Officials Investigate New Psyllid Finds

Dan Citrus

Ted Batkin, president of the California Citrus Research Board said the early finds are going to have to take some sleuth work to determine how the psyllids got into Tulare County, the heart of the Central Valley citrus industry.

Improved Mexican Border Crossing for Produce

Dan General

US Customs and Border Patrol is in talks with Mexican officials to speed up inspections of fresh produce and other agricultural commodities at the border in Mexico by moving the screening process slightly away from the border.

Western Growers To Tell Consumers About Ag

Dan General

Western Growers Association is currently rolling out a campaign for external audiences, such opinion leaders, elected officials and journalists, about what Western Growers farmers do and what they require to continue to provide nutritious fresh fruits and vegetables, and tree nuts for the health of the nation.

Good Year for Christmas Tree Harvest

Sabrina General

The holidays are in full swing, and that means it’s Christmas Tree season. Sabrina Hill has more on this year’s harvest, and why some say live trees are better for the earth than artificial trees. Click to Open or Download Audio Report

Agriculture Needs Science, Study Says

Sabrina General

A new study shows the future of agriculture depends on science, especially in the forms of research and development. Sabrina Hill has the story. Click to Open or Download Audio Report

Fresh Express Recalls Spinach

Dan General

Fresh Express is voluntarily recalling bagged spinach after USDA inspectors detected Salmonella in a random inspection. The recall is on select bags of pre-washed salad. The bags were distributed to 18 states, including California. The recall is for 9-ounce packages of Fresh Express spinach with the use-by date of Nov. 7, and product code of S299B25. No illnesses have been …

Almond Board: Almond Industry Conference Moving

Dan Tree, nut & vine crops

The California Almond Conference is moving to Sacramento this year, having outgrown the long-time Modesto venue. The conference is December 11 – 13 at the Sacramento Convention Center. It will feature workshops on sustainability programs, spray calibration, honey bee colonies, and an economic update. The conference will also have the annual Almond Industry Trade Show and market updates. For more …

Former Ag Secretaries Speak at Meeting

Sabrina General

Three former United States Secretaries of Agriculture took the stage at the annual convention of the National Association of Farm Broadcasters this month in Kansas City. Sabrina Hill was there and has this report. Click to Open or Download Audio Report More sound from the meeting is listed below.

Business as Usual for Congress

Dan Cattle, Dairy & Livestock, General

The farm bill and estate tax are two big issues facing lawmakers when they return to Washington and according to National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Vice President of Governmental Affairs, Colin Woodall, it will be business as usual. Click to Open or Download Audio Report

USDA/NASS Mailing Census Forms Dec. 14th

Dan Cattle, Citrus, Corn, Cotton, Dairy & Livestock, Environment, Field & Row Crops, Forage Crops, General, Industry Videos-Promoting Agriculture, Poultry, Specialty Crops, Tree, nut & vine crops

Renee Picanso, Census and Survey Division Director of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service tells us when the census forms will be expected back, and the procedure NASS will take if the forms are not completed and returned by producers.   Cindy Zimmerman has the report. Click to Open or Download Audio Report USDA/NASS has a video that gives interesting facts about …