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. …

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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 …


Senators Want NAFTA Renegotiations to Address Canada Poultry Market

Dan General

A group of senators wants the renegotiation effort of the North American Free Trade Agreement to address U.S. poultry exports into Canada. The group, led by Delaware Democrat Tom Carper says Canada has engaged in protectionist trade policies that limit sales for U.S. poultry exporters. The Senators are asking the Donald Trump administration to address the issue during NAFTA renegotiation …


NMPF Board of Directors Supports NAFTA Modernization

Dan General

Process Should Preserve Trade Successes in Mexico, Address Canada Dispute The National Milk Producers Federation Board of Directors voted unanimously today to support modernizing the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in a way that enhances and protects the United States’ current dairy market access opportunities and addresses Canada’s constant use of trade-distorting measures. At its June meeting here, NMPF’s …

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Fresno Food Expo Award Applications Still Being Accepted

Brian German General

The seventh annual Fresno Food Expo is scheduled for July 26 and 27 at the Fresno Convention & Entertainment Center.  Applications for the fifth annual New Product Awards and third annual Fred Ruiz Entrepreneurial Award are still being accepted.  Winners will be announced during the official opening reception of the Expo on July 26. There have been over 160 new …

Almond Board: Food Safety Symposium

Sabrina General

The Almond Board’s annual Food Safety Symposium is June 22 in Lodi. Almond Board Director, Quality Assurance & Industry Services Tim Birmingham tells us more about it.

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NFU Urges Immediate Adoption of Farmer Fair Practices Rules

Dan General

The Farmer Fair Practices Rules, a set of three rules that provide very basic protections for farmers and ranchers, were released in December 2016 to address the most anti-competitive and abusive practices levied against family farmers by meatpackers and processors. Because the rules are being reviewed by the new administration, National Farmers Union (NFU) is urging the U.S. Department of …

Val Dolcini: New President and CEO of Pollinator Partnership

Brian German Company News Releases, General

Val Dolcini has a new role in agriculture. We first met Dolcini when he was the California state executive director of the Farm Service Agency, then followed as he moved into the role of Administrator with the FSA in Washington, D.C. As of this month, Dolcini is the new President and CEO of Pollinator Partnership, the world’s largest nonprofit organization …

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Use a Food Thermometer to be Food Safe this Summer

Dan General

Summer is a time for family vacations, backyard barbecues and plenty of outdoor activities with food as the centerpiece. But before those steaks and burgers go on the grill, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) wants to remind consumers to keep their family and themselves safe from foodborne illness by using a food thermometer …

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Federal Policies on Rural Issues Gain Attention

Aria Wilcox Environment, Field & Row Crops, General

After a week in which the Trump administration turned its attention to policies that affect farmers and ranchers, California agricultural leaders said they’re encouraged by much of what they heard. Soon after Sonny Perdue was confirmed as U.S. agriculture secretary last week, President Donald Trump met with farmers, signed executive orders and introduced a tax plan that includes repeal of …


ARS Announces New Scientific Impact Video Series

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The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is pleased to debut a video series highlighting important scientific advances that occurred because of ARS research. This first YouTube video highlights ARS’ role in large-scale commercial production of penicillin. While discovered in England, the ability to mass-produce penicillin occurred in the United States at an ARS lab in Peoria, Illinois. This video showcases one …


$21.8 Million to Combat Citrus Disease

Dan General 174 Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced $21.8 million in available funding to combat and manage citrus greening disease, also known as Huanglongbing (HLB)Huanglongbing (HLB), which has reached epidemic proportions in the United States. The funding is made possible through NIFA’s Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) Citrus Disease Research and Extension Program (CDRE), …


USDA Announces $150.2 Million in Funding through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced $150.2 million in available funding to support projects that build a foundation of knowledge in agricultural sciences to address a range of societal and global challenges such as food security, food safety, sustainable agriculture, and rural entrepreneurship. Funding is made through NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative …