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Culver's Kicks Off Fifth Annual FFA Essay Contest

by Culver's

Posted on Friday February 22, 2019, 8:52 pm

Culver's is continuing its tradition of celebrating National FFA Week by launching its fifth annual FFA Essay Contest. Three essay writers will be chosen to receive $7,500, $5,000 or $2,500 for their FFA chapters. The essay contest is an opportunity for students to show their knowledge of—and passion for—the agricultural industry.

This year, contestants are being asked to respond to this:
The average age of a farmer is 58. Why is it important for more young people to get involved with agriculture? Why should they be excited to join the agricultural industry? FFA members are encouraged to submit essays of 1,000 words or less at until April 8, 2019, at 5 p.m. CT.

FFA chapters can use the awarded funds for agricultural education initiatives and projects or to attend the National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis, 10-30 to 11...

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Almonds create useful by-products

by Don Curlee

Posted on Friday February 22, 2019, 8:47 pm

If you have an acquaintance with an almond tree you know that each nut it produces comes with an encasing hull and a tight-fitting shell. Disposal of both is an increasing challenge as almond plantings expand and the state’s dairy industry shrinks.

Traditionally dairy cattle have been pleased to help by consuming both hulls and shells. The softer hulls are incorporated as part of their food rations. Even some of the orchard trash picked up in the harvesting process has been ground up and included. The harder shells are widely used for the animals’ bedding material. But declining profits for dairy products has caused dairymen to decrease their herds, and in some cases to sell out or otherwise end production

Dairy cattle have not carried the disposal responsibility alone. Dozens of uses for the parts and pieces of harvesting by-products have developed throug...

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Cal/OSHA Reminder to Employers: Post Annual Work-Related Injury and Illness Summaries Started February 1

by Cal/OSHA

Posted on Friday February 22, 2019, 8:45 pm

Cal/OSHA is reminding employers in California of the requirement to post their 2018 annual summaries of work-related injuries and illnesses. The summaries must be posted each year from February 1 through April 30.

Instructions and form templates can be downloaded for free from Cal/OSHA’s Record Keeping Overview. The overview gives instructions on completing both the log (Form 300) and annual summary (Form 300A) of work-related injuries and illnesses. The annual summary must be placed in a visible and easily accessible area at each worksite. Current and former employees, as well as employee representatives, must be allowed to review the summary in its entirety.

The definitions and requirements for recordable work-related fatalities, injuries and illnesses are outlined in the California Code of Regulations, Title 8, sections 14300 through 14300.48. Employers are...

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USDA Forest Service and BLM announce 2019 grazing fees


Posted on Friday February 22, 2019, 8:42 pm

The federal grazing fee for 2019 will be $1.35 per head month (HM) for lands administered by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service and $1.35 per animal unit month (AUM) for public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management. The 2018 public land grazing fee was $1.41.

An AUM or HM—treated as equivalent measures for fee purposes—is the use of public lands by one cow and her calf, one horse, or five sheep or goats for a month. The newly calculated grazing fee was determined by a congressional formula and takes effect March 1. The fee will apply to nearly 18
,000 grazing permits and leases administered by the BLM and nearly 6,500 permits administered by the Forest Service.

The formula used for calculating the grazing fee was established by Congress in the 1978 Public Rangelands Improvement Act and has remained in use under ...

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Wine Industry Gathered to Discuss Emerging Issues, Trends and Showcase Innovations at the 25th Unified Symposium


Posted on Friday February 22, 2019, 8:28 pm

Every facet of the wine and grape industry, from science and technology to trends and markets, was examined and discussed at the 25th Unified Wine & Grape Symposium (Unified), which wrapped up recently.

The largest wine and grape trade show of its kind in the Western Hemisphere, the Unified drew thousands of industry professionals from all over the world eager to hear about the impact of regulatory changes, trends, technology, research and issues shaping their business decisions.

Presented by two nonprofit organizations, the American Society for Enology and Viticulture (ASEV) and the California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG), the Unified’s comprehensive format responds to the wine and grape industry’s critical need for information, discussion and connections.

“If you want to understand what’s happening in the industry and how to sta...

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