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.

Articles by Todd Fitchette
Preparing for the World Ag Expo

While activities related to the World Ag Expo run year-round, active set-up for the worlds largest agricultural exposition begins right after Christmas each year for the annual event the second week of Feburary. Tents large and small must be set up, exhibit booth space marked off, 6,000 yards of bark for outdoor exhibits must be delivered and spread by hand, heavy equipment must be trucked in, off loaded and placed, and a host of other large and small details taken care of ahead of opening day.

Buddy Ketchner
Global markets are nuts for almonds
California almond industry continues its incredible growth through message of positive health benefits of the tiny nut.
California Weed Science Society gathers in Monterey
Ag industry gathers to hear growing problem of resistance issues in weed management.
Cotton harvest
California's cotton class of 2014
Little change in California cotton varieties for 2014
Asian citrus psyllids on a leaf.
Can ACP be eradicated from San Joaquin Valley? 1
California Citrus Mutual seeks coordinated effort with ACP eradication as goal
Tim Merrill, Omega Walnuts
Omega Walnuts capitalizes on industry growth
New walnut processor opens in Northern California
Oranges in packing house.
California still assessing citrus freeze damage
California citrus officials still assessing freeze damage
Brown rot halts California citrus exports to China 1
China backs out of apparent trade agreement over California citrus
Citrus community gets taste of research
University of California research station showcases citrus varieties at annual open house
Rice industry grows success on relationships
California rice growers provide food and habitat for millions of creatures
Almond industy gathers in Sacramento, Calif.
California almond industry draws 2,650 for statewide convention in Sacramento
Joint liability opens can of worms for growers, PCAs 2
Pending court case should open eyes of growers
Keeping the buzz alive through BMPs and research
Promoting honey bee health is also good for grower returns
Gordon Wardell inspects bees
Bee health: It's more than just about nuts and honey

The buzz of a strong bee colony is vital to California's multi-billion almond industry. Without bees there are no almonds.

Bees also pollinate a variety of other commodities that consumers eat. It is therefore important for growers and those employed by them to ensure that honeybee health is promoted throughout the industry.

Paramount Farms in California is working to ensure that the bees they use for their almond pollination return to beekeepers healthier than when they arrived to pollinate the company's 46,000 acres of almonds in Central California.

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack
Vilsack stumps for farm bill in Fresno 2
USDA Secretary promotes farm bill to California audience
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