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Master Milling Certificate Course September 23-25, 2019

The Master Milling Certificate Course has helped hundreds of olive oil processors produce better oil more efficiently. A survey of attendees’ found that 90 percent of respondents believed that the course material would boost their quality or efficiency by more than five percent, and 72 percent said that the course was “very likely” to lead to higher profitability. The course …

GreenFruit Avocados Expands Sales Team to Keep Pace with Growing Demand

Green Fruit Avocados, a fully integrated avocado grower and shipper, has announced the addition of produce industry veterans Lisa Cabuto and Dave Culpeper to its sales team. As senior sales representative and senior account manager respectively, the two will leverage their industry expertise and connections to help the company continue its exponential growth. The hiring, along with a recent move to …

Joel Nelsen Reappointed to Senior Trade Policy GRP

CCM’s Joel Nelsen was reappointed to the Administration’s Fruit & Vegetable Trade Advisory Committee this week as announced by USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue and Trade Ambassador Robert Lighthizer. These positions are highly coveted as they have direct engagement with Administration officials on trade policy. Nelsen has served since the George W. Bush Administration, and for the past fours, his colleagues have asked him to chair …

Kevin Ball Joins Citrus Pest & Disease Prevention Committee

Kevin Ball-Disease Prevention Committee

The Citrus Pest & Disease Prevention Committee (CPDPC) announces the addition of Kevin Ball as the new grower representative for the coastal district position. Kevin Ball will advise the committee on the latest citrus grower activities occurring in the coastal area. The CPDPC advises the Secretary and the agricultural industry about efforts to combat serious pests and diseases, like the …

CA Prunes Introduces New Brand to Inspire all to Choose CA for Prunes

CA Prunes Introduces New Brand

The finest prunes on Earth have a new brand with a familiar name: California Prunes – representing all that makes California Prunes premium: world-famous growing conditions, generations of expertise among our growers and handlers, a perfected drying system, and the highest quality agricultural standards of any other nation. “The world comes to California for prunes, and we take that seriously,” …

California Fresh Fruit Association names Ian Lemay new president!

(Fresno, CA) – Today, Randy Giumarra, the Chairman of the California Fresh Fruit Association (CFFA) Board of Directors announced that Ian LeMay will serve as the new president of CFFA. LeMay will succeed George Radanovich, who has held the position since 2016 and will be leaving CFFA to promote sound ag labor policy inWashington, DC. Chairman Giumarra stated “Ian’s appointment …

Kiwifruit Administrative Committee Board of Directors Nominations Underway – Industry Members Sought to Serve

The California Kiwifruit Administrative Committee will conduct its annual election of kiwifruit growers to serve as members and alternates for a two-year term from August 1, 2019 to July 31, 2021. Nominations are being for Districts 1 and 2. District 1 encompasses production areas in Butte, Sutter and Yuba Counties and District 2 encompasses Tulare County. Nomination forms were mailed …

USDA Extends Deadline to May 17 for Producers to Certify 2018 Crop Production for Market Facilitation Program Payments

Market Facilitation Program

USDA extended the deadline to May 17 from May 1 for agricultural producers to certify 2018 crop production for payments through the Market Facilitation Program (MFP), which helps producers who have been significantly affected by foreign tariffs, resulting in the loss of traditional exports. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) extended the deadline because heavy rainfall and snowfall have delayed harvests …

How to Control Grubs in Blueberries: Organic & Conventional Methods

How to Control Grubs in Blueberries: Organic & Conventional Methods

Masked Chafer (AKA white grubs) have been problematic for blueberry growers, particularly in the Central Valley of California.  The good news is that researchers and entomologists have come up with both organic and conventional methods treatments for these soil pests.  Watch this brief interview UC Cooperative Extension Farm Advisor David Haviland to learn about these options and read more about …

Wawona Begins Promotable Stone Fruit Volumes

Wawona packing company featured

Wawona Packing Company, a leading grower and shipper of organic and conventional tree fruit, today announced the start of its 2019 stone fruit season. Beginning with proprietary varieties of organic and conventional peaches and nectarines, the program will expand to include additional commodities and varieties as the season progresses with plums, pluots and apricots available by mid-May. Wawona anticipates a …

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