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UC releases new cost studies for growing almonds

uc davis agricultural resource economics logoUC Agricultural Issues Center has released three new studies on the cost and returns of growing almonds in the Sacramento and San Joaquin valleys. One study focuses on organic production of almonds. Continue reading

In today’s California Kitchen, learn to cook amazing marinated zucchini with purple onions and balsamic vinegar with The Untamed Chef, Albert J. Hernandez. Here is what you will need:
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Urban Agriculture
Online Resource Draws on USDA’s and Partners’ Experience with Launching and Sustaining Urban Agriculture Operations

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today unveiled theUSDA Urban Agriculture Toolkit, a new resource created by USDA’s Know Your Farmer team to help entrepreneurs and community leaders successfully create jobs and increase access to healthy food through urban agriculture.

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Strong storm gathers
Rain, wind and hail that hit parts of California during the past week have caused farmers some concern, as they evaluate the potential impact to a number of crops in the Central Valley.

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Identifying Vine Mealybug

Free vine mealybug poster. Courtesy: UCCE


Vine mealybug continues to be spotted in vineyards along the coast. Identifying this emerging pest early can save a producer in the long run.

San Luis Obispo Viticulture Farm Advisor Mark Battany blogged about identifying vine mealybug in vineyards. The bug is an emerging problem for grape growers and he says it continues to spread along the coast, spotted in both San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties.

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USDA Announces $6 Million in Available Funding for Antimicrobial Resistance Research

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the availability of $6 million to fund research to address antimicrobial resistance (AMR). This funding is available through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill, and administered by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). Continue reading

fertilizer
Why would you spend tons of money going out to buy fertilizer? Cathy Isom tells us how to create our own all-natural fertilizer. 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

commodity
Today’s commodity report: California Shell Eggs: Daily Egg Report, Shell Eggs: Daily National Egg Market and other commodity end of the day market numbers.

The April 2016 Class 4a, 4b prices have been posted to the Dairy Marketing website.

The March 2016 Milk Production / Pooling Data has been posted to the Dairy Marketing Branch website. Continue reading

cattle ranching
Everett Griner talks about cattle ranching in the U. S. is big business in today’s Agri View. Hear Everett’s report, watch the video and learn more. →

In today’s California Kitchen, learn to cook amazing brandy garlic chicken liver pate with orange marmalade with The Untamed Chef, Albert J. Hernandez. Here’s what you’ll need:
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Combat Citrus Greening
Researchers studying ways to address citrus greening will soon have more support in their efforts through USDA funding availability. Rod Bain has the story.

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dairy
In an effort to further advance the National Milk Producers Federation’s strategic agenda, Emily Meredith, formerly NMPF’s vice president of animal care, has been promoted to chief of staff, the organization announced Thursday.

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USDA Unveils New ‘Urban Agriculture Toolkit’ for Urban Farmers and Agri-business Entrepreneurs

Online Resource Draws on USDA’s and Partners’ Experience with Launching and Sustaining Urban Agriculture Operations Points Producers to Helpful Financial and Technical Resources

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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack unveiled the USDA Urban Agriculture Toolkit, a new resource created by USDA’s Know Your Farmer team to help entrepreneurs and community leaders successfully create jobs and increase access to healthy food through urban agriculture. From neighborhood gardens grown on repurposed lots, to innovative mobile markets and intensive hydroponic and aquaculture operations, urban food production is rapidly growing into a mature business sector in cities across the country. Continue reading

Avocado Survey

Avocado Commission Seeks Grower Input, Deadline April 30th

The California Avocado Commission (CAC) is conducting its annual grower crop estimate survey. It is important that California avocado growers complete the survey in order to fine-tune the estimate and better predict the harvest flow to market.

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