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GreenSheet | December 16, 2016

Read the latest GreenSheet for up-to-the-minute California avocado industry news, research and information.

The California Avocado Commission has modified its food safety program and manual to align with the Primus GFS standard. To assist California avocado growers in becoming GFS certified, the Commission will host food safety grower workshops that provide training on the new CAC Food Safety Manual. Learn more.

California farmers and ranchers have donated more than one billion pounds of food to the California Association of Food Banks’ Farm to Family Program. Donating to the program is simple — learn more.

The University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) in San Diego is hosting two events — a seminar and a workshop — focused on labor management issues that may be of interest to California avocado growers.

The California Avocado Commission’s foodservice program recently participated in the International Foodservice Editorial Council event held October 26-28 at the Radisson Blu Downtown in Minneapolis, MN.

The California Avocado Commission’s participation in the Produce for Better Health Foundation’s (PBH) diverse outreach programs is a critical means of growing awareness of the nutritional benefits and versatility of California avocados for targeted consumer, retail and foodservice audiences. Learn more about CAC's partnership with PBH.

Summary- The jet stream (or storm track) will be orienting W-E into California through December 15th. This will bring more rains and moisture into all of California, especially in the central and northern portions. Cold NW-NNW flow returns from December 16-27. Cold sea surface temperatures (SSTs) are supporting a generally colder airmass. For us in California, this means a higher risk of frosts and freezes, and lower snow levels during the rain events. This will be producing abundant snowfall in the Sierras. Support for the longwave trough near the coast of central California in the eastern north Pacific (130W) and a longwave ridge out at 140-150W will continue into the first week of January 2017.