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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
Yuma Agriculture Water Conference slated for Jan. 13

The Yuma agricultural community continues to look for opportunities to engage and educate stakeholders on the importance of staying up-to-date on water issues and the impact that management decisions can have on the farming industry.

The Yuma Agriculture Water Conference, slated for Jan. 13 in Yuma, Ariz., will bring together experts and leaders on the current issues regarding water rights and supply.

Water conservation efforts on track in California
California residents close to meeting water mandate
California water conservation efforts remain on track to meet mandate
Top-10 New Products at 2016 World Ag Expo

A group of farmers, ranchers, and industry professionals have selected the winners of the 2016 World Ag Expo Top-10 New Products competition.

The winners will be showcased Feb. 9-11 during the 49th annual World Ag Expo in Tulare, Calif.

The winning companies and products include:

National Pecan buys 4,000-acre orchard in Arizona 1

National Pecan announced Dec. 16 its acquisition of a 4,000-acre-plus pecan orchard and operation in Bowie, Ariz.

The company says the purchase of the pecan farm is another major step toward vertical integration, industry leadership, and overall growth for National Pecan.

“The orchard is a well-regarded operation with a strong track record of producing exceptional quality pecans to serve growing customer demand,” said David Lawrence, National Pecan’s chief executive officer.

Rice Leadership Development Program participants
Two California growers in rice leadership program 1
Two California rice producers named to 2016-18 Rice Leadership Development Program
DWR inks agreement for its largest solar energy project 1

The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) has awarded sPower, a renewable energy company based in Salt Lake City, Utah, a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) to provide solar power to the State Water Project (SWP) from the Solverde I Solar Facility.  

Citrus freeze short-lived
Cold snap may have helped California citrus
Short cold snap may have helped maturing orange crop in California with color and flavor
University of California does cost study on walnuts in northern California
Study examines English walnut costs in California
UCANR releases cost study related to English walnuts in the Sacramento Valley of California
2016 NAFA alfalfa variety ratings guide now available

The National Alfalfa & Forage Alliance (NAFA) has released its 2016 edition of the popular “Alfalfa Variety Ratings - Winter Survival, Fall Dormancy & Pest Resistant Ratings for Alfalfa Varieties” publication.

It features 178 alfalfa varieties from 22 marketers, verified with the Association of Official Seed Certifying Agencies and the National Alfalfa Variety Review Board.

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