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.

Almond Alliance of California leadership
Almond trade association rebrands and expands effort

A California trade association will soon rebrand itself as the commodity it serves grows into the single-largest segment of the state’s agricultural economy.

Touting itself as the only organization solely dedicated to the California almond industry, the Ripon-based Almond Hullers and Processors Association (AHPA) will soon become the Almond Alliance of California (AAC).

Mechanically harvesting raisins
California raisins still largely harvested by hand
USDA says most California raisin growers still choose to hand-harvest their crop
Georgios Vidalakis, director, Citrus Clonal Protection Program
California citrus industry wants ACP rule changes
California citrus industry wants new quarantine rules regarding Asian citrus psyllid
Richard Waycott and Nick Gatzman
Almond Board asks USDA for 1-cent assessment hike
Almond Board lays groundwork for industry growth.
Almond industry leaders
Rain fails to dampen curiosity at annual almond tour
Almond Board of California hosts annual environmental stewardship tour of growing operations
Jordan Agricultural Research Center
Agricultural programs get big boost at Fresno State
Fresno State University opens state-of-the-art building on campus to aid in agricultural research
Tier 4 compliant engine
'Trade-Up Program' geared to help clear the air
California program will help speed up transition to more TIer 4 compliant engines and tractors
Patrick Braddock, logistics manager for Setton Farms
Tree nut industry forges alliance to curb cargo thefts
California tree nut industry garners political attention over recent rash of cargo thefts
Cotton acreage intentions are up in the West
More water could bolster western cotton acres
Farmers could plant 362,000 acres of cotton in the West in 2016.
Kern County almonds
Popularity of almonds reflected in federal acreage report
As almond acreage in California surpasses one million, world demand keeps pace.
Almond orchard damaged in severe thunderstorm
Storm damage spotty in south San Joaquin Valley

Severe thunderstorms brought heavy rain, strong winds and damaging hail to parts of California’s San Joaquin Valley April 24.

Cindy Bean, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Hanford, Calif., said her office received reports of hail up to 1.25 inches in diameter in the Tulare area. There were no reports of weather damage from the storm.

Irrigation canal flows after several years of no water
More state water allotted to California farmers 1
California Department of Water Resources says it will deliver more water to growers, urban users this year
The Napa Grape Crusher
Napa grape yields down significantly in 2015
Napa wine grape yields suffer in 2015 from poor weather in May.
European grapevine moth trap
Napa growers recall discovery of invasive moth
Photo gallery: Napa grape grower recalls discovery of invasive moth
Napa grape grower Ron Wicker
California grape industry closer to EGVM eradication
Napa and Sonoma counties were once ground-zero for the European grapevine moth. Their scientific approach to ridding the region of a dangerous invasive pest could allow them to apply for eradication by September, 2016 if no more moths are trapped in the region.
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