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GreenSheet | February 6, 2017

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The UC Statewide IPM Program and AgSafe are offering a series of Pesticide Safety Instruction Training Workshops designed for ag supervisors, growers, farm labor contractors, safety managers and safety trainers. The workshops will take place in San Diego, Ventura and Santa Maria.

The CDFA is is now accepting applications for the State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program, which provides funds for irrigation projects that reduce greenhouse gases and save water . Learn more.

The California Avocado Commission conducts an annual tracking study to evaluate the efficacy of its marketing campaigns and measure changes in consumer preferences, avocado usage and attitudes concerning origins of the fruit. Findings from the study help the Commission adjust its marketing plans to ensure they operate efficiently and effectively and deliver maximum value to growers.

In November, the California Avocado Commission joined R&D/product innovation executives, executive chefs, chain culinarians and menu decision makers in Atlanta, Georgia for the Third Annual Global Culinary Innovators Association Culinary Combine and the International Corporate Chefs Association Board and Sponsors meeting.

Summary- High pressure will dominate the central Pacific near the Dateline and into the Bering Sea, while troughing continues to focus to the west of California between 130W and 155W. In the near term, troughing returns on February 1-3 with wet conditions. The latest indications are that periods of warm and dry upper high pressure with sunny conditions in the mountains and patchy fog in central valley area of Calif will focus in central and southern California during February 4-6th, followed by rains mostly in the northern half of California on the 7-8th and again on the 12-14th. General wet periods are Possible about February 19-22nd and 25-26th. Most of these rains also appear to focus in the northern portions of California.