peach crop

Late-Harvest Processing Peaches Bring More Green

Brian German Fruits & Vegetables, Research

New cost studies released by the UC ANR Agricultural Issues Center and UC Cooperative Extension show that peach growers could net roughly $800 more per acre from late-harvest processing peaches compared to extra-early harvest varieties. UC researchers studied the cost of production for extra-early harvested varieties and late-harvested varieties for processing in the San Joaquin Valley and Sacramento.  Processors will …

agricultural research

Ag Committee Features University Leaders in Agricultural Research

Dan Industry News Release, Research

The House Agriculture Committee held a hearing to discuss investments in agricultural research as a continuation of the committee’s hearing series on preparing for the next farm bill. Chairman K. Michael Conaway (TX-11) and members of the committee heard from various university representatives on the opportunities and challenges institutions face in ensuring the U.S. remains a world leader in agricultural …

UC ANR Vice President Testifies Before House Ag Committee

Brian German Farm Bill, Funding

As Congress considers the next Farm Bill, Glenda Humiston, University of California Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources, spoke before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture Thursday, June 22 about the importance of university agricultural research and innovation. In her address, Humiston highlighted the fact that California is the country’s top agricultural state.  “California’s $47 billion agricultural …


Keeping Fruits and Veggies Fresh

Dan Fruits & Vegetables, This Land of Ours

Cathy Isom has some tips about how to keep your fruits and veggies fresher, longer. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. Keeping Fruits and Veggies Fresh There is nothing more annoying or perhaps upsetting when finding one of your favorite fruits and vegetables that you’ve been waiting to enjoy has already ripened to the point of rotten. Every year, …


China Plans Bird Flu Vaccine for Poultry

Dan Industry News Release, Poultry

China will begin vaccinating poultry next month against the H7N9 avian influenza virus which has claimed hundreds of lives and caused major damage to the nation’s poultry industry. Reuters says the program will kick off in early July and targets all species including broiler chickens, ducks, geese and laying hens. The managing director of the China Poultry Association says “in …


Study: TPP Withdrawal Creates Export Loss for U.S., Gains for Canada

Dan Industry News Release, Trade

A new study says the U.S. withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership will cost the nation more than $3 billion in exports. Meanwhile, the remaining 11 members would enjoy marginal gains from the U.S.’ TPP withdrawal, with Mexico and Canada set to benefit the most. A study by a firm from Canada told the Global Trade Review this week that TPP-11 …


NAFTA Renegotiations to Take Center Stage

Dan Industry News Release, Trade

A series of public hearings next week on the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement seeks comments on the efforts. The U.S. is scheduled to post its NAFTA renegotiation goals July 17th, following the meetings. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer told the Senate Finance Committee Wednesday that while the negotiations will then begin August 16th, there is no …

rural broadband

Trump Pledges to Include Rural Broadband in Infrastructure Plan

Dan Industry News Release, Technology

President Donald Trump pledged to include rural broadband in his infrastructure plan while in Iowa Wednesday. The President visited Kirkwood University in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to talk agricultural technology, and held a rally in downtown Cedar Rapids. Trump was joined by Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross while highlighting the need to expand rural broadband to give …

grape farming

Agri View: Grape Farming Expanding

Dan Agri View, Nuts & Grapes

Everett Griner talks about grape farming and wine production in more than just California in today’s Agri View. Grape Farming Expanding You know it takes good grapes to make good wine. California has always been America’s primary source of wine grapes. Grape farmers are among the nation’s most elite group. Of course, there are small and medium vineyards in other …


Pollinator Partnership’s 10th Annual Pollinator Week

Brian German Environment, General

Pollinator Week 2017 is the tenth consecutive year of the program that unifies the nation around the vital issue of pollinator conservation. June 19 through 25 has been designated National Pollinator Week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of the Interior.   More than 160 events across North America have also been organized to support Pollinator Week. …

Dow Degree Day Report: NOW in Pistachios, June 19

Taylor Hillman Dow Degree Day Report, News from our Sponsors

Dow AgroSciences and Intrepid Edge insecticide bring us the Navel Orangeworm (NOW) Degree Day Report for pistachios as of June 19. Degree days are determined using the calculator at the University of California integrated pest management website. All locations use CIMIS weather stations. NOW Degree Day reports are sponsored by Dow AgroSciences and Intrepid Edge insecticide.


Brazil Suing Former JBS Chairman

Dan Industry News Release

Brazil’s President is suing the former JBS board chairman and majority shareholder. President Michel Temer filed two lawsuits this week against Joesley Batista for slander and moral damages, after Batista was quoted in an interview saying Temer is “the head of the most dangerous criminal organization in Brazil.” Batista gave details in a magazine interview of the bribery scheme with …

Swedberg Named to Farm Foundation Board

Dan Industry News Release

Retired Hormel Foods executive Joe Swedberg will lead the Farm Foundation board of directors. Swedberg was reelected earlier this month to serve on Farm Foundation’s board of directors and chair the organization’s board of trustees. Farm Foundation is an agricultural policy institute founded in 1933. The Foundation works to bring stakeholders together to discuss evolving issues, explore options to address …

trade agreement

U.S., U.K to Explore Trade Agreement

Dan Industry News Release, Trade

The United States and the United Kingdom are set to explore a potential trade deal following a meeting of trade officials. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer met with his British counterpart this week to discuss the groundwork for a potential bilateral trade agreement between the U.S. and the U.K., according to Politico. However, any deal with the U.K. cannot be …

water rights

Water Rights Protection Act Offers Relief from Federal Water Extortion

Dan Industry News Release, Legislative, Water

The Water Rights Protection Act, introduced in the House, could bring U.S. ranchers much-needed relief from ongoing efforts by the federal government to extort privately held water rights from law-abiding citizens, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation. “It’s time to put a stop to federal strong-arming of ranchers by a government that owns the majority of the land for …

bovine turberculosis

Ranchers Sue USDA to Renew Country of Origin Labeling

Brian German Cattle, General

Ranchers in Spokane, Washington filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Monday seeking a reinstatement of Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) on meat.  The suit heralds the sentiment of many California ranchers and contends that the labeling is essential for transparency and to allow Americans to support smaller, family-owned ranches. The lawsuit was brought about by the …

Nitrogen Levels in Navel Oranges

Brian German Citrus, Industry News Release

Citrus demands for nitrogen are greatest from bloom through June, making spring the best time to apply supplemental nitrogen fertilizer to navel oranges.  Growers typically apply between 1/10 and 1/4 of their annual nitrogen requirement foliarly, in pre-bloom and post-bloom low-biuret urea sprays. Cooperative Extension Farm Advisor Craig Kallsen has been researching the amount of nitrogen a mature navel orange …