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Dairy Organizations Lament Impact of Canada’s Barriers to Dairy Trade as North American Summit Begins

Dairy industryThe United States, Canada and Mexico kicked off the North American Leaders’ Summit in Ottawa. One topic of key importance in the trading relationship between the United States and Canada has been Canada’s persistent undermining of U.S. dairy export access, a pattern that has cost American dairy farmers and processors hundreds of millions of dollars. Most recently, Canada has instituted a new pricing policy at the provincial level that is designed to discourage Canadian processors from using imported dairy products. Continue reading

California State Board of Agriculture Starts Discussions on 2018 Farm Bill

Meeting on July 5th in Sacramento

2018 farm billThe California State Board of Food and Agriculture will begin discussions on the 2018 farm bill at its upcoming meeting on July 5th in Sacramento. The meeting will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the California Department of Food and Agriculture – Main Auditorium, 1220 N Sacramento, CA 95814.

“Developing California’s priorities for the 2018 farm bill allows us to help frame the discussion as preparations begin at the federal level,” said CDFA Secretary Karen Ross. “This meeting is the beginning of our outreach efforts to stakeholders to gather input and help shape California’s recommendations concerning national farm programs and policy.” Continue reading

The fruit was plenty on the trees at the recent avocado seminar series tour and that is partially due to using all of the soil moisture tools available to the grower.

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water challenges
A good portion of California’s agriculture industry still faces water challenges, especially the southern end of the state.

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safe juice
Cathy Isom tells us about the research happening right now to keep some of our favorite fruit and juice nutritious, delicious, and safe! That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. Hear Cathy’s report and learn more. →

Today’s commodity report: California Weekly Wholesale Feedstuff Prices, California F.O.B. Price for Extra Grade and Grade A Nonfat Dry Milk, California Shell Eggs: Daily Egg Report, Shell Eggs: Daily National Egg Market and other commodity end of the day market numbers.

USDA California Weekly Wholesale Feedstuff Prices (.pdf)

The May 2016 Milk Production / Pooling Data has been posted to the CDFA Dairy Marketing Branch website. Check ending market prices. →

Everett Griner talks about outbreak of a disease affecting Mink in today’s Agri View. Hear Everett’s report and learn more. →

NMPF Joins More Than 1,000 Food and Farm Groups in Letter to Senate Leaders Urging Passage of Roberts-Stabenow Biotech Food Labeling Legislation

Coalition-for-Safe-Affordable-Food farmThe National Milk Producers Federation joined a group of more than 1,000 agriculture, business and food companies in urging the Senate to pass legislation that would create a uniform, federal system for labeling foods produced using biotechnology. NMPF and its 31 member cooperatives were among the 1,065 signers of the letter, as were dozens of dairy food companies and state dairy farm associations. Continue reading

In today’s California Kitchen, learn to cook amazing Black Berry Pound Cake with The Untamed Chef, Albert J. Hernandez. Here is what you will need:
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From: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of Americapnas-header-logo salinity

Salinity of deep groundwater in California: Water quantity, quality, and protection

by Mary Kanga,1 and Robert B. Jacksona,b,c
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For more on the study, including a video from a Stanford researcher, see: More Groundwater Found in Central Valley


Groundwater withdrawals are increasing across the United States, particularly in California, which faces a growing population and prolonged drought. Deep groundwater aquifers provide an alternative source of fresh and saline water that can be useable with desalination and/or treatment. In the Central Valley alone, fresh groundwater volumes can be increased almost threefold, and useable groundwater volumes can be increased fourfold if we extend depths to 3,000 m. However, some of these deep groundwater resources are vulnerable to contamination from oil/gas and other human activities. Our findings provide the first estimates, to our knowledge, of underground sources of drinking water depths and volumes in California and show the need to better characterize and protect deep groundwater aquifers. Continue reading

Irrigation Beans 3
Flood irrigation got a bad rap during this drought period, especially in the public eye. Sometimes the system is necessary and can be as efficient as any other.

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8NCREDIBLE recordA 1952 8-N Ford Tractor, built by former NASCAR driver Jack Donohue, and dubbed 8NCREDIBLE took the title of the World’s Fastest Farm Tractor back in September of 2015 when it reached 96.3185 miles per hour. Cathy Isom tells us about the World’s Fastest Farm Tractor is now even faster! That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. Hear Cathy’s report and learn more. →

Farm City Newsday Get the latest agriculture news in today’s Farm City Newsday, hosted by Sabrina Hill. To listen or subscribe Continue reading

pork exportsEverett Griner talks about pork exports encouraging this year in today’s Agri View. Hear Everett’s report and learn more. →

Researchers find three times more groundwater than originally thought, deep under Central Valley

Stanford researchers have identified deep aquifers between 1,000 and 3,000 feet under the Central Valley. Challenges surround the water though, including pumping costs, salinity and contamination.

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