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Fresh start for pears and for California Pear Advisory Board

Mexican Tariff on California Grapes Eliminated

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California Peach Crop
The 2011 California Freestone peach crop forecast is 385 thousand tons, unchanged from the June forecast, and unchanged from the 2010 crop. California experienced an adequate number of chilling hours, thus benefiting the Freestone crop. Weather during the bloom period was very accommodating, resulting in a good set. Growers are expecting to have to thin more this year due to the good set. There have been some reports of hail damage on the early varieties, but overall the crop is looking good. The early variety peach harvest began during May. Harvest continued during June with the major varieties harvested, including Brittney Lane, Crimson Lady, Ivory Princess, and Snow Brite. The 2011 California Clingstone peach crop forecast is 430 thousand tons, unchanged from the June forecast, and less than 1 percent below the 2010 crop. The 2011 Clingstone Peach crop development has been slowed due to spring rains and cooler than normal April temperatures. This years statewide full bloom date was three days later than last year. The Extra Early and Early varieties are reported to have a heavy set, while the Late and Extra Late varieties are reported to have an average set. - California Farm News, NASS tact the Citrus Research Board at (559) 738-0248 or email

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Koreans close to setting maximum residue levels (MRLs) for Movento

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Proposed budget cuts and plans for High Speed Rail
he dire need for substantial budget cuts encompass both the national economy as well as the exhausted state of California. And while everyone recognizes the need to cut back, none are stepping up to say, me first. Citizens of this country have found ourselves in a me versus them dilemma, forgetting that we are one nation, unitedunited in all things. Not just inside a classroom when we pledge Old Glory with the familiar words of our beloved flag salute. Not only when we are attacked by terrorists and frightened enough to take hold of our enemies hand to wade through the hard times. But in all things, we are to be a united people. Even when it comes to the almighty dollar. Congress has diligently tried to come up with a plan that will both pass and sort out our financial problemsbut with no success thus far. Leaders from this group and that have made it clear that cuts must be made elsewhere. Chairman, Frank Lucas of the House Committee on Agriculture stood firm in his opening statement at a subcommittee hearing on Title IV nutrition programs. The program is one of fourteen which work together to form a comprehensive framework to support Americas farmers, ranchers and consumers and accounts for more than 75 percent of farm bill spending. While billions and even trillions of dollars are being proposed in cuts, the Chairman insists that Farm Bill programs will not be spared at the chopping block, noting that they make up less than three percent of the national budget. To ensure that the committee is

meeting their responsibility of supporting our countrys agricultural industry and ensuring that our consumers have a safe, high quality and affordable food supply, Lucas said we must ensure that we have well designed farm programs that can function efficiently in the face of budget cuts. With that in mind the Chairman recognizes the responsibilities of the committee to practice sound judgement with their funds. In his statement, he questioned, are there areas that we can streamline or eliminate? It wont be easy, but we need to find savings throughout all of the farm bill programs. And that is precisely what each committee should be doing. But are they? In a tweet from Congressman Dennis Cardoza this week, he said, I joined my colleagues this week urging Congress not to cut key transportation funding. A press release stated that the Congressman, along with other members of Californias Congressional Delegation submitted a letter to the Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation, expressing their concerns with the proposed Surface Transportation Reauthorization Act. The letter to the Chairman addressed concerns that the near 1/3 cuts of funding proposed in the bill would further adversely affect the fragile economy in California and the nation. The Congressman noted that Transportation is the bedrock of our economy. Without funding to maintain and build our highways, bridges and roads, we are undercutting our own recovery. As in any financial crisis,

though, its simply not wise to spend additional money when you are trying to make cuts in the current budget. If we cant afford to buy dinner, we should not go out and buy a new car. But while Lucas is encouraging his committee to take a second look at where they can streamline or eliminate costs, the Obama Administration is encouraging forward movement with the High Speed Train according to a press release sent out by the California High-Speed Rail Authority. Federal and state partners, U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Rail Administration and Federal Transit Administration, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency joined the California High-Speed Rail Authority to sign an agreement on July 19. The agreement defines common goals, identifies key areas for collaboration and defines expectations and terms for signatory agencies. As identified in the headline, the agreement sure sounds like a pursuit toward launching the sustainable project. Excessive spending at such a time as this cannot lend to our recovery as our debt continues to climb. It is imperative that we remember every ounce of spending is a direct representation of the whole and that we are all in this thing together. In an August 1 Fresno Bee article titled, Calif. farm subsidies, rail at risk of federal cuts, Michael Doyle reported, California might as well forget about any general federal help for the states overall budget woes. As the article points out, the government spent $345 billion on our state in

2009. That cannot happen again and there will be few (if any) who wont feel the pain of the ensuing cuts. Groups against high speed rail have supported these sentiments by displaying banners along highways 99 and 152 with messages, All aboard the train to bankruptcyville, and Looks like a high speed train. Smells like pork. While pork has always corrupted our system, it may put us over the edge this time. The markets just took another hit, Thursday, dropping 512 points on the worst day of trading since the 2008 financial crisis, according to an article by Peter Schroeder. The market isnt getting any better and we cant continue to spend as if it is. And if we cant come to an agreement, well default to the much talked about trigger in January which will no doubt penetrate our domestic and defense budgets. As the Super Committee tries to hash through things and come to an agreement, the president is hopeful that Washington will put partisanship aside. Still, many in Congress are steadfast in their views. If you were to look at this Congress, youd have to say it will be cutting high-speed rail, Doyle quoted Rep. Dan Lungren. We will all have to sacrifice a lot. Every program, every committee should be taking a look at what they can give up, and contribute to the unity we pledge to. Will high speed rail be willing to unite on this one? Lets hope Rep. Lungren is right. After all....somethings gotta give. To view the documents discussed herein, please visit

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AUgUst 2011

Scientists reveal ground-breaking berry health research

enowned Scientists from around the world presented their latest berry research at last weeks 4th Biennial Berry Health Benefits Symposium. New studies further demonstrate the profound impact berries have against age-related disease including cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and mental decline. Members of the science and health communities gathered to hear nearly two dozen presentations, ranging from the role berries play in aiding oral health like gingivitis - to how polyhenolics can reverse brain aging. For example, a study led by Lynn Adams, Ph.D. from

Beckman Research Institute showed that blueberry juice inhibited proliferation in triple negative breast cancer cell cultures and decreased mobility of cancer cells, an important step in slowing metastasis. In another study, by Harini Aiyer, Ph.D. from Georgetown University School of Medicine, breast cancer tumors were reduced by up to 75 percent after rats were fed a diet containing either blueberries or black raspberries. Additionally, an Oklahoma State University study, conducted by Arpita Basu, Ph.D., RD, found that strawberries, blueberries, and low-calorie cran-

berry juice may help improve Metabolic Syndrome, a significant public health problem in the United States. Studies like these have great implications in terms of public health, said Gary Stoner, Ph.D., Medical College of Wisconsin. The bottom line is that research continues to show us that berries are one of the most protective foods in the world and that we should not only continue to study their healing attributes, but consume them on a regular basis. Study abstracts from the three-day conference can be viewed at: http://

The Berry Health Benefits Symposium is the only event solely dedicated to bringing together worldwide researchers in the field of berries and human health. Sponsored by every major berry organization in the United States, the goal is to make berry health research available to media, industry, academia and the public. The symposium is presented by the National Berry Crops Initiative, a nationwide organization whose mission is to develop a strategic plan for the continued growth and sustainability of berry crop production in the United States.

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Why you need a financial plan

By Frank Pedace CFP

o you ever worry about the future? Do you ever think about how much income you will need when you retire? Do you ever think about when you will retire? Do you ever worry about running out of money before you die? If youre like most people, you think about these things but only for a few uncomfortable minutes, then you likely push it to the back of your mind.Why is that? Most likely its because you dont have a financial plan. Without a financial plan, you dont have a roadmap that you can follow to get to your financial goals. You probably also havent thought out clear goals that you are trying to reach. Without a written goal, things just

dont seem to get done. But with a concrete goal, you can follow a plan and may have a much better chance of reaching your goal. Its like trying to drive to a place youve never been before. You end up doing a lot of unnecessary driving and taking much longer than if you had specific directions. So where to start? If youre like most people, one of your biggest concerns is probably how much will my

retirement income be? or when can I retire? To answer either one of these questions, you should first ask yourself, how much income do I need when I am retired? Once you know this, you can work backwards to come up with some basic figures. Lets assume Mr. & Mrs. Smith are a married couple (w/no children, to simplify things). Both are 40 years old. They both work outside of the home and earn a combined income of $125,000/ year. Mr. Smith has a 401k worth $100,000. Mrs. Smith has a 401k worth $60,000 and an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) worth $10,000, and an investment (non-retirement) account worth $25,000. They would like to retire when they are 60 years old, and feel they will need an income of $75,000 year (in todays dollars). The Smiths are concerned about the viability of the social security system and dont want to count on any payments from social security for their retirement income. So, we have. . . Current combined income: $125,000 Current value investment accounts: $195,000 Desired future income in 20 years (in todays dollars): $75,000 So, first, we need to determine how much 75,000 would be equal to 20 years from now. To do this, we need to guesstimate what inflation will be for the next 20 years. Lets assume inflation of 4%. This would give us a figure of approximately $164,300/year.

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We also need to figure out how to guesstimate the life expectancy for the Smiths. Well assume they come from hardy stock and expect to live to 90 years old each. Lets also assume the Smiths earn 8% year on their investments until retirement. We wont take into account the taxes due on non-retirement earnings to further simplify things. Next step is to figure out how much money the Smiths will need in 20 years to fund their 30 years of withdrawals (remember they wanted $75,000 pre-tax in todays dollars which with 4% inflation would equal $164,300 in the first year of retirement and increase by 4% per year for next 30 years). That amount would be $2,841,000. To reach this figure (and assuming they could earn 8% year on their investments) they would need to add about $42,000 to their investments each year for the next 20 years. So to summarize, the Smiths have: Current combined annual income: $125,000 Current funds invested in retirement and non-retirement accounts: $195,000 They are both 40 years old, with no children. They would like to have annual income of $75,000 (pre-tax, todays dollars) for 30 years (from their retirement age of 60, until age 90). They are assuming inflation will average 4% and they can earn 8% annually on their investments over the next 20 years. Thus, they would need to invest about $42,000 each year to their retirement and investment accounts. This example is very simple but it shows that once you work out the calculations (how much you currently have, how much youll need, how much you think you can earn, etc). It boils down the equation to show how much you need to invest every year, and how much you need to earn. Also, you can easily review your progress every year, and make adjustments. Maybe you are able to set aside more (or less) money, maybe you earn more (or less) than you planned, but either way you can chart your progress and make corrections along the way. By doing this exercise, you will know the answers to some of the questions that might keep you awake at night. Frank earned a Bachelors Degree in Finance from the University of Notre Dame and has been a Financial Advisor with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney for 18 years. For assistance with a financial plan, he can be reached at 858-4564926, 1-800-423-8258 or emailed at

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AUgUst 2011

Fresh start for pears and for California Pear Advisory Board

ach year harvest of pears in Californias River District marks the fresh start of a new pear season. This year, the nations fresh pear season is expected to begin in mid July with volume anticipated beginning July 25. At a recent meeting of the California Pear Advisory Board, a pre-season crop estimate of just over 4.1 million 36-pound box equivalents of pears was set by the voting members of the Board. According to the Board, which is represented by growers and shippers from all California pear growing districts, the majority of the crop, 3.2 million boxes, is expected to come from the leading California pear variety, the Bartlett, with the River District accounting for 1.9 million boxes, the Lake District expecting 950,000 boxes and the Mendocino District predicting 350,000. Start dates for the later districts are in mid-August. This years estimate is a bit higher than last years California pear crop which came in at 3.6 million boxes, but is below the 2009 crop year when nearly 4.7 million boxes were packed and shipped. This years total includes other pear varieties in addition to the Bartlett now represented by the California Pear Advisory Board. Bosc varieties, which include the

Bosc and Golden Russet Bosc, make up the second leading

California variety and combined, are expected to produce their larg-

est crop on record at 700,000 boxes. Other varietal estimates include Starkcrimson at 85,000 boxes, Seckel at 34,000; Comice at 24,000; Sunsprites, 18,000; French Butter, 10,000; Forelle, 4,000 and other red varieties at 16,000 boxes. The California pear industry is also expecting to produce 64,500 boxes of organic pears. As we do every year, the California pear board is looking forward to a good marketing season, said Chris Zanobini, President of the California Pear Advisory Board. We have a nice crop of pears on the trees and with warm weather and excellent growing techniques California is poised to have a great pear season. Zanobini noted that just as the fresh start to pear season begins in California, the 2011 season marks a fresh start for the California Pear Advisory Board. With a clear focus on how it can best serve the needs of its members, customers and consumers, the California Pear Advisory Board recently underwent a restructuring, said Zanobini noting that the result is a new

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cALiforniA fresh frUit California Pear Board. As it always has, the Pear Board will continue to conduct production research and build on the industrys efforts to foster environmentally-sound farming practices, said Zanobini. The Board will also provide marketing and category management research and will maintain its consumer education activities and public relations programs. This means that projects like the Pears Care breast cancer awareness campaign begun last year in conjunction with Susan G. Komen for the Cure will continue to be funded and supported. However, Zanobini explained that the Pear Board will no longer employ a merchandising staff or directly fund in-store retail features. This job will be left to the marketing professionals within the industry primarily because they are best suited for this activity, Zanobini explained, noting that behind the scenes individual pear shippers and their customers will have the resources and support of the California Pear Advisory Board at their disposal. The new California Pear Board will also take up the issue of sustainability in the coming months.


the very beginnings of the fruit industry in California and they are still supplying pears today. For more information about the California Pear Advisory Board and this years crop of fresh pears, please contact them at (916) 441-0432.

An assessment of our pear farms has verified a very high percentage have adopted innovative and environmentally-friendly farming practices, said Zanobini. In fact, we have a wonderful story to tell about our efforts to achieve sustainability that is important for our customers to know.

In fact, Zanobini concluded that sustainable is a word that perfectly describes the California pear industry. The California Pear Advisory Board is one of the oldest commodity boards in the country, he said. Many of our farming families have been growing pears since

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Ten things to know about heat stress

he sweltering triple-digit heat is not only uncomfortable, it can add significantly to risks of strenuous work and other physical activity. To help people avoid the dangers of becoming overheated, the University of California Cooperative Extension has heatstress information online at http:// and by phone at 1 (800) 514-4494. A downloadable card for farmworkers explains in English and Spanish how heat-related illnesses develop and how to avoid them. Although the advice is directed at farmworkers, it is useful to anyone who works in the heat. Excess heat affects your body and can impair your functioning even before you feel ill, warned Howard Rosenberg, UC Cooperative Extension specialist emeritus. He advises people working outdoors in hot weather to drink f luids to replenish the water the body loses as it sweats, whether or not they feel thirsty, and to slow their bodies internal production of heat by moderating their level of exertion.

Rosenbergs 10 key points about heat stress:

1. Functions of the human body depend on blood circulation and chemical reactions that best occur at about 98.6 degrees F. Your body has natural ways of gaining or losing heat to maintain that normal temperature. 2. The main source of heat that may stress you is your own body. In using its stored energy for physical work, about three-fourths of the energy turns into heat, only one-fourth into motion. An active body usually generates more heat than it needs and therefore has to release some. 3. The harder you work, the faster you generate heat, and the more your body has to get rid of. Hot weather, high humidity, and insulating clothes increase your risks of stress mainly by slowing the transfer of excess body heat to your surroundings. 4. When you produce heat that raises internal temperature, your heart rate quickens and vessels expand to bring more blood to the outer layers of skin, from

which heat it carries can gradually flow to the environment. 5. If excess heat is not released fast enough this way, your sweat glands become more active. They draw water from the bloodstream to make sweat that carries heat through pores and onto your skin surface, where it evaporates and releases the heat. 6. When more blood flows toward your body surface for cooling, less is available to serve your muscles, brain, and other internal organs. And as prolonged sweating draws water out of the bloodstream, it further reduces capacity to deliver nutrients, clear out wastes, lubricate joints, and cool you later. You can expect to sweat out one quart of water or more during an hour of heavy work in hot weather, 3/4 quart during moderately strenuous work. 7. Continual loss of water makes you increasingly likely to experience symptoms of heat illness -- general discomfort, loss of coordination and stamina, weakness, poor concentration, irritability, muscle pain and cramping, fatigue, blurry vision, headache, dizziness, nausea, confusion and uncon-

sciousness. These and even milder effects of heat stress also increase your chance of accidental injury. 8. The single most important way to reduce heat stress risks while working is to steadily replenish the water you lose as sweat. Drinking small amounts frequently, such as 6 to 8 ounces every 15 minutes, is more effective than taking large amounts less often. 9. Relying on thirst as the signal to drink is dangerous. Most people do not feel thirsty until their fluid loss reaches 2% of body weight and is already affecting them. 10. If you notice heat illness symptoms, rest to stop generating heat, get fluids, and tell a supervisor as soon as possible. A person whose fluid loss is 8 percent of body weight is likely to have a core temperature above 104 degrees and serious risk of heat stroke -- a life-threatening emergency in which the brain is deprived of oxygen and the body can no longer cool itself. Dont let yourself or a co-worker get to this condition. But if you do, call for medical help right away.

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Mexican Tariff on California Grapes Eliminated

Two-Year Trade Dispute Between Mexico and the U.S. Resolved
alifornias fresh grape farmers welcomed recent news that the two-year trade dispute between the United States and the Mexican government has been resolved. In March of 2009, Mexico increased its tariff on table grapes from zero to 45 percent in retaliation for the U.S. government canceling a pilot program that allowed Mexican trucks to operate in the U.S. Fresh grapes were among 89

products included on Mexicos retaliation list, and received the highest tariff imposed on any product. Mexico has long been one of the largest export markets for Californias fresh grape industry, with shipments ranking second in 2008, valued at over $61 million. The increased tariff caused exports to drop by almost 73 percent to a value of $16 million in 2009. Volume decreased from nearly 5.8 million 19-pound boxes in 2008 to 1.7 million in 2009. The commission immediately began working with U.S. trade negotiators, Congress and other industry organizations to try to resolve the trade dispute. Mexico has been a vital market for Californias fresh grape industry and it was important to get this issue resolved as soon as possible, said Kathleen Nave, president of the California Table Grape Commission. This was a complex trade issue and Californias fresh grape industry was hurt as a result. In August of 2010, Mexico reduced the tariff to 20 percent and shipments increased over those the prior year, but did not come close to totals for 2008. Today, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is in Mexico City for a signing ceremony that ends the Mexico trucking dispute. The result will be a dropping of the existing tariffs by 50 percent this Friday, reducing the fresh grape tariff to 10 percent. Once trucking begins, the tariff will be eliminated. The Obama administration, the U.S. Trade Representative and Secretary LaHood made resolving this dispute a priority, said Nave. We are grateful for their hard work on this matter and look forward to resuming normal shipments. Nave said the commissions marketing staff will now be able to increase their summer promotional efforts in Mexico, including consumer and retail promotions, in-store sampling and providing point-of- sale materials for key retailers across the country. The California Table Grape Commission was created by the California legislature in 1967 to increase worldwide demand for fresh California grapes through a variety of research and promotional programs.

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AUgUst 2011

Readout of Secretary Napolitanos multilateral meeting with Central American and Mexican officials

ecretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano today joined National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) Undersecretary Rand Beers, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Alan Bersin, and other senior Obama administration officials to meet with officials from Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua and Panama to discuss the importance of strengthening international collaboration and to sign a regional letter of intent affirming cooperation on aviation security, increased information sharing, and shared border security. Ensuring the safety and security of our borders is a shared responsibility, and we will continue to work with our partners to ensure our mutual security and protect against the evolving threats we face, said Secretary Napolitano. The United States is committed to working with our partners in Central America and Mexico to enhance security throughout the region while facilitating the flow of legal travel and trade that is vital to our economies. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has worked closely

with its partners through the Central American Regional Security Initiative (CARSI)a Department of State-led initiative to strengthen security collaboration with Central Americato enhance border security and customs capacity, as well as provide technical assistance in aviation security, fraudulent document detection, bulk cash smuggling, money laundering, gang investigations, and trafficking in persons. During her meeting, Secretary Napolitano reiterated the United States commitment to strengthening aviation security cooperation through the Advanced Passenger Information System (APIS)a CBP program designed to enhance border security through the collection and review of passenger informationand other programs that facilitate information sharing and help to deter and interdict criminals and terrorists exploiting global transportation systems. Secretary Napolitano also highlighted the Departments ongoing efforts to combat the smuggling of humans and illicit goods throughout the region. Through Border Enforcement Security Task Forces (BEST), which are operational at 21

locations in the United States and Mexico, DHS has brought together federal, state, local, territorial, tribal, and foreign law enforcement to collaborate to identify, disrupt and dismantle criminal organizations which pose significant threats to border security. Following todays meeting; Secretary Napolitano and the participating officials signed a regional letter of intent regarding continued region-

al cooperation and increased information sharing between the United States and its Central American and Mexican partners. In March, President Obama announced the Central American Citizen Security Partnership, through which the United States has increased its support of regional security efforts and continues to work to improve coordination and information sharing.

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Helping Americans through natural disasters

by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack

hese past months have brought tough times for folks across the nation. Unusual weather patterns too much water in some places, not enough elsewhere have driven thousands of Americans from their homes, and threatened their livelihoods. Other families have seen their lives turned upside down by tornados or threatened by historic wildfires. In these difficult times, my heart goes out to all of those who have been touched by these disasters. And I want folks to know that at USDA and across the federal government we are we are doing our best to serve all those who have been affected.

Over the past months, our top priority in responding to disaster has

been to minimize damage to homes, crop land, businesses, property, and most importantly to protect the American people. Across the country and particularly in the southwestern states our Forest Service wildland fire fighters have risked their lives fighting blazes to avert disaster and minimize the damage to communities. To respond to the terrible tornadoes that hit Alabama, Mississippi and Missouri, we worked with FEMA to ensure that those residents who were affected had access to food and shelter. And after ensuring that people are safe and have their basic needs met, we are helping put Americans

on the road to recovery as quickly as possible. For farmers, ranchers, and growers, that means making sure that folks who are eligible for crop insurance, emergency loans or other USDA disaster assistance programs know about their options. These disasters also remind us of the importance maintaining a strong safety net for our agricultural producers. To help individuals recover and communities rebuild thriving economies, we are helping rural families and businesses with the financing they need to repair or replace damaged property. And in the aftermath of floods we are helping states with debris removal and other efforts to restore the land. I know how hard these times can be. In the past weeks, I have met with dozens of families who have been affected by these terrible disasters. In Mississippi I met folks whose homes were blown away by a tornado. In Iowa and Nebraska I met farmers whose fields were covered by 4 feet of water who didnt know whether theyd get any crop at all this year. But I have also watched an impressive response. In Arizona I met men and women who have spent the weeks on the front lines working to control enormous blazes. And in Washington DC and across the nation I have seen USDAs efforts to support the American people in these difficult times. We are reaching out on the local level meet with community leaders and maximize our support. These natural disasters have challenged us as a nation. But we have responded by coming together with the goal of rebuilding and revitalizing what has been damaged or destroyed. USDA is committed to standing behind the American people in that effort.


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Succulent California fresh figs are available now

s the old saying goes, good things come to those who wait. The classic expression holds true for the 2011 California fresh fig season. Late season rains caused a slight delay to the much anticipated availability of California fresh figs, but fig farmers are reporting that the main crop harvest is underway now and fresh figs grown in California will be plentiful until mid-December. California Fig growers report excellent quality with full flavor across all varieties and encourage consumers to enjoy them all Black Mission, Brown Turkey, Calimyrna, Kadota and Sierra. In a year being celebrated by the California fig industry as the Year of the Fig, these lusciousaddictive-succulent fresh California Figs are the reason chefs and consumers are enthusiastic for the fruit. We are thrilled to see excitement for the fig beyond the classic, delicious Newton, says Karla Stockli, Chief Executive Officer, California Fresh Fig Growers Association. California figs are world renowned for their versatility and unique flavor and have been treasured by the culinary elite for years. Because of the strong affin-

ity among top chefs, along with an increasingly sophisticated consumer palate and a continued quest for great tasting, good-for-you food, we are seeing an increased demand for figs and California fig farmers are delighted to provide. With fruit now available in stores, California fig farmers offer the following tips as a reminder when purchasing figs, including: Look for the softest figs; a soft texture indicates the fruit is ready to consume immediately. Dont be concerned about small slits or tears in the skin as long as the fig has a fresh aroma. Fresh figs are delicate. Handle gently. Keep figs in the refrigerator for as long as five to seven days. Too many to eat right away? Just rinse and freeze. Simply arrange in a single layer on a pan and put in the freezer. Transfer frozen figs to a sealed plastic bag, where they can be kept in the freezer for up to six months. Avoid figs with a fermentation odor; it indicates that the fruit is overripe.

About California Figs

Through the ages, figs have been recognized as a powerhouse of nutrition. In 2900 BC, early Sumerians documented the medicinal uses of figs. Today, we know that figs are an excellent source of dietary fiber. They are also rich in antioxidants and are fat-, cholesterol-, and sodium-free. Just three to five figs fresh or dried provide five grams of fiber and count as one serving of fruit, adds Stockli. California produces multiple varieties of the luscious fig. This summer, Mission and Brown Turkey Figs, with their rich robust flavor, were first to market and will be available until late fall. Amber-colored, delicate, and light flavored Kadota Figs will be abundant through October, while fresh Calimyrnas, known for their pale yellow skin and nutty, buttery sweet flavor, will be available through September. Californias fertile soils and temperate climate are ideal for producing consistently high-quality fresh figs, said Stockli. Even with the late rains, summer and fall are peak seasons for the delicacy, so dont let this fig season come and

go without enjoying this guiltless indulgence. Stockli adds that everything except the stem is edible, and figs can be enjoyed by themselves or combined with other favorite summertime foods. Fresh, flavorful California figs require no cooking; however, figs can bring out the chef in almost anyone.

About the California Fig Advisory Board and the California Fresh Fig Growers Association
The California Fig Advisory Board and California Fresh Fig Growers Association promote awareness and the use of Californiaproduced dried and fresh figs domestically and internationally. California fig growers, processors and marketers fund the activities of the industry. For more information, visit and dont forget the annual fig fest on August 13 at California State University Fresno. Visit for more information.

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Fig Fest returns to Fresno State Aug. 13

ig Fest 2011 will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 13, on the California State University, Fresno campus to benefit Fresno States Ag One Foundation and Slow Foods Madera. The on the Satellite Student Union west lawn (near Maple and San Ramon avenues) is sponsored by the California Fig Advisory Board. More than 1,000 foodies from throughout the state are expected to attend the festival, which features 16 restaurants from throughout the central San Joaquin Valley and 11 food purveyors of everything from artisanal cheese and bread to biscotti and olives. Among the vendors will be the Rue and Gwen Gibson Farm Market at Fresno State. Fig Fest 2011 is an opportunity to sample fig dishes prepared by restaurants and fig products and to learn what foods go partner with figs. The ancient fruit is enjoying something of a renaissance as a trendy food. Tickets are $8 in advance, available at www.californiafigs. com, and $10 at the gate.Children

under 12 years admitted free. New is the general admission with wine tasting ticket $13 advance; $15 at the gate including a commemorative Fig Fest Wine Glass. (Wine tasting guests must be at least 21 years old). Fig Fest beneficiaries are: Ag One Foundation, which provides scholarships and other support for students and programs in Fresno States Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology. Slow Foods Madera is part of a worldwide movement promoting thoughtful, sustainable food practices. The Fig Feast, A Mediterranean Summer Night, will be served at 6:30 p.m. at the Clovis Masonic Lodge at Fifth and DeWitt avenues in downtown Clovis. The acclaimed Clovis restaurant Trelio will prepare the meal. Tickets for the dinner are $110 per person. For more information, contact the California Fig Advisory Board at 559.243.8600 or

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Freshwater advocate Brian Richter to keynote WSI 2011 opening session
rian Richter, an international authority on river conservation and Director of The Nature Conservancys Global Freshwater Program, will be the opening keynote speaker for the fourth WaterSmart Innovations Conference and Exposition. At The Nature Conservancy, Richters program promotes sustainable water management with governments, business and local communities. He has consulted on more than 120 river projects worldwide, focusing on the challenge of sustaining healthy rivers and lakes while meeting human needs for water and energy. His global expertise makes him highly sought by international cor-

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AUgUst 2011

CRMB announces marketing plans and assessment

n Wednesday, July 6, 2011, the California Raisin Marketing Board (CRMB) unanimously voted to recommend to the California Department of Food and Agriculture to retain the $20 per ton marketing assessment for the 2011-12 marketing season. Californias state raisin marketing order is 100 percent funded by growers and serves the industry by providing a means of communicating to the public the healthy and nutritious aspects of consuming 100 percent natural California raisins. Additionally, the order provides growers with a tool to conduct crop production research to improve their vineyard cultural activities and reduce their reliance on labor. For the 2011-12 season, the CRMB also voted to utilize a Solar Powered Goodness marketing campaign theme currently under final development by Mering Carson of Sacramento, California. The Solar Powdered Goodness theme passed the scrutiny by several focus groups who selected it as a strategic means of conveying the message to consumers that raisins are a 100 percent natural fruit, dried by solar power and full of natures goodness without any additives. The campaign will utilize print, electronic and social media portraying children in a number of activities under

bright sunshine with a strong message emphasizing the nutritious benefits of consuming California raisins. Also, the CRMB unanimously voted for an additional $5/ton supplemental assessment for the specific pur-

pose of thwarting the aggressive marketing of Craisins against California raisins. Craisins have been growing in sales and compete against California raisins with many ingredient customers and consumers. Most consumers do not realize

that Craisins are artificially flavored with added sugar, and their marketing undermines the 100 percent natural goodness of California raisins. The CRMB concluded that a special assessment was appropriate at this time.

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esistant weeds are on the rise, but industry experts say growers can take a few key steps to address or avoid resistance in their fields.

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AUgUst 2011

House Appropriators approve lower income limit for farm payments

Center for Rural Affairs applauds amendment as first step in reforming farm programs
he House Appropriations Committee approved an amendment that will prevent producers with annual adjusted gross incomes of more than $250,000 from receiving farm program payments. Representative Jeff Flake (R-AZ) offered the amendment lowering the adjusted gross income (AGI) limit to $250,000 from the current laws AGI limit of $750,000 in on-farm income and $500,000 in off-farm income. This new income limit would apply to farmers participating in all farm programs and to all program crops. The amendment passed on a voice vote. This is a good first step in reducing federal subsidies that mega farms use to drive smaller operations out of business. But it is only a first step, said Chuck Hassebrook, Executive Director at the Center for Rural Affairs. To get the job done, Congress must place hard limits on size of the payments doled out to the biggest operators. And it must close the loopholes they have used to evade those limits. Only then will the federal government stop wasting taxpayer dollars subsidizing the destruction of family farms. The House Appropriations Committee met Tuesday to consider agriculture spending for Fiscal Year 2012. In that meeting, the committee approved the amendment by Representative Jeff Flake (R-AZ), to prohibit certain farm program payments for people with adjusted gross incomes exceeding $250,000. Rep. Flake has offered this amendment before, to no avail, and although his amendment language must still survive floor debate and likely conference committee debate, it signals that there may be a push for significant reform of farm programs in the appropriations process. According to a House Appropriations Committee news release, the committee reduced discretionary spending $2.7 billion in legislation that would spend $125.5 billion on total overall programs for USDA and the Food and Drug Administration. The legislation is $5 billion less than funding proposed by President Obama.

For more information on this action by the House Appropriations Committee or to download a copy of this and other amendments, go to: AmendmentsAdoptedtoAGAppropsBillFY12.pdf

US Senate agriculture committee approves legislation to remove duplicative regulations

CropLife America (CLA) commends the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee for approving H.R. 872 (Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2011), allowing the bill to be sent to the Senate floor for full vote. CLA recognizes the tireless efforts and leadership of Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS), and their support of U.S. agriculture and predictable policy. The bill intends to correct a 2009 ruling by the U.S. 6th Circuit Court in the case of National Cotton Council v. EPA, requiring National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits for four types of pesticide applications to, over or near water, as required under the Clean Water Act. This court ruling creates an unnecessary, duplicative layer of regulation for U.S. agriculture, public health officials and government alike, with no quantifiable environmental benefit, as pesticide applications are currently regulated under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), which helps to ensure safety for human health and the environment. Policymakers in the U.S. House and Senate have come together in bipartisan support of H.R. 872, and the need for a return to sound regulation, said Jay Vroom, president and CEO of CLA. Ultimately the passage of this legislation reestablishes FIFRA as the leading legislation guiding crop protection and specialty pesticide products. The erroneous 2009 ruling in the 6th Circuit Court replaced decades of legal, legislative and regulatory precedence established under FIFRA, and is adding a needless layer of regulation for pesticide applicators. EPA has estimated that the new permitting requirements will affect approximately 365,000 pesticide applicators who perform millions of applications annually. If a decisive legislative solution is not reached prior to the October 31, 2011 enforcement deadline, aquatic applicators without permits could be subjected to fines of up to $37,500 per day.

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U.S. EPA proposes to approve Californias air quality plans for south coast, San Joaquin Valley
First in nation rules for one million existing diesel trucks and buses to prevent 3,500 deaths

he U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to approve Californias air quality plans for fine particles - also known as PM2.5 - in the South Coast and San Joaquin Valley. These plans will reduce pollution to the level required by the health based 1997 PM2.5 standard by 2015. We are approving Californias air plans for fine particles, but our work is far from done. EPA will continue to hold the State accountable for bringing air quality up to national standards, said Jared Blumenfeld, EPA Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest. Clean air is a critical human health issue in California. In large part, the solution will be found in moving quickly towards zero emission transportation systems. Over the past 10 years, at the worst monitors, PM2.5 has improved by 14% in the San Joaquin Valley and by 43% in the South Coast. Yet, these areas continue to be two of the most polluted air basins in the nation. PM2.5 is made up of small particles in the air that can penetrate deep into the lungs and worsen medical conditions such as

asthma and heart disease, particularly in children and the elderly. Reducing exposure helps reduce asthma, cardiovascular disease, emergency room visits, cancer and premature death. According to a 2010 California Air Resources Board study, PM2.5 exposure leads to 9,200 premature deaths annually in CA. Diesel mobile sources such as trucks, construction equipment and marine vessels are the largest source of PM2.5 in California. Trucks and buses account for about 40 percent of diesel emissions from all mobile sources. With its adverse meteorology and substantial pollution from trucks that carry produce and international imports to the rest of the nation, California faces a daunting task in reducing pollution. In November 2010, EPA proposed to disapprove the South Coast and San Joaquin Valley PM2.5 air quality plans because they relied heavily on emissions reductions from several State diesel and marine vessel rules that had not been finalized or submitted to the EPA for review. Now, CARB is finalizing these precedent setting rules. They include

the In-Use Diesel Truck and Bus rules, the Drayage Truck Rules and the Ocean Going Vessels Clean Fuels rule. California is the only state in the nation to aggressively target diesel emissions from existing diesel engines. These pioneering truck and bus rules will impact almost a million vehicles that operate in California and will prevent an estimated 3,500 deaths. In addition, CARB has revised the plans that were originally submitted to EPA to account for the original overestimation of activity and emissions from trucks and construction equipment as well as the economic recession. As a result, future emissions are forecasted to be lower and fewer emissions reductions are needed to meet the standard. For the San Joaquin Valley, the effect is that about 5% fewer reductions are needed due to the recession and about 18% fewer reductions are needed because of better emissions estimates. For the South Coast, about 5% fewer reductions are needed due to the recession and about 5% fewer reductions are needed due to better emissions estimates. EPA is, however, proposing to

disapprove the plans contingency measures because they do not provide sufficient emissions reductions. EPA is continuing to work with the State to address these issues. While these plans mark a milestone, and the State is currently working on air quality plans for the more stringent 2006 PM2.5 standard, ultimately Californians will need to move to newer technologies to reduce emissions. The State and local districts have launched a number of grant and incentive programs to demonstrate and deploy near zero emitting technologies. Todays proposed actions will be published in the Federal Register and will include a 30-day public comment period from the date of publication. EPA invites the public to submit comments on todays proposals and to resubmit comments on the November 2010 proposals. EPAs Federal Register notices and technical support documents contain detailed information on our proposed actions. For More Information: http://www.


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AUgUst 2011

When nematodes lurk, molasses to the rescue

by Don Curlee

gricultural researchers have found promising data showing that molasses can control cropdestroying nematodes and weeds just as well as the banned pesticide methyl bromide. The experimentation has been done in sandy Florida soils by the Agricultural Research Service(ARS), an arm of the U. S. Department of Agriculture(USDA), but the method developed is expected to work in California too. Orchards, vineyards and vegetable plant growth are stunted and even

killed when nematode talists have convinced populations, which oblivious lawmakers and other regulators seem always to be presto ban the fumigant ent, rise high enough. The microscopic critters worldwide because like to feed on the roots they fear it depletes the of plants, always hiding earths stratospheric underground. The douozone layer. ble-barreled benefit of A number of methyl bromide comes respected agriculDon Curlee in the control of weed tural researchers in seeds as well. California have ridiPre-planting fumigation with the culed methyl bromides banning, but soil-penetrating methyl bromide has to no avail. They have pointed out that kept both nematodes and weeds under natural degradation of seaweed in the control for years, especially in strawber- earths oceans is by far the major cause ries However, freaked-out environmen- of changes in the ozone layer.

They have provided dramatic examples, making such claims that spraying the entire surface of the earth with methyl bromide would provide no more than a fraction of the atmospheric degradation caused by the seaweed. For now the acceptable substitute for methyl bromide has been methyl iodide, but those on the environmental fringe are also uncomfortable about it. So the stage is set for a compromise substitute, and the ARS research indicates that molasses might be it. ARS researchers Erin Rosskopf and Nancy Kokalis-Burelle and former ARS research associate David Butler in Florida combined molasses with composted broiler litter and anaerobic soil disinfestation(ASD). When topsoil saturated with water was covered with a plastic tarp significant kill of nematodes and weed seeds occurred. They say the sun-drenched tarp cooks the weed seeds in the soil, and the carbon and water increase microbial activity, creating conditions conducive to pest control. The molasses they used was a waste product from the sugar cane processing industry. After they planted peppers in the fall and eggplant in the spring in the treated soil they performed extensive tests showing nematode populations significantly reduced and weed seeds controlled just as well as with methyl bromide. They are continuing the evaluations of the molasses combination, and with dimethyl disulfide and methyl iodide. Questions still to be answered include the effectiveness of the molasses mixture with other plant cultures, such as strawberries, grapes and tree fruits that might be subject to the treatment in California. Agricultural researchers, whether at the USDA or in private companies, are challenged to stay ahead of the negative pursuits of the environmental extremists who constantly challenge traditional uses of agricultural chemicals and practices, sometimes with flimsy evidence and overstated claims. The researchers are dedicated to preserving and protecting production of Americas food supply. Farmers generally are not clear about the objectives of the environmental extremists. The real interest should rest with food consumers who have a legitimate concern about the production of their food supplies. Hopefully balancing those concerns with enlightened, science-based environmental issues should result in the development of new and better methods of plant protection, and not as slow as molasses.

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reshen up summer entertaining with some new flavor combinations that put a twist on traditional favorites and add the perfect touch when hosting an evening of dessert and drinks with friends. In these dessert recipes, familiar peaches, berries, honeydew and pineapple get an unexpected little kick with a dash of hot sauce for a delightfully sweet and spicy f lavor fusion. If youre looking for the ideal drink pairing for these delicious desserts, fruit and chocolate are always a winning combination. Godiva Chocolate Infused Vodka, a perfect combination of rich chocolate and smooth vodka, is the essential ingredient to create delightful cocktails to serve at any special occasion. New York-based mixologist Elayne Duke has created four drinks that are sure to become entertaining favorites. Godivas new Chocolate Infused Vodkas add rich chocolate notes to any cocktail and mix well

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Preheat grill to high. Remove skin from pineapple; core and cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Combine lime juice and Tabasco sauce in small bowl. Combine sugar and cinnamon in shallow bowl. Brush both sides of pineapple with Tabasco mixture; dip into cinnamonsugar mixture to coat well. Grill pineapple slices 8 to 10 minutes, turning once until golden on both sides.

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One thing I like is they have been in business in the valley for a long time, they know my machines and how to get to them. When I need someone late on a cold winter night, they do what it takes to keep my equipment running. I enjoy them being full service, that is a big plus; service, repair, 24 hour availability and knowledgeable personnel. Vamco has all I need.

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1460 S. Mirage, Lindsay, CA 93247 O ce: 559-562-5185 Cell: 559-805-3505 Fax: 559-562-5260
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