ACA) announced March 19, 2024, will be National Agriculture Day with the theme of “Agriculture: Growing a Climate for Tomorrow.” Activities planned for March 19 feature a virtual Ag Day program, and in-person events in Washington DC. ACA will invite students to interact virtually with legislators and agency representatives, delivering the Ag Day message. A …

California Beef Council Names New 2024 Leadership

At their Annual Meeting, held in December, the California Beef Council (CBC) named new leadership and approved 2024’s program budgets. This year’s work plan to promote beef, provide consumer information, engage with foodservice and retail stakeholders, educate health and nutrition professionals, and provide educational and informational resources to beef producers was approved by the producer-led CBC board of directors on …

California’s Jennifer Fernandez-Hanf Among New Dairy Girl Network Board of Directors

Dairy Girl Network (DGN), an organization offering programs and events supporting all women in dairy reaching across the nation, has welcomed three new dairywomen to the board of directors: Jennifer Fernandes-Hanf of California, Julie Patterson of New York and Lorilee Schultz of Illinois. Jennifer, Julie, and Lorilee recently joined the board which together with industry partners, allow DGN members to …

Almond Board Announces Exceptional 2024 Almond Leadership Class

The Almond Board of California is proud to announce the Almond Leadership Program class of 2024, a group of 18 exceptional professionals expected to help lead the industry into the future. Bayer Crop Science has sponsored the Almond Leadership Program (ALP) for a number of years and is again the sponsor of this 2024 class of next-generation leaders who were chosen …

A Rewarding Showcase of Skill and Determination at the Napa County Pruning Contest

The Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation (FWF) celebrated its 22nd Annual Napa County Pruning Contest at Beringer’s Gamble Ranch Vineyard on Saturday, February 3.  It was a perfect day as 113 contestants displayed exceptional skill and determination in what is considered the most prestigious competition for Napa Valley’s vineyard professionals. Scoring for the competition is weighted for technique and quality, allowing …

Applications Now Open for Children of Vineyard & Winery Workers Scholarship

The Juan Nevarez Memorial Scholarship, a program designed to support the children of California’s vineyard and winery workers in their pursuit of higher education, is now accepting applications for the upcoming academic year. Scholarships are open to graduating high school seniors or students currently enrolled in junior college, four-year universities, or trade schools. Applicant or applicant’s parent/guardian must be employed …

California Olive Oil Council to Host First In-Person Annual Meeting Since 2019

The California Olive Oil Council (COOC) prepares for its first in-person Annual Member Meeting since 2019. The meeting will occur March 15 – 17, 2024, in Monterey, California. The two-day event will feature presentations from leaders in the industry and industry affiliates as they discuss critical regulatory and research updates, recent marketing efforts, and the momentum of California’s extra virgin …

Ag Council of California Welcomes Intern Lauren Spellman

The Ag Council of California is pleased to welcome a new intern to the team, Lauren Spellman. Lauren grew up in Corcoran, California where her father farms cotton, tomatoes, and pistachios. She is a junior at the University of California, Davis studying environmental science and management with an emphasis in watershed science. After graduation, she plans on becoming an environmental consultant …

Growers Encouraged to Attend February California Avocado Commission Board Meeting

The California Avocado Commission will host its next Board meeting on February 22 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in Ventura County. The meeting will provide California avocado growers with the opportunity to engage with CAC staff and Board, and receive updates on Commission operations, including marketing and industry activities. Growers can attend the meeting in person at the United …

USDA Temporarily Suspends Continuance Referendum Requirement for California Raisins

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is announcing the temporary suspension of the continuance referendum requirement under the federal marketing order regulating the handling of raisins produced from grapes grown in California. This action suspends the continuance referendum requirement while USDA conducts formal rulemaking to amend the marketing order. The suspension will remain in place until Nov. 26, 2029. The final …

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