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US Trade Mitigation Package Direct Payments for Almonds

The Almond Alliance of California appreciates the efforts by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to establish the procedures required to provide direct payments to almond growers to help offset some of the damage being incurred due to the retaliatory tariffs imposed by China and Turkey. As announced today by Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, growers of California almonds are now …

New Technology to Irrigate More Precisely at Pine Ridge Vineyards

Irrigating grapevines just got much easier for Gustavo Avina at Pine Ridge Vineyards in Napa Valley.  Utilizing new weather stations and tracking vine evapotranspiration rates has helped to simplify his job as vineyard manager and cover more ground.  Watch this brief video with Gustavo as he shares his experience, and read more about it in the coming issue of American …

Complying with Heat Illness Prevention Regulations on the Farm

Temperatures are finally cooling down a bit, but it’s important to remember that as temperatures rise above 80 degrees Fahrenheit (day or night), there are laws and regulations growers and farm labor contractors must abide by as farm employees labor out in the vineyard.  This was shared by Jack Passarella from The Zenith at a recent Sun-Maid grower grower meeting …

Understanding the Heat Illness Prevention Regulations

By Anna Genasci, QAL, Assistant Director of Education, AgSafe Don’t be fooled by end of the summer cooler temperatures.  Harvest is still underway for many ag commodities, and heat stress is still a major concern for our farm employees.  It is important to understand not only the precautions to take to keep employees safe while working in the heat, but also the elements …

Almond Board on International Trade War Impact

The California almond industry relies heavily on exports, and with a crop that continues to grow in volume every year, expanding those markets in the future will be critical. On the contrary, with the lack of resolution to the current international trade disputations, and now almond harvest well underway, the industry is naturally very concerned about how these issues will …

RBA Makes Record Price Offer on 2018 CA Raisin Crop

Raisin Bargaining Association Board Members gathered Monday evening (September 10th), and came up with a record high price offer for the 2018 California raisin crop.  Watch this brief interview with RBA CEO Kalem Barserian as he shares the price and how they came to that number. Read more about it in American Vineyard Magazine. Enjoy our Ag video news?  Be …

Key Indicators that Wine Grapes are Ready for Harvest

So how do you know when your wine grapes are ready for harvest? Wineries are looking for more than just solid brix levels. There are other chemical indicators to consider. This was one of the topics of discussion at California State University Fresno’s biennial industry Grape Day. Watch this brief interview with Tim Holt from E&J Gallo Winery as he …

Smoke from Wildfires Slows CA Raisin Grape Maturity

Although most folks in the Central Valley of California have been safe from the ravaging wildfires around California, they have still suffered the affects that the ash and smoke have brought into the Valley.  It has caused airline flight delays due to obscured vision and increased allergies & asthma among the public; but what some raisin growers have been discovering …

Sonoma Winegrowers’ Karissa Kruse Honored as CAWG Leader of the Year

At the 2018 annual Summer Conference of the California Association of Winegrape growers (CAWG), Sonoma County Winegrowers President Karissa Kruse was honored as CAWG’s Leader of the Year for her outstanding efforts in leading the world’s first 100% sustainable wine region, community outreach amidst the 2017 North Coast Wildfires, and much more.  Watch this video presentation honoring Kruse and read …

Changes with State Water & Air Resources Board to Impact CA Dairies

The regulatory affairs of the State of the California are ever changing, and it’s important for dairy producers to be aware of them. That’s why organizations like Western United Dairymen exist, to not only support dairy producers in complying with the changes, but also to lobby on behalf of the industry to limit some of these negative changes impacted the …

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