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Four Companies Shaking Up Food Safety

The CDC estimates that 48 million people get sick due to foodborne illness each year – but what if they didn’t have to? Can you imagine a world without foodborne illness? That’s the dream, right? Well, these four emerging technology companies are working hard to make that dream a reality. IBM Block chain is a buzz word in Food Safety …

California Dairy Digital Magazine: October 2018 Issue

California Dairy Magazine October Issue

Bordessa Dairy Featured In Scaling Up Climate Smart Ag Event Producers, Officials Discuss Role of Ag in Creating Solutions Changing Manure Management to Reduce Dairy Methane Emissions Detailed Study Provides “Whole Dairy” Methane Analysis in CA Dairy Safety 101 Revisiting Dairy Hazard Prevention CA Federal Milk Marketing Order Implementation Underway CDFA Sets Final Prices – Up from September

California Crop/Weather Report Week Ending October 21, 2018

USDA Crop/Weather Report

WEATHER Low pressure aloft across the state led to cool conditions through midweek. Temperatures rested at below to near normal levels during the first half of the week. By midweek, the low pressure aloft moved toward the east allowing for high pressure to build over the region. This allowed for a warming trend to develop in which temperatures were expected …

FDA’s “Intentional Adulteration” Rule

Don’t Get Behind As with many of FDA’s new rules that are part of the Food Safety Modernization Act, the Intentional Adulteration rule sets a standard for the industry that’s similar to what many food processors already have in place.  Companies which have a GFSI certification, like SQF or BRC, already have something called a “Food Defense” plan that includes …

Presidential Order Restores Western Water Supplies

Today’s order by President Trump will provide welcome relief to Western farmers, cities, rural communities and wildlife refuges that have struggled under water supply rules that are long overdue for an update. Prioritizing national interest and the value of California food production, the president’s order requires the re-consultation of the biological opinions to be completed and fully implemented by August …

Testing Your Product for Glyphosate

Glyphosate: In the News Chances are you’ve been hearing a lot in the news recently about glyphosate, the active ingredient in the herbicide and plant growth regulator Roundup®. In early August, a jury awarded $289 million to a former groundskeeper who claimed that exposure to Roundup® caused his non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. This heavily publicized case was quickly followed by a report …

A REPORT ON CALIFORNIA’S BROKEN WATER SYSTEM – Westland’s Food for Thought

The Silent Squeeze on Agriculture If you had to guess what percentage of the total US production of broccoli came from California, what would you guess? How about almonds, artichokes, celery, dates, figs, garlic, kiwifruit, olives, processing tomatoes, pistachios, plums, prunes, processing strawberries, or walnuts?    If you answered between 95-100% for each product, you would be correct; this is …

Remembering the Creator of the ‘California Raisins’

The passing last week of noted claymation artist Will Vinton brought back memories of his highly-celebrated work in agriculture: the California Raisins, featuring animated characters that rocketed to fame in the ’80s. Vinton himself found fame long before that – winning an Academy Award for co-directing the 1974 short film Closed Mondays. He was the founder of Will Vinton Productions in Portland, …

Farm Tours Offers Rare Insight into Cotton Industry

One of the nation’s few events offering the public an on-the-ground look at cotton production returns in October in the San Joaquin Valley. Growing in popularity over the past decade, the annual Cotton Tour attracts across section of consumers, apparel company representatives and textile industry officialsfrom across the country, offering a unique behind-the-scenes look at how San Joaquin Valley growers …

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