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CA Wine Sales Hit $35.2 Billion in U.S. Market

California wine shipments in the U.S. reached an estimated retail value of $35.2 billion in 2017, up 3% from the previous year. The state shipped 241 million nine-liter cases in the U.S. in 2017, up 1%. California wine sales to all markets, including shipments to the U.S. and exports worldwide, were 278 million cases in 2017. “Consumers in the U.S. …

New Dairy Princess Crowned
 in Fresno County

Monserrat Vazquez of Fresno Selected as District 8 Dairy Princess Monserrat Vazquez of Riverdale was selected as the 2018 Dairy Princess for the California Milk Advisory Board’s (CMAB) District 8. The crowning took place before a crowd of approximately 100 dairy industry members and their families and friends, on Friday, April 27, 2018, at the C.P.D.E.S. Hall in Fresno. Retiring …

Minimizing Risks for Food Recalls & What to do During Them

Special Thanks to This Video’s Sponsor Any grower or packer that has experienced a food recall knows how stressful things can get and all that is at stake; yet those who have never experienced them tend to be the least prepared for a recall when it occurs.  Watch this brief video interview with Rachael Dettmann Spiegel as she addressed growers, …

New CA Water Bond on the November 2018 Ballot

Special Thanks to This Video’s Sponsor Great news for growers!  The California Water Bond has been officially approved for the 2018 ballot.  So what does it entail?  Watch this brief video interview with Gerald Meral from the Natural Heritage Institute as he explains and read more about it in Pacific Nut Producer Magazine. Enjoy our Ag video news?  Be sure …

Alfalfa Project Reports Massive Water Savings

The Alfalfa Project (TAP) recently released its environmental impact report of the last three years, sharing that water usage on alfalfa farms using its precision agriculture practices and subsurface drip irrigation dropped by nearly half. The 47% water savings totaled 3.1 billion gallons of water over three years on 1,100 acres during 2015-2016 and 1,430 acres during 2017 that took …

Small Grains and Soil Health Field Meeting, June 5

UC Cooperative Extension will host a Small Grains and Soil Health Field Meeting on Tuesday, June 5, 2018, from 9:30am to noon, on Staten Island in the San Joaquin County Delta. The agenda is pasted below and attached. The attached version includes a map and directions. We have applied for CCA continuing education credits, and light refreshments will be provided. …

Sonoma County Winegrowers Lead the Industry in Sustainability

Special Thanks to This Video’s Sponsor! Sonoma County Winegrowers made a bold commitment just a few years ago to reach 100% certified sustainability, and they are well on their way to achieving their goal by 2019.  Watch this brief interview with Karissa Kruse, who explained the program and unveiled their new certified sustainable logo to be printed on all of …

Westlands Water District Selects New General Counsel

On May 15, 2018, the Westlands Water District Board of Directors appointed Jon D. Rubin to the position of General Counsel, effective June 1, 2018. Mr. Rubin brings to the District a wealth of knowledge, experience, and expertise to help handle the many issues and pressures the famers and people of Westlands face every day. As General Counsel, Mr. Rubin …

UC Davis Seed Biotechnology Center (SBC) Recognized for Education Efforts

UC Davis is excited and proud to announce the placement of UC Davis SBC Education Director Rale Gjuric on EUROPEAN SEED’s list of highly influential people in 2017. In a time where seed companies worldwide are having trouble filling their breeding vacancies, Rale has been instrumental in spearheading education efforts that have trained numerous students. Under his leadership, the UC Davis Plant …

NEW STUDY REVEALS CA CITRUS ECONOMIC IMPACT 

Citrus Research Board Quantifies Industry Importance     The total economic impact of California’s iconic citrus industry is $7.117 billion according to a new study commissioned by the Citrus Research Board (CRB). “In updating our economic analysis, we selected a well-known expert, Bruce Babcock, Ph.D., a professor in the School of Public Policy at the University of California, Riverside, to …

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