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CA Blueberry & Apple Growers Impacted by Early Spring Freeze

Growers experienced unusually early warm temperatures this year throughout the state that was followed by a severe freeze that lasted long enough to do some damage to various crops in California. Although it will take some time to determine exactly how much damage the freeze caused, watch this brief interview with Alexander Ott from the California Blueberry & Apple Commissions …

Cold Snap Under Way for the Central Coast – What to do on the Berry Side

Sacramento, Calif., (March 1, 2018) – We have a stretch of unusually cold weather, including freezing temperatures at night, underway currently on the Central Coast, and it has attracted a lot of attention. Being originally from Wisconsin, it always slays me what people here think of as cold.  I was up in Cupertino this morning, and overheard a women exclaiming …

New Project Seeks To Build On The Benefits Of Elderberries

Davis, Calif., (January 23, 2018) – Can plants typically grown for hedgerows also be a source of income? That’s the question guiding a new UC study on the potential for farmers to grow elderberries as a commercial crop. Blue elderberry, a California native plant with clusters of small bluish-black berries and a sweet-tart flavor, have long been eaten by Native …

How Farms can Donate Fresh Food for Tax Deductions

Charitable Contributions for Farmers It is common for businesses to receive tax deductions for cash donations, but did you know that the agriculture community can donate fresh foods for a similar benefit? California farmers and agriculture businesses have the opportunity to donate fresh fruits and vegetables in return for some pretty hefty tax breaks. How much is the deduction?  In …

California Fresh Fruit Magazine – November/December Issue – Read It Here!

You can read the PDF version of the November/December Issue of California Fresh Fruit Magazine HERE! Orchard Views Hope Rising From the Ashes of Despair Bridging the Gape Between Farmer & Consumer Rodin Farms Providing Fresh Produce & Ag Education Lake County Enjoys Strong Pear Harvest Scully Packing Reports Quality Crop Advances in Cytospora Canker Management Bacterial Canker Experience in …

California Fresh Fruit Magazine – September/October Issue – Read It Here!

California Fresh Fruit Magazine September/October

You can read the PDF version of the September/October Issue of California Fresh Fruit Magazine HERE! The Survival of a Small Farmer Growing Berry Crops in Santa Barbara Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Orchard Pest Update – Peach Growers Beware Laurel Wilt Disease Devastates Seminar Preps CA Growers for this Deadly Fungus Keeping it Fresh California Fresh Fruit News Briefs Autumn …

USDA California Crop/Weather Report

USDA Crop/Weather Report

Sacramento, Calif., (August 1, 2017) – The weather last week was hot and dry across the State. The summer monsoon across the southwest desert helped trigger some showers across the deserts last week, while additional pockets of moisture found their way into the Sierras and managed to produce a few scattered showers throughout the week. Rainfall was limited to Monday …

Santa Barbara County Agricultural Production Report 2016

Santa Barbara, Calif., (July 7, 2017) – Santa Barbara County Ag Commisioner Cathleen M. Fisher released the Annual Agriculture Crop Report and reported the following as an introduction to the report: In accordance with the provisions of Sections 2272 and 2279 of the California Food and Agricultural Code, I am pleased to submit the 2016 Santa Barbara County Crop Report. …

NAFTA Renegotiations Must Prioritize Ag, Farm Bureau Says

Washington, D. C., (June 28, 2017) – A modernized North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) must build upon market gains for U.S. agriculture and settle remaining challenges for our nation’s farmers and ranchers in our neighboring markets, Don Shawcroft, Colorado Farm Bureau president, stated in a hearing before the U.S. Trade Representative today. “NAFTA has been overwhelmingly beneficial for the …

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