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Almond growers plant wildflowers to help bees – from the Modesto Bee

Story by John Holland The rented bees arrived to find quite a feast in Mike Silveira’s almond orchard north of Oakdale. He had sown mustard seeds between the tree rows in the fall, and by mid-January, they had burst out … Continue reading

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USDA opens public comment period for Ag Conservation Easement Program

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is accepting public comments on its interim final rule for the new Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP), designed to help producers protect working agricultural lands and wetlands. … Continue reading

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Celebrating Fairness and Accuracy in the Marketplace: March 1-7 is National Weights and Measures Week

A taxi fare, an ounce of gold, a pound of butter, a milligram of medication, a ton of rice, an acre of land, a gallon of gas … What do they have in common? We get what we pay for … Continue reading

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Secretary Ross views Ag water solutions – from the Santa Cruz Sentinel

Secretary Karen Ross hearing about water usage and conservation at a Santa Cruz County farm this week. By Donna Jones The first step toward finding solutions to long-standing groundwater overdraft in the Pajaro Valley was to acknowledge the problem and … Continue reading

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A new network for women in agriculture – from the USDA

By Krysta Harden, Deputy Secretary, USDA To be a woman in agriculture is to face a unique set of challenges. And because I know all too well the trials that women can face as they look to take on leadership … Continue reading

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Pooch sniffs out forbidden fruit and bad bugs – from the Riverside Press-Enterprise

By Jan Sears The work day starts early for Bishop, a gangly yellow lab, and his handler, Kristina Cummings. By 4:30 a.m. the two San Bernardino County agriculture department workers are on the job, checking out boxes that are being … Continue reading

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Bird Health Awareness Week – USDA sponsors webinar on bird health

Bird Health Awareness Week is from Feb. 24 through March 2. The USDA’s Animal Plant Health and Inspection Service (APHIS) is bringing poultry experts together for a webinar called, “Growing Chicks Into Healthy Chickens: Getting Ready for Spring,” to be … Continue reading

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World Ag Expo – a world-class showcase for Ag

Tulare County is the number-one Ag county in the nation and the perfect place to host the annual World Ag Expo. I was honored to be able to visit this week. The Expo wouldn’t happen without extraordinary organizational leadership and … Continue reading

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USDA announces $30 million to fight citrus disease

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced $30 million in funding for 22 projects to help citrus producers combat Huanglongbing (HLB), also known as citrus greening, a devastating citrus disease that threatens U.S. citrus production. The money will fund promising projects … Continue reading

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Changing times at Tulare’s World Ag Expo – from the Hanford Sentinel

By Seth Nidever Sure, you can still see the huge tractors and the weird-looking equipment. You can still test-drive a four-wheel-drive truck. You can still eat sandwiches stuffed with fresh barbecue. As has been the case for several years, there … Continue reading

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