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California Governor signs emergency drought bills
California Governor signs $1 billion package for drought relief and critical water infrastructure
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Western Ag Processors elects new board officers
Western Agricultural Processors Association names new slate of officers to board of directors.
Jackson elected California Fresh Fruit’s board chair
David Jackson is the 2015-2016 board chair of the California Fresh Fruit Association.
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US wheat industry renews call to end Cuban embargo
U.S. wheat industry calls on Congress to end the Cuban trade embargo
California cherries blooming
USDA targets specialty crops, organics with grants
Farm Bill funding to aid research and extension efforts for specialty crops and organic production
Hass Avocado Board seeks grower, importer members

The Hass Avocado Board (HAB) is scheduling its annual board elections for vacant domestic Hass avocado grower and Hass avocado importer members plus alternate seats.

In early March, an announcement of open seats will be mailed to all eligible producers and importers of Hass avocados. Nominations must be returned by April 6.

HAB will mail voting ballots to producers and importers by April 27 with a May 26 ballot return deadline.

New members and alternates appointed by the USDA Secretary will be seated at the November board meeting.

UC studies outline alfalfa hay, apple production costs
New cost and return studies for growing alfalfa hay under subsurface drip irrigation in the Sacramento Valley and Delta, plus apples along the Central Coast and Santa Cruz County are available from the University of California Cooperative Extension.
Webinar on potassium in fruits, vegetables- March 19
A Western Farm Press one-hour webinar on ‘Potassium: A Major Nutrient for Quality Fruit and Vegetable Crops’ will be held March 19 at 11 a.m. (PDST).
California Walnut Board seeks grower candidates
The biennial election process for growers and handlers to two-year terms on the California Walnut Board (CWC) is underway.
State Water Project inches up California water deliveries
The additional deliveries will increase this year’s SWP allocation from 15 percent to 20 percent, for total deliveries of 840,000 acre-feet of water.
Halpin wins iPad Mini from Western Farm Press-Penton CEU program
Adrien Halpin of Napa., Calif. wins a new Apple iPad Mini from Western Farm Press-Penton’s Continuing Education Unit (CEU) program, available online 24-hours-a-day at www.pentonag.com.
New grape leaders at Arizona Wine Growers Association
Grape leaders take helm as the 2015-2016 Arizona Wine Growers Association board of directors.
Ag Processors receive $7,500 ASHCA safety grant
The Western Agricultural Processors Association receives a 2015 Agricultural Safety and Health Council of America safety training grant totaling $7,500..
Ag leadership commencement at Fresno State
Fresno State hosts Ag leader commencement
Fresno State hosts California Ag Leadership Program commencement
Grape powdery mildew is a major problem for California grape growers
UC Davis discovery may help fight powdery mildew
UC Davis scientists discover important clues in fight against grape powdery mildew
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