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Farm Credit supports annual Central Valley, North State women in agriculture awards


Because so many farms have been in the family for several generations, many of them have a man's name attached. But in 21st century California, women's contributions to agriculture and their communities can't be overstated.


After years of seeing declining table-olive acreage in the state, growers who remain in the olive business have found themselves at a crossroads: Convert to mechanization or face an uncertain future for their crop.


We're proud of the $50.4 billion farm gate value of California agriculture, but as practitioners, farmers know the figure doesn't truly represent all that agriculture provides to the state's economy and, specifically, our local economies. The towns and cities of today would not exist but for the farms and ranches that provide jobs and opportunity for their neighbors.


The Central Valley Project is explained on a visitors' sign next to Northern California's Shasta Lake, which was at 84 percent of capacity as of March 25. Officials have been releasing water to make room for runoff.


California water rights holders are required by state law to measure and report the water they divert from surface streams. For people who wish to take the water measurements themselves, the University of California Cooperative Extension is offering training to receive certification April 4 in Redding and Woodland.


In a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, E.&.J. Gallo Winery will pay a $58,000 civil penalty and make improvements to address the risk of chemical accidents at its wine production facility in Fresno. Gallo agreed to spend $350,000 to enhance safety equipment and procedures


In his State of the State address last week, Gov. Gavin Newsom said completing the entire San Francisco-to-Los Angeles project as currently envisioned "would cost too much and take too long." He said he wants to focus on completing the Merced-to-Bakersfield segment, already under construction. But in the San Joaquin Valley, farmers from Merced to Kern counties still stand to lose land and livelihoods to bullet-train right of way.


The state's water infrastructure is getting older and stressed beyond its capabilities. Our demands for water to serve our communities, to fuel our economy and to preserve our environment have increased far beyond what the system was designed to reliably and sustainably support. Changing weather conditions only exacerbate an already unsustainable situation.


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The plans are required by January 2020 for the state's 21 most critically overdrafted or important basins. Most of those basins are in the San Joaquin Valley, where surface water cutbacks in recent years led to an overreliance on wells.


"We're really excited about what's going on because this year we're bottling 30 different wines from up and down the state. We're really emphasizing, of course, the San Joaquin valley but we're getting fruit from Napa and Sonoma," says Kevin Smith, business and marketing lecturer for the Fresno State Winery.


The wineries join an already high concentration of alcoholic beverage producers, most notably a handful of breweries - including Captain Fatty's, in the same complex as Samsara - but also the Santa Barbara Cider Company in Old Town and the recently opened Goleta Red Distilling Company.


A series of storms in recent weeks has slowed California strawberry production, tightening supplies during a key marketing period and strengthening market prices.


Almond industry awarded funds through the Agricultural Trade Promotion Program


World Ag Expo® will kick off its 52nd show on Tuesday, February 12, in Tulare, California. Gates will open at 9:00 a.m. The red carpet rolls out on Tuesday for Opening Ceremonies at 8:00 a.m. in the Heritage Complex Banquet Hall. The ceremonial opening will begin with an awards ceremony for Top-10 New Products Winners, sponsored by Bank of America, and "We Believe in Growing" scholarship winners, sponsored by E.M. Tharp. Past World Ag Expo® Show Chairmen, VIPs and elected officials will hear from American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall and NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine during the ceremony.


UC Cooperative Extension cropping systems specialist Jeff Mitchell is issuing a standing invitation to the public to visit the site of an ongoing conservation agriculture research project and see for themselves the results of long-term soil-building practices.


Adopted last December by the State Water Resources Control Board, the plan would redirect 30 to 50 percent of "unimpaired flows" in three San Joaquin River tributaries-the Stanislaus, Tuolumne and Merced rivers-in the name of increasing fish populations in the rivers. The flows plan would sharply reduce the amount of water available to irrigate crops in regions served by the rivers.


An IBM presentation on the application of blockchain technology for food safety will be one of many opportunities for learning and innovation at the 2019 Salinas Valley Ag Technology Summit on March 26-27. IBM, which is developing blockchain data-tracking solutions for the U.S. food supply, will be represented by Suzanne Livingston, its offering director for Food Trust™. Blockchain uses encoded digital data to create a permanent, interlocking record of each transaction.


As many as 300,000 people a year will learn how California farmers lead the world in water efficiency once the state-of-the-art Powerhouse Science Center opens in Sacramento in 2020. That's because the section of the museum devoted to water will have three separate interactive exhibits that will show how much water it takes to grow crops, how California farmers lead the world in conservation, and how the state's complicated water storage and delivery system works, said Mike Wade, the executive director of the California Farm Water Coalition.

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