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Conservation Program Sign-Up Begins
USDA Farm Service Agency California State Executive Director Val Dolcini announced a four-week Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general signup, beginning on March 12 and ending on April 6. This marks the 25th year that CRP has helped protect the nation's natural resources through voluntary participation, while providing economic and environmental benefits to rural communities nationwide.
Department of Pesticide Regulation and California Strawberry Commission announce research partnership to reduce fumigant use on strawberry fields
The Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) and California Strawberry Commission announced a research partnership that will look for alternatives to fumigant pesticides. The $500,000, three-year project will explore ways to grow strawberries in peat or substances other than soil.
“This project shows our commitment to encourage and support development of effective and environmentally friendly ways to control pests,” said DPR Director Brian R. Leahy. “Fumigant pesticides are an important tool farmers use to control a wide variety of pests and diseases. The objective of this project is to provide even more tools to safely and economically grow crops in our state.”
At final Farm Bill hearing, Chairwoman Stabenow underscores importance of risk management, reform
U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today said that strengthening crop insurance and reforming farm programs are top priorities for her as the Committee works to develop strong risk management tools for farmers. Chairwoman Stabenow’s comments came during the final Farm Bill hearing focused on commodity programs and risk management.
Innovative and sustainable farming practices at forefront of California Strawberry growing
California strawberry peak season is officially here. According to the California Strawberry Commission, California strawberries are available year round with March through August marking the peak season. Eighty-eight percent of the strawberries in the United States are grown in California by more than 500 family farmers who employ innovative and sustainable farming practices.
Jordan College Dean Boyer appointed to state ag board
"It's a privilege to be appointed to this board because it gives me and Fresno State a unique opportunity to connect with all elements of our state's most important industry,” said Boyer. “In addition, my participation on the board will allow me to represent a higher education perspective as the board addresses important issues impacting the future of agriculture."
Boyer, who is a plant biologist by training, joined Fresno State in 2006 from Oregon State University, where he had been a department head and then associate dean. He received his master’s and doctoral degrees at Pennsylvania State University, where he was a professor before moving to Oregon State.
- Agriculture Deputy Secretary highlights the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass in California
- Specialty crops and dairy take center stage in Farm Bill discussions
- DPR and California Strawberry Commission announce research partnership to reduce fumigant use on strawberry fields
- Growers Say Yes to California Table Grape Commission
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