Todd Fitchette

Associate Editor,
Western Farm Press

Todd Fitchette, associate editor with Western Farm Press, spent much of his journalism career covering agriculture in California and the western United States. Aside from reporting about issues related to farm production, environmental regulations and legislative matters, he has extensive experience covering the dairy industry, western water issues and politics. His journalistic experience includes local daily and weekly newspapers, where he was recognized early in his career as an award-winning news photographer.

Fitchette is US Army veteran and a graduate of California State University, Chico. He resides in Tulare, Calif.

Cal Poly Pomona research greenhouse will help citrus industry fight ACP
Citrus industry partners with university in ACP fight
The new facility on the Cal Poly Pomona campus will support research and rearing of the Tamarixia radiata wasp, a natural enemy of the ACP. The wasp was discovered by University of California researchers several years ago in Pakistan and brought back to the United States under permit with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Production of Tamarixia already take place at a state facility in nearby Riverside, Calif., but those numbers – about two million insects per year – are not enough as the psyllid continues to expand its footprint across California. Psyllids have been found as far north as the Bay Area and the northern San Joaquin Valley.
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Agriculture needs high-speed link with tech world
Julie Borlaug says global agriculture needs high tech advancements to come faster if it's going to address the challenges of feeding a growing world population
Forbes AgTech Summit addresses farm labor shortages
High-tech answers sought for farm labor shortages
Labor issues remain a key concern of growers and food processors, according to Tom Nassif, president and chief executive officer for Western Growers Association, an agricultural trade association that represents about half of the nation’s fruit, vegetable and tree nut production in Arizona, California and Colorado. “Our labor supply is at a critical stage right now, as is our water supply,” Nassif said.
Ray Olivarez produces queen honeybees in northern California and Hawaii
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Ray Olivarez maintains low honeybee losses through variety of purposeful practices
Herbicide drift research study
2016 UC Davis Weed Day marks 60th anniversary
UC Davis Weed Science Program marks 60th anniversary of its annual weed day
University of California report cites cost study for growing olives
UC report cites figures needed to profitably grow olives
University of California study looks at costs needed to produce table olives and those grown for oil production in northern California's Sacramento Valley.
University of California Farm Advisor Katherine Pope
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California could produce record almond crop in 2016
2.05 billion pound almond crop could set record
Almond growers could shake record crop from highest-ever acreage figures.
Olivarez Honeybees raises royalty in northern California
How one northern California beekeeper maintains reduced losses in an age of colony collapse disorder
California wants to join federal milk marketing order
California milk FMMO may take a little longer
California dairymen may have to wait a little longer for federal milk order proposal to be approved
Cauliflower yields and prices rise in Monterey County, Calif.
Monterey County crop value hits $4.8B on strong prices
Stronger commodity prices in some vegetables helped push the gross agricultural value in Monterey County, Calif. to a record $4.8 billion in 2015.
California walnut yields continue to rise
California walnut yields maintain record-setting pace
California walnut production projected to remain on record-setting pace
Central California Almond Growers Association leadership
CCAGA members gather for 53rd annual meeting
Central California Almond Growers Association gathers in Fresno for 53rd annual meeting
California cotton emerges
California cotton acreage trends up 26 percent
California cotton acreage is up 26 percent in 2016 after hitting lows last year not seen since the Great Depression.
Citrus research groundbreaking at UC Riverside
California citrus funds $8M HLB cure research facility
California citrus industry will fund high-security research lab near UC Riverside as it seeks cure for Huanglongbing.
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