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Cal ASFMRA Outlook Agribusiness Conf., April 7, Visalia
Outlook 2016 agribusiness conference coming to Visalia Convention Center
California cotton farmer Mark Watte
Mark Watte named chairman of Cotton Incorporated 1
Mark Watte of Tulare, Calif. is the new chairman of Cotton Incorporated, a research and marketing company representing Upland cotton.
Nominees sought to serve on Administrative Committee for Pistachios

The Administrative Committee for Pistachios (Committee), which administers federal marketing order 983 (order) for pistachios grown in California, Arizona and New Mexico, is soliciting nominations for its annual election to fill positions which will expire June 30, 2016.

Through the order, the pistachio industry implements programs designed to improve producer returns. 

Project CENTRL leadership applications due March 1

Project CENTRL, Arizona’s center for rural leadership, is accepting applications for Class 25. Project CENTRL is a premier leadership development program with nearly 600 graduates since the first class started in 1983. 

Rural leaders, farmers, ranchers, and individuals working in businesses that serve agriculture or rural Arizona who want to improve their leadership skills are encouraged to apply.

Applicants must be at least 25 years of age by the beginning of the program and a full time resident of Arizona. 

Farming operations sue ALRB over trespass provisions in state regulations
Lawsuit challenges regulations letting unions trespass
Two farming operations sue California Agricultural Labor Relations Board over trespass provisions in ALRB regulation
Grinding orchards has soil health benefits
Research finds soil benefits of grinding old orchards
University of California research finds benefits to grinding old orchards then replanting after incorporating wood chips.
Citrus greening spreading across Los Angeles suburbs
Huanglongbing (citrus greening) continues its southern California spread
The disease Huanglongbing (citrus greening) continues to be found in suburban Los Angeles neighborhoods.
Grants to boost produce safety research, consumer education

Fresno State’s Food Science and Nutrition Department has received two grants to target produce safety research and consumer education.

Through a $100,000 grant from the Center for Produce Safety, Jordan College Department Chair Steven Pao along with Erin Dormedy will oversee a one-year study designed to improve sanitizing treatments in stone fruit packinghouses.

The study will conducted in conjunction with the California Fresh Fruit Association and area stone fruit producers.

Sonoma County Winegrowers wins California’s highest environmental honor

Just two years ago, the Sonoma County Winegrowers (SCW) announced its ambitious goal to become the nation’s first 100 percent sustainable wine-growing region.

As a result, the organization was recently recognized with the Governor's Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA) – considered California’s highest environmental honor.

2016 cotton variety options for California, Arizona

The 2016 cotton planting season is just around the corner and growers are busily studying variety information to make the best seed selections for their farm operations. This article includes cotton information based on last year’s crop results, plus new varieties available to growers this year.  


In 2015, Dow AgroSciences’ Phytogen cotton seed brand was the top planted Pima- and Upland Acala-type cottons in the Golden State, followed by Bayer CropScience’s FiberMax and Stoneville cotton.

Cotton: Marc Lewkowitz is new Supima president-CEO

Marc Lewkowitz is the new president and chief executive officer of Supima, effective Jan. 1, 2016.

Lewkowitz previously served as Supima’s executive vice-president for the last 12 years developing the Supima brand.  He succeeds Jesse Curlee, who recently retired after 36 years with the organization.

Supima is a Phoenix, Ariz.-based cotton organization representing the producers of American Pima cotton in California, Arizona, New Mexico, and the El Paso region of Texas. Supima also has offices in Fresno, Calif. and New York.

Processing tomato contracts pegged at 13.2 million tons 1

As of January, California tomato processors report intentions to sign planting contracts for 13.2 million tons of production in 2016, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service.

To reach this tonnage, processors estimate contracted production on about 271,000 acres with an average yield of 48.7 tons per acre.

This is an 8 percent decrease from the August 2015 California Processing Tomato Report.

UC Davis receives $1 million to study harvest robotics

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has announced $3 million in grants to three universities to advance the use of co-robots in production agriculture.

Program aims to help growers buy clean-burning tractors
Tractor incentive program offers money to growers
Incentives offered by California air district to help growers purchase clean-burning tractors
EPA, California may further restrict neonicotinoids due for honeybee health
EPA releases pollinator risk assessment strategy 4
Neonicotinoids under review as government moves to protect pollinators
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