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Lettuce research seeks to ID genes that regulate water, nitrogen needs
Growing lettuce with less nitrogen, water?
Cal Poly Pomona researcher receives state grant to study nitrogen and water needs of lettuce with hopes of reducing requirement for both
NASS Certified Organic Survey is underway

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 survey is voluntary.

Jeffrey Mitchell, University of California
Nominations sought for conservation tillage award
Nominations sought for Conservation Agriculture Systems Innovation Center award
Witte named dean of Fresno State's Jordan College
Sandra Witte receives permanent appointment as dean of Fresno State's Jordan School of Agriculture Sciences and Technology
Farmers applied fewer pesticides in 2014, says state agency
DPR report: pesticide use falls 3 percent in California 1
Pesticide use falls 3 percent in California, according to state agency that regulates chemical uses
Shasta Lake
DWR honored with national climate leadership award
DWR honored with national climate leadership award
Food safety research
Western Growers donates $1m for food safety research
Western Growers donates $1 million for continued food safety research
Almond Board of California leadership class
Program grooms new almond industry leaders
Program grooms new leaders for California almond industry
California's severe drought
Campaign seeks public help over water wasting 1
Western Growers targets government decisions to waste storm flows through media campaign
California’s wettest months deliver below average snowpack 2

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.”

Trissolcus japonicus
Can wasp help fight brown marmorated stink bug?
Researchers enlist wasp to fight brown marmorated stink bug
Sunset over California vineyard
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. 

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