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California Blueberry Commission Executive Director Among New North American Blueberry Council Board Leadership

The North American Blueberry Council (NABC) released the full slate of its recently elected board of directors, including new president Pat Goin of Goin’s Blueberry Lane in Indiana, and other board officers. Starting in 2023, the board has been expanded from six to 15 members, several of which hail from California.  Among the new Board members is Todd Sanders, Executive …

Consider Applying For The Avocado Industry Leadership Program

The Hass Avocado Board is now accepting applications for its yearlong Board Leadership Development program. The program includes customized training to help participants prepare to serve on the boards of avocado industry organizations such as HAB and the California Avocado Commission, among others. The deadline to complete the application is January 31. There are currently 12 open seats. The course includes: A …

USDA Announces Record Citrus Purchase

For the first time, under authority of Section 32 of the Agricultural Adjustment Act Amendment of 1935, the U.S. Department of Agriculture will purchase up to $20 million of fresh mandarins and tangerines for distribution to food banks, schools and other non-conventional markets. USDA also announced that it will purchase up to $20 million in oranges and $10 million in …

Preventing Alternate Bearing Patterns And Freeze/Frost Protection (Avocado Field Day)

The California Avocado Commission will host a grower field day at Pine Tree Ranch in Santa Paula on January 25, 2023 from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. During the event, California avocado growers will have an opportunity to meet CAC’s new president, Jeff Oberman. In addition, Tim Spann of Spann Ag Research & Consulting and Ben Faber, UC Farm Advisor, …

Federal Funding for New Citrus Breeding Program in Parlier, California

California Citrus Mutual (CCM) and the Citrus Research Board (CRB) welcome more than $1 million in new federal funding for critical research programs that support the U.S. and California citrus industries. The 2023 Appropriations bill passed by Congress recently includes continued funding to help stop the deadly citrus plant disease Huanglonging (HLB) that has devastated citrus production in Florida and …

CA Avocado Commission Highlights Top Retail Promotions

On December 15, the California Avocado Commission’s Marketing Committee, which is comprised of California avocado grower and handler members, hosted its first meeting of the 2022-23 fiscal year. The virtual meeting, which was presided over by CAC Marketing Committee Chair Gary Caloroso, provided the Commission with an opportunity to discuss the upcoming California avocado season and share the top retail …

2023 California Avocado Crop Estimate And Projections

In December 2022, the California Avocado Commission surveyed industry handlers to develop the following 2023 California Avocado Pre-Season Crop Estimate*: Hass: 243 million pounds Lamb-Hass: 7 million pounds GEM: 6 million pounds Other: 1 million pounds Total: 257 million pounds *Please note the California Avocado Commission’s crop year is aligned with the calendar year (January 1st through December 31st) and therefore information provided is for …

Fresh Innovations California Joins Peterson Farms Family of Companies

The Peterson family is pleased to announce the addition of Fresh Innovations California, LLC, to the Peterson Farms FAMILY OF COMPANIES. Fresh Innovations California, located in Stockton, California, specializes in organic and conventional fresh-cut apple slices, under the brand Prize Slice, supplying schools and retail throughout the United States. The addition of Fresh Innovations California, LLC to the Peterson Farms …

Fresno Chamber of Commerce Announces Ag Leader Award Winners

The Fresno Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Fresno County Farm Bureau, is proud to announce the winners of the 2022 Ag Awards, a long-standing tradition that honors and celebrates our region’s agricultural industry leaders. The honorees were recognized at the Ag Awards Celebration on November 3rd at PR Farms. The 2022 Ag Awards Honorees include: Moss Adams Agribusiness of …

NIFA Invests $21.7M in Emergency Citrus Disease Research and Extension

USDA-NIFA’s Emergency Citrus Disease Research & Extension (ECDRE) program brings the nation’s top scientists together with citrus industry representatives to find scientifically sound solutions that combat and prevent citrus greening (HLB)​ at the farm-level. For the first time in the program’s history, NIFA is supporting an HLB-focused Coordination Network (CN) Project led by an interdisciplinary team of scientists representing all three major citrus producing …

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