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California Citrus Breeding Program Expanding with Congressional Support

Today, Presidents of California Citrus Mutual (CCM) and Citrus Research Board (CRB) issued statements applauding Congressional leaders for recently approving additional funds for the new citrus breeding program in Parlier, California. Congress is allocating an additional $500,000 in federal funding on top of the $1 million granted last year to expand the program into California. The program will now receive $1.5 …

Cal Poly Strawberry Center 8th Annual Field Day

Join more than 400 strawberry growers, researchers and industry representatives for this year’s Strawberry Center Field Day on Thursday, August 8th from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (check-in beginning at 7:30 a.m.).  Participants will rotate through stations, hearing from students and staff about the latest research taking place at the Strawberry Center at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Topics include the newest …

USDA Develops Cold-Hardiness Kiwifruit for Immediate Release to Public

Kiwifruit and their tangy green flesh are routinely purchased and devoured throughout the year by people across the nation. This is no surprise. Kiwis are high in Vitamin C, dietary fiber, and potassium. The subtropical fruit is also a favorite of many southern U.S. producers since the delicious fruit is traditionally grown in warmer climates. California produces the vast majority …

Ensuring Availability of High-Quality Potatoes All Year Round

Scientists at the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) use innovative technology to study the lifecycle of potatoes (including development, production, and postharvest storage), ensuring a high-quality supply year-round for snack food processing facilities, restaurants, and grocery stores. Potatoes are one of the main crops grown in the U.S., with a production of approximately 22.5 million tons annually. Fall is the …

New Farm Bill Priorities Supporting Specialty Crop Agriculture

As legislature continues to work on completing a new Farm Bill, specialty crops may reap greater representation and benefits than in any previous Farm Bill. Watch this brief video featuring Philip Karsting from Olsson Frank Weeda as he discusses their priorities for specialty crop ag at a recent conference held by American Pistachio Growers. Special thanks to American Pistachio Growers for sponsoring this video.

How AI and Global Economic Trends will Impact California Agriculture

World-renowned economist and and financial expert Marci Rossell addressed American Pistachio Growers again this year at their annual conference, this time sharing some key insights on how the boom in AI (artificial intelligence) and inflation/interest-rate trends will impact specialty crop growers in the immediate and near future. Watch her brief interview with Malcolm Media Editor Matthew Malcolm for the inside scoop. …

The Secret to Happiness May be in Eating Your Vegetables

For centuries, humans have sought the recipe for happiness: Money? Love? Fame? The answer, it turns out, may be none of the above, but rather: vegetables. New research by a team of ARS scientists at the Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center in Grand Forks, ND, reveals that increasing the quantity of vegetables in a person’s diet, even briefly, can improve their …

USDA Announces Intent to Renew Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee Charter

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced it intends to renew the charter of the Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee (FVIAC). USDA is set to renew the committee’s charter for two years as required by the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The current charter expires on May 23, 2024. USDA invites interested persons to submit comments on this notice. …

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