The 2015 Certified Organic Survey (COS) is underway and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is reminding California farmers and ranchers that it’s not too late to respond.
In early February, survey questionnaires were mailed nationwide to all known organic farms. In late March, NASS will conduct telephone follow up with producers who have not yet responded.
Some farmers may also be selected for in-person interviews to assist with data collection efforts.
The statewide snowpack – source of much of the California’s water supply – is only 83 percent of the March 1 average, the result of moderate precipitation since last October and relatively warm temperatures, according to the Department of Water Resources (DWR).
“Mother Nature is not living up to predictions by some that a ‘Godzilla’ El Niño would produce much more precipitation than usual this winter,” says DWR Director Mark Cowin. “We need conservation as much as ever.”
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, 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.