GreenSheet | December 18, 2017

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

Emergency Avocado Post-wildfire Meeting

  • Dec 13, 2017

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.

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Firefighter Dies Near Fillmore, Thomas Fire Still Very Active

  • Dec 15, 2017

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.

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Field Appointments with Federal Relief Personnel for Industry Members Impacted by Recent Wildfires and Santa Ana Winds

  • Dec 09, 2017

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. 

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Possible Federal Assistance to Those Impacted by the Recent Wildfires and/or Santa Ana Winds

  • Dec 07, 2017

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.

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CDFA Decision Makes the Harvest of Windfall Fruit Illegal

  • Dec 04, 2017

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. 

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National Farmers Union Offering Women in Leadership Conference

  • Dec 08, 2017

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.

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Certified Farmers’ Market Advisory Committee Seeks to Fill 18 Vacancies

  • Dec 08, 2017

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.

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Commission Collaborates with Foodservice Editors in Advance of 2018 Season

  • Nov 29, 2017

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.

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Commission Pitches Trend-setting California Avocado Menu Items to Targeted Restaurant Chains

  • Dec 06, 2017

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.

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30-Day Weather Outlook for December 11, 2017, to January 11, 2018

  • Dec 12, 2017

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.

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