Twenty-four individuals have been selected for Class 46 of the California Agricultural Leadership Program, an advanced leadership development experience for emerging agricultural leaders.
The new fellows will be inaugurated Oct. 15 at Fresno State.
Through dynamic seminars during an intensive 17-month program, fellows will study leadership theory, effective communication, motivation, critical and strategic thinking, change management, emotional intelligence and complex social and cultural issues.
2015 California processing tomato contracted production is forecast at 14.5 million tons, 4 percent higher than last year, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).
Average processing tomato yields are about 49.5 tons per acre. The total acreage for harvested tomatoes is 293,000 acres, a 3-percent increase over last year.
California tomato growers produce more than 90 percent of the nation's processed tomatoes and nearly half of the world's total processed tomato tonnage, according to the California Tomato Growers Association.
The Pierce’s Disease/Glassywinged-Sharpshooter Board of Directors in mid-August voted to fund a research project on potential shifts in the disease’s epidemiology.
According to the board, the research project was proposed due to the apparent resurgence of Pierce's disease on California’s North Coast with distribution patterns previously unseen. The board believes it is important to look for any new conditions or vectors which could contribute to the recent outbreak.