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Vine Mealybug

Courtesy: UCANR

The vine mealybug continues to be an issue for California grape growers. The pest can be hard to manage due to the size of infestations, especially for table grape growers. Continue reading

help bees
Continuing her series on pollinators, Cathy Isom gives us five ways to help out some magnificent creatures that are vital to our food supply. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. Hear Cathy’s report and learn more. →

grocery
In a new industry-wide effort to reduce consumer confusion about product date labels, grocery manufacturers and retailers have joined together to adopt standard wording on packaging about the quality and safety of products. Continue reading

corn mexico deal
The CEO of global agribusiness company Bunge Limited says U.S. corn is a better deal for Mexico than corn from Argentina or Brazil. Continue reading

red meat consumption
Everett Griner talks about a new study on red meat consumption in today’s Agri View. Hear Everett’s report and learn more. →

National Pork Board
At year-end 2016, U.S. pork exports showed impressive progress following a challenging 2015. In 2016, 5.1 billion pounds of pork and pork variety meats valued at $5.94 billion dollars were exported, up 8 percent and 7 percent respectively from 2015, according to the USDA. Continue reading

Rural Mainstreet Climbs to Highest Level Since September 2015:
But Only 15 Percent Report Expanding Economy

February Survey Results at a Glance:
rural mainstreet
* The overall index, while remaining below growth neutral, rose to its highest level since September 2015.
* More than one-third of bank CEOs reported their local economy remains in an economic downturn.  Only 14.9 percent of bankers indicated their local economy was expanding.
* On average, farmland prices have declined by 5.1 percent over the past 12 months. Continue reading

Roasted Asparagus Soufflé
In today’s California Kitchen, learn to cook amazing roasted asparagus soufflé with The Untamed Chef, Albert J. Hernandez. Here is what you will need:
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farm bill
Reduced spending under the 2014 farm bill contributed greatly to the nation’s deficit reduction effort. However, additional cuts to the 2018 farm bill would present perils on many fronts, a diverse coalition today told congressional appropriations and budget leaders. Continue reading

nominees
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking nominations to fill 13 seats on the National Watermelon Promotion Board.

The board is seeking nominees for two producer member seats and two handler member seats in District One. It is also seeking nominees for one public member seat and eight importer member seats. Selected representatives will serve three-year terms. Continue reading

Pre-proposals for innovative partner-driven projects due April 21

regional conservation
In January 2017, USDA invited potential conservation partners to submit project applications for federal funding through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP).

Through this fourth RCPP Announcement for Program Funding (APF), USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will award up to $252 million to locally driven, public-private partnerships that improve the nation’s water quality, combat drought, enhance soil health, support wildlife habitat and protect agricultural viability.  Applicants must match or exceed the federal award with private or local funds. Continue reading

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

Botryosphaeria concerns
All of the rain this winter is a welcomed sight, but it also brings back some serious botryosphaeria concerns growers haven’t seen in a while. Continue reading

bees
Cathy Isom tells us about the small mid-western town hoping to create a lot of buzz for bees and other pollinators. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. Hear Cathy’s report and learn more. →

avian flu
Everett Griner talks about Avian Flu spreading overseas in today’s Agri View. Hear Everett’s report and learn more. →

Asparagus Puree
In today’s California Kitchen, learn to cook amazing asparagus puree with The Untamed Chef, Albert J. Hernandez. Here is what you will need:
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California Rain
This weekend’s rains in Southern California – potentially the area’s largest rain event this decade – have potential to both improve water supplies and create flash flooding events. Rod Bain has the story.

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

Cows at California Dairy The USDA will head to the Clovis area on Wednesday, February 22, to follow up on the California dairy proposal it released earlier this month. That proposal was the recommendation of a federal milk marketing order, which would incorporate all of California. California Department of Food and Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross said Wednesday’s session is an important part of the process.

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day
Cathy Isom tells us about some one president which gave us a sweet and delicious way to celebrate President’s Day. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. Hear Cathy’s report and learn more. →

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