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Contracted processing tomato production up 2 percent

As of May 28, California’s tomato processors plan to offer contracts this year for 14.3 million tons of processing tomatoes in 2015– a 2-percent increase from the final contracted production total last year.

May contracted acreage of 295,000 is 5 percent below the January intentions forecast.


Fresno County remains the top California County in contracted planted acreage with 91,000 acres. Yolo, Kings, San Joaquin, and Merced are the remaining top-five counties for contracted planted acreage.

UC releases cost-return studies on alfalfa, wine grapes, corn
The alfalfa study outlines the costs and returns for producing alfalfa under flood irrigation in the Sacramento and northern San Joaquin valleys.
CDFA introduces 'pollinator protection' web page

As the health of European honey bees and other pollinators continues to be a top priority for scientists around the country, the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has introduced a Pollinator Protection web page as a resource for Californians and others interested in the issue.

The web page features links to programs detailing CDFA’s commitment to protecting pollinators in the course of its work controlling and eradicating invasive species.

Almond Ace Packing expanding in Ripon, Calif.

Almond Ace Packing, Inc. (AAP), a grower-owned processing and export company, has purchased the land under its current processing plant located in Ripon, Calif. along with an option to more than double its production acreage over the next five years.

AAP, founded in 2010 by the Tilbury family, farms almonds and walnuts. 

In five years, Almond Ace has grown from initial concept to an internationally-recognized and award-winning processor and exporter of high-quality almonds, manufactured almonds, and walnuts.

June 10 is new PD/GWSS referendum voting deadline

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has extended the voting deadline for the Pierce’s Disease-Glassy Winged Sharpshooter (PD/GWSS) referendum to June 10.

The extension is designed to help ensure the minimum eligible grower voting rate of 40 percent required by law is reached. 

CDFA will send duplicate ballots to those growers whose votes had not been returned as of May 11. They are asked to vote and return the new ballots by the new deadline.


Low ballot returns could cause PD-GWSS referendum problem

More than 1,000 outstanding ballots must returned by May 11 to validate the vote on continuing the Pierce’s Disease-Glassy-winged Sharpshooter (PD-GWSS) Referendum.

The PD/GWSS board says about 25 percent of the 7,000 ballots sent to growers have been returned.

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) must receive at least 40 percent of all ballots to count the votes for extending the program until 2021.

BRANDT, Farm Press launch ‘organic-sustainable agriculture’ CEU course 1
New CEU course now on organic-sustainable agricultural production.
Siskiyou County irrigated alfalfa
Water right curtailment orders flow from Sacramento
State Water Resources Control Board begins issuing curtailment orders to California farmers and ranchers
EPA: California agriculture improving SJV air quality
With assistance from NRCS, farmers and ranchers have replaced aging diesel engines used for agricultural purposes with new, lower exhaust-emitting engines.
No HLB in suspect Tulare County citrus tree
Suspect citrus tree in Tulare County test negative for HLB.
2014 California total grape acreage - 928,000
The leading wine-type varieties continue to be Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon.
PD-GWSS ballots in the mail to wine grape growers

Referendum ballots on whether to renew the Pierce’s disease/glassy-winged sharpshooter assessment are in the mail.

If you paid the 2014 assessment, you should receive yours shortly. Once the ballot(s) are received, it is important to vote and return them quickly.

Some growers will get more than one ballot. This is not a mistake.

If you have office staff who receives your mail, alert them not to throw away any extra ballots and to get them to you immediately so you can vote and return them.

California raisins
RAC: California raisin shipments varied
California raisin deliveries to handlers and shipments are varied
NASS: Western snowpack melts early
NASS says the western U.S. snowpack is melting earlier than usual.
8 facts about almonds, agriculture, and the drought

California is entering year four of a historic drought impacting residents and businesses throughout the state. Governor Brown announced unprecedented conservation measures that have rightfully received significant attention.

The Almond Hullers & Processors Association (AHPA) released these eight points about water use in almonds.

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