Bees went about their work of pollinating almond trees in West Side orchards throughout the recent bloom.
The year 2020 was unlike any in our lifetime. The COVID-19 pandemic challenged us in ways we never thought possible. Paired with the prospect of another drought, this year looks to be just as challenging for our ag communities. As a ranking member of the House Agriculture Committee, I remain…
Milk remained Merced County’s leading agricultural commodity in 2019, according to the annual report issued by Agricultural Commissioner David Robinson.
What a difference a year makes! Last year during this time I had the opportunity to tell you of our upcoming annual meeting. Little did I know that a week after submitting the article, we would be making the decision to postpone our event and watching Governor Newsom shut down the state soon after.
Almost 200 years ago, my great-grandfather moved to the Central Valley to grow peaches in Manteca. When I got elected to Congress four generations later, one of my very first priorities was getting on the Agriculture Committee so I could support the industry that brought my family home. Now …
Gustine High graduate Adriana Toste’s dairy involvement and interests have branched out into writing as an intern for one of the nation’s leading industry publications.
The tomatoes that find their way into countless sauces, condiments and other uses are a common commodity in the farming circles of Merced and Stanislaus counties.
California’s shift to the federal milk marketing order and volatile economic challenges within the dairy industry have created a landscape in which some producers are thriving while others fight for survival.
NEWMAN - While the pandemic has scaled back FFA activities, Orestimba freshman Madison Beach has made the most of her opportunity to compete in the FFA Creed competition.
GUSTINE - Gustine High freshman Grant Hazan has been around the ag lifestyle all his life, and is looking forward to further broadening his horizons through FFA.
NEWMAN - Diego Garcia’s interest in FFA dated back to his junior high years - and when he reached Orestimba he wasted no time in becoming involved in the organization.
GUSTINE - Less than two years into his FFA career at Gustine High, sophomore Austin Bell has already accumulated an impressive list of accomplishments.
GUSTINE - Gustine High School junior Savanna Barcellos has been making the most of her FFA opportunities, from the show ring to speech competitions to conferences and more.
GUSTINE - Watching his older sister participate in FFA activities, Daniel Gomes knew that he too wanted to be active in the organization when he reached high school.
West Side dairy producers have enacted a variety of precautionary measures against coronavirus infection in an effort to keep employees and their families safe.
NEWMAN - Sisters Makayla and Adriana Toste grew up on a West Side dairy, with a passion for the industry further instilled through their competition in livestock show rings and as part of dairy judging teams through Gustine FFA and Newman 4-H.
California dairy producers enjoyed a solid 2019 after suffering through a four-year downturn in the prices they were paid for their milk and carried optimism into 2020.