Interis, Inc. has partnered with Conservis Corp. to integrate Iteris' ClearAg Visualization Components and Advisory Services into Conservis' next-generation farm management information system (FMIS) platform.
Conservis' FMIS platform manages more than $8 billion of farm assets at all stages of production, providing growers with real-time management including planning, purchasing, planting, harvesting, and marketing control....More
The July 16 passage of H.R. 2898 - the Western Water and American Food Security Act of 2015 (HR 2898) - is a positive step toward legislation that could bring common sense to supply water and protect listed species, according to the Westlands Water District (WWD).
The district says the legislation demonstrates the possibility to advance legislation that can balance the needs of people and the environment....More
2015 California almond production is forecast at 1.80 billion meat pounds, down 3 percent from May's subjective forecast and 4 percent below last year.
The objective crop estimate, based on a National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) survey funded by the Almond Board of California (ABC), is based on 890,000 bearing acres.
Production for the Nonpareil variety is forecast at 670,000 million meat pounds, down 6 percent from last year’s deliveries. The Nonpareil estimate is 37 percent of the total California almond crop....More
The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) has wrapped up public workshops focused on obtaining input and feedback from the public about the use of pesticides near California schools.
The public sessions, which took place in May and June in Sacramento, Salinas, Ventura, Oxnard, Lamont and Coachella, were sparked by a media story written by the Center of Investigating Reporting concerning Rio Mesa High School in Oxnard....More
There is truth to comments made in recent months implying that California agriculture’s voice on water use during the mega drought has not been heard by intended receivers. Yet agriculture’s vocal cords and keystrokes are finally reaching the eyes and ears of the John Q. Public and mainstream media....More
On a warm, sunny afternoon in late April, University of California Cooperative Extension Viticulture-Soils Farm Advisor Mark Battany guided the GMC pick-up truck across hilly, drought-parched pasture near Paso Robles on the Central Coast.
The truck moved slowly – dodging a gopher hole – to reach a new state-of-the-art weather station which extended 35-feet skyward on land owned by the J. Lohr Winery....More
The need for partnerships to meet water needs as California moves into the fourth year of a drought, the June 10 deadline for voting to sustain support for the fight against Pierce’s disease, and the strengthening of the U.S. dollar and its impact on wine exports and imports were among topics discussed at a workshop in Parlier, Calif.
The program was presented by the San Joaquin Valley Winegrowers Association and the California Association of Winegrape Growers....More
I live on the Delta and am a retired mechanical engineer and hold a Master’s degree in business administration. I have an idea on California’s water situation that I believe merits serious review. I call it The California Delta Fresh Water Assurance Barrier plan.
This idea is not new as similar proposals go back more than 100 years. However, California was a dramatically different place then. I believe the idea’s time has now come....More