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New CA Pollinator Coalition Pledges to Increase Pollinator Habitat on Working Lands

Spearheaded by the almond industry, a new coalition of agricultural and conservation groups was announced today to encourage more voluntary, grower-friendly efforts to protect the state’s native insect pollinators and managed honeybees.The California Pollinator Coalition includes a broad array of more than 20 of the state’s leading agricultural organizations and conservation groups (complete list below). The Coalition will focus on increasing grower participation …

Blue Diamond Growers Earns Recognition as Green Business Certified

Following a comprehensive certification process, the Blue Diamond Growers facility in Salida, Calif., has earned distinction as being Green Business Certified. Blue Diamond is the first business in Stanislaus County to be recognized by the California Green Business Network, Stanislaus County, a program of the Modesto Chamber of Commerce, for demonstrating sustainability as a top business priority. The Green Business …

CA Pistachio Growers and Processors Create $5.2 Billion Impact on State’s Economy

American Pistachio Growers — As California pistachio growers and processors shell out money to grow protein-packed nuts, they generate a whirlwind of economic activity throughout the Golden State. That’s the conclusion of economic impact studies commissioned by American Pistachio Growers (APG) and conducted by The Tootelian Company to quantify how spending by growers and processors sparks business activity, grows jobs and labor …

CIDETRAK® NOW MESO™ – A Testament to PERFORMANCE

– SPONSORED CONTENT – 24/7, Peace of Mind “This is our second year using CIDETRAK® NOW MESO™ in our Almonds and Pistachios, and I’m very satisfied with the results. We applied CIDETRAK on roughly 800 acres of Almonds and 2,000 acres of Pistachios. It gives me peace of mind knowing that this product is on 24/7 and continually releases pheromone season long. Since adding CIDETRAK to our NOW …

High Density Planting of Hazelnuts: Considerations and Precautions

High or double-density planting is becoming more common in the Pacific Northwest hazelnut industry, but there are some important things to know when considering this practice. Watch this brief interview with hazelnut grower and nurseryman Rich Birkemeier as he briefly provides some considerations and precautions in adopting this practice.  Read more about growing hazelnuts in Pacific Nut Producer Magazine. Please …

USDA Announces New & Expanded Pandemic Assistance for Farmers

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that USDA is establishing new programs and efforts to bring financial assistance to farmers, ranchers and producers who felt the impact of COVID-19 market disruptions. The new initiative—USDA Pandemic Assistance for Producers—will reach a broader set of producers than in previous COVID-19 aid programs. USDA is dedicating at least $6 billion toward the new …

Managing Crown Gall in Walnut May Reduce Incidence of Thousand Cankers Disease

As the pandemic precluded an in-person UC Tri-County Walnut Day this year, we’d like to share this informative video from Walnut Days past, as Thousand Cankers Disease continues to be an issue for California walnut growers.  If your walnut orchard is suffering from Thousand Cankers Disease, chances are that you may have other pathogens infecting your trees as well.  Watch …

CA Walnuts to Launch Global Marketing Initiative with Coordinated “Power of 3” Events across the Globe

The California Walnut Commission recently announced the second annual “Power of 3” global marketing campaign, which builds on the successful 2020 campaign. “Power of 3” will launch on March 3rd with a first-ever global event celebrated in the USA, Germany, India, Japan, South Korea, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the Middle East to showcase how they like to get …

Almond Board Joins Group to Speed CA’s Shift to Safer Pest Management

Yesterday, the California Department of Pesticide Regulation and California Department of Food and Agriculture launched a broad new work group to accelerate the systemwide adoption of safer, sustainable pest control practices. The 25-member Sustainable Pest Management Work Group includes farmers, community members, university researchers and representatives from commodity groups and the pesticide industry. They are charged with identifying pathways to …

$1.9 Million Hawaii Micro-Grant Program For Small-Scale Ag

The Hawai`i Department of Agriculture (HDOA) is now accepting applications for the Micro-Grants for Food Security Program, which provides support for small-scale gardening, herding and livestock operations to help produce food in areas that are insecure. In August 2020, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) awarded Hawai`i a total of $1,938,556.80 for this grant program which was established under the …

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