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Nutrient Management Conference in California opens registration

Registration is now open for the 29th annual Nutrient Management Conference, hosted by the California Department of Food and Agriculture Fertilizer Research and Education Program and Western Plant Hea

Soil health in agriculture boosted by Valent, K-State agreement

Valent BioSciences LLC and Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas, announced on Sept. 23 a formal long-term agreement to advance critical research in the areas of soil health and carbon smart farm

California nixes yearlong mail-in card-check campaigns for unionizing

California Farm Bureau President Jamie Johansson on  Sept. 22 applauded Gov. Gavin Newsom for vetoing Assembly Bill 616. The legislation would have allowed yearlong mail-in card-check campaigns for u

California labor bills pass; budget boosts wildfire funding

As another wildfire season rages in California, state lawmakers are seeking to ramp up mitigation efforts and help people working outside protect themselves from smoke. Among bills passed before th

Carol Chandler to be feted by Western Growers at 2021 Annual Meeting

Western Growers will honor agriculture advocate, educator, philanthropist and trailblazer Carol Chandler with the 2021 Award of Honor. The Award of Honor is Western Growers’ highest recognition of a

Proposals sought for technologies that ‘help level the playing field’

Farmers need right-sized technology. Tools and technology can help farmers improve efficiency, save labor and connect with their customers. But many of the innovations in agriculture today are built f

Reconciliation plan needs more water, conservation resources, group says

With over 80% of the West currently experiencing severe, extreme or exceptional drought conditions, and more than 2.2 million acres of land already burned across the Western states, a national coaliti

Oklahoma pecan grower pursues growing and grafting dream

Dick Hoffman owns Hoffman Pecan Farm in Payne County, Oklahoma. Dick and his wife, Jean, started the operation in 1962 with a few pecan trees and 80 acres. Over the course of 58 years, their small pur

Vilsack’s remarks at G-20 open forum on sustainable agriculture

The world continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic and its social and economic repercussions. The current global situation underscores the need for us to come together and act urgently and comp

NASDA announces new CEO

The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture announced Sept. 16 the selection of Ted McKinney as chief executive officer. He will lead NASDA in amplifying the voice of state department

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