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New Labor Laws Factored Into UC Cost Studies for Table Grape Production

Davis, Calif., (April 25, 2018) – To help table grape growers make decisions on which varieties to grow, the UC Agriculture and Natural Resources’ Agricultural Issues Center has released four new studies on the costs and returns of table grapes in the Southern San Joaquin Valley. The studies on different table grape varieties are each based on a 500-acre farm …

California and Chile to Co-Host Webinar On Climate Adaptation Strategies

Sacramento, Calif., (April 25, 2018) – Prolonged droughts. Erratic rainfall. Fluctuating temperatures. These extreme weather events are just some of the many ways climate change is exacerbating existing challenges faced by farmers and ranchers across the globe.  According to the United Nations, more than 80 percent of the damage and losses caused by drought is to agriculture, especially livestock and …

Unplanned Effect of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act

Water Attorney Shortages – Advocacy & Ethical Conflicts The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (“SGMA”) has led to an unintended and unpublicized effect: a shortage of water law attorneys that can provide non-conflicted representation of farmers, water districts and groundwater sustainability agencies (“GSAs”). Although in the past, water law attorneys had to bridle the ethical and advocacy wall between representing farmers …

UC ANR’s Elkus Ranch is an Outdoor Classroom for Local Youth

Half Moon Bay, Calif., (April 24, 2018) – Each year, about 9,000 kids visit the UC Agriculture and Natural Resources Elkus Ranch in Half Moon Bay for hands-on educational experiences in urban horticulture, nutrition, food safety, pest management, livestock management and food preservation, reported Sara Hayden in April 2018 issue of Half Moon Bay Magazine (the article begins on p. 16). Hayden visited the …

UC Davis World Food Center Relaunches

Davis, Calif., (April 24, 2018) – The University of California, Davis, has renewed its World Food Center within the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. The World Food Center’s mission is to mobilize the research, educational and outreach resources of UC Davis to promote innovative, sustainable and equitable food systems. “The renewed program intends to work on local, national and …

Produce Safety Program Launches Website

Sacramento, Calif., (April 24, 2018) – A new website has been launched by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) to help California farmers understand how to comply with new food safety regulations known as the Produce Safety Rule, which went into effect nationwide in January. The website introduces users to the Produce Safety Program, a newly created unit …

California Table Grape Shipments Pass 109 Million Mark Again

Fresno, Calif., (April 23, 2018) – California table grape growers produced 109.1 million boxes in 2017 with a crop value of $1.81 billion. A majority of the crop is typically consumed domestically and in 2017 that remained true with 64.2 percent of the crop consumed in the U.S. and 35.8 percent consumed in export markets. California table grapes were shipped …

CDFA Fertilization Guidelines Offer Insight On A Number Of Crops

Davis, Calif., (April 23, 2018) – California grows over 400 commodities that account for one-third of the country’s vegetable production and two-thirds of the country’s fruit and nut production. For many of these crops, there are various research and technical articles available that provide fertilization information. However, this information is often hard to find and can take hours of searching …

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