The Korean Nutrition Society (KNS) held its annual conference in Jeju, South Korea, recently. Almond Board of California (ABC) sponsored a booth and a scientific session delivered by Dr. Richard Mattes of Purdue University.
The Almond Conference in December, as always, provided a wealth of information to help growers fine-tune their production practices with updated techniques and state-of-the-art tools.
Throughout California’s tumultuous history of wrangling over water use rights, judicial adjudication has been the only definitive, legally binding way to determine who has a valid water right, to quantify how much water various parties can use, and to establish who has priority during shortages for a specific water basin.
Sampling spurs during the dormant season is a necessary but time-consuming process. IPM farm advisor Emily Symmes recommends a sequential sampling technique for mites and San Jose scale to save time in the orchard.
The USDA has published a rule outlining how it will improve the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), one of USDA’s largest conservation programs. The interim final rule includes program changes authorized by Congress in the 2014 farm bill.
During this time of continuing drought and limited water availability, a question arises regarding the importance of and need for winter irrigation during dormancy.
The European Union (EU) recently revised the definition of the residues included under the limits for the pesticide fosetyl-al (Aliette).
At the December 2014 Almond Industry Conference, UC plant pathologist Dr. Jim Adaskaveg, in his disease management update, noted that dormant sprays are components for management of scab and bacterial spot. Scab has become a problem at many locations in recent years, and orchards with a history of scab should be...
The U.S. EPA will hold a public hearing Feb. 2 in Sacramento on the proposed updates to the national air quality standards for ground-level ozone, also known as smog.
Dave Baker was honored with the 2014 Almond Achievement Award for his lifetime of work on behalf of the California Almond industry at The Almond Conference Gala Dinner, held Dec. 11 in Sacramento.

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