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Tristan Benson Joins Sonoma County Farm Bureau’s Board of Directors

Santa Rosa, Calif., (March 15, 2018) – Tristan Benson has joined the Board of Directors for Sonoma County Farm Bureau. Benson, 34, joins the board as the chair of the Sonoma-Marin Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R), a committee of Sonoma County Farm Bureau for active agriculturists between the ages of 18 and 35 who are involved in production, banking, business, …

Bee-Well Farms: Resilience In The Face of Destruction

In The Face of Destruction, Austin and Melissa Lely Are Resilient Young Farmers with a Positive Outlook on the Future of Agriculture Glen Ellen, Calif., (March 15, 2018) – Austin and Melissa Lely met at Chico State in 2010. They graduated as recreation majors and neither had a farming background. After graduating, the married couple moved to Glen Ellen, near …

UC Estimates Costs And Returns For Growing Garbanzo Beans

Sacramento, Calif., (March 15, 2018) – The UC Agriculture and Natural Resources’ Agricultural Issues Center has released two new studies on the estimated costs and returns of producing garbanzo beans, also known as chick peas, in the Sacramento and San Joaquin Valleys. “Although acreage is relatively small, garbanzos are an important crop because California growers produce the large, cream-colored seed …

Fresno County Department of Agriculture Crop Report

Fresno County Department of Agriculture Crop Report for the Month Ending Sunday, February 28, 2018 Fresno, Calif., (March 14, 2018) – Irrigated grain fields continued to grow well and some fields started to develop seed heads. Broadleaf herbicides were applied as needed. Dry-land barley, triticale, oats, and wheat struggled with lack of rain. Ground preparation in rice fields started. Alfalfa …

Peach Blossom Festival Brings 5,000 Youth To Fresno State Campus

Fresno, Calif., (March 14, 2018) – About 5,000 children representing nearly 145 elementary schools from the San Joaquin Valley will participate in the 60th annual Peach Blossom Festival of Oral Interpretation on Thursday and Friday, March 8 and 9, in various locations on the Fresno State campus. The festival, which attracts schools from Livingston to Delano, was created to help young people gain knowledge and appreciation …

Farm Tours Teach Children About Fresh Food at the California State Fair Farm!

Sacramento, Calif., (March 14, 2018) – The California State Fair Kaiser Permanente Farm does more than grow food; it grows knowledge and enriches the lives of area youth and even peaks the students’ interest to pursue careers in California’s number one industry: Agriculture. School tours at The Farm teach K-6th graders about California fresh produce at the 3.5 acre working farm. Schools from …

Successes & Concerns for the American Pistachio Industry

Special Thanks to This Video’s Sponsor Pistachio growers just enjoyed gathering for the annual American Pistachio Growers Conference last week. Watch this conference wrap-up interview with APG Executive Director Richard Matoian as he shares the current State of the Pistachio Industry, both the successes, and some concerns for the industry moving forward. Read more about it in the coming issue …

Saying Farewell to a Friend of Agriculture

Sacramento, Calif., (March 13, 2018) – One person can make a difference and sometimes we don’t have the time to say goodbye. It is with great sadness we say goodbye to our dear colleague and friend from the Netherlands, Mr. Ton Akkerman who passed away suddenly last month. Ton was Dutch Counselor for Agriculture at the Royal Netherlands Embassy in …

Backyard Chickens Need More Regulation

Davis, Calif., (March 13, 2018) – Historically, keeping backyard chickens was a response to economic hardship — whether it was in the Depression or during wartime food rationing. But a growing number of chickens today are roaming or are caged on small family farms and in backyards, as suburban and urban poultry gains more popularity among consumers. Many people prefer …

High School Students Who Worked with UC Mentors Big Winners In Ag Science Fair

Davis, Calif., (March 12, 2018) – Nine Woodlake High School students took part in the UC Davis Agriscience fair research project competition, held at the campus March 2-3. Several who worked with UC Lindcove Research and Extension Center scientists took home winning ribbons. “We are very proud that we played a part in making these students winners,” said Beth Grafton-Cardwell, Lindcove director. Lindcove has been conducting …

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