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4/17/2014 - USDA Announces Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the availability of approximately $66 million in Specialty Crop Block Grants to state departments of agriculture for projects that help support specialty crop growers, including locally grown fruits and vegetables, through research, programs to increase demand, and more. The historic support provided by the Agricultural Act of 2014 (farm bill)...


4/16/2014 - Stemilt Adds to Anniversary Celebration with Heritage Gold

Stemilt Growers is continuing its 50th anniversary celebration by introducing a new seal for select cell-packed cartons of premium late storage Golden Delicious apples. Heritage Gold celebrates the favorite apple of Tom Mathison, Stemilt's late founder, and will appear on 50th anniversary cartons of select Golden Delicious apples for a limited time only. "Our best Golden Delicious apples have...


4/15/2014 - CAC 2012-2013 Annual Report Now Available

The California Avocado Commission (CAC) announced that the 2012-2013 Annual Report is now available on the website. The 2012-2013 Annual Report is a strictly digital publication that can be viewed online as a digital flip-book or downloaded as a PDF. If you would like to receive a printed version, the CAC will pri...


Free NozzleCalc App from Greenleaf Technologies - Greenleaf  Technologies is proud to announce the availability of the fre...

4/14/2014 - Free NozzleCalc App from Greenleaf Technologies

Greenleaf Technologies is proud to announce the availability of the free NozzleCalc app. Chemical labels are recommending specific droplet sizes, making it imperative to select nozzles for droplet size and not simply GPA. Greenleaf developed this app with t...


4/14/2014 - U.S. Drought Intensified Slightly in March

Drought coverage in the 48 contiguous states increased 2.52 percentage points to 38.37 in the four weeks that ended April 1. Drought coverage is at its highest point since October 8, 2013, and up 7.42 percentage points from the beginning of the year, said Brad Rippey, meteorologist in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Office of the Chief Economist. "Dry, windy, dusty conditions led to...


4/14/2014 - New Mexico Reaping Bounty in Pecans as Other States Struggle

For months on end, the Southwest has been in the clutches of an unrelenting drought, one of the worst in New Mexico's history. Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture declared six counties in the state as natural disaster areas because of the drought, including Doña Ana County, where Las Cruces sits. While the lack of rainfall has left many ranchers and farmers reeling--and has...


A Unique and Beneficial Partnership - For students at the Williamson Free School of Mechanical Trades, there's a c...

4/14/2014 - A Unique and Beneficial Partnership

J.F. Pirro
For students at the Williamson Free School of Mechanical Trades, there's a c...


4/13/2014 - California Mandarin Growers Enjoy "Net Gains"

Bees play a very important role in producing many crops, but in some instances they're unwanted guests. Valley growers go to great lengths to get those sweet little mandarin oranges to market. The use of white netting has become much more common in recent years. Those who grow mandarins said the protective measures add to their net gains. Birds must be freed from time to time, but the real reason...


4/12/2014 - Sesame Workshop-Produce Marketing Association Initiative

Sesame Workshop and Produce Marketing Association unveiled a national movement--"eat brighter!"--that applies the strength and influence of the Sesame Street brand and its beloved characters to inspire children ages 2 to 5, and their parents and caregivers, to eat fresh fruits and vegetables. The "eat brighter!" tagline draws parallels between the characteristics of the Sesame Street brand and fresh...


4/11/2014 - Drought's Effect on Soil Toxins

At the 2014 California Plant and Soil Conference, the drought and its effects on soil toxicity were popular topics. At the conference, growers from a variety of agricultural industries showed photos of "California snow"--salt atop their soil. Because of the drought, salt and other toxic minerals such as selenium and boron have not been driven away from plant roots as they typically are during...


4/11/2014 - United Fresh Report Highlights Food Service Menu Trends For Fresh Produce

Restaurant innovations using blueberries, green tomatoes and watercress are just some of the highlights of the spring 2014 edition of Fresh Insights for Food Service, a quarterly report from United Fresh showcasing the latest trends in fresh produce use in food service. The report, launched in January 2014, is an insightful tool for identifying trends in food service. The spring Fresh Insights...


4/10/2014 - New Study Finds That Blueberries Reduce Risk of Parkinson's, Boost Brain Function

A recent study has shown that consumption of blueberries, long considered a "superfood," may protect human brain performance and reduce the risk of contracting Parkinson's disease. In the United States, it is estimated that 1 million people suffer from Parkinson's, which is the 14th leading cause of death in the country, according to the National Parkinson Foundation. A team o...


4/10/2014 - Nutrients for Life Foundation and Discovery Education Bring Soil Science Program to Students

The Nutrients for Life Foundation and Discovery Education announced at the National Science Teachers Association's annual conference the launch of a new online destination, "From the Ground Up: The Science of Soil," designed to give middle school students a deeper understanding of the importance of soil science and nutrients in agriculture. Designed as a multi-ye...


4/9/2014 - EPA and Army Corps of Engineers Clarify Protection for Nation's Streams and Wetlands

Agriculture's exemptions and exclusions from Clean Water Act expanded by proposal
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Army Corps) jointly released a proposed rule to clarify protection under the Clean Water Act for streams and wetlands that form the foundation of the nation's water resources. The proposed rule will benefit businesses by increasing efficiency in determining coverage of the Clean Water Act. The agencies are launching...


4/9/2014 - New A.M. Leonard Cart Accessories

A.M. Leonard now offers a set of new accessories for its Leonard nursery trucks and ball carts to make your job easier. Once you attach the Leonard universal bracket, your ball cart is ready for more. Instead of walking a long distance on uneven ground with a heavy tree, use the trailer attachment so the ball cart can easily be pulled by a tractor or utility vehicle. You can also add a caster...


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