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USDA California Crop/Weather Report for Week Ending May 22, 2016

Sacramento, Calif., (May 24, 2016)

– 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 corn continues to grow and nitrogen fertilizer is being applied...

CDFA announces adjustment to milk-for-cheese pricing formula

Sacramento, Calif., (May 24, 2016)

– International agricultural leader Bayer established a $200,000 endowment with the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology at Fresno State to support entomology research in the University’s new Jordan Agricultural Research Center...

NRCS Expands Targeted Investment to Combat Climate Change

Davis, Calif., (May 24, 2016)

– Today’s U.S. Senate subcommittee hearing on Western drought legislation should now lead to prompt markup of a bill for consideration by the full Senate, the California Farm Bureau Federation said...

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Tulare County Reports on Current Crop Status

Visalia, Calif., (May 20, 2016)

– 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 corn continues to grow and nitrogen fertilizer is being applied...

Bayer Supports Ag Research with $200,000 Endowment

Fresno, Calif., (May 20, 2016)

– International agricultural leader Bayer established a $200,000 endowment with the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology at Fresno State to support entomology research in the University’s new Jordan Agricultural Research Center...

Farm Bureau urges continued Senate action on drought legislation

Sacramento, Calif., (May 20, 2016)

– Today’s U.S. Senate subcommittee hearing on Western drought legislation should now lead to prompt markup of a bill for consideration by the full Senate, the California Farm Bureau Federation said...

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Kaweah Landowner Outreach Meeting for SGMA, May 23

Visalia, Calif., (May 18, 2016)

– As part of Farm Bureau’s commitment to keeping growers in the know, a sub-basin wide workshop for Kaweah sub-basin landowners will be held in May to provide updates, education, and information on the ongoing work of groundwater management that will soon be impacting local landowners...

Zika Virus and Other Ailments Take Flight (INFOGRAPHIC) Mosquitoes transmit diseases to millions

Davis, Calif., (May 18, 2016)

– ika virus, which has caused thousands of infants in Brazil alone to be born with abnormally small heads and neurological problems during the past year and a half, joins a suite of emerging and long-established diseases transmitted throughout the world by mosquitoes...

New book traces Los Angeles’ transformation from cows to concrete

Los Angeles, Calif., (May 18, 2016)

– After thousands of years as a sparsely populated coastal plain, the Los Angeles Basin underwent two dramatic transformations in the last century and a half, first into an agricultural powerhouse and then into mile upon mile of wall-to-wall American dream homes, shopping centers, freeways, businesses and schools...

USDA California Crop/Weather Report for Week Ending May 15, 2016

Sacramento, Calif., (May 17, 2016)

– Hot and dry weather dominated the State this week as a ridge of high pressure built over the western US. The ridge broke down by the weekend, allowing for cooler temperatures and showers across the northern part of the State...

First-of-its-kind Jordan Agricultural Research Center opens at Fresno State

Fresno, Calif., (May 17, 2016)

– The Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology at Fresno State celebrated the opening of the new Jordan Agricultural Research Center with a ribbon cutting at 9 a.m., Friday, May 13...

Dairymen Join Birders To Help Save The Tricolored Blackbird

Modesto, Calif., (May 17, 2016)

– Late last year the Tricolored Blackbird became a candidate for the California Endangered Species List. The population of the bird mostly native to the Golden State has plummeted making flocks harder and harder to find...

Is Your Farm Subject to APSA?

Sacramento, Calif., (May 16, 2016)

– The Aboveground Petroleum Storage Act (APSA) applies to farms that...

The California State Fair Announces Commercial Chees Competition Winners

Sacramento, Calif., (May 16, 2016)

– Winners have been announced for the 2016 California State Fair Commercial Cheese Competition. A panel of twelve qualified judges tasted and evaluated 169 California cheeses at Cal Expo on May 11, 2016...

Santa Margarita Youth Takes Unique Approach to Leadership

Santa Margarita, Calif., (May 16, 2016)

– It’s no secret that today’s youth feel pressure. Pressure to excel in school, to go to college, to get a job, etc. How they overcome those pressures is a true testament to their character. Take Santa Margarita native Mikaela Jensen for example...

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Tulare County Reports on Current Crop Status

Visalia, Calif., (May 13, 2016)

– Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner released the current status today of major crops in the second most valued county in the California Ag portfolio...

Water Board hosts Fresno workshop; Grower attendance encouraged

Fresno, Calif., (May 13, 2016)

– The State Water Resources Control Board (State Board) is proposing to modify the Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program that was developed and approved by the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board...

Announcement of Vacancy on the Rendering Industry Advisory Board

Sacramento, Calif., (May 13, 2016)

– CDFA will begin accepting applications today from non-profit organizations, California academic institutions and California Resource Conservation Districts for grant funds to provide technical assistance to applicants for grants from the State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP)...

CDFA Announces Recall of Raw Milk and Cream From Organic Pastures Dairy of Fresno County

Sacramento, Calif., (May 11, 2016)

– Raw milk and cream produced by Organic Pastures Dairy of Fresno County with a code date of MAY 18 is the subject of a statewide recall and quarantine order announced by California State Veterinarian Dr. Annette Jones...

Carrot Genome Paints Colorful Picture of Domestication

Davis, Calif., (May 11, 2016)

– Sometimes, the evolutionary history of a species can be found in a fossil record. Other times, DNA and genetic fingerprints replace rocks and imprints...

CDFA Accepting Applications for Grants to Provide Workshops and Technical Assistance for Farmers Participations in the State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP)

Sacramento, Calif., (May 10, 2016)

– CDFA will begin accepting applications today from non-profit organizations, California academic institutions and California Resource Conservation Districts for grant funds to provide technical assistance to applicants for grants from the State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP)...

USDA California Crop/Weather Report for Week Ending May 8, 2016

Sacramento, Calif., (May 10, 2016)

– Temperatures remained near average with a noticeable cool down late in the week as Pacific air surged inland. Lows were in the 10s to 40s in the mountains, 40s to 50s along the coast and across the valley, and 40s to 60s in the desert depending on elevation...

Governor Brown issues order to continue water savings as drought persists

Sacramento, Calif., (May 10, 2016)

– Moving to bolster California’s climate and drought resilience, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued an executive order that builds on temporary statewide emergency water restrictions to establish longer-term water conservation measures, including permanent monthly water use reporting, new permanent water use standards in California communities and bans on clearly wasteful practices such as hosing off sidewalks, driveways and other hardscapes...

CDFA Accepting Applications for Grants to Provide Workshops and Technical Assistance for Farmers Participations in the State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP)

Sacramento, Calif., (May 10, 2016)

– CDFA will begin accepting applications today from non-profit organizations, California academic institutions and California Resource Conservation Districts for grant funds to provide technical assistance to applicants for grants from the State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP)...

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Chief Jason Weller Visits Sonoma County after NRCS Invests $8 Million in Local Land Conservation

Santa Rosa, Calif., (May 9, 2016)

– A regional collaboration of local resource agencies will host a special reception and field tour for the United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS) Chief Jason Weller and USDA-NRCS State Conservationist Carlos Suarez...

Cathy Alameda Named Ag Woman of the Year

Soledad, Calif., (May 9, 2016)

– Cathy Alameda was named the 2016 Agricultural Woman of the Year at the 23rd annual Agricultural Woman of the Year Recognition Luncheon hosted by Ag Against Hunger on April 29, at the Smith Family Wines Paraiso Home Estate in Soledad...

Fire devoured chaparral plots at UC facility to set up a research project

Hopland, Calif., (May 9, 2016)

– Firefighters set two hillsides ablaze at the UC Hopland Research and Extension Center (HREC) in April, sending flames 50 feet into the air while dense, chest-high chaparral was reduced to a moonscape – all in the name of science...

USDA California Crop/Weather Report for Week Ending May 1, 2016

Sacramento, Calif., (May 3, 2016)

– For most of the week a fairly moist air mass resided over the State, which resulted in very little variation in temperatures. Lows were in the 20s to 30s in the mountains, 20s to 50s in the desert, and 40s to 50s along the coast and across the valley...

USDA Unveils New 'Urban Agriculture Toolkit' for Urban Farmers and Agri-business Entrepreneurs

Washington, D.C., (May 3, 2016)

– Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today unveiled the USDA Urban Agriculture Toolkit, a new resource created by USDA's Know Your Farmer team to help entrepreneurs and community leaders successfully create jobs and increase access to healthy food through urban agriculture...

California Leopold Conservation Award® Seeks Nominees

Sacramento, Calif., (May 3, 2016)

– Sand County Foundation, the California Farm Bureau Federation and Sustainable Conservation are accepting applications through July 8 for the $10,000 California Leopold Conservation Award...

SCW Sponsors Guild of Sommeliers’ Top|Somm Competition

Santa Rosa, Calif., (May 2, 2016)

– The Sonoma County Winegrowers were proud to partner with the Guild of Sommeliers for their annual Top|Somm Competition that concluded this weekend in Sonoma County with their championship round...

It's not just climate change: Study finds human activity is a major factor driving wildfires

Sacramento, Calif., (May 2, 2016)

– A new study examining wildfires in California found that human activity explains as much about their frequency and location as climate influences...

Imaging Detects Decay in Bagged Cut Lettuce

Salinas, Calif., (May 2, 2016)

– We all hate buying bagged salad only to find brown edges on the lettuce. Fresh-cut lettuce sold in modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) is a desirable but highly perishable product...

Tulare County Reports on Current Crop Status

Visalia, Calif., (April 29, 2016)

– 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 Winter wheat continues to mature, and is being harvested for silage...

Upcoming Farm Demonstration Visits to Focus on Soil Health

Davis, Calif., (April 29, 2016)

– The week started off warm and dry before a Pacific storm system entered the northwestern United States on Thursday, bringing moisture and cooler weather. During the weekend the cooler temperatures remained for the northern two-thirds of the State...

99th Annual Dinner Celebrates Farm Bureau Leaders

Tulare, Calif., (April 29, 2016)

– The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has selected 129 projects totaling $16 million for the State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP)...

Cal Poly Pomona Announces 2016 Award Winners

Pomona, Calif., (April 25, 2016)

– The College of Agriculture has chosen recipients for its year-end awards...

USDA California Crop/Weather Report for Week Ending April 23, 2016

Sacramento, Calif., (April 26, 2016)

– The week started off warm and dry before a Pacific storm system entered the northwestern United States on Thursday, bringing moisture and cooler weather. During the weekend the cooler temperatures remained for the northern two-thirds of the State...

CDFA Announces 129 Projects Totaling $16 Million for the State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP)

Sacramento, Calif., (April 25, 2016)

– The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has selected 129 projects totaling $16 million for the State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP)...

Cal Poly Pomona Announces 2016 Award Winners

Pomona, Calif., (April 25, 2016)

– The College of Agriculture has chosen recipients for its year-end awards...

An Environmental Update: Dairies and Climate Change

Modesto, Calif., (April 25, 2016)

– The California Air Resources Board (CARB) released a Proposed Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Reduction Strategy a couple of weeks ago. This follows on a draft that was released by CARB last September. Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCPs) include black carbon (soot), methane, and fluorinated gases (refrigerants) and have a larger climate impact than carbon dioxide (CO2) over a shorter time frame...

CDFA Announces 129 Projects Totaling $16 Million for the State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP)

Sacramento, Calif., (April 25, 2016)

– The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has selected 129 projects totaling $16 million for the State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP)...

Tulare County Reports on Current Crop Status

Visalia, Calif., (April 22, 2016)

– 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 Winter wheat continues to mature. Some winter forage is being chopped and cut for silage...

Turtles, Pesticides, and Parks Western Pond Turtles are Exposed to Pesticides in Sequoia National Park

Davis, Calif., (April 22, 2016)

– Western pond turtles in Sequoia National Park and other California remote wildlands have been exposed to an assortment of agricultural and industrial contaminants, according to a study from the National Park Service and the University of California, Davis...

State Water Board to host Fresno workshop

Fresno, Calif., (April 22, 2016)

– The State Water Resources Control Board recently announced two public workshops, including one in Fresno, to hear comment on the proposed order regarding waste discharge requirements (General Order No. R5-2012-0116)...

Tulare County Farm Labor and Agriculture Museum to host special event April 24

Tulare, Calif., (April 21, 2016)

– Tulare County Museum’s Main Street exhibit has been closed for almost a decade, on Sunday, April 24 it will be brought to life again during the Main Street Jamboree. Tulare County’s largest museum will host a walk down memory lane for visitors that remember the Main Street exhibit complete with a general store, doctor’s office, dentist’s office, and barber shop...

California Agriculture Contributes Record Amount of Farm Products to Food Banks

Oakland, Calif., (April 21, 2016)

– The California Association of Food Banks’ Farm to Family program received a record 150 million pounds of donated produce in 2015 from farmers, ranchers, packers and shippers dedicated to helping their communities...

Youth Leadership Applications due, May 1

Tulare, Calif., (April 21, 2016)

– Calling all high school sophomores, Tulare County Farm Bureau's Youth Leadership program applications are now available. Visit the Tulare County Farm Bureau (TCFB) website at www.tulcofb.org to apply online or contact the Farm Bureau office at 559-732-8301 for an application...

Farms that Grow Groundwater – from the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC)

Davis, Calif., (April 20, 2016)

– Farmers use the lion’s share of California’s groundwater, but they also do the most to rebuild depleted reserves of this critically important water source. We talked to Graham Fogg—a groundwater expert at UC Davis and a member of the PPIC Water Policy Center research network—about farmland groundwater recharge...

USDA Seeks Feedback From California and Nevada Growers About 2016 Crops, Stocks, Inventories, Values

Sacramento, Calif., (April 20, 2016)

– During the next several weeks, U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will conduct two major mid-year surveys, the June Agricultural Survey and the June Area Survey. The agency will survey 2,327 farmers and ranchers across California and Nevada to determine crop production and supplies levels in 2016...

Cal Poly Exceeds State’s Order for 25 Percent Water Reduction

San Luis Obispo, Calif., (April 20, 2016)

– Cal Poly surpassed Gov. Jerry Brown’s call for a 25 percent reduction in water use by 2016...

USDA California Crop Weather Report for Week Ending April 17, 2016

Sacramento, Calif., (April 19, 2016)

– Temperatures averaged 3 to 6 degrees above normal for the week. Lows were in the 20s to 40s in the mountains except at the highest elevations which occasionally dropped into the teens or even single digits, 30s to 50s along the coast and across the valley, and 30s to 60s in the desert...

Sonoma County Winegrowers Expand Sustainability Certification Options to Include Fish Friendly Farming

Sonoma, Calif., (April 19, 2016)

– As Earth Day nears, Sonoma County Winegrowers is proud to announce today that the Fish Friendly Farming (FFF) Environmental Certification Program is now an accepted option under the region’s globally recognized Sonoma County Sustainable Program...

Sustainable grape production and precision viticulture

Fresno, Calif., (April 19, 2016)

– The California State Fair is proud to announce the Best of Show winner for the Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition -- KATZ, Organic Chef’s Pick Extra Virgin Olive Oil...

Agroecology, internationally and at home

Davis, Calif., (April 11, 2016)

– For many years, a key international strategy to ending hunger has been to grow more food: push for higher yields, develop ways for farmers to intensify their farming, focus on technologies that drive both...

USDA California Crop/Weather Report for Week Ending April 10, 2016

Sacramento, Calif., (April 11, 2016)

– Sand County Foundation, the California Farm Bureau Federation and Sustainable Conservation are accepting applications through July 8 for the $10,000 California Leopold Conservation Award...

USDA announces record growth in organic producers

Washington, D. C., (April 6, 2016)

– The California State Fair is proud to announce the Best of Show winner for the Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition -- KATZ, Organic Chef’s Pick Extra Virgin Olive Oil...

California USDA Crop/Weather Report for Week Ending April 3, 2016

Sacramento, Calif., (April 6, 2016)

- Rainfall was sparse during the week with most totals below a quarter of an inch. Monday through Wednesday saw scattered rain showers across portions of the State with scattered snow showers in the Sierras...

Fresno County Farm Bureau issues statement on water supply for County's federal water contractors - Statement by CEO Ryan Jacobsen:

Fresno, Calif., (April 6, 2016)

– Sand County Foundation, the California Farm Bureau Federation and Sustainable Conservation are accepting applications through July 8 for the $10,000 California Leopold Conservation Award...

USDA announces record growth in organic producers

Washington, D. C., (April 6, 2016)

– The California State Fair is proud to announce the Best of Show winner for the Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition -- KATZ, Organic Chef’s Pick Extra Virgin Olive Oil...

Statement issued on water supply for County's federal water contractors

Fresno, Calif., (April 5, 2016)

– The announcement of a five percent water allocation for Fresno County's West side federal water contractors and a 30 percent allocation for Friant users is despicable. It illustrates the degree of mismanagement and inconsistency by the federal government in operating the Central Valley Project...

California Leopold Conservation Award Seeks Nominees

San Francisco, Calif., (April 5, 2016)

– Sand County Foundation, the California Farm Bureau Federation and Sustainable Conservation are accepting applications through July 8 for the $10,000 California Leopold Conservation Award...

California State Fair Honors the Best of the California Olive Oil Industry

Sacramento, Calif., (April 5, 2016)

– The California State Fair is proud to announce the Best of Show winner for the Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition -- KATZ, Organic Chef’s Pick Extra Virgin Olive Oil...

CALIFORNIA STATE FAIR ANNOUNCES RECIPIENTS OF PRESTIGIOUS 2016 AWARDS

Sacramento, Calif., (April 4, 2016)

– The California State Fair has announced the recipients of its prestigious awards, including Agriculturalist of the Year. The State Fair annually recognizes the accomplishments and service of key individuals or organizations through a series of awards that are publicly recognized and honored at the Friends of the California State Fair Gala...

CDQAP Stewardship Classes for Dairy Producers, set for April 6-7

Hanford, Calif., (April 4, 2016)

– Free classes are the first step for producers seeking CDQAP certification...

How one farmer’s invention is reducing postharvest losses around the world

Davis, Calif., (April 4, 2016)

– In many developing countries, more than half of all fruits and vegetables are never eaten, but instead are lost, damaged or spoiled after harvest...

USDA California Crop/Weather Report for Week Ending March 27, 2016

Sacramento, Calif., (March 29, 2016)

– It was a warmer than normal week, with temperatures averaging 2 to 4 degrees above normal in the north and central portions of the State and 4 to 8 degrees above normal in the southern region. Lows in the mountains were 0s – 30s based on elevation, 20s to 60s in the desert, 30s to 50s in valley, and 40s along the coast...

State Holds Workshops on Fumigant Pesticide Notification

Sacramento, Calif., (March 29, 2016)

– The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) will hold two workshops to hear ideas from various stakeholder groups on how to notify residents living around agricultural fields, when certain types of pesticides, known as fumigants, are applied...

Join UC Davis Viticulture and Enology on the road in Mendocino County!

Hopeland, Calif., (March 29, 2016)

– Catch up with the latest information on frost protection, irrigation and how your vineyard site affects wine character...

New walnut variety ‘Durham’ released

Davis, Calif., (March 28, 2016)

– The UC Davis Walnut Breeding Program has recently released a new walnut variety, ‘Durham’...

Farm Groups Join to Oppose UFW Safe Harbor Exclusion Clause in Piece-rate Bill

Irvine, Calif., (March 28, 2016)

– Western Growers and the California Fresh Fruit Association will file a friend-of-the-court brief supporting a lawsuit challenging provisions of a new law that provides a safe harbor from class action lawsuits to employers who make back payment to piece-rate employees. ..

California food choices won’t save much drought water, researchers find

Davis, Calif., (March 28, 2016)

– Can you help fight the California drought by consuming only foods and beverages that require minimal water to produce?..

USDA farm-to-school programs invest nearly $800 million in local economies

Sacramento, Calif., (March 17, 2016)

– Schools across the United States purchased $789 million in local foods from farmers, ranchers, fishermen, and food processors and manufacturers in school year 2013 – 2014, according to results from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm to School Census released today...

Kings County Farm Bureau endorses California Water 4 All ballot initiative

Hanford, Calif., (March 17, 2016)

– The Kings County Farm Bureau (KCFB) board of directors voted unanimously to support the Water Priorities Initiative, a ballot measure intended to restore balance and certainty to California's water supply. ..

Cal Poly Pomona’s College of Agriculture to Honor Produce Innovator Karen Caplan

Pomona, Calif., (March 17, 2016)

– The president and CEO of an Orange County specialty produce firm is the College of Agriculture’s recipient of the 2016 Jim Hicks Agricultural Achievement Award...

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University to Remember Agricultural Alumnus Ron Metzler

Fresno, Calif., (March 9, 2016)

– Fresno State will host a celebration of life event to honor Ronald Metzler, a well-respected Fresno State alumnus and supporter, at 2 p.m. Saturday March 12, at the Department of Viticulture and Enology (2360 E. Barstow Ave.)...

Invasive superweed Johnsongrass is the target of a new nationwide research effort

Parleir, Calif., (March 9, 2016)

– A team of researchers has received a $5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to find new ways to combat Johnsongrass, one of the most widespread and troublesome agricultural weeds in the world...

Salinas to Host AgTech Meet-Up

Salinas, Calif., (March 9, 2016)

– As part of its effort to build an ecosystem for Agtech business development, the City of Salinas Economic Development Department is co-organizing an Agtech Meet-up on Tuesday, March 15 at the National Steinbeck Center, from 6-8 p.m...

Tulare County Reports on Current Crop Status

Visalia, Calif., (March 4, 2016)

– 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 Winter forage crops continue to grow well with this week’s continued warmer weather...

Cal Poly Pomona’s “Spring Harvest” Farm to Table Dinner to Feature Student-Grown Food

Pamona, Calif., (March 4, 2016)

– Farm fresh food grown and raised by students at Cal Poly Pomona is on the menu Saturday, April 9, for the 2nd Annual Spring Harvest dinner...

NRCS Continues Financial Assistance to Protect Calleguas Creek Watershed

Ventura, Calif., (March 4, 2016)

– Running a small-scale farm or ranch isn't easy; it requires hard-learned skills, innovative marketing and a supportive community...

Fresno County Department of Agriculture Crop Report for the Month Ending Monday, February 29, 2016

Fresno, Calif., (March 3, 2016)

- Winter plantings of barley, forage, oat, wheat, and small grains grew very well due to the last rain followed by warm weather; some fields showed seed heads...

NRCS Continues Financial Assistance to Protect Salt River Watershed

Humboldt, Calif., (March 3, 2016)

- The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in California will again offer continued financial assistance to agricultural producers to improve water quality in the Salt River Watershed...

Farmers learn, connect, tour and taste in Sacramento

Sacramento, Calif., (March 3, 2016)

– Running a small-scale farm or ranch isn't easy; it requires hard-learned skills, innovative marketing and a supportive community...

California’s delta: On the front lines of the state’s water issues

Sacramento, Calif., (March 2, 2016)

– On June 3, 2004, a small trickle of water started to flow through a levee on the Jones Tract, a patch of farmland west of Stockton that sits below sea level. Of California's 27 million acres of irrigated croplands, the tract's 12,000 acres weren't exactly at the forefront of anyone's mind...

Jordan College Students Take Honors at Plant Science Conferences

Fresno, Calif., (March 2, 2016)

– Eight Fresno State plant science students were honored with awards for their research in competitions at annual conferences in California and Puerto Rico...

Sacramento Strategy Update to Western’s Valued Members

Modesto, Calif., (March 2, 2016)

– Recently, Western United Dairymen (WUD) hired a new team of standout individuals in the state capitol to facilitate the common interests of the dairy farmer. Working diligently since January 1st, significant messaging achievements have been set and accomplished, namely in setting up a better offense for the California dairy farmer versus defense tactics only...

USDA California Crop/Weather Report for Week Ending February 28, 2016

Sacramento, Calif., (March 1, 2016)

– An annual experiment to “plant” salmon in Yolo County rice fields aims to better explain how floodplains support strong salmon populations...

Early detection to prevent invasive pests – National Invasive Species Awareness Week

Davis, Calif., (March 1, 2016) – Davis, Calif., (March 1, 2016)

– Many people have heard the well-publicized admonitions to “Buy it where you burn it” or “Don't pack a pest!” ...

Community Produce Stand opens March 2 in East Oakland

Oakland, Calif., (March 1, 2016)

– UC Davis is partnering in a global plant-breeding consortium that is fighting malnutrition and poverty in Africa by improving the traditional crops of the continent...

‘Nigiri Project’ mixing salmon and rice fields now in fifth year

Davis, Calif., (February 29, 2016)

– An annual experiment to “plant” salmon in Yolo County rice fields aims to better explain how floodplains support strong salmon populations...

The “Iron Wolf” and whole orchard recycling – from the California Almond Board

Davis, Calif., (February 29, 2016)

– California almond growers are examining new ways to deal with tree biomass produced by the removal of old orchards other than cogeneration burning...

Forgotten Crops May Hold Key to Nutritional Security

Davis, Calif., (February 29, 2016)

– UC Davis is partnering in a global plant-breeding consortium that is fighting malnutrition and poverty in Africa by improving the traditional crops of the continent...

Tulare County Reports on Current Crop Status

Visalia, Calif., (February 26, 2016)

– 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 winter forage crops continue to grow well with this week’s continued warmer weather. Dry land grain fields continue to benefit from the recent rains, and growers continue to be optimistic for a good return this year. As always more rain is needed...

Fresno State plant science professor receives national outstanding teacher award

Fresno, Calif., (February 26, 2016)

– Fresno State plant science professor Dr. Anil Shrestha received the Weed Science Society of America’s Outstanding Teacher Award at its national conference Feb. 9 in San Juan, Puerto Rico...

Secretary Ross editorial on Climate Smart Agriculture – from the UC’s “California Agriculture”

Sacramento, Calif., (February 26, 2016)

– California is the nation’s leading agricultural state, with 76,400 farms producing more than 400 commodities with a farm-gate value of $54 billion. The mission of the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is to promote and protect agriculture...

Countdown to WUD’s Annual Convention March 16-17, Rohnert Park Onto Greener Pastures

Rohnert Park, Calif., (February 25, 2016)

– Do not miss out for this year’s Western United Dairyman Annual Convention on March 16-17, 2016. There is an agenda full of Fun and learning...

Congratulations to Our Graduating Class of Dairy Leaders

Modesto, Calif., (February 25, 2016)

– The Dairy Leaders Program consists of regular classes to study challenges affecting dairy producers in today’s industry. Topics include...

Experts converge in March to discuss human-wildlife conflict resolution

Newport Beach, Calif., (February 25, 2016)

– Wildlife and people have been in the news lately. Perhaps you've heard of coyotes wandering in urban neighborhoods. You might have also read why you shouldn't feed wildlife...

The “Iron Wolf” and whole orchard recycling – from the California Almond Board

Davis, Calif., (February 24, 2016)

– California almond growers are examining new ways to deal with tree biomass produced by the removal of old orchards other than cogeneration burning. While sending the biomass to cogeneration converts the wood to electricity, returning the wood back to the soil would return the nutrients and energy back to the soil ecosystem...

Ponciano Ramirez Wins 17h Annual Sonoma County Pruning Championship

Santa Rosa, Calif., (February 24, 2016)

– The Sonoma County Winegrowers are proud to recognize Ponciano Ramirez of Vimark Vineyards for winning first place honors at the 17th annual Sonoma County Pruning Championship held on Friday, February 12 at Shone Farms, a certified sustainable vineyard owned by the Santa Rosa Junior College...

Frerichs to oversee UC ANR government affairs and community relations

Davis, Calif., (February 24, 2016)

– Lucas Frerichs has joined UC Agriculture and Natural Resources as government affairs and community relations manager. On Wednesday evening, local community leaders helped UC ANR welcome Frerichs to UC ANR's office at 2801 Second Street in Davis...

Fresno State plant science prof receives national outstanding teacher award

Fresno, Calif., (February 18, 2016

– Fresno State plant science professor Dr. Anil Shrestha received the Weed Science Society of America’s Outstanding Teacher Award at its national conference Feb. 9 in San Juan, Puerto Rico...

US Chamber of Commerce joins USDA in push to enlist veterans in agriculture

Washington, D. C., (February 18, 2016)

– The USDA has announced a joint agreement with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to increase employment opportunities in the agricultural sector for military veterans and their spouses...

USDA, partners to invest $720 million in conservation projects across country, including California

Washington, D. C., (February 18, 2016)

– The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and partners across the nation together will direct up to $720 million towards 84 conservation projects that will help communities improve water quality, combat drought, enhance soil health, support wildlife habitat and protect agricultural viability...

USDA California Crop/Weather Report for Week Ending February 14, 2016

Sacramento, Calif., (February 17, 2016)

– Warm, dry weather prevailed across the state during the week. For the week, temperatures averaged 5 to 14 degrees warmer than normal. Temperatures in coastal areas were 7 to 10 degrees above normal and were 7 to 9 degrees above normal in the far Southeast...

Record-Breaking 49th Annual World Ag Expo Comes to a Close

Tulare, Calif., (February 17, 2016)

– Thursday, February 11, 2016, marked the final day of the three-day show, World Ag Expo. The 49th annual show, which was held at the International Agri-Center in Tulare, California, opened Tuesday, February 9, at 9:00 a.m...

Preliminary Crush Report for Sonoma County Confirm Wine Community’s Expectations

Santa Rosa, Calif., (February 17, 2016)

– According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Preliminary Crush Report, Crush District 3 (comprised of Sonoma and Marin Counties) experienced a lower tonnage harvest year in 2015 than in the previous three banner years of 2012-2014...

California secures more than $12 million in USDA invasive species funding

Sacramento, Calif., (February 16, 2016)

– The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has allocated $58.25 million from Section 10007 of the 2014 Farm Bill. This money will support 434 projects that prevent the introduction or spread of plant pests and diseases that threaten U.S. agriculture and the environment and ensure the availability of a healthy supply of clean plant stock in the United States...

Vintners & Growers creates Rich Smith Research Fund

Monterey, Calif., (February 16, 2016)

– The Monterey County Vintners & Growers Association (MCVGA) is proud to announce the establishment of the Rich Smith Memorial Research Fund in celebration of the life and extraordinary accomplishments of Richard Smith...

Sonoma County Front and Center During San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl

Santa Rosa, Calif., (February 16, 2016)

– Over the course of nine days more than 20,000 glasses of wine were poured at the Taste of Sonoma Lounge and throughout Super Bowl City. Throughout the week, 55 Sonoma County wineries offered more than 150 different wines to showcase the diversity of Sonoma Wine Country...

USDA awards $20 million in grants for huanglongbing research

Washington, D. C., (February 10, 2016)

– The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded $20.1 million in grants to university researchers for research and extension projects to help citrus producers fight Huanglongbing (HLB), commonly known as citrus greening disease...

Registration open for Spray Safe event

Ventura, Calif., (February 10, 2016)

– Karen Ross, secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture, will deliver the keynote address March 2 at the fifth Spray Safe event in Ventura...

Cost estimates for growing romaine hearts and organic spinach released

Davis, Calif., (February 10, 2016)

– Two new studies on the costs and returns of growing romaine hearts and organic spinach have been released by UC Agriculture and Natural Resources' Agricultural Issues Center...

University Announces $2 Million Endowment for Livestock Judging Team

Sacramento, Calif., (February 9, 2016)

– The weather shifted from a cool, moist, wintry trend to a warmer and dry spring-like one. For the week temperatures averaged 1 to 4 degrees cooler than normal. Temperatures in coastal areas were near normal and were 5 to 7 degrees below normal in the far Southeast...

Malaysian Fruit Fly Quarantine in Portion of Los Angeles County

Sacramento, Calif., (February 9, 2016)

- A portion of Los Angeles County has been placed under quarantine for the Malaysian fruit fly (Bactrocera latifrons) following the detection of two adult female fruit flies in one trap in the Westchester area. This is the first quarantine for this pest in the history of the continental United States. The USDA, the Los Angeles County Agricultural Commissioner, and CDFA are working collaboratively with residents on this project...

The UC Pest Management Guidelines just got spicier!

Davis, Calif., (February 9, 2016)

– Whether or not your favorite team is playing in Sunday's big game, the Super Bowl is often a great excuse to gather with friends and family and enjoy some tasty treats. Maybe your favorite snack involves chips with salsa or guacamole, or perhaps you prefer shrimp with a delicious avocado dip. Whatever your snack of choice, chances are that you might spice it up with a little cilantro or parsley...

University Announces $2 Million Endowment for Livestock Judging Team

Fresno, Calif., (February 8, 2015)

– In the past three years about 70 alumni, friends and organizations have donated more than $2 million to the Ag One Foundation to support Fresno State’s Livestock Judging Team. The first donor to this effort was alumnus, farmer and businessman Marvin Meyers...

Zoldoske Named Execututive Director of Water Initiatives on Campus

Fresno, Calif., (February 8, 2016)

– Dr. David Zoldoske, director of the Fresno State Center for Irrigation Technology, was elevated to executive director of water initiatives at Fresno State and will help guide the University in water technology, water resource management and policy...

Monterey County Annual Crop Report Survey Reminder

Monterey, Calif., (February 8, 2016)

– The Monterey County Agricultural Commissioner's Office produces an annual Crop Report of crop production, acreage and value of the agricultural products of Monterey County. The release of this annual publication receives substantial media attention and is utilized throughout the state by numerous industries, agencies, and institutions...

California State Fair Farm Opens 2016 Registration for School tours

Sacramento, Calif., (February 3, 2016)

– The California State Fair Farm School Tours are now open for 2016 registration. The tours are intended to increase interest in food production and academic/career opportunities available in California’s agriculture industry...

Come Join us at the Sutter-Yuba-Colusa Walnut Day

Yuba City, Calif., (February 3, 2016)

– The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) will honor four organizations for finding a variety of ways to manage and solve pest problems while reducing the use of chemical pesticides. The annual Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Innovator Awards are the department's highest honor...

UC Davis experts evaluate water year, so far

Davis, Calif., (February 3, 2016)

– January 2016 (was) much wetter than the previous Januaries during this drought. Precipitation is modestly above average, as is snowpack, and climatic conditions remain promising...

USDA California Crop/Weather Report

Sacramento, Calif., (February 2, 2016)

– Temperatures were warmer and more uniform early in the week as dry conditions prevailed. Temperatures dipped 10 degrees by the weekend as a trough deepened over the western United States. Lows in the mountains ranged from 10 to 30 degrees, 30s to 40s in the valley, 40s along the coast, and 30s to 50s in the desert based on elevation...

California Honors Four Groups for Pest Management

Sacramento, Calif., (February 2, 2016)

– The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) will honor four organizations for finding a variety of ways to manage and solve pest problems while reducing the use of chemical pesticides. The annual Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Innovator Awards are the department's highest honor...

Oakdale Area Added to Asian Citrus Psyllid Quarantine in Stanislaus County

Sacramento, Calif., (February 2, 2016)

– A new portion of Stanislaus County has been placed under quarantine for the Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) following the detection of one ACP within the City of Oakdale. The quarantine zone measures 133 square miles, bordered on the north by E Sonora Road; on the south by Milnes Road; on the west by Stanislaus County Boundary; and on the east by Oakdale Irrigation District South Main Canal...

Flooding Farms in the Rain to Restore Groundwater

Davis, Calif., (February 1, 2016)

– The Central Valley sky was a never-ending expanse of gray. Not a single pixel of blue in sight. Under it, UC Davis scientists were flooding a Modesto almond orchard with half a foot of water. On purpose. In the pouring rain...

California Agricultural Mediation Program a new resource to help farmers resolve problems

Sacramento, Calif., (February 1, 2016)

– Farmers and ranchers are a self-reliant group. They can tune and service tractor engines, repair irrigation systems, and find a way to fix all kinds of broken farm equipment. But there are other kinds of problems they face where they can use some outside assistance – issues with loans, creditors, and USDA agencies...

UCCE to show whole almond trees being ground up and incorporated into soil on Feb. 16

Davis, Calif., (February 1, 2016)

– When an orchard is removed for replanting, the trees are usually uprooted, chipped and hauled to a biomass plant. However, burning the wood in a cogeneration plant removes carbon from the orchard and biomass plants are becoming fewer and farther from farms...

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Tulare County Reports on Current Crop Status

Visalia, Calif., (January 29, 2016)

– 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 winter forage crops continue to grow well. This week’s rain was very light if any, and allowed soils to dry a bit allowing more field activity...

Ag statistics for 2014 show trends for farm sales, exports

Sacramento, Calif., (January 29, 2016)

– In 2014, the most recent year for which a full crop-year report is available, California’s 76,400 farms and ranches received approximately $54 billion for their output...

State Water Project Allocation Boosted Early Winter Storms Promising, but State Remains in Drought

Sacramento, Calif., (January 29, 2016)

– With winter storms slowly boosting water supply, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) today increased its water delivery estimate for most recipients from 10 percent of requests for the calendar year, as announced in December, to 15 percent...

State Board of Food and Agriculture to Discuss California’s Organic Program on February 2 in Sacramento

Sacramento, Calif., (January 28, 2016)

- The California State Board of Food and Agriculture will bring together federal and state officials as well as organic stakeholders to discuss California’s state organic program (SOP) on Tuesday, February 2, 2016 in Sacramento...

IN MEMORIAM: Jim Beutel, Retired Pomologist

Davis, Calif., (January 28, 2016)

– James A. “Jim” Beutel, a UC Davis pomologist who battled a devastating virus in a well-established fruit and helped in introducing two new fruits to California, died Dec. 28 at the age of 88 at a Vacaville hospital...

Why we need a finger on the pulse of these California crops

Sacramento, Calif., (January 28, 2016)

– Do you have your “finger on the pulse” of foods that pack a powerful nutritious punch and trending globally? Then you may know that the United Nations has declared 2016 as The International Year of Pulses...

New grants allow for produce safety research and consumer education

Fresno, Calif., (January 27, 2016)

– Two grants were awarded to Fresno State’s Food Science and Nutrition Department for produce safety research and consumer education, the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology announced...

CDFA Announces Vacancy on Shell Egg Advisory Committee

Sacramento, Calif., (January 27, 2016)

– The California Department of Food and Agriculture, Meat, Poultry and Egg Safety Branch, Egg Safety and Quality Management (ESQM) program is announcing a vacancy on the Shell Egg Advisory Committee (SEAC)...

New Grants Allow for Produce Safety Research and Consumer Education

Fresno, Calif., (January 27, 2016)

– Two grants were awarded to Fresno State’s Food Science and Nutrition Department for produce safety research and consumer education, the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology announced...

USDA California Crop/Weather Report

Sacramento, Calif., (January 26, 2016)

- For most of the State last week, temperatures averaged 5 to 9 degrees above normal, except in the south where temperatures dipped 2 to 4 degrees below normal. Lows were in the 10s to 30s in the mountains, 30s to 40s in the valley and desert, and 40s to 50s along the coast...

Asian Citrus Psyllid Quarantine in Fresno County

Sacramento, Calif., (January 26, 2016)

- A new portion of Fresno County has been placed under quarantine for the Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) following the detection of one ACP within the City of Fresno. The quarantine zone measures 97 square miles, bordered on the north by W Alluvial Avenue; on the south by W North Avenue;

Sonoma County Winegrowers Win Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award

Santa Rosa, Calif., (January 26, 2016)

– Nearly two years ago to the day that Sonoma County Winegrowers announced a goal to become the nation’s first 100% sustainable winegrowing region, the organization has been recognized with California’s highest environmental honor – the Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA)...

Winegrowers and cattle ranchers shine at Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Awards

Sacramento, Calif., (January 25, 2016)

– Each year Governor Brown sponsors GEELA, the Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Awards, which recognize individuals and organizations for exceptional achievements in conservation and environmental stewardship. It is the state’s highest environmental honor...

From the California Department of Pest Regulations Director Brian R. Leahy

Sacramento, Calif., (January 25, 2016)

– Hello and Happy New Year! This update is to give you a sense of some of the major issues the Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) is working on this year...

Federal Funding Available to Address Tree Mortality on Private Forestlands

Davis, Calif., (January 25, 2015)

– The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in California has launched an initiative to assist private forestland owners address tree mortality and other drought-related damage to improve forest health...

Secretaries of the Navy, Agriculture Launch Deployment of Great Green Fleet

Coronado, Calif., (January 21, 2016)

– Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack kicked off the Great Green Fleet with the deployment of the USS John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group (JCS CSG) during a ceremony at Naval Air Station North Island...

Brazilian Delegation to Tour Fresno State, Attend Ag Workshop

Fresno, Calif., (January 21, 2015)

– The Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Fresno State will host an agricultural technology delegation from Brazil beginning at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20, as part of the Lyles Global Innovation Academy...

Farm Bureau Awards FFA Jackets to Local Students

Tulare, Calif., (January 21, 2016)

– California air quality should get a boost from farmers using lower emission harvesting equipment, according to USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in California. Beginning in 2016, the agency is offering a new incentive option for almond and walnut farmers (and potentially others) to use cleaner harvesting technology...

USDA California Crop/Weather Report for Week Ending January 17, 2016

Sacramento, Calif., (January 20, 2016)

– Temperatures started off cool but warmed up throughout last week. Temperatures averaged 3 to 6 degrees warmer than normal in the northern and central parts of the State and 1 to 3 degrees below normal in the south...

Sonoma County Winegrowers Release 2nd Annual Sustainability Report Documenting Impressive Progress Towards 100% Goal

Santa Rosa, Calif., (January 20, 2016)

– As Sonoma County’s reputation around the world as a leader in sustainability continues to grow, the march towards its 100% goal picked up major momentum in 2015, according to the findings released in the Sonoma County Winegrowers’ 2nd Annual Sustainability Report...

New air quality incentives from USDA NRCS for nut farmers to utilize low-emission harvesters

Sacramento, Calif., (January 20, 2015)

– California air quality should get a boost from farmers using lower emission harvesting equipment, according to USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in California. Beginning in 2016, the agency is offering a new incentive option for almond and walnut farmers (and potentially others) to use cleaner harvesting technology...

White House Calls for Initiative to Advance Ag Research

Washington, D. C., (January 19, 2016)

- As the global population continues to grow, increasing to a projected nine billion people by 2050, demand for food and other agricultural products will increase. This demand must be met even as climate change compounds issues such as soil loss, pest and pathogen damage, and land and water availability...

New Air Quality Incentives for Nut Farmers to Adopt Low-Emission Harvesters

Davis, Calif., (January 19, 2016)

– California air quality should get a boost from farmers using lower emission harvesting equipment, according to USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in California...

Tricolored Blackbird Update

Modesto, Calif., (January 19, 2015)

– Winter is typically lambing season on Northern California sheep ranches - a perilous time of year. Baby lambs are vulnerable prey for wildlife like coyotes, mountain lions and bears...

Newly identified enzyme may be the culprit in Pierce’s disease grapevine damage

Davis, Calif., (January 18, 2016)

– UC Davis plant scientists have identified an enzyme that appears to play a key role in the insect-transmitted bacterial infection of grapevines with Pierce’s disease, which annually costs California’s grape and wine industries more than $100 million...

International experts to discuss water pricing Feb. 2-3 in Sacramento

Sacramento, Calif., (January 18, 2015)

– Although rain has begun falling in California after four years of drought, living with limited water is the new normal for Californians, according to University of California water experts...

Research can help Californians live safely with wildlife

Hopland, Calif., (January 18, 2016)

– The Tricolored Blackbird was once again on the California Fish and Game Commission’s agenda this past December, and again it was due to a petition from the Center for Biological Diversity, which asked the Commission to add the bird to the state’s Endangered Species List...

Asian Citrus Psyllid Quarantine 2016 Update

Sacramento, Calif., (January 13, 2016)

– Agricultural officials and citrus farmers continue to work with California residents and other stakeholders to control the spread of the Asian citrus psyllid (ACP), a citrus pest of grave concern because it can spread a devastating disease that is fatal to citrus trees – huanglongbing (HLB), also known as citrus greening...

Information Needed for 2015 Crop Report

Fresno, Calif., (January 13, 2015)

– The 2015 crop report survey letters were mailed out on December 31, 2015. The return of the surveys would be appreciated before February 28, 2016...

Tulare County Annual Farm Bureau Calendar Art Contest Seeking Entries

Tulare, Calif., (January 13, 2016)

– Calling all young artists! Farm Bureau’s 2016 Calendar Art Contest theme is “Tulare County Agriculture From the Farm to You.” Winning entries will be printed in a 12-month full color calendar distributed to schools throughout the county recognizing the winning entries and honorable mentions...

USDA California Crop Weather Report for Week Ending January 10, 2016

Sacramento, Calif., (January 12, 2016)

– Temperatures for the week averaged 1 to 3 degrees above normal in the north and 1 to 3 degrees below normal in the east and south. Lows reached single digits in the mountains, 20s in the east, and 40s in the central valley and south coast. High temperatures were mostly 40s in the north, 50s in the central region, and 60s in the south...

USDA awards $3 million for robotics research – more than $1 million for California

Washington, D. C., (January 12, 2015)

– The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has announced $3 million in grants to advance the use of co-robots that benefit and assist stakeholders in America’s production agriculture field. These three grants are part of the National Robotics Initiative (NRI), a federal research partnership that includes NIFA, the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Department of Defense, and Department of Energy...

Two Rock Elementary Teaches the Importance of Agriculture

Petaluma, Calif., (January 11, 2016)

– The Two Rock Elementary School’s 158 students have two teachers and one principal who are devoted to teaching students about agriculture. Pat Godoski is the school’s fifth grade teacher and Jan Brogan teaches sixth grade...

Governor Brown’s budget invests in Climate Smart Agriculture

Sacramento, Calif., (January 11, 2016)

– Governor Brown’s proposed budget for 2016-2017 would provide a total of $485 million to CDFA for its mission to promote and protect agriculture, including appropriations for invasive species programs, food safety and security programs, drought analysis and response, a new program to address antibiotic use in livestock, a new licensing program for medical cannabis, and greater investment in a vitally important direction for our state – climate smart agriculture...

CDFA Awards More than $240 Million to Support Agricultural Education Through the California Agricultural License Plate Program

Sacramento, Calif., (January 11, 2015)

– The Wine vs. Beer Showdown, Kings County Farm Bureau’s largest annual fundraiser, is coming up on Thursday, Jan. 21. This popular event gives guests the opportunity to enjoy samples from California wineries, breweries and local restaurants while catching up with friends and raising money to support Farm Bureau programs...

Two Rock Elementary Teaches the Importance of Agriculture

Petaluma, Calif., (January 11, 2016)

– The Two Rock Elementary School’s 158 students have two teachers and one principal who are devoted to teaching students about agriculture. Pat Godoski is the school’s fifth grade teacher and Jan Brogan teaches sixth grade. ..

Tulare County Reports on Current Crop Status

Visalia, Calif., (January 8, 2016)

– 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 winter grains and field crops continue to benefit from this week’s ongoing precipitation...

Wine vs. Beer Showdown Coming up on January 21

Hanford, Calif., (January 8, 2016)

– The Wine vs. Beer Showdown, Kings County Farm Bureau’s largest annual fundraiser, is coming up on Thursday, Jan. 21. This popular event gives guests the opportunity to enjoy samples from California wineries, breweries and local restaurants while catching up with friends and raising money to support Farm Bureau programs...

Land for Future Generations - Jim and Betty Doerksen Choose to Leave their Legacy with LandPaths

Santa Rosa, Calif., (January 8, 2016)

– Jim Doerksen described his decision to sell his 124 acre ag preserve to LandPaths as selfish. With no children to inherit the land after Doerksen and his wife Betty both pass, he knew the best way for the land to stay in agriculture and educate children about nature would be with LandPaths...

USDA Declares Drought Assistance for Counties across California

Sacramento, Calif., (January 7, 2016)

– The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on Dec. 23 designated 12 counties in California as primary natural disaster areas, tied to damages and losses caused by a drought from Jan. 2, 2015 to the present...

Cal Poly Float Wins Lathrop K. Leishman Trophy at 2016 Rose Parade

Pasadena, Calif., (January 7, 2016)

– Cal Poly universities’ “Sweet Shenanigans,” featuring a sleuth of larger-than-life gummy bears enjoying a snow day in a multi-flavored ice cream wonderland of cones, lollipops and sundaes, received the Lathrop K. Leishman Trophy for the most beautiful non-commercial entry at the 127th Tournament of Roses Parade held New Year’s Day...

CDFA Announces Vacancies on California Invasive Species Advisory Committee

Sacramento, Calif., (January 7, 2016)

– The California Department of Food and Agriculture, on behalf of the Invasive Species Council of California (ISCC), seeks to appoint six (6) members to the California Invasive Species Advisory Committee (CISAC)...

Fresno County Department of Agriculture Crop Report for the Month Ending Thursday, December 31, 2015

Fresno, Calif., (January 6, 2016)

– Recent rains gave favorable growth to fall and winter plantings of barley, oat, and wheat. Some grain fields were treated with herbicides. Straw was harvested and shipped to various users...

Asian Citrus Psyllid detected in city of Fresno

Fresno, Calif., (January 6, 2016)

- The Fresno County Agricultural Commissioner's Office announced that a single Asian Citrus Psyllid (ACP) was found in the city of Fresno, near Clinton Avenue and Highway 99...

EPA Releases the First of Four Preliminary Risk Assessments for Insecticides Potentially Harmful to Bees

Washington, D. C., (January 6, 2016)

– The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a preliminary pollinator risk assessment for the neonicotinoid insecticide, imidacloprid, which shows a threat to some pollinators...

USDA California Crop/Weather Report for Week Ending January 3, 2016

Sacramento, Calif., (January 5, 2016)

– A large-scale troughing played a major factor in the weather. A dry air mass moved over the State from the east, allowing for some of the coldest temperatures yet this season. Lows dropped as cold as -10s in the mountains, although 0 to 20s were more common...

Scientific consensus says U.S. Forest Service should implement proposed forest treatments

South Lake Tahoe, Calif., (January 5, 2016)

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) conducted the winter’s first media-oriented manual snow survey today, and despite the higher-than-average water content for the statewide snowpack, officials said snowfall during the remainder of the winter will largely determine whether California’s drought will be entrenched for a fifth year...

New Hope for Extending Fresh-cut Vegetable Storage

Salinas, Calif., (January 4, 2016)

– Fresh-cut peppers and lettuces in supermarkets have a shot at lasting longer thanks to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists in Beltsville, Maryland, and Salinas, California...

California State Board of Food and Agriculture to Discuss Climate Change Issues at January 5th Meeting

Sacramento, Calif., (January 4, 2016)

– The California State Board of Food and Agriculture will discuss climate change issues at its upcoming meeting on January 5th in Sacramento. The meeting will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the California Department of Food and Agriculture, 1220 N Street – Main Auditorium, Sacramento, CA 95814...

Snowpack’s Water Content Far Greater than One Year Ago, But It’s Still Too Soon to Know Whether Drought Will Be Broken

Sacramento, Calif., (January 4, 2016)

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) conducted the winter’s first media-oriented manual snow survey today, and despite the higher-than-average water content for the statewide snowpack, officials said snowfall during the remainder of the winter will largely determine whether California’s drought will be entrenched for a fifth year...

New Hope for Extending Fresh-cut Vegetable Storage

Salinas, Calif., (January 4, 2016)

– Fresh-cut peppers and lettuces in supermarkets have a shot at lasting longer thanks to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists in Beltsville, Maryland, and Salinas, California...

Drought: 2015 Turfgrass and Landscape Field Day

Riverside, Calif., (August 5, 2015)

– Scientists planted plots of common turfgrass species and other groundcovers at the Turfgrass Research Facility at UC Riverside last spring, then cut off the water when the weather got hot...

Matt Brain introduced as new campus winemaker

Fresno, Calif., (August 5, 2015)

– Matt Brain, one of Central California’s most respected vintners, has been hired as the new winemaker and lecturer at the Fresno State Winery...

Cal Poly Honored for Efforts to Save Energy and Water This Summer

San Luis Obispo, Calif., (August 5, 2015)

– Cal Poly has been honored with state awards for efforts to conserve energy and water...

Study in calves offers hope for respiratory-disease treatment

Davis, Calif., (August 4, 2015)

– As every parent knows, respiratory illnesses — complete with runny nose, sore throat and cough — are quite routine for young children and usually pass as quickly as they appear...

Almonds contribute little to carbon emissions, study finds

Davis, Calif., (August 4, 2015)

– Almonds, vilified during the current drought for being one of California’s thirstier crops, have a surprisingly small carbon footprint compared to other nutrient-rich crops, reports a team of researchers at the University of California, Davis, and UC Agriculture and Natural Resources...

Students to present research on weed control and pest protection in crops

Fresno, Calif., (August 4, 2015)

– Two Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology students at Fresno State recently received honors for their plant science research and academic excellence...

KRCD General Manager Dave Orth resigns

Fresno, Calif., (August 3, 2015)

– The Kings River Conservation District (KRCD) Board of Directors announced yesterday that it received the resignation of General Manager Dave Orth at its July 14 meeting. "After many years of service to KRCD and Kings River water users, Dave has decided to pursue other professional opportunities," stated KRCD Board Chair Dr. David Cehrs...

USDA announces conservation incentives for working grass, range and pasture lands

Sacramento, Calif., (August 3, 2015)

– The USDA has announced that beginning Sept. 1, farmers and ranchers can apply for financial assistance to help conserve working grasslands, rangeland and pastureland while maintaining the areas as livestock grazing lands...

Greenhouse Gas Reductions on Farms and in Local Communities

Sacramento, Calif., (August 3, 2015)

- Incentive programs available to farmers and local communities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions will be the focus of the California State Board of Food and Agriculture meeting on Tuesday, August 4th, 2015. The meeting will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the California Department of Food and Agriculture, 1220 ‘N’ Street – Main Auditorium, Sacramento, CA 95814...

Tulare County Reports on Current Crop Status For Week Ending August 1, 2015

Visalia, Calif., (July 31, 2015)

– 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 Corn silage continues to be harvested. Sorghum silage is making good progress, with some fields being harvested. Grain sorghum is progressing well. Alfalfa fields are being irrigated, cut, and baled. Cotton continues showing good growth, with plants blooming and setting bolls. Black-eye beans continue to be irrigated and cultivated...

UC ANR scientists urge citrus farmers and backyard growers to be vigilant in face of new disease find

Parlier, Calif., (July 31, 2015)

– Now that two additional backyard citrus trees in Southern California were found to be infected with the bacterium that causes Huanglongbing (HLB) disease, UC Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) Cooperative Extension advisors and specialists are encouraging all citrus owners to monitor for disease symptoms and report trees suspected to be infected with HLB to the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) hotline, (800) 491-1899...

CDFA teams up with UC Davis in new program for graduate students

Sacramento, Calif., (July 31, 2015)

– What does the top-rated agricultural university in the world and the CDFA have in common? In addition to working on key issues involving food and agriculture, they each make their home in the same region of California; and they offer unique opportunities for students, including future Ag leaders, to learn about real-life policy issues while making a meaningful contribution through public service...