Monthly Archives: July 2017

Nominate A Deserving Agriculturalist Or Ag Business

Fresno, Calif., (July 31, 2017) – The Fresno Chamber of Commerce is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Agriculturalist of the Year award. The award recognizes an individual who exemplifies leadership and integrity and who has demonstrated a sincere commitment to the Fresno agricultural community through both personal efforts and leadership abilities. In addition to the Agriculturalist of the Year award, …

FFA Corner: Riverdale FFA

Riverdale, Calif., (July 31, 2017) – The Riverdale High School FFA Chapter was chartered in 1930 and currently has 191 members with two advisors. The chapter’s goal is to provide intra-curricular opportunities for all students that want to participate and encourage a future in agriculture. During the summer, the officers planned the “Program of Activities” for the year.  In August, …

Sorensen Harvesting Continues the Legacy

Fresno, Calif., (July 31, 2017) – The Sorensens have deep roots in California agriculture. The family has been farming in Fresno County for five generations. Mark Sorensen, who currently serves as FCFB’s president, always knew he wanted to be involved in agriculture. From a young age, he spent his summers working on the family farm, gaining hands-on experience. Later, he …

Parreira Elected Ag One Foundation President

Fresno, Calif., (July 28, 2017) – Don Parreira, co-owner of Ultra Gro Plant Food in Madera, began his one-year term on July 1 as the new president of the Ag One Foundation at Fresno State. Parreira, of Fresno, previously served as vice president for Ag One – a development organization for the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology at …

Nut Harvest Safety Seminar Co-Sponsored by Farm Bureau and UCCE

Tulare, Calif., (July 28, 2017) – Tulare and Kings Counties have over 200,000 combined acres of nuts, valued near $1 billion, approaching harvest. To promote worker and community safety during the harvest season, UCCE Tulare County joined with the Kings County Farm Bureau and the Tulare County Farm Bureau to host a Nut Harvest Safety Seminar at the Kings County …

Tulare County Reports on Current Crop Status

Tulare County Crop Status

Visalia, Calif., (July 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 Alfalfa fields are making excellent progress; and being irrigated, cut, and baled. Corn and sorghum for silage is still being cultivated and irrigated. The corn silage crop is in …

Agricultural Officials Taking Steps to Battle Citrus Disease Recently Detected in Riverside

Asian citrus physllid Huanglongbing

Riverside, Calif., (July 27, 2017) – State and federal officials yesterday (7/25) confirmed the presence in Riverside County of citrus greening, a deadly disease for citrus plants that can be transmitted from tree to tree by the Asian citrus psyllid. The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) confirmed the discovery of …

Walnuts Named an Official State Nut of California

Folsom, Calif., (July 27, 2017) – The California Walnut Commission (CWC) is pleased to announce that walnuts were selected by the state of California as one of the official state nuts. “On behalf of the California walnut industry, we’re thrilled to be named an official state nut of California,” said Bill Carriere, Chairperson for the California Walnut Commission. “Walnuts have …

Explore Tools That UC Researchers Use With Smallholder Farmers Around the World

Davis, Calif., (July 27, 2017) – Planted in a corner of the UC Davis campus is a display of technologies and vegetable crops that researchers with the Horticulture Innovation Lab have been using with farmers in Africa, Asia and Central America. Led by UC ANR’s Elizabeth Mitcham in the UC Davis Department of Plant Sciences, this program harnesses the agricultural …

UC Scientist Gives Orchards a Whole New Color

Parlier, Calif., (July 26, 2017) – For centuries, farmers have used all the colors of the rainbow to assess their orchards: The bright pink of blossoms in springtime, the vibrant green of heathy leaves, the red blush on fruit ready to harvest. However, there are wavelengths beyond what a typical human eye can see that also provide valuable information about …

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