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Microbes Associated with Plant Roots Could be a Key to Helping Plants Survive Drought

Berkeley, Calif., (May 2, 2018) – As sorghum plants cope with drought conditions, the plants’ roots and adjoining microbial communities are communicating in a chemical language that appears to improve the plants’ chances under water stress. “It’s amazing,” said Peggy Lemaux, UC Cooperative Extension specialist. “We know there are lots of microbes in the soil and, for the most part, …

2018 Omnibus Bill Nixes DUNS and SAM Requirements for Farmers

Washington, D. C., (May 2, 2018) – Effectively immediately, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) financial assistance program participants will no longer need a Dun and Bradstreet Universal Number System (DUNS) number, or to register in the System for Award Management (SAM). The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018 (2018 Omnibus Bill), signed by President Donald Trump on March 23, eliminated these …

DWR Increases Water Supply Allocation to State Water Contractors

Sacramento, Calif., (May 2, 2018) – The Department of Water Resources (DWR) today announced a statewide increase in State Water Project (SWP) allocations for 2018. SWP contractors can now expect to receive 30 percent of their requests, up from the initial 15 percent allocation in December and the 20 percent announced in January. “Late precipitation and snow in March has …

Western Growers Endorses California Water Bond

Irvine, Calif., (May 1, 2018) – Western Growers has endorsed a water bond initiative likely to appear on the November 2018 California ballot. The measure would invest $8.877 billion in water infrastructure and programs throughout the state. Following a board discussion and vote on the matter, Western Growers President and CEO Tom Nassif issued the following statement: “The Water Supply …

UC Davis Settles Animal Welfare Citation

Davis, Calif., (May 1, 2018) – The University of California, Davis, has agreed to pay a penalty of $5,000 to the U.S. Department of Agriculture to resolve a citation under the Animal Welfare Act. The July 2016 citation described a procedure on a rabbit that was to be euthanized before recovering from anesthesia. The rabbit died under anesthesia when a …

Turning Integrated Pest Management Ideas Into Action

Davis, Calif., (April 30, 2018) – Pests have always been a bane of human existence. Modern society has developed effective pest management, “but there is no kind and gentle way to kill things,” said Brian Leahy, the director of the California Department of Pesticide Regulation, in remarks at the April 2018 IPM Summit. The ever increasing incidence of invasive pests …

Depooling—Should I Be Scared?

Modesto, Calif., (April 30, 2018) – Depooling has been praised and vilified; its impact has been exaggerated and understated. And a lot of producers are left wondering: what does it mean to me? One thing sure is certain, it is very different than what we have in California. Class 3, 4a and 4b plants can make the decision to depool …

Reflections on Earth Day and the Role of Farmers and Ranchers

Sacramento, Calif., (April 30, 2018) – As Earth Day was celebrated, I couldn’t help but think about how lucky I am to have grown up on a farm with a dad who inspired me with his love for the land.  His life-long curiosity led him to constantly look at new and innovative practices to steward natural resources and improve the …

101st Annual Meeting of Members Celebrates Farm Bureau Leaders

Tulare, Calif., (April 27, 2018) – Tulare County Farm Bureau is pleased to announce their annual celebration of members and leaders to take place during the 101st Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner to be hosted on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at 6:00 pm at the Heritage Complex in Tulare.  Tickets for the event are $50 each and can be purchased by contacting the Tulare …

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