Fresno State’s Food Science and Nutrition Department has received two grants to target produce safety research and consumer education.
Through a $100,000 grant from the Center for Produce Safety, Jordan College Department Chair Steven Pao along with Erin Dormedy will oversee a one-year study designed to improve sanitizing treatments in stone fruit packinghouses.
The study will conducted in conjunction with the California Fresh Fruit Association and area stone fruit producers.
The 2016 cotton planting season is just around the corner and growers are busily studying variety information to make the best seed selections for their farm operations. This article includes cotton information based on last year’s crop results, plus new varieties available to growers this year.
In 2015, Dow AgroSciences’ Phytogen cotton seed brand was the top planted Pima- and Upland Acala-type cottons in the Golden State, followed by Bayer CropScience’s FiberMax and Stoneville cotton.
Marc Lewkowitz is the new president and chief executive officer of Supima, effective Jan. 1, 2016.
Lewkowitz previously served as Supima’s executive vice-president for the last 12 years developing the Supima brand. He succeeds Jesse Curlee, who recently retired after 36 years with the organization.
Supima is a Phoenix, Ariz.-based cotton organization representing the producers of American Pima cotton in California, Arizona, New Mexico, and the El Paso region of Texas. Supima also has offices in Fresno, Calif. and New York.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has announced $3 million in grants to three universities to advance the use of co-robots in production agriculture.
The Yuma agricultural community continues to look for opportunities to engage and educate stakeholders on the importance of staying up-to-date on water issues and the impact that management decisions can have on the farming industry.
The Yuma Agriculture Water Conference, slated for Jan. 13 in Yuma, Ariz., will bring together experts and leaders on the current issues regarding water rights and supply.
National Pecan announced Dec. 16 its acquisition of a 4,000-acre-plus pecan orchard and operation in Bowie, Ariz.
The company says the purchase of the pecan farm is another major step toward vertical integration, industry leadership, and overall growth for National Pecan.
“The orchard is a well-regarded operation with a strong track record of producing exceptional quality pecans to serve growing customer demand,” said David Lawrence, National Pecan’s chief executive officer.