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.
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.
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.
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.