Monthly Archives: May 2017

USDA California Crop/Weather Report

Sacramento, Calif., (May 31, 2017) – Last week brought an upper-level ridge over the area leading to hot and mostly dry conditions. During the week, only a few locations received any measurable precipitation, Santa Rosa reported 0.03 inches on Thursday. For the weekend, a weakening of the ridge led to cooling statewide and a few more sprinkles across the northern …

Westlands’ Food For Thought

Fresno, Calif., (May 31, 2017) – It’s clear that opponents of farming are having difficulty manufacturing legitimate reasons to oppose the drainage settlement between the federal government and Westlands Water District. Opponents first tried to sell the idea that the settlement was a “sweetheart deal negotiated without transparency.” But the “sweetheart deal” misrepresentation did not pass the smell test for …

Delta Farm Tour Gives UC Students a Broader View of Food System

Davis, Calif., (May 31, 2017) – UC Global Food Initiative student fellows from University of California campuses throughout the state gathered for a springtime field trip in the Central Valley to learn more about the relationships between food, farming and the environment. The day-long tour, hosted by UC Agriculture and Natural Resources, began at a farm that is maintained to …

California’s Forgotten

Modesto, Calif., (May 30, 2017) – Who speaks for the “Forgotten?” The woman who is constantly told to fork over more of her money for road repairs? For government employee health and pension programs? For electric cars or solar roof projects? The “Forgotten” who works to maintain a safe and healthy household for their children, but is constantly losing the …

Oak Woodland Conservation Workshop

Hopland, Calif., (May 30, 2017) – A variety of factors have contributed to the loss of oak habitats. The loss of deciduous oak woodlands to native conifer encroachment is a major concern in northwestern California, resulting in loses of wildlife habitat, cultural uses, biodiversity, and other ecosystem services. This workshop will provide landowners and resource professionals with the latest information …

7 UC Davis Students, Grads Awarded Fulbright Grants

Davis, Calif., (May 30, 2017) – Seven UC Davis students and alumni are headed to three continents as cultural ambassadors. Three have won prestigious grants, awarded by the Fulbright U.S. Student Program to promote educational and cultural exchange, and will conduct research in Ukraine, Indonesia and India; four others have been awarded the grants to teach English in Malta, Colombia, Malaysia and Germany. …

What we can Learn from the Australian Almond Industry

At the Annual Convention of the Almond Alliance of California, Karen Lapsley from the Almond Board of California gave a presentation on Almond Alliance funded research improvements in almond biomass utilization. She noted some new varieties coming out of Australia that could be beneficial to California growers, and invited growers to attend the Almond Board’s upcoming almond food quality & …

Tulare County Reports on Current Crop Status

Tulare County Crop Status

Visalia, Calif., (May 26, 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 green chopped for silage; some is being dried, with harvest nearing completion. Harvested fields are being disked and planted to silage or other forage crops. …

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