Monthly Archives: August 2017

UC Masters Gardeners’ 5 Tips to Boost Beneficial

California Ag Network

Stockton, Calif., (August 31, 2017) – With a little care and planning, anyone can make their little corner of the earth safe and friendly for bees. UC Master Gardener volunteer Clare Bhakta of San Joaquin County shared bee-friendly strategies during a community workshop in August, extending the reach of research information developed by UC Agriculture and Natural Resources. “Lure bees in,” Bhakta said. “If you make …

$4.5 Million Grant Funds New Disease-Resistant Strawberries

Davis, Calif., (August 30, 2017) – The Public Strawberry Breeding Program at the University of California, Davis, and colleagues in California and Florida have received a $4.5 million grant from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture of the U.S. Department of Agriculture to improve the disease resistance and sustainable production of strawberries throughout the nation. The collaborative grant is good news …

Tracking Down the Jumping Genes of Maize

Davis, Calif., (August 30, 2017) – The “jumping genes” of maize have finally been mapped by an international team led by researchers at the University of California, Davis, and the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. The discovery could ultimately benefit the breeding and production of maize, one of the world’s most important crops. Transposable elements, or transposons, are DNA sequences that …

The Key to Drought-Tolerant Crops May be in the Leaves

California Ag Network

Los Angeles, Calif., (August 29, 2017) – A solution to help farmers to grow crops in dry areas or during stretches of drought may depend on breeding and cultivating plants that protect themselves with a thicker layer of leaf wax, a new study shows. Sarah Feakins, a scientist at USC who has studied leaf wax in the context of climate …

Lilly Pimentel To Be Honored With Kings County Farm Bureau’s President’s Award

Hanford, Calif., (August 29, 2017) – Lilly Pimentel, ag teacher for Hanford Joint Union High School District, will be honored with the President’s Award at Kings County Farm Bureau’s Annual Meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 17. Annual Meeting is an opportunity to celebrate Kings County Farm Bureau’s 99 successful years advocating for agriculture and to honor those in the community that …

USDA California Crop/Weather Report

USDA Crop/Weather Report

Sacramento, Calif., (August 29, 2017) – Another relatively uneventful week across the State, with mostly dry conditions and increasing temperatures at the end of the week. This was primarily due to a strengthening mid-level ridge over the western United States. A mostly dry week with only very localized scattered showers across parts of the Sierras Monday and Tuesday. These showers …

CDFA Reopens Application Submission Period For Grants To Provide Technical Assistance For The Alternative Manure Management Program (AMMP)

Sacramento, Calif., (August 28, 2017) – CDFA has reopened the acceptance period for technical assistance providers to submit applications for financial grants that can be used to provide technical assistance to dairy and livestock operators applying for the Alternative Manure Management Program (AMMP). CDFA is seeking applications from non-profit organizations, California academic institutions, and California Resource Conservation Districts for grant funds …

Fresno County Trends Downward in 2016 Crop and Livestock Report

Fresno, Calif., (August 28, 2017) – The Fresno County Department of Agriculture’s 2016 Crop and Livestock Report (Crop Report) was presented to the Fresno County Board of Supervisors today.  As a nod to Fresno County Farm Bureau’s (FCFB) centennial this year, Fresno County Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer of Weights and Measures Les Wright and Department staff recognized the organization throughout the report. …

CDFA Announces Grant Funding Available For The 2017 Alternative Manure Management Program

Sacramento, Calif., (August 28, 2017) – The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is now accepting applications for the Alternative Manure Management Program (AMMP). CDFA was appropriated $50 million dollars from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, authorized by the Budget Act of 2016, to provide financial assistance for methane emission reductions from dairy and livestock operations. The AMMP is …

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