The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) reports that family-owned farms remain the backbone of the agriculture industry. NASS Statistic Division Director Hubert Hamer said that “97 percent of all U.S. farms are family owned.” This data is taken from the 2012 Census of...
The State Water Resources Control Board modified the Temporary Urgency Change Order to allow the CVP and SWP further flexibility to store and move water, especially in response to health and safety needs. The revised order removes some limitations that were in the original order on water transfers, clarifying that the...
Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer introduced legislation that designates the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta a National Heritage Area and names the Delta Protection Commission as the federally recognized entity to manage the National Heritage Area. The bill also authorizes $10 million in federal assistance over...
Storms in December and February led to the State Water Project to increase its anticipated deliveries from 15 percent to 20 percent. The Department of Water Resources (DWR) expects to deliver 840,000 acre-feet of the nearly 4.2 million acre-feet requested by contractors. A 20 percent allocation would be the second-...
The California Legislature approved a $1 billion financing plan before leaving for the spring recess. The bills will speed up spending on water projects and allocated approximately $75 million in immediate aid for drought-stricken regions. The legislation, AB 91 which contains the financing plan and AB 92 which...
Pest control advisors (PCAs) need to be on the lookout for leaffooted bug (LFB). Present indications point to the potential for significant LFB damage to almonds.
As orchards transition from delicate white blooms to vibrant green leaves, almond pollination season is coming to a close. Honey bees that began their year transferring pollen around the orchard and pollinating this year’s crop are moving on to do the same in more than 90 different commercially grown crops around California and North America.
An important change in the 2014 farm bill connects eligibility for crop insurance premium subsidies with conservation compliance requirements, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Experts including farm advisors and Almond Board researchers continue to share the latest news and research at almond workshops in the northern, central and southern almond growing regions.
Almond Board of California has released election results for the Board of Directors positions whose terms of office are March 1, 2015, through Feb. 28, 2016.

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