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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
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
Program seeks to groom tomorrows produce leaders
Applications open for United Fresh leadership program
Applications open for United Fresh Produce Industry Leadership Program
Almond Board of California election now underway
Voting is underway to elect two independent grower member and alternate positions and two independent handler member and alternate positions to the Almond Board of California.
‘Gem’ pear cultivar released by ARS, cooperators
Gem is ideal for the fresh market. It combines high yields with excellent appearance, fruit quality, and long storage potential.
Arizona leafy greens group improves food safety training
The Food Safety Training Kit is a comprehensive training tool to address safe food handling practices in the field.
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