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sustainable water research
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced $34 million in available funding for projects that promote sustainable water use for food production, processing, and other competing uses. Funding is made through NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. Continue reading

Spinach Varieties
The popularity of packaged salads has fueled increasing demand for organic spinach, but the success of the product has come with growing pains—namely, a fungal disease so widespread and destructive that it threatens the viability of the crop.
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Yara
Yara’s West Sacramento Terminal was officially welcomed Tuesday as the newest Yara North America facility in the U.S. While continually operational since Yara purchased the West Sacramento facility from Agrium in December 2015, this event acknowledged the transition of the terminal to a fully integrated Yara site.

Immediately after acquiring the facility, Yara converted the former UAN production plant into an import terminal for UAN and urea, which it receives from the U.S. and overseas. Most recent improvements include completely reskinning the 29,000 MT urea warehouse, utilizing energy-efficient translucent panels to allow natural light to enter. Continue reading


Fresno State and the University of São Paulo have agreed to an official memorandum of agreement to broaden their cooperative agriculture student, faculty and staff exchange programs.

Fresno State President Joseph I. Castro and Dr. Sandra Witte, dean of the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology at Fresno State, signed the agreement on campus March 1 with three University of São Paulo leaders: Dr. Raul Machado Neto, provost for international affairs; Dr. Luiz Gustavo Nussio, agriculture dean, and Dr. Durval Dourado Neto, agriculture vice dean. Continue reading

spring produce
It is Spring and time to head to your local Farmers Market. Cathy Isom fills you in about the special produce you’ll find at its very best this time of the year. That’s coming on This Land of Ours. Hear Cathy’s report and learn more. →

agro-terrorism house
The U.S. House this week passed the Securing our Agriculture and Food Act, agro-terrorism preparedness legislation that’s also up for a vote in the U.S. Senate. The bill passed the House by an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 406-6. Continue reading

Brazil
Amid a meat safety issue in Brazil and a trade priorities list from President Trump, some groups are calling for the reconsideration of country-of-origin meat labeling. COOL was repealed by Congress in late 2015 when the World Trade Organization authorized retaliatory measures against the U.S. because of the legislation. Continue reading

senate
Agriculture Secretary nominee Sonny Perdue appears to have won over the Senate Agriculture Committee and is headed for confirmation by the full Senate, after the committee votes to move Perdue forward. Continue reading

little facts
Everett Griner talks about little known facts about peanuts in today’s Agri View. Hear Everett’s report and learn more. →

by Richard Volpe, Annemarie Kuhns, and Ted Jaenicke
USDA Economic Research Service

What Is the Issue?

store formatsAmericans are buying more and more of their “food at home,” or groceries, from stores that are not conventional supermarkets. According to Nielsen Homescan data, U.S. households spent 80 percent of their grocery dollars at traditional supermarkets in 1999 but only 62 percent there in 2010. Over the past 20 years, a number of non-traditional store formats—including supercenters (such as Wal-Mart), dollar stores, and club stores—have gained market share and prominence in the food retail landscape. Whether traditional or nontraditional, store formats differ in prices, product assortment, advertising strategies, and location, and each of these characteristics can affect consumers’ food choices. This report broadly outlines the associations between store format choices and food-purchasing decisions, accounting for the role of demographics. Continue reading

by Katherine Ralston, Elizabeth Beaulieu, Jeffrey Hyman, Matthew Benson, and Michael Smith
USDA Economic Research Service

What Is the Issue?

local foods
USDA’s Farm to School Program was established in 2012 to improve access to local foods in eligible schools through grants and technical assistance. Farm-to-school programs bring locally or regionally produced foods into school cafeterias; provide hands-on learning activities such as school gardening, farm visits, and culinary classes; and integrate food-related education into the regular, standards-based classroom curriculum. Promotional activities and experiential learning also serve as an additional form of nutrition education to increase student awareness and interest in healthier foods. Frequent use of local foods in school meals has also been suggested as a way to expand the market for local agricultural producers. Continue reading


Suddenly, its spring! Even with these sudden March rains we have bright blue skies and wild floral displays, and the Fresno County Blossom Trail is open again.

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In today’s California Kitchen, learn to cook amazing Crispy Green Bean Tempura with The Untamed Chef, Albert J. Hernandez. Here is what you will need:
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Almond Board of California
The Almond Board of California said overwintering aggregations of leaffooted bug being monitored have started to break up and are moving into nearby orchards. Director of Agricultural Affairs Bob Curtis discussed how to monitor for the pest and how to positively diagnose damage. Continue reading

usda
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced more than $5 million in grants for fellowship opportunities for undergraduate students at colleges and universities. These awards are made through NIFA’s Research and Extension Experiences for Undergraduate (REEU) Fellowships program, part of the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative’s (AFRI) Education and Literacy Initiative. Continue reading

National Chia Day
Cathy Isom tells us about the tiny and powerful seed with the reputation for being one of the most nutrient-rich foods on the planet.  That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. Hear Cathy’s report and learn more. →

disease
Beef, turkey, sheep and pork industry representatives all testified in favor of a stronger program to protect animals from disease, especially foot-and-mouth disease. The Hagstrom Report says the groups gave testimony on Tuesday at a hearing before the House Agriculture Livestock and Foreign Agriculture Subcommittee. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the National Pork Producers Council both testified in favor of spending $150 million on an FMD vaccine bank. Continue reading

consumer groups
A dozen consumer groups have banded together to work against legislation that would make it more difficult for the government to issue regulations. The groups have dubbed it the “filthy food act,” which they say will make it more difficult to keep the American food supply safe. Continue reading

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