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Record High CA Raisin Price Established for 2018 Crop

The Raisin Bargaining Association and packers came to an agreement on October 19th to establish the highest price ever in California raisin history for the 2018 California raisin crop.  Watch this brief interview with RBA CEO Kalem Barserian as he shares the price and update on inventory. Read more about it in American Vineyard Magazine, and be sure to attend …

California Crop/Weather Report Week Ending October 21, 2018

USDA Crop/Weather Report

WEATHER Low pressure aloft across the state led to cool conditions through midweek. Temperatures rested at below to near normal levels during the first half of the week. By midweek, the low pressure aloft moved toward the east allowing for high pressure to build over the region. This allowed for a warming trend to develop in which temperatures were expected …

FDA’s “Intentional Adulteration” Rule

Don’t Get Behind As with many of FDA’s new rules that are part of the Food Safety Modernization Act, the Intentional Adulteration rule sets a standard for the industry that’s similar to what many food processors already have in place.  Companies which have a GFSI certification, like SQF or BRC, already have something called a “Food Defense” plan that includes …

Presidential Order Restores Western Water Supplies

Today’s order by President Trump will provide welcome relief to Western farmers, cities, rural communities and wildlife refuges that have struggled under water supply rules that are long overdue for an update. Prioritizing national interest and the value of California food production, the president’s order requires the re-consultation of the biological opinions to be completed and fully implemented by August …

Madera Grape Grower Steve Schafer Receives CAWG’s Highest Honor

If you missed the CAWG Summer Conference this year, be sure to check out this video presentation honoring the CAWG Grower of the Year, Steve Schafer. Diversified grower and Vintner in Madera, Schafer grew up in the industry and has also been involved in the community. He has served on many grower boards and leadership roles. Watch this video and …

Testing Your Product for Glyphosate

Glyphosate: In the News Chances are you’ve been hearing a lot in the news recently about glyphosate, the active ingredient in the herbicide and plant growth regulator Roundup®. In early August, a jury awarded $289 million to a former groundskeeper who claimed that exposure to Roundup® caused his non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. This heavily publicized case was quickly followed by a report …

A REPORT ON CALIFORNIA’S BROKEN WATER SYSTEM – Westland’s Food for Thought

The Silent Squeeze on Agriculture If you had to guess what percentage of the total US production of broccoli came from California, what would you guess? How about almonds, artichokes, celery, dates, figs, garlic, kiwifruit, olives, processing tomatoes, pistachios, plums, prunes, processing strawberries, or walnuts?    If you answered between 95-100% for each product, you would be correct; this is …

RBA & Packers Make Progress Toward Record CA Raisin Price

Raisin Bargaining Association Board Members and packers are making progress towards finalizing the high price ever in California raisin history for the 2018 California raisin crop. Watch this brief interview with RBA CEO Kalem Barserian as he shares the progress being made, as well as the recent rainstorm impact on the crop. Read more about it in American Vineyard Magazine, …

Remembering the Creator of the ‘California Raisins’

The passing last week of noted claymation artist Will Vinton brought back memories of his highly-celebrated work in agriculture: the California Raisins, featuring animated characters that rocketed to fame in the ’80s. Vinton himself found fame long before that – winning an Academy Award for co-directing the 1974 short film Closed Mondays. He was the founder of Will Vinton Productions in Portland, …

Farm Tours Offers Rare Insight into Cotton Industry

One of the nation’s few events offering the public an on-the-ground look at cotton production returns in October in the San Joaquin Valley. Growing in popularity over the past decade, the annual Cotton Tour attracts across section of consumers, apparel company representatives and textile industry officialsfrom across the country, offering a unique behind-the-scenes look at how San Joaquin Valley growers …

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