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Opening night at 2016 CAPCA Conference at Anaheim

The 42nd Annual CAPCA Conference opened in Anaheim, Calif. to record attendance amidst a venue touted as "The Happiest Place On Earth."

Under the theme "Feeding a Nation, Fighting the Fear," about 1,600 registered participants and 170 different trade show vendors packed the Disneyland Convention Center for two days of information sharing and networking.


Lodi Winegrape Commission hires new leader
Brannen has more than a decade of diverse experience in the agriculture sector. She joins the commission from the U.S. Apple Association, where she serves as the Director of Consumer Health and Public Relations, promoting consumption of U.S. apples and apple products. She has a history there of initiating successful national marketing programs that showcase grower members. Her popular campaigns have consistently earned national recognition, such as the “Apples for Life” media tour, named National Awards Winner in 2015 by the National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA).
California DPR places cap on amount of 1,3-D that can be used per year
California DPR caps Telone fumigant use on Jan. 1
Guided by a new scientific assessment of health risks, the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) announced an update to the way the fumigant pesticide 1,3-Dichloropropene (1,3-D) is managed and used in California.
Free app available to help strawberry and vegetable growers
Got strawberries & vegetables? There's an app for that

A smart phone and tablet app developed last year for vegetable and strawberry growers has expanded platforms.

California moves to further tighten chemical applications on farms near schools
California moves to tighten pesticide use near schools 1
DPR says the move is necessary because teachers and the public want to know whether chemicals being used on neighboring farms could adversely impact them.
$1M in grants to bolster farm sustainability in West

More than $1 million in grants are available to help farmers, ranchers, and others in agriculture to study, demonstrate, and expand sustainable agricultural practices on their operations.

The Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (Western SARE) is offering the grants, funded by USDA. To qualify for a grant, Rhonda Miller says western producers must be involved in the research or planning of the projects.

NRCS California conservation priorities, Oct. 13, Davis

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in California will hold a State Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) meeting Oct. 13 to recommend natural resource priorities for the agency as it implements farm bill conservation programs in fiscal year 2017.

The meeting will be held at Odd Fellows Hall, 415 2nd St., at Davis from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 

STAC consists of farm and conservation organizations, commodity groups, universities, state and federal resource agencies, Resource Conservation Districts, and non-profit organizations.

Taylor Farms installs one megawatt solar farm in Gonzales
Taylor Farms boosts renewable energy footprint
The newest Taylor Farms system in Gonzales, coupled with its existing wind turbine, can offset more than 25 percent of that facility’s energy consumption during peak periods. REC Solar previously completed a solar project for Taylor Farms in nearby Salinas, and is working with the company on additional projects for facilities in Tracy, Calif. and Dallas, Texas.
New Melones Reservoir hits record lows
Speaking out on California's proposed water grab
Within the past several days the California Water Board issued a plan to boost flows in the San Joaquin River. The problem with that plan, according to opponents – and there are many – is that it could not only siphon billions of dollars from the state’s economy by wrecking agriculture in counties like Merced, Stanislaus and San Joaquin; it also could legally tread on the state’s long-standing water rights system.
Simazine is labeled to help control junglerice
Simazine herbicide under EPA re-registration review
The product is crucial for weed control in numerous crops, including: oranges, grapefruit, lemons, almonds, walnuts, pecans, macadamia nuts, hazelnuts, apples, pears, grapes, corn, cherries, peaches, plums, blueberries, strawberries, and other crops. The EPA re-registered simazine in 2006 and began its regularly scheduled registration re-review in June 2013, a process that typically takes six years to complete. In June 2016, EPA posted its draft ecological risk assessment..
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
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