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Top 6 issues agriculture faced five years ago

Farmers are faced with new challenges and opportunities every day, a.k.a. agricultural problems - from feeding an expanding global population while meeting strict new emissions requirements, to producing more food on fewer acres while minimizing their environmental footprint.

To help farmers meet their challenges, Case IH five years ago (2011) conducted a survey to gather farmers’ perspectives on problems in agriculture and the issues in agriculture facing their operations.

Mechanically transplanting strawberries saves time and labor costs
Collaborative effort cuts labor costs in strawberries
Driscoll's, Plantel Nurseries and Solex combine efforts to mechanize strawberry transplant process.
Anil Shrestha oversees organic lettuce production at Fresno State University
Fresno State professor honored for ag research work
Fresno State plant science professor Anil Shrestha was honored by the American Society of Agronomy with its Fellow Award. Shrestha teaches classes at Fresno State in plant health, plant science, biometrics, weed science, pest management and crop productivity. His primary research is in integrated vegetation management in agricultural and non-agricultural systems.
Almond Board of California seeks hike in almond assessment
Public comments sought on proposed almond fee hike 1
Public comments accepted on proposed almond assessment hike through Aug. 2
Agricultural technology competition awards cash prizes, other incentives
Agricultural hackathon seeks solutions for farmers
Agricultural hackathon will reward innovative app developers who can help farmers
UCANR establishes two endowed chairmanships for pistachio research
UCANR 'endowed chairs' to boost tree nut research
University of California tree nut experts receive endowed chairs
NRCS has funds available to help farmers comply with air quality regulations
Air quality funding available from NRCS
USDA offers financial assistance to California farmers seeking to comply with air quality standards
Farm Bill set to expire in 2018
2018 Farm Bill tapped for talks in Sacramento 1
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
Spray rig
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.
Irrigation pump
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? 5
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.
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