Monthly Archives: April 2017

Tulare County Reports on Current Crop Status

Tulare County Crop Status

Visalia, Calif., (April 28, 2017) – Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner released the current status today of Major crops in the most valued county in the California Ag portfolio. They report that Winter wheat is being cut for silage. Some harvested wheat fields are being sheeped-off before planting to a new crop. Alfalfa fields are making excellent progress; some are being …

Ag Crimes Report: By Sgt. Arley Terrence, Fresno County Sheriff’s Ag Task Force

Fresno, Calif., (April 28, 2017) – As the seasons transition from spring to summer, the Fresno County Sheriff’s Department’s Ag Task Force (AGTF) continues to investigate thefts throughout Fresno County. Recently, several large pieces of equipment were reported stolen from the Mendota area, which included: Caterpillar road grader, a 2,000-gallon steel water storage tank and a John Deere hydraulic row …

Hartnell Western Food Safety Summit – May 3rd & May 4th

Salinas, Calif., (April 28, 2017) – The Agricultural Business and Technology Institute of Hartnell College is excited to host the twelfth year of the Western Food Safety Summit. This year’s summit theme is “Food Safety Modernization Act Rules and Applied Food Safety Science.” The event will convene at the Main Stage Theatre (Building K) on the Main Campus on May 3 and 4, …

California Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross Visits Fresno State

Fresno, Calif., (April 27, 2017) – Karen Ross, secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture, visited Fresno State April 24 and met with University President Joseph I. Castro, faculty and students. Her visit included a tour of the new Jordan Agricultural Research Center, visits to culinology and agricultural business classes, a demonstration of the Bee Sweet Citrus Fresh …

‘CA Grown’ and ‘California Thursdays’ On The Agenda For Upcoming State Board Of Food And Agriculture Meeting On May 2

Sacramento, Calif., (April 27, 2017) – The California State Board of Food and Agriculture will be discussing value-based marketing opportunities for California’s farmers and ranchers at its upcoming meeting on Tuesday, May 2nd. The meeting will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the California Department of Food and Agriculture, 1220 N Street – Main Auditorium, Sacramento, CA …

Three agriculture scholarships offered by UC ANR

Davis, Calif., (April 27, 2017) – Three scholarships are being offered by the University of California’s Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources to college students majoring in agriculture. The scholarships will be awarded for the fall 2017 semester or quarter. The deadline to apply or nominate for the scholarships is May 19, 2017. Knowles A. Ryerson Award In Agriculture : …

It Only Takes One Person to Spread Harmful Invasive Pests

Sacramento, Calif., (April 26, 2017) – Each year, harmful invasive plant pests and diseases cost the United States about $40 billion in crop losses, damage to forests and vulnerable ecosystems, and expensive eradication and control efforts. It only takes one person who moves one piece of infested firewood, one infected plant, or one piece of infested fruit to spread these …

SB1 Changes for Trucks

Modesto, Calif., (April 26, 2017) – For those that own diesel powered trucks, there are some recent changes to how those trucks are regulated for air quality. SB1, the gas tax law, which was recently passed by the legislature, had some provisions regarding diesel powered trucks over 14,000 Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) (does not include pickups) that will affect …

Quota Vs Pooling: Do They Need Each

Modesto, Calif., (April 25, 2017) – Quota has been a big topic lately as CDFA works toward the potential implementation of a stand-alone quota program should a FMMO be voted in California. Not only is it a complex issue, it is one that drives passion from many in the industry. In recent weeks, pooling and quota have been discussed together …

The Season of Giving – December is Farm to Food Bank Month

Sacramento, Calif., (April 25, 2017) – Over the years more than 200 California farmers and ranchers have contributed more than one-billion pounds of food to the California Association of Food Banks’ Farm to Family Program. This is just a small accounting of the many generous donations individual farmers make within local communities to charitable organizations, faith-based groups and schools. These …

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