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Malaysian Fruit Fly

Malaysian Fruit Fly (Bactrocera latifrons)
Photo courtesy of CDFA

A portion of Los Angeles County has been placed under quarantine for the Malaysian fruit fly (Bactrocera latifrons) following the detection of two adult female fruit flies in one trap in the Westchester area.

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Farmers and ranchers have been inundated with water issues the past few years. Drought, curtailments, the water bond, federal drought legislation, state drought legislation, diversion monitoring and reporting, El Niño … the list goes on. Those of us at the California Farm Bureau Federation are working hard on each of these issues to represent the interests of agriculture.
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A changing landscape has characterized California’s winegrape growing regions during the past five years, according to speakers at the annual Unified Wine and Grape Symposium.
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Why the Farm Bureau wants to hear from farmers about today’s technology. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours.

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harden-bioThe Women in Agriculture seminar series is this week at the World Ag Expo in Tulare, California. The series is presented and organized by the California Chapter of Women in Agriculture for Mentoring and Empowerment (WAME) and focuses on several aspects of agricultural issues and careers. Several industry leaders are scheduled to speak, including USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden and California Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross.

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Monarch Butterfly
The American seed industry is pulling together in an effort to help save the Monarch butterfly. It’s a move that one farmer says could also save big headaches for him and other growers. Sabrina Hill reports.

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Citrus Crop Forecast
Our live webcast coverage of the release of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) monthly Citrus Crop Forecast will begin at about 12 noon Eastern/9 a.m. Pacific time on Tuesday, February 9, 2016. Please click play above for the Internet audio stream that will bring you the live forecast.

ATTENTION LISTENERS: Please be aware this live audio conference is sometimes a few moments late to start, and there is no background music in the preview. So when you tune in at the scheduled time, please be patient as the conference call will be silent until USDA officials join the line to release the crop update.

USDA Awards $20 Million in Grants for Citrus Greening Research

Orange tree leaves with some symptoms of Huanglongbing, or citrus greening, for which there is no known cure or commercially viable treatment. Photo courtesy of USDA

Orange tree leaves with some symptoms of Huanglongbing, or citrus greening, for which there is no known cure or commercially viable treatment.
Photo courtesy of USDA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today awarded $20.1 million in grants to university researchers for research and extension projects to help citrus producers fight Huanglongbing (HLB), commonly known as citrus greening disease. This funding is available through the Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) Citrus Disease Research and Extension Program (CDRE), which was authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill and is administered by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). Learn who is receiving the grants. →

fire ant
Everett Griner talks about fire ant control in today’s Agri View. Hear Everett’s report and learn more. →

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and America’s dairy farmers will announce a significant commitment to child health and wellness through funding to support school nutrition in order to invest in our next generation.

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In today’s California Kitchen, learn to cook amazing untamed minestrone with The Untamed Chef, Albert J. Hernandez. Here’s what you’ll need:
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U.S. Drought Coverage
USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey, notes how El Nino has contributed to reduced drought coverage across the nation since mid-October.

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Agriculture Farm in California
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is making available $150 million this year through the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), and private landowners interested in participating are encouraged to get their applications in soon.

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Two new studies on the costs and returns of growing romaine hearts and organic spinach have been released by UC Agriculture and Natural Resources’ Agricultural Issues Center.
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The next step in the journey of the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal was reached with signing of the agreement by member nations Wednesday.

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