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Fresh market vegetable and melon production for the 24 selected crops estimated in 2014 totaled 413 million hundredweight for the U.S., down 1 percent from last year. For the 24 selected vegetables and melons estimated in 2014, California continued to be the leading fresh market State, accounting for 47 percent of the harvested area, 52 percent of production, and 60 percent of the value.

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The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), working in coordination with California agricultural officials, has declared the Red Palm Weevil eradicated from the Laguna Beach area of Orange County.

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Tomato growers gathered in Modesto yesterday to hear about a slew of topics at the California Tomato Growers Association meeting.

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The California State Fair is expanding its commercial competitions for 2015 to include a competition for extra virgin olive oil. Of all the olive oil produced in the United States, California produces 99 percent of it.

Extra virgin olive oils in more than 15 different classes and divisions, including blends and flavored olive oils will be judged during the competition. The entry deadline is April 1, 2015. The California State Fair Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition is open only to California olive oil producers.

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In today’s report we have the California Hay Report, the Arizona/California/Nevada Direct Feeder Cattle Review, the California Shell Eggs: Daily Egg Report, the CDFA California Dairy Review (.pdf), the California Dairy Information Bulletin (.pdf) and the end of the day market numbers for other commodities.

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Everett Griner talks about research producing improved grasses in today’s Agri View.

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With California farmers and ranchers preparing for a potential fourth consecutive drought year, the California State Board of Food and Agriculture will meet with federal and state officials to discuss drought operations and potential actions for 2015.  The meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 3rd, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the California Department of Food and Agriculture, 1220 ‘N’ Street – Main Auditorium, Sacramento, CA 95814.

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Unified Wine and Grape Symposium
Wednesday’s general session at the Unified Wine and Grape Symposium started with an update on the state of the industry. Jon Fredrikson of Gomberg, Fredrikson and Associates delivered some difficult facts, and but also a lot of good news. Sabrina Hill spoke with Fredrikson after the session.

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In today’s Almond Update, UC Davis Apiculturist Emeritus Eric Mussen talks about bee population problems.

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Today’s issue of Citrus Industry This Week from Florida includes a report from a Peace River citrus growers forum and the pros and cons of a potential federal marketing order for orange juice. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe free and view the current issue. Click here to subscribe to the monthly Citrus Industry magazine.

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Everett Griner talks about fruit harvest still a hand industry in today’s Agri View.

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Farmers, ranchers and citizens in general should be concerned about the court’s disregard for individual privacy. This court seems to believe that the Internet age has eliminated the individual’s interest in controlling the distribution of his or her personal information. We strongly disagree.”

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The California Department of Food and Agriculture’s Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) is currently accepting full proposals for a 2015 special grant on nitrogen management research. This grant opportunity is independent of the previously announced request for concept proposals regarding the use of fertilizing materials and nutrient management in California croplands.

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While pesticide spray drift incidents are dramatically down in Kern County, area farm interests continue to meet and discuss ways to further enhance safety. Farmers, pest control advisors and applicators who have an interest in ensuring pesticide spraying safety are holding their ninth annual SpraySafe event on January 30, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Kern County Fairgrounds.  The SpraySafe program was born in Kern County and created by a group of Kern County farmers to reduce spray drift, enhance worker safety and protect public health through more effective communications.

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Len Wilcox explains how this humble nut is a symbol of California Agriculture.

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Everett Griner talks about how not all international trade crosses oceans in today’s Agri View.

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Growers got organized and introduced to grower liaisons in Fresno County for asian citrus psylid quarantine procedures and area-wide treatments.

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Unfortunately once a vine is infected with Pierce’s disease there is little left to do other than pulling the plant.

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Even with lower glassy winged sharpshooter numbers this year, experts want growers to know the signs of Pierce’s disease in grape vines.

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Obama, Vilsack Visit to CA

AgNet West was the only network given a one-on-one interview with U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack during his visit to California to discuss the drought and the only farm news network given White House press approval for the President's visit.