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CDFA Announces Funding for the 2016 "CalAgPlate" Grant Program

Sacramento, Calif., (September 22, 2016)

– The California Department of Food and Agriculture is currently accepting proposals for the 2016 California Agriculture Special Interest License Plate (CalAgPlate) grant program. This program makes available an estimated $257,000 in grant funding to promote agricultural education and leadership activities for students at the K-12, post-secondary, and adult education levels...

USDA Announces New Open Data Partnership for Public Health

New York, NY, (September 22, 2016)

– Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today officially launched the USDA Branded Food Products Database, a free online resource for families, the food industry and researchers containing nutrition details on more than 80,000 name brand prepared and packaged foods available at restaurants and grocery stores...

NRCS and Ducks Unlimited Extend Deadline for Regional Conservation Partnership Program

Red Bluff, Calif., (September 22, 2016)

– USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has extended the deadline for California landowners in 10 Central Valley counties to apply for the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) – Rice Stewardship Partnership, sponsored by Ducks Unlimited, Inc. in partnership with USA Rice Federation...

New Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor

Fresno, Calif., (September 21, 2016)

– Rebecca Ozeran is the new Extension Advisor for Livestock and Natural Resources in Fresno and Madera counties...

Rural America has no troubles? Then you haven't seen the Central Valley

Calif., (September 21, 2016)

– Water supplies dedicated to fish should be subject to the same efficiency standards as those affecting California farmers and homeowners, according to the California Farm Bureau Federation, which criticized a proposal released today to require significant new amounts of water to be directed to the ocean...

CDFA collaborates on draft ‘Vibrant Communities and Landscapes’ plan to help meet climate change goals

Sacramento, Calif., (September 21, 2016)

– CDFA is a collaborative partner in an effort to meet a mid-term greenhouse gas reduction reduction target for California of 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030...

New Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor

Fresno, Calif., (September 21, 2016)

– Rebecca Ozeran is the new Extension Advisor for Livestock and Natural Resources in Fresno and Madera counties...

Rural America has no troubles? Then you haven't seen the Central Valley

Calif., (September 21, 2016)

– Water supplies dedicated to fish should be subject to the same efficiency standards as those affecting California farmers and homeowners, according to the California Farm Bureau Federation, which criticized a proposal released today to require significant new amounts of water to be directed to the ocean...

CDFA collaborates on draft ‘Vibrant Communities and Landscapes’ plan to help meet climate change goals

Sacramento, Calif., (September 21, 2016)

– CDFA is a collaborative partner in an effort to meet a mid-term greenhouse gas reduction reduction target for California of 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030...

USDA California Crop/Weather Report

Sacramento, Calif., (September 20, 2016)

– A period of cooler weather settled across the State early through midweek, and a gradual warming trend was seen through the weekend...

Farm Bureau: River-flow plan will cause needless suffering

Sacramento, Calif., (September 20, 2016)

– Water supplies dedicated to fish should be subject to the same efficiency standards as those affecting California farmers and homeowners, according to the California Farm Bureau Federation, which criticized a proposal released today to require significant new amounts of water to be directed to the ocean...

Waters of the United States: Soil is a Pollutant?

Washington, D. C., (September 20, 2016)

– House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (R-TX) delivered remarks on the House floor to draw attention to the negative impacts of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers' overburdensome regulations are having on farmers, ranchers, and rural America...

UCCE advisor publishes third exciting children’s book

Woodland, Calif., (September 19, 2016)

– Nursing back to health a calf mauled by wolves in River of No Return, 11-year-old Jack learned essential skills that would serve him well as the third and final book of the Black Rock Desert Trilogy children's series unfolds...

San Joaquin River proposed flow standards to be released

Sacramento, Calif., (September 19, 2016)

– California officials are on the verge of releasing new water regulations that would cause significant harm to California residents without quantifying any specific environmental benefits...

Request for Proposals for the California Nutrition Incentive Grant Program

Sacramento, Calif., (September 19, 2016)

– The California Department of Food and Agriculture’s (CDFA) Office of Farm to Fork is currently accepting proposals for the 2017 California Nutrition Incentive Program...

Tulare County Reports on Current Crop Status

Visalia, Calif., (September 16, 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 Silage corn harvest is ongoing. Sorghum silage is in various stages of development, with fields now being harvested...

USDA Offers $5 million in Farm to School Grants to Increase Local Foods in Schools

Washington, D. C., (September 16, 2016)

– The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced that up to $5 million in grant funds is available to help schools create or strengthen farm to school programs this school year...

Remembering Doug Turner - Monterey County Farm Bureau Board Member

Monterey, Calif., (September 16, 2016)

– Doug Turner, 54, passed away on Thursday, September 8th at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital, surrounded by family and friends. He was born September 25, 1961 in San Luis Obispo where he lived for many years, then Truckee before returning to Salinas to live most of his life...

Informing California’s Climate Scoping Plan – from UC Davis’ World Food Center

Davis, Calif., (September 15, 2016)

– In February, the World Food Center hosted the California Department of Food and Agriculture, the Air Resources Board and the Department of Conservation...

State Releases Vision for Healthy Soils Initiative

Sacramento, Calif., (September 15, 2016)

– California’s Healthy Soils Initiative is a collaboration of state agencies and departments, led by the California Department of Food and Agriculture, to promote the development of healthy soils on California’s farm and ranch lands...

DPR Takes Enforcement Action against CA Grower

Sacramento, Calif., (September 15, 2016)

– Taking swift enforcement action, the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) fined a Kern County grower $10,000 after an illegal pesticide was detected on his crop of grapes at his 43-acre vineyard...

Statement by California Farm Water Coalition Executive Director Mike Wade on the upcoming release of proposed flow standards for tributaries to the San Joaquin River

Sacramento, Calif., (September 14, 2016)

– California officials are on the verge of releasing new water regulations that would cause significant harm to California residents without quantifying any specific environmental benefits...

CDFA Through History – Your Choice of Starting Points

Sacramento, Calif., (September 14, 2016)

– The California Department of Food and Agriculture (then simply the Dept. of Ag) began in 1919 when various Ag regulatory programs were pulled together under one umbrella. However, there are several other starting points of note – in 1878, 1880, 1899 and 1913...

California Farm Bureau expresses deep disappointment with signing of Agricultural overtime legislation

Sacramento, Calif., (September 14, 2016)

– Governor Jerry Brown announced today that he signed AB 1066 (Gonzalez) which will end the 10-hour work day, 60-hour (6-day) work week prior to paying overtime for agricultural occupations...

USDA California Crop/Weather Report for Week Ending September 11, 2016

Sacramento, Calif., (September 13, 2016)

– A dry and gradual warming trend was seen through the week, with temperatures becoming steadier for the weekend with a slight cooling in the low lying valley regions of the State late Saturday...

Sonoma County Grape Growers Foundation Is Big Beneficiary At Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction

Santa Rosa, Calif., (September 13, 2016)

– The newly relaunched Sonoma County Grape Growers Foundation received a generous financial boost over the weekend thanks to a unique wine country weekend package purchased Sunday at the Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction...

AB 1066 Is Now Law

Sacramento, Calif., (September 13, 2016)

– Governor Jerry Brown announced today that he signed AB 1066 (Gonzalez) which will end the 10-hour work day, 60-hour (6-day) work week prior to paying overtime for agricultural occupations...

USDA Makes R&D Investments in California Businesses

Washington, D. C., (September 12, 2016)

– The USDA has announced nearly $1.4 million in research-and-development investment in 14 projects at 11 different California companies. The grant program is for research related to food security, natural resources, and agricultural issues. California’s portion is part of a nationwide pledge of $7.4 million in R&D grants...

Sugarcane Aphid Invades California Sorghum

Tulare, Calif., (September 12, 2016)

– Sugarcane aphid is yellow with black antennae and cornicles. California sorghum producers need to be on the lookout for a new invasive pest called the sugarcane aphid...

UC announces new $1 million UC Cooperative Extension Presidential Chair for California Grown Rice

Biggs, Calif., (September 12, 2016)

– UC Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) has established a $1 million UC Cooperative Extension (UCCE) Presidential Chair for California Grown Rice, announced UC ANR associate vice president of business operations Tu Tran...

Tulare County Reports on Current Crop Status

Visalia, Calif., (September 9, 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 A mostly dry week across the State, with cooling temperatures moving into the State...

U.S. Beef and Pork Consumption Projected To Rebound

Washington, D. C., (September 9, 2016)

– Over the past decade, U.S. beef consumption dropped 15 percent while broiler consumption increased 5 percent. During the same period, pork consumption also fell (4 percent). The key factor driving these trends is retail prices...

How wildflower plantings on farms benefit bees and crop pollination

Woodland, Calif., (September 9, 2016)

– Several grape varieties from Mirabella Farms in Fresno were at the heart of the World's Largest Grape Display created recently at the FireLake Discount Food in Shawnee, Oklahoma...

Cotton Harvest Safety Training set for Tuesday, Sept. 20

Fresno, Calif., (September 8, 2016)

– The annual Cotton Harvest Safety Training will take place Tuesday, Sept. 20, at the West Side Research and Extension Center, 17353 W. Oakland Ave., Five Points. The free program begins with registration at 7:30 a.m. and concludes with lunch at noon...

Deputy Secretary Jenny Lester-Moffitt joins California Ag Leadership Program

Sacramento, Calif., (September 8, 2016)

– CDFA Deputy Secretary Jenny Lester-Moffitt has been named as one of 24 fellows in Class 47 of the California Agricultural Leadership Program. The program offers a 17-month study of leadership theory, effective communication, motivation, critical and strategic thinking, change management, emotional intelligence and complex social and cultural issues...

Mirabella Farms grape varieties featured in World's Largest Display

Fresno, Calif., (September 8, 2016)

– Several grape varieties from Mirabella Farms in Fresno were at the heart of the World's Largest Grape Display created recently at the FireLake Discount Food in Shawnee, Oklahoma...

USDA California Crop/Weather Report for Week Ending September 4, 2016

Sacramento, Calif., (September 6, 2016)

– A mostly dry week across the State, with cooling temperatures moving into the State. Temperatures fell approximately 10-15 degrees compared to last week as cooler air settled across the mountains and the valley early in the week, and later into the southern desert...

NRCS and TNC Host Mexican Delegation to Promote the Science of Conservation Planning

Stockton, Calif., (September 7, 2016)

– Top agricultural experts from Mexico are learning about conservation American style. The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in California, together with The Nature Conservancy (TNC), is hosting a weeklong training session to share the Agency’s science and philosophy of on-farm conservation, established in the United States following the environmental calamity known as the Dust Bowl...

USDA California Agencies Offer Post-Fire Assistance; Assessments Underway

Davis, Calif., (September 7, 2016)

– In the wake of recent California fires, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Farm Service Agency (FSA) staffs in California are meeting with landowners and Agencies to assess damages and offer technical and financial assistance where possible...

Tulare County Reports on Current Crop Status

Visalia, Calif., (September 2, 2016)

– Efforts are under way for Phase 1 of the damage assessment on the land burned by the Soberanes Fire. A Burn Area Emergency Response Team (BAER) has been ordered to begin its burned area survey on federal and private lands. There will be two phases to the assessment...

Blending Wastewater May Help State Cope with Drought

Riverside, Calif., (September 2, 2016)

– The USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) has compiled and released preliminary agricultural production statistics for 2015 in California. This first set of data indicates that production value fell by $9.5 billion, or more than eight percent compared to 2014, to a total of $47,071,513,000. California remains the leading agricultural state in the nation...

Tulare County Ag Still Number One

Tulare, Calif., (September 2, 2016)

– Local vendors are set to showcase their finest food and beverages made with locally sourced products at Tulare County Farm Bureau?s 7th annual Bounty of the County on September 9, 2016 at the Historic Seven Sycamores Ranch in Ivanhoe...

Animal Welfare Expert Temple Grandin to Speak on Campus

Fresno, Calif., (September 1, 2016)

– Efforts are under way for Phase 1 of the damage assessment on the land burned by the Soberanes Fire. A Burn Area Emergency Response Team (BAER) has been ordered to begin its burned area survey on federal and private lands. There will be two phases to the assessment...

California farm production declines in 2015 – several factors cited

Sacramento, Calif., (September 1, 2016)

– The USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) has compiled and released preliminary agricultural production statistics for 2015 in California. This first set of data indicates that production value fell by $9.5 billion, or more than eight percent compared to 2014, to a total of $47,071,513,000. California remains the leading agricultural state in the nation...

Tulare County Farm Bureau Hosts 7th Annual Bounty of the County

Tulare, Calif., (September 1, 2016)

– Local vendors are set to showcase their finest food and beverages made with locally sourced products at Tulare County Farm Bureau?s 7th annual Bounty of the County on September 9, 2016 at the Historic Seven Sycamores Ranch in Ivanhoe...

USDA California Crop/Weather Report For Week Ending August 28th, 2016

Sacramento, Calif., (August 30, 2016)

– Last week had a warm summer-like start, with noticeable cooling taking place over the weekend. Monday brought showers in the Sierras with a few isolated heavy downpours that dropped over 2 inches of rain locally...

California's new groundwater law leaves unanswered questions

Sacramento, Calif., (August 30, 2016)

– The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) is a revolutionary law that will have profound impacts on the state's agriculture industry, however, it also leaves out many implementation details, according to Michael Kiparsky, director of the Wheeler Water Institute at UC Berkeley...

Licenses, Permits, Dairy Exemption Numbers, Registrations

Sacramento, Calif., (August 30, 2016)

– We have a very diverse division that issues many forms of licenses and permits. These have been defined as follows...

Protect bees from pesticides by using bee precaution ratings from UC IPM

Sacramento, Calif., (August 25, 2016)

– Various insects, birds and other animals pollinate plants. Bees, especially honey bees, are the most vital for pollinating food crops. Many California crops rely on bees to pollinate their flowers and ensure a good yield of seeds, fruit and nuts. Pesticides, especially insecticides, can harm bees if they are applied or allowed to drift to plants that are flowering...

Statement by CFWC Executive Director Mike Wade on Australia's approach to ecosystem management

Sacramento, Calif., (August 25, 2016)

– UC Agricultural Issues Center has released two new studies on the cost and returns of growing lima beans in the Sacramento Valley and northern San Joaquin Valley. One study focuses on producing baby lima beans. The other study focuses on producing large lima beans...

Oppose Ag Overtime Bill

Sacramento, Calif., (August 25, 2016)

– School is already back in session for many children in districts throughout California, and several others will be starting back to school in the next couple of weeks...

Cedar Fire Resources

Tulare, Calif., (August 24, 2016)

– The Cedar Fire has now consumed more than 19,500 acres and is expected to grow based on projected weather conditions...

The battle against Aedes aegypti, the mosquito that spreads Zika

Parlier, Calif., (August 24, 2016)

– UC Agricultural Issues Center has released two new studies on the cost and returns of growing lima beans in the Sacramento Valley and northern San Joaquin Valley. One study focuses on producing baby lima beans. The other study focuses on producing large lima beans...

New Law Requires Annual Training for Anyone Applying Pesticides at School Sites

Sacramento, Calif., (August 24 2016)

– School is already back in session for many children in districts throughout California, and several others will be starting back to school in the next couple of weeks...

USDA California Crop/Weather Report for Week Ending August 21, 2016

Sacramento, Calif., (August 23, 2016)

– Another hot week across the State, with nearly all locations below 4,500 feet and inland from the northern coast reaching 90 degrees. Highs were 70s-90s in the mountains and along the coast, 90s-100s in the valley, and 90s-110s in the deserts...

UC releases new cost studies for growing lima beans

Davis, Calif., (August 23, 2016)

– UC Agricultural Issues Center has released two new studies on the cost and returns of growing lima beans in the Sacramento Valley and northern San Joaquin Valley. One study focuses on producing baby lima beans. The other study focuses on producing large lima beans...

Mark your calendar for World Food Day events

Davis, Calif., (August 23, 2016)

– The day for collectively taking action against global hunger is still two months away. But September and October are already shaping up as “world food months,” with a number of events connecting Californians to their food systems and the world's food challenges...

Tulare County Reports on Current Crop Status

Visalia, Calif., (August 19, 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 Silage corn continues to be harvested. Sorghum silage is in various stages of development, with some heading out...

European Grapevine Moth Eradicated From California

Sacramento, Calif., (August 19, 2016)

– Last month CDFA hosted a climate smart agriculture webinar in partnership with the Netherlands and the University of California’s World Food Center addressing salinity in specialty crops within California’s Central Valley and along coastal areas...

Workshop on Next Ag Order

Salinas, Calif., (August 19, 2016)

– Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board staff will hold an informational workshop on the renewal of the Agricultural Order for the Central Coast region...

Davis Farmers’ Market celebrates 40th anniversary

Davis, Calif., (August 18, 2016)

– On August 13 we celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Davis Farmers’ Market. It is everything a Farmers’ market should be: a place to show the incredible diversity, quality and bounty of what our farmers produce. Where eaters can shake the hand of the grower and learn about their farming practices. It is a place for community and a source of pride...

Climate Smart Agriculture Online Webinar: Netherlands & California Discuss Saline Agriculture

Sacramento, Calif., (August 18, 2016)

– Last month CDFA hosted a climate smart agriculture webinar in partnership with the Netherlands and the University of California’s World Food Center addressing salinity in specialty crops within California’s Central Valley and along coastal areas...

Heat Illness Prevention Reminder

Fresno, Calif., (August 18, 2016)

– California Department of Food and Agriculture invests in crop-specific research, training for farmers and crop advisors, and development of best practices for nitrogen use - By Karen Ross, CDFA Secretary...

SLDMWA Response to Environmentalists' August 9, 2016 Request to the SWRCB for Even More Water Aimed at Protecting Delta Smelt

Los Banos, Calif., (August 17, 2016)

– As environmental special interests request the State Water Resources Control Board expand failed policies on Delta Smelt, Californians are calling on the Board to implement new science-based, common sense approaches to protect the species...

California’s Agricultural Vision – help shape the future…

Sacramento, Calif., (August 17, 2016)

– Nearly eight years ago, the California State Board of Food and Agriculture began a strategic planning process for the state’s agriculture and food system that ultimately led to California Agricultural Vision...

Moving the Needle on Nitrogen Fertilizer Management in California Agriculture

Sacramento, Calif., (August 17, 2016)

– California Department of Food and Agriculture invests in crop-specific research, training for farmers and crop advisors, and development of best practices for nitrogen use - By Karen Ross, CDFA Secretary...

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

Sacramento, Calif., (August 16, 2016)

– An entirely dry week, as no measurable precipitation fell anywhere in the State. The early week brought some relief from the hot temperatures. Early in the week, highs were in the 70s-80s along the coast, 70s-80s in the mountains, 90s in the valley, and 90s-110s in the desert...

CDFA ANNOUNCES AVAILABILITY OF FERTILIZER RESEARCH AND EDUCATION GRANT FUNDING

Sacramento, Calif., (August 17, 2016)

– The California Department of Food and Agriculture’s Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) is currently accepting proposals for a 2016 special grant program for fertilizer research and education. This competitive grant program funds research that advances the environmentally safe and agronomically sound use of fertilizing materials...

TASTE OF THE VALLEY COMING UP ON SEPT. 24

Hanford, Calif., (August 16, 2016)

– Taste of the Valley, the popular local event that raises funds to support Farm Bureau programs, is coming up next month...

Fresno County agricultural value declines in 2015

Fresno, Calif., (August 10, 2016)

The Fresno County Department of Agriculture's 2015 Crop and Livestock Report was presented to the Fresno County Board of Supervisors today. Overall, agricultural production in Fresno County totaled $6.61 billion, showing a 6.55 percent decrease from 2014's $7.04 billion...

SALC program preserves ag land for climate benefits – from the Strategic Growth Council

Sacramento, Calif., (August 10, 2016)

– Are you one of the thousands of California farmers and ranchers who invite the public to your land to shop at your farm stand, pick their own fruit, taste wine, stay the night, learn a skill, enjoy a festival, or tour your operation?...

California Regains “ Accredited Free” Status for Bovine Tuberculosis

Sacramento, Calif., (August 10, 2016)

– The California wine and winegrape sector and allied businesses deliver a total economic contribution of $57.6 billion annually to the state’s economy and $114.1 billion annually to the U.S. economy according to a new report commissioned by Wine Institute and the California Association of Winegrape Growers...

USDA California Crop/Weather Report for Week Ending August 7, 2016

Sacramento, Calif., (August 9, 2016)

– Precipitation in the State last week was limited to scattered showers and thunderstorms in the southern deserts on Thursday...

Agritourism: UC Small Farm Program posts wealth of webinar info online

Sacramento, Calif., (August 9, 2016)

– Are you one of the thousands of California farmers and ranchers who invite the public to your land to shop at your farm stand, pick their own fruit, taste wine, stay the night, learn a skill, enjoy a festival, or tour your operation?...

California Wine Shows Strength in Challenging Economy – from Wine Institute & CAWG

Sacramento, Calif., (August 9, 2016)

– The California wine and winegrape sector and allied businesses deliver a total economic contribution of $57.6 billion annually to the state’s economy and $114.1 billion annually to the U.S. economy according to a new report commissioned by Wine Institute and the California Association of Winegrape Growers...

Shrestha Named American Society of Agronomy Fellow

Fresno, Calif., (August 8, 2016)

– Fresno State plant science professor Dr. Anil Shrestha was honored by the American Society of Agronomy with its Fellow Award...

The People’s Department: A New Era for Civil Rights at USDA

Washington, D. C., (August 8, 2016)

– Just a few weeks ago, I had the honor of accepting the Federal Agency of the Year award from the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) on behalf of the U.S. Department of Agriculture...

USDA Begins Second Year of National Project to Quantify Effects of Agricultural Conservation

Sacramento, Calif., (August 8, 2016)

– Small grains growers had a good growth year thanks to the winter rains. Barley, oat, and wheat were harvested; straw was baled and stacked waiting to be shipped; cultivation of post-harvest in some fields was underway...

Tulare County Reports on Current Crop Status

Visalia, Calif., (August 5, 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 Silage corn is now being harvested. Sorghum silage is heading out. Cotton continues to be irrigated and cultivated...

Statement by CFWC President Bill Diedrich on widespread letter to Congress demanding water policy relief.

Sacramento, Calif., (August 5, 2016)

– "More than 430 farmers, businesses, employees, teachers, and organizations have joined forces with California legislators to demand that Congress enact legislation that will resolve our state's water supply issues...

Fresno County Department of Agriculture - Crop Report for the Month Ending Sunday, July 31, 2016

Fresno, Calif., (August 5, 2016)

– Small grains growers had a good growth year thanks to the winter rains. Barley, oat, and wheat were harvested; straw was baled and stacked waiting to be shipped; cultivation of post-harvest in some fields was underway...

Sonoma County Winegrowers Announce 2016/2017 Commissioners

Santa Rosa, Calif., (August 4, 2016)

– The Sonoma County Winegrowers (SCW) are excited to announce their 2016/2017 Commissioners, including the return of eight incumbents, as well as the election of two past Commissioners...

Water Forum set for August 31, Tulare

Tulare, Calif., (August 4, 2016)

– Congressman Devin Nunes will host a Water Forum on Wednesday, August 31, at the International Agri-Center, Tulare from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm...

Ag Overtime Sneaks Back

Sacramento, Calif., (August 4, 2016)

– Despite a decisive victory for agriculture and the dairy industry, the ag overtime wage bill (formerly AB 2757) has returned in the California State Legislature. Coined “gut and amend,” the process is a backdoor way for a bill author to bypass specific committees and revive things that have been killed or denied throughout the regular legislative cycle.

Flushing HLB out of Citrus Trees

Fort Pierce, Florida, (August 3, 2016)

– A U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) entomologist is providing citrus growers with much-needed guidance about the best times to use insecticides to control Huanglongbing (HLB), or citrus greening...

Canyon Classroom: Exploring the Grand Canyon's plants along the Colorado River

Davis, Calif., (August 3, 2016)

– While some people were spending spring break at the beach or catching up on their Netflix queue, students from the EcoGeoMorphology class at UC Davis were rafting down the Colorado River at the bottom of the Grand Canyon...

FCFB hires new Communications and Member Relations Manager

Fresno, Calif., (August 3, 2016)

– Brittlyn Schwartz, of Fresno, is Fresno County Farm Bureau's (FCFB) new Communications and Member Relations Manager...

USDA California Crop/Weather Report for Week Ending July 31, 2016

Sacramento, Calif., (August 2, 2016)

– With an eye on reducing childhood obesity and improving overall health for children, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the final rule for snacks at schools...

ARS Research Leads to Better Understanding of Bee Health

Washington, D. C., (August 2, 2016)

– Save the Date for the Drive to Feed Kids Dinner on Saturday, Aug. 27, at 5 p.m. located at the International Agri-Center Heritage Complex in Tulare...

Summer farm fun

Davis, Calif., (August 2, 2016)

– We are so fortunate to have had Dana Burton join our team over the last few weeks, interning on a variety of our educational projects - here's a note from her!

NPI applauds Smart Snacks for schoolchildren

Oakland, Calif., (July 28, 2016)

– With an eye on reducing childhood obesity and improving overall health for children, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the final rule for snacks at schools...

FoodLink, JD Heiskell and Nutra Blend Host Drive to Feed Kids Dinner

Tulare, Calif., (July 28, 2016)

– Save the Date for the Drive to Feed Kids Dinner on Saturday, Aug. 27, at 5 p.m. located at the International Agri-Center Heritage Complex in Tulare...

Meet HREC intern Dana Burton

Hopland, Calif., (July 28, 2016)

– We are so fortunate to have had Dana Burton join our team over the last few weeks, interning on a variety of our educational projects - here's a note from her!

Bizarre Bacteria Causing Major Cattle Disease Named by UC Davis Researchers

Davis, Calif., (July 29, 2016)

– After more than 50 years of research, the tick-borne bacterium responsible for one of the most troubling and economically devastating cattle diseases in the Western United States has been named and genetically characterized by researchers at the University of California, Davis...

Medical Cannabis and GMO Labeling to be Discussed

Sacramento, Calif., (July 29, 2016)

– The California State Board of Food and Agriculture will hold a discussion on the state’s regulatory and licensing framework for medical cannabis on August 2 in Sacramento...

Meet HREC intern Dana Burton

Hopland, Calif., (July 28, 2016)

– We are so fortunate to have had Dana Burton join our team over the last few weeks, interning on a variety of our educational projects - here's a note from her!

Hmong farmers getting help from UC Cooperative Extension to weather the drought

Fresno, Calif., (July 27, 2016)

– After 36 years as an agronomist/weed science advisor with UC Cooperative Extension, Steven Wright retired June 30. Wright authored, co-authored or contributed to more than 117 peer-reviewed publications, 347 non-peer-reviewed articles, and 11 book chapters published by UC Agriculture and Natural Resources. He volunteered in many other countries and taught courses at Fresno State...

State Water Resources Control Board Approves 5-Year Extension on Carmel River Watershed for Cal-Am

Monterey, Calif., (July 27, 2016)

– Quarantines are now in place in both Merced and Monterey Counties due to recent Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) detections. One ACP was detected near the City of Merced in Merced County and two ACP in one trap within the City of Salinas in Monterey County...

CDFA’s Office of Farm to Fork builds bridges for access to healthy foods

Sacramento, Calif., (July 27, 2016)

– John Migliazzo, past FCFB employee, began his one-year term on July 1 as the Ag One Foundation's new president; Ag One serves as a developmental foundation for Fresno State's Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology...

USDA California Crop/Weather Report for Week Ending July 24, 2016

Sacramento, Calif., (July 26, 2016)

– After 36 years as an agronomist/weed science advisor with UC Cooperative Extension, Steven Wright retired June 30. Wright authored, co-authored or contributed to more than 117 peer-reviewed publications, 347 non-peer-reviewed articles, and 11 book chapters published by UC Agriculture and Natural Resources. He volunteered in many other countries and taught courses at Fresno State...

Reclamation Increases Friant Division 2016 Class 1 Water Supply Allocation to 75 Percent

Fresno, Calif., (July 26, 2016)

– Quarantines are now in place in both Merced and Monterey Counties due to recent Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) detections. One ACP was detected near the City of Merced in Merced County and two ACP in one trap within the City of Salinas in Monterey County...

Grape Day workshop, August 2, 2016

Fresno, Calif., (July 26, 2016)

– John Migliazzo, past FCFB employee, began his one-year term on July 1 as the Ag One Foundation's new president; Ag One serves as a developmental foundation for Fresno State's Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology...

Greetings From Mae Culumber, Fresno County Nut Crop Advisor

Fresno, Calif., (July 25, 2016)

– After 36 years as an agronomist/weed science advisor with UC Cooperative Extension, Steven Wright retired June 30. Wright authored, co-authored or contributed to more than 117 peer-reviewed publications, 347 non-peer-reviewed articles, and 11 book chapters published by UC Agriculture and Natural Resources. He volunteered in many other countries and taught courses at Fresno State...

How to make something sweet even sweeter

Davis, Calif., (July 25, 2016)

– Quarantines are now in place in both Merced and Monterey Counties due to recent Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) detections. One ACP was detected near the City of Merced in Merced County and two ACP in one trap within the City of Salinas in Monterey County...

Lessons from six California soil care farmers

Sacramento, Calif., (July 25, 2016)

– John Migliazzo, past FCFB employee, began his one-year term on July 1 as the Ag One Foundation's new president; Ag One serves as a developmental foundation for Fresno State's Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology...

Tulare County Reports on Current Crop Status

Visalia, Calif., (July 22, 2016)

– After 36 years as an agronomist/weed science advisor with UC Cooperative Extension, Steven Wright retired June 30. Wright authored, co-authored or contributed to more than 117 peer-reviewed publications, 347 non-peer-reviewed articles, and 11 book chapters published by UC Agriculture and Natural Resources. He volunteered in many other countries and taught courses at Fresno State...

Plant Science Students Selected as Greenfield Scholars

Fresno, Calif., (July 22, 2016)

– Quarantines are now in place in both Merced and Monterey Counties due to recent Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) detections. One ACP was detected near the City of Merced in Merced County and two ACP in one trap within the City of Salinas in Monterey County...

Direct-marketing farms have double the regional impact

Sacramento, Calif., (July 22, 2016)

– John Migliazzo, past FCFB employee, began his one-year term on July 1 as the Ag One Foundation's new president; Ag One serves as a developmental foundation for Fresno State's Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology...

Accomplished Tulare/Kings County farm advisor Steven Wright retires

Tulare, Calif., (July 21, 2016)

– After 36 years as an agronomist/weed science advisor with UC Cooperative Extension, Steven Wright retired June 30. Wright authored, co-authored or contributed to more than 117 peer-reviewed publications, 347 non-peer-reviewed articles, and 11 book chapters published by UC Agriculture and Natural Resources. He volunteered in many other countries and taught courses at Fresno State...

Organic symposium proceedings now available

Pacific Grove, Calif., (July 21, 2016)

– Quarantines are now in place in both Merced and Monterey Counties due to recent Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) detections. One ACP was detected near the City of Merced in Merced County and two ACP in one trap within the City of Salinas in Monterey County...

NRCS and Ducks Unlimited Looking to Help Central Valley Rice Producers Improve Irrigation Efficiency

Red Bluff, Calif., (July 21, 2016)

– John Migliazzo, past FCFB employee, began his one-year term on July 1 as the Ag One Foundation's new president; Ag One serves as a developmental foundation for Fresno State's Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology...

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

Sacramento, Calif., (July 19, 2016)

– Another dry week across the state of California, with no locations in the state reporting any rainfall. Afternoon highs were typically in the 70s-80s along the immediate coast and in the mountains, with 90s inland; 90s-100s in the valley, and 80s-110s in the desert...

Asian Citrus Psyllid Quarantines in Merced and Monterey Counties

Sacramento, Calif., (July 19, 2016)

– Quarantines are now in place in both Merced and Monterey Counties due to recent Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) detections. One ACP was detected near the City of Merced in Merced County and two ACP in one trap within the City of Salinas in Monterey County...

Migliazzo Elected as Ag One President

Fresno, Calif., (Jul 19, 2016)

– John Migliazzo, past FCFB employee, began his one-year term on July 1 as the Ag One Foundation's new president; Ag One serves as a developmental foundation for Fresno State's Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology...

California welcomes proclamation of National Farmers Market Week in August

Sacramento, Calif., (July 18, 2016)

– My former boss at the USDA, Tom Vilsack, recently signed a proclamation designating August 7-13, 2016 as “National Farmers Market Week.” This is the 17th annual event showcasing the important role that farmers markets play in local economies...

Asian Citrus Psyllid Quarantines in Merced and Monterey Counties

Sacramento, Calif., (July 18, 2016)

– Tulare county freshman and a winner of the California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom, “Imagine This” story writing contest, Tyce Griswold, will participate in a meet and greet at the California State Fair on Saturday, July 23, from 2:40 p.m. to 3:50 p.m...

Surface Irrigation Workshop Highlights

Parlier, Calif., (Jul 18, 2016)

– A surface irrigation workshop was held on June 3rd at the University’s Kearney Research and Extension Center in Parlier focused on the evaluation and improvement of surface irrigation practices in the San Joaquin Valley...

Tulare County Reports on Current Crop Status

Visalia, Calif., (July 15, 2016)

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

Weighing bees – entomologists and engineers working together on research project

Davis, Calif., (July 15, 2016)

– How do you weigh a bee? That’s the question that brought together insect specialists at the University of California, Davis, and two teams of UC Davis engineering students this year, to try and solve what turns out to be a tricky technical problem...

IPM information extends to apple and peach growers in Guatemala

Davis, Calif., (July 15, 2016)

– Did you know that apples and peaches are two important fruit crops planted in the highlands of Guatemala? More than 7,600 acres of apples and 6,100 acres of peaches are grown...

UCCE San Joaquin County tree crop advisor Joe Grant retires

Stockton, Calif., (July 14, 2016)

– After nearly 30 years of serving San Joaquin County growers, Joe Grant retires from UC Cooperative Extension..

Working at UC ANR a family affair for Bill Frost and Cherie McDougald

Davis, Calif., (July 14, 2016)

– People who spend a significant portion of their time at work often refer to coworkers as their “work family.” For Bill Frost and Cherie McDougald, the University of California's Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources is a real family affair...

Monterey County Crop Report for 2015 Highlights Success of Diversity

Monterey, Calif., (July 14, 2016)

– Monterey County Ag Commissioner Eric Lauritzen announced the 2015 production numbers at the annual Crop Report release press conference. Again this year, Monterey County Agriculture saw an increase in production, this last year at 7.75% greater than 2014...

Fresno County Department of Agriculture Crop Report for the Month

Fresno, Calif., (July 13, 2016)

– Barley, oats, triticale, wheat and winter forage were harvested and the straw was baled and stacked. Early plantings of silage corn grew to several feet high. Rice fields in Firebaugh district grew well and few growers applied herbicide treatments to control weeds...

NRCS Making Air Quality Incentives Available to Agricultural Producers

Davis, Calif., (July 13, 2016)

– USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is making air quality funds available to help agricultural producers to improve and maintain air quality within designated nonattainment areas of California...

NRCS Making Air Quality Incentives Available to Agricultural Producers

Davis, Calif., (July 13, 2016)

– USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is making air quality funds available to help agricultural producers improve and maintain air quality within designated nonattainment areas of California...

USDA California Crop/Weather Report

Sacramento, Calif., (July 12, 2016)

– Another hot and dry week across the state, with rainfall isolated to parts of the northern mountains on Friday and Sunday. These showers brought less than a quarter inch of rainfall to the affected areas...

Reclamation Announces $3 Million in Agricultural Water Conservation and Efficiency Grants

Davis, Calif., (July 12, 2016)

– The Bureau of Reclamation announces the selection of three California water districts to receive $3 million total in Agricultural Water Conservation and Efficiency grants for Fiscal Year 2016...

Keeping produce at its best

Davis, Calif., (July 12, 2016)

– Farmers markets, produce stands, and likely your own backyard garden are an exploding bounty as California strawberries, stone fruits, and tomatoes show the summer produce season is in full swing...

Blueberry Production Projected to Surpass 1.4 Billion Lb. in 2016

Folsom, Calif., (July 11, 2016)

– The blueberry industry is projecting a 25 percent increase in North American production over a four-year span, growing from 750.2 million lb. in 2015 to 940 million lb. in 2019¹...

UC ANR announces recipients of first two $1 million endowed chairs

Davis, Calif., (July 11, 2016)

– Two accomplished UC Agriculture and Natural Resources scientists have the honor of being the first endowed chairs in UC Cooperative Extension...

Holly George, first female UCCE livestock advisor, retires

Quincy, Calif., (July 11, 2016)

– Many paths lead to the University of California Cooperative Extension, and it was the pursuit of a pig that eventually led Holly George to become the first woman hired as a livestock advisor by UC Cooperative Extension...

Cal Ag News

Tulare County Reports on Current Crop Status

Visalia, Calif., (July 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...

Sonoma County Grape Growers Foundation Offers Progress Report And Announces New Board Members

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

– Moving quickly on its commitment to become a bridge between local agricultural employees and existing assistance programs administered by community organizations...

CDFA Announces Vacancies On the Feritilizer Inspection Advisory Board

Sacramento, Calif., (July 8, 2016)

– The California Department of Food and Agriculture is announcing three vacancies on the Fertilizer Inspection Advisory Board...

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...