California

CDFA schedules fertilizer conference

The California Department of Food and Agriculture’s (CDFA) Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) and the Western Plant Health Association (WPHA) will host their 26th annual fertilizer research conference at the Embassy Suites Hotel in... more »

New tariffs to cost U.S. nut and fruit industries over $3B

The ongoing international trade turmoil between the U.S. and other countries has prompted import tariffs on many U.S. agricultural commodities in important export markets, which could hurt U.S. farmers. A new report released by the... more »

Appeals court shuts down use of chlorpyrifos pesticide

The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals last week ordered an EPA ban of the broad-spectrum pesticide chlorpyrifos. The ban will take away a tool that many growers are still using, and its manufacturer says... more »

NRCS grants include $1.3 Million to study California soil health

Three groups with California ties will receive $1.3 million through the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) nationally-awarded Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) to study soil health innovations. "These grants will help spur creativity and problem-solving on California's farms... more »

California strawberry growers succeed despite challenges

For the California strawberry grower, the natural environment makes up for the state’s manmade business environment. Roughly four out of every five strawberries are grown in the United States come from California, which is the... more »

California labor contractor penalized $646K for late pay

A labor contractor in California’s Coachella Valley region faces more than $646,000 penalties for sending paychecks late for allegedly failing to give 1,374 seasonal farmworkers their final pay on time. The labor contractor, Vista Santa... more »

California May peach harvest down, says USDA

The USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service reported that California Peach harvest in May was down slightly from last year. California’s May production was about 495,000 tons, according to the USDA-NASS Crop production summary. That number... more »

Rat birth control product to debut in California

A rat birth control product will be presented at the Pest Control Operators Of California (PCOC) conference, held June 20-22 in South Lake Tahoe. The product, SenesTech's ContraPest, targets the reproductive... more »

Vacancies announced on California organic advisory committee

The California Organic Products Advisory Committee (COPAC) hopes to fill nine vacancies on its 30-person committee. COPAC is the advisory body of the California State Organic Program (SOP). It advises the secretary of the California... more »

Members appointed to National Organic Standards Board

On April 25, 2018, USDA announced the appointment of two new members to the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). Their terms begin immediately. James Greenwood from California, has been appointed to... more »


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