California

Almond growers welcome news of the arrival of bees

Two and a half million honeybee colonies will be moved to pollinate 1.3 million bearing almond acres. Costs are up, habitats are down, and California agriculture officials will begin assessing civil penalties for violations of laws that protect bees. more »

Climate-smart agriculture efforts at UC ANR bolstered by funding

California has the largest, most diverse agricultural economy in the country, but is highly vulnerable to climate change, stressing the need for climate-smart practices using local information and resources. more »

Ag secretary says easing dock pressure to help ag exports

California tree nut growers were especially affected by congested ports, and too many containers were leaving without having agriculture products in them. more »

California trees are chilling out, which is good news

California is seeing its highest accumulation of chill in the last 7 years, with almonds surpassing their needs, and other trees nuts still working their way through the winter. more »

Funding enhances best-in-class agtech training by Western Growers

Curriculum development begins immediately, will be fully implemented by June 2025, and will assist 2,750 students and specially train 330 professors in California colleges. more »

Website offers composting resources to farmers and ranchers

With California's new composting laws in effect, a working group of multiple regulatory agencies has provided online resources to help growers compost in compliance. more »

Gov. Newsom’s budget seen as ‘a good framework’ by California Farm Bureau

Farm Bureau President Jamie Johansson also mentions that the over 20,000 small farms should have a voice in any 'save the farm' programs that are part of the $286.4 billion budget. more »

Welcome water news seen for California farmers and ranchers

Though California reservoirs are still below average storage for the time of year, the numerous storms at the start of the season has the state seeing up to 160% of average snowpack. more »

Almond Board offers Introduction to Groundwater Recharge guide

Almond Board of California is encouraging growers to use the Introduction to Groundwater Recharge guide, which is designed for those wanting to learn more about how to use their land to recharge aquifers. more »

Ag secretary Ross: ‘We need to change the narrative’ of agriculture

Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross doesn't accept the notion that legislators simply don't understand the industry, and believes agriculture needs to be more valued and respected. more »

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