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Farm Bill set to expire in 2018
2018 Farm Bill tapped for talks in Sacramento
California agriculture's priorities for 2018 Farm Bill will be aired at state board of food and agriculture meeting
Former U.S. Rep. George Radanovich
California Fresh Fruit Association picks new leader
Former Congressman George Radanovich tapped to lead California Fresh Fruit Association
Farmworkers need easy access to water while working
OSHA: lack of acclimation programs lead to heat injuries
OSHA says farmworker heat injuries can be prevented with acclimation programs
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Elles to lead California Agricultural Commissioner's and Sealers Association
The California Agricultural Commissioners and Sealers Association (CACASA) recently named Sandy Elles as its new executive director. Elles will officially assume her new role June 27.
Verne Crookshanks
California fruit grower lauded for service to industry
Verne Crookshanks, principal of Venida Packing, Inc., is honored with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award by the California Fresh Fruit Association
Valley Children's Hospital donation
World Ag Expo donates to Valley Children's Hospital
The International Agri-Center and World Ag Expo recently donated $45,000 to Valley Children’s Hospital as part of the exposition’s support for community programs in the San Joaquin Valley.
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Fresno State awarded $5M for water, energy innovation

Fresno State will use a $5 million grant from the California Energy Commission to provide key services, infrastructure and resources for energy entrepreneurs with the goal of successfully deploying and commercializing technologies and innovations in water and energy.

The entrepreneurs will be offered a variety of services, including technology evaluation, proof-of-concept validation, advisory support, training, education and incubator services, as well as opportunities to connect with investors, industry leaders and potential customers.

University of California Cooperative Extension Specialist Jeff Mitchell.
Could overhead irrigation work in California? 4
Overhead irrigation systems have revolutionized agriculture across the United States and in other parts of the world, using less water than furrow irrigation and requiring significantly less labor and maintenance than drip systems. But in California, the No. 1 agriculture state in the nation, it hasn’t gotten off the ground. That could be changing.
Rose Acre to open Arizona egg operation this fall 5

Indiana-based Rose Acre Farms, the second largest egg producer in the U.S. with almost 2,000 employees in eight states, plans to open a new operation south of Bouse in La Paz County, Ariz. this fall.

The Bouse-area facility could eventually hire 80-100 employees in the farm’s first development stage.

“We’re very excited to have Rose Acre Farms in Arizona,” said Mark Killian, director of the Arizona Department of Agriculture (ADA).

Federal money tapped to help agricultural watersheds
Federal funds to address agricultural watershed issues
Farm Bill funds will address agricultural watershed issues - 'go-to source' on quality seed

The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) has a new website -

The website is a “go-to source” for information related to the research, development, and movement of quality seed to meet the world’s demand for food, feed, fiber, and fuel.

D’Arrigo Bros. Co. unveils solar power system in Salinas

California fruit and vegetable leader D’Arrigo Bros. Co., a grower, packer, and shipper, has a new 2.2 megawatt solar power system in Salinas installed by CalCom Solar.

The solar system is the largest customer-owned net-metered solar power project in Monterey County.

“We’ve always put our strong sustainability ethic into practice; harvesting the sun’s power to generate electricity is consistent with our goals,” said John D’Arrigo, president, chief executive officer, and chairman of the D’Arrigo Bros. board. 

USDA: Yuma County primary natural disaster area

On May 4, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) designated Yuma County, Ariz. as a primary natural disaster area, due to damages and losses caused by drought.

“Our hearts go out to those Arizona farmers and ranchers affected by recent natural disasters,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

Farmers and ranchers in Arizona’s Maricopa and Pima counties also qualify for natural disaster assistance since the counties are contiguous with Yuma.

Walnut research trials planted at Lindcove REC

A new walnut block featuring two research trials has been planted at the Lindcove Research and Extension Center (LREC) at Exeter, Calif., according to Elizabeth Fichtner, local University of California Cooperative Extension farm advisor, Tulare County.

On April 11, 2016, Fichtner established a rootstock observation trial and a study to screen biological and biorational compounds to help protect walnut rootstocks from soilborne pathogens. 

California olive oil production is increasing
California olive oils lauded in state competition
California olive oils praised in state competition
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