CDFA Fights Asian Citrus Psyllid in Ventura County as Bug Moves North

The CFDA and Ventura County Agricultural Commissioner’s office have begun a program to try to stop the Asian Citrus Psyllid (ACP) from destroying Ventura County’s citrus groves and home garden citrus. The insect, the size of aphids, can transmit a disease that is fatal to citrus. The disease, called Huanglongbing (HLB), also called “Greening disease” […]

USDA Seeking Conservation Innovation Grants Applications

WASHINGTON, January 26, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that applications are being accepted for up to $20 million in grants to facilitate the creation of new, innovative markets for carbon credits, providing additional revenue sources for producers and address natural resource conservation challenges. These grants are part of the Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) […]

Organic Methods As Productive As Industrial Agriculture Says Study

A new study released this week by Berkeley University has good news for health-conscious Americans. The Berkeley researchers investigated the supposed ‘Gap’ between organic food systems and industrial,chemical-dependent food systems. The study showed that the previously held assumptions of this gap were much greater than is the case. In some instances, the two type of […]

State Department of Water Resources Doubles Allocation to 10%

As reported today in Newswire, the California Dept. of Water Resources has announced an increase in local water agencies’ allotment for 2015. The allotment is double what was delivered during 2014, but that doubling is from 5% to 10% of what we were allocated for a non-drought year. The Department of Water Resources statement is […]

Continuing Drought Conditions Threaten California Wine Industry

California Vineyards Face Uncertain Future California’s wine industry is facing some rough times – again. It took many decades to create a California wine industry that is world renown, but a few more dry years could wipe out all that progress. As reported by UC Agriculture and Natural Resources News Blog, the prolonged drought is building […]