The University of California Cooperative Extension and the United States Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency are hosting a free Emergency Avocado and Citrus Post-wildfire Informational Meeting on Tuesday, December 19 from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Learn more.
The tragic report came late on the morning of December 14 that a Cal Fire firefighter had died while fighting the Thomas Fire near Fillmore. The California Avocado Commission sends our deepest sympathies to the family of the firefighter. As of December 14, 2017 (3:45 pm), the Thomas Fire has burned 242,500 acres and is 30 percent contained.
The California Avocado Commission and University of California Cooperative Extension are coordinating with the USDA’s Farm Service Agency and the Natural Resources Conservation Service on the availability of field appointments for growers who have been impacted by the Thomas Fire.
It’s important that California avocado industry members who have been impacted by the recent wildfires and/or Santa Ana winds contact their crop insurance agent within 72 hours of the event to determine possible applicable coverage. Both fire and wind events may be included in certain crop insurance coverage, but agents must be notified within 72 hours.
The Food Safety Modernization Act’s (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule prohibits the distribution of produce that drops to the ground before harvesting. The Commission just received notification that effective November 21, 2017, the California Code of Regulations no longer allows for maturity testing of avocados after a wind fall event, making any harvesting of wind fall avocados illegal.
The National Farmers Union is hosting a “Women in Leadership” Conference from January 14 – 18, 2018 in San Diego, California that will focus on business and success planning, running for local office and innovative marketing strategies.
The California Department of Food and Agriculture announced there are 18 vacancies on the California Certified Farmers’ Market Advisory Committee, which advises the secretary of agriculture concerning issues related to the direct marketing of agricultural products at certified farmers’ markets.
Members of the California Avocado Commission’s foodservice team attended the 2017 International Foodservice Editorial Council Annual Conference, which gathers foodservice trade publication editors from across the globe.
For three days in November, the California Avocado Commission showcased trend-setting California avocado culinary menu applications to R&D/product innovation executives and corporate chefs from American restaurant chains ranked 201-400 in the nation.
Summary- The MJO Cycle has been in an active state for about a week. GFS model solutions are suggesting support for more energetic sub-tropical westerlies around 30N, coming into S California. However, the active phase of the MJO cycle appears near maximum on Dec 11, and some transition to less activity and energy into the subtropical westerlies appears to begin after the 17th.