The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) recently approved new restrictions on the use of Pic (chloropicrin) products to reduce worker and bystander exposure.
The Almond Board of California is providing support for tech transfer teams that are helping to reduce overwintering colony losses by supplying beekeepers with front-line technical hive management assistance and information.
Consumers increasingly expect and demand transparency when it comes to food production, and almond growers can provide an authentic voice to that ongoing conversation through both traditional and digital media outlets, according to a panel of communicators at The Almond Conference in December.
The California Department of Food and Agriculture’s Fertilizer Research and Education Program, commonly known as FREP, recently released a new resource to help almond growers understand the nitrogen (N) needs of their trees throughout the year.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) led a bipartisan coalition to introduce a bill to lift the Cuba trade embargo. The bill, The Freedom to Export to Cuba Act, is co-sponsored by Senators Mike Enzi (R-WY), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Dick Durbin (D-IL). U.S. companies can already export...
Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) introduced bills in both the House and Senate that would establish a single, independent federal food safety agency. Co-sponsors of the bills include Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA). The goal is to improve food safety for consumers...
The State Water Resources Control Board (SWB) issued a notice advising all water rights holders that if hydrologic conditions do not significantly improve in the next several months, curtailments in 2015 can be expected to be the same as or exceed those in 2014. The notice warned that even senior riparian and pre-1914...
Commissioner Margaret Hamburg has resigned from her position at the Food and Drug Administration and will leave the agency by the end of March. Stephen Ostroff, the FDA’s chief scientist, will fill the position until a new commissioner is named.
The Bureau of Reclamation is making $50 million in funds available immediately for drought relief projects throughout the West including nearly $20 million for the Central Valley Project. The funding was made available through the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2015. Funding includes: $19.9...
Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) reintroduced legislation to label genetically engineered (GE) food. The Genetically Engineered Food Right-to Know Act would require the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to label GE food and foods containing GE ingredients. In...

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