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4/24/2014 - Free White Paper: Emerging Faith in Food Production

Nearly two out of three consumers (65 percent) still want to know more about where their food comes from, according to a new follow-up white paper, "Emerging Faith in Food Production," by Sullivan Higdon & Sink (SHS) FoodThink. This white paper, built from a 2014 study, is a comparative analysis of consumers' changing food production perceptions since the 2012 research piece titled,...


4/24/2014 - Sakata Seed America and Alf Christianson Seed Co. Announce Merger

Sakata Seed America, Inc. and Alf Christianson Seed Co. announced that the two companies will merge, effective immediately. The newly merged entity will operate under the Sakata Seed America name and will be headquartered in Morgan Hill, Calif. Sakata Seed America will retain a significant presence in the Pacific Northwest operation, which remains a key strategic center of product development...


4/24/2014 - Short Water Year for Klamath Irrigation Project

Farmers on the Klamath Reclamation Project straddling the Oregon-California border are facing irrigation cutbacks caused by drought for the third year in a row. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation operations plan released earlier this month shows that only 61 percent of the water needed for full irrigation is available to the 1,200 farms on the project. Greg Addington of the Klamath Water Users Association...


4/23/2014 - Dramm Donates to Free to Smile Nonprofit

Dramm Corp., an irrigation supplier, is "Springing for Hope." Each May, Dramm will donate financially to a nonprofit organization. This year, efforts include donating a portion of May's retail sales to Free to Smile. Based in Columbus, Ohio, Free to Smile provides free surgery to children and young adults born with cleft lip and palate who live in underserved areas of the world. ...


4/23/2014 - Syngenta Expands Lettuce Germplasm Portfolio Through Eagle Research Acquisition

Syngenta announced a lettuce germplasm acquisition from Eagle Research and Development, Inc. (ERDI), based in Salinas, Calif. The purchase enables Syngenta to expand its lettuce germplasm pool at an accelerated pace and complement its own in-house breeding efforts to meet evolving customer needs for new iceberg lettuce varieties for the U.S. lettuce market. This germplasm acquisition will also...


4/22/2014 - USDA Announces Funding to Train and Educate Next Generation of Farmers and Ranchers

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the availability of more than $19 million in grants to help train, educate and enhance the sustainability of the next generation of agricultural producers through the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP). "USDA is committed to the next generation of America's farmers and ranchers because they represent the future of agriculture and...


4/22/2014 - Birthplace of Domesticated Chili Pepper Identified in Mexico

According to an international team of researchers led by a plant scientist at the University of California, Davis, central-east Mexico gave birth to the domesticated chili pepper, now the world's most widely grown spice crop. Results from the four-pronged investigation--based on linguistic and ecological evidence as well as the more traditional archaeological and genetic data--suggest a regional,...


4/21/2014 - Spectrum Technologies Launches Enhanced Version of FieldScout GreenIndex+ App

Spectrum Technologies, Inc. announced the launch of a revised version of the FieldScout GreenIndex+ plant health app, available on iOS devices version 6.0 and above. The app utilizes the power of a smartphone or other smart device to capture differences in relative greenness between corn leaves, allowing users to make valuable decisions regarding fertilization in the V6 growth stage and beyond. As...


4/21/2014 - Researchers Develop System to Track Dynamics of Drought

University of Cincinnati researchers are at work tracking drought patterns across the United States. Qiusheng Wu, a doctoral student and research assistant for the UC Department of Geography, and Hongxing Liu, a UC professor and head of the Department of Geography, presented details at the annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers (AAG) in Tampa, Fla. To trace the dynamics around...


4/18/2014 - USDA Surveys On-Farm Irrigation Practices

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) conducted the national Farm and Ranch Irrigation Survey earlier this year. Farmers, ranchers and horticulture producers across the United States received the survey in the mail, asking them to provide information about their water use and irrigation practices. "Water is arguably the most important resource...


4/17/2014 - USDA Announces Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the availability of approximately $66 million in Specialty Crop Block Grants to state departments of agriculture for projects that help support specialty crop growers, including locally grown fruits and vegetables, through research, programs to increase demand, and more. The historic support provided by the Agricultural Act of 2014 (farm bill)...


4/16/2014 - Stemilt Adds to Anniversary Celebration with Heritage Gold

Stemilt Growers is continuing its 50th anniversary celebration by introducing a new seal for select cell-packed cartons of premium late storage Golden Delicious apples. Heritage Gold celebrates the favorite apple of Tom Mathison, Stemilt's late founder, and will appear on 50th anniversary cartons of select Golden Delicious apples for a limited time only. "Our best Golden Delicious apples have...


4/15/2014 - CAC 2012-2013 Annual Report Now Available

The California Avocado Commission (CAC) announced that the 2012-2013 Annual Report is now available on the website. The 2012-2013 Annual Report is a strictly digital publication that can be viewed online as a digital flip-book or downloaded as a PDF. If you would like to receive a printed version, the CAC will print a copy in-house and mail it to you. A hard copy can be requested by filling out...


Free NozzleCalc App from Greenleaf Technologies - Greenleaf  Technologies is proud to announce the availability of the fre...

4/14/2014 - Free NozzleCalc App from Greenleaf Technologies

Greenleaf Technologies is proud to announce the availability of the free NozzleCalc app. Chemical labels are recommending specific droplet sizes, making it imperative to select nozzles for droplet size and not simply GPA. Greenleaf developed this app with the people who spray in mind. It provides the most convenient resource for ensuring accurate Greenleaf spray nozzle selection so you get the...


4/14/2014 - U.S. Drought Intensified Slightly in March

Drought coverage in the 48 contiguous states increased 2.52 percentage points to 38.37 in the four weeks that ended April 1. Drought coverage is at its highest point since October 8, 2013, and up 7.42 percentage points from the beginning of the year, said Brad Rippey, meteorologist in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Office of the Chief Economist. "Dry, windy, dusty conditions led to...


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