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Around 57,000 vulnerable tricolored blackbirds on Central Valley farmland were saved during this year’s harvest season, Audubon California said.


By Danielle Vaughn/News Sentinel Staff Writer

Galt dairy farmer Richard Denier, a retired general manager at World Wide Sires in Visalia, will be honored as the National Dairy Shrine’s guest of honor at the National Dairy Shrine banquet on 0ct. 6 in Madison, Wis.

This is highest recognition for the National Dairy Shrine and recognizes a contemporary dairy leader for outstanding accomplishments and contributions to the dairy industry.

Issue Date: July 6, 2016

By Josh Rolph

Josh Rolph​


Tre Moore lays out drip irrigation tape on land that is used to grow corn for dairy cows at John Azevedo’s dairy in Patterson, Calif., on Wednesday, June 8, 2016. Andy Alfaro

John Azevedo stretches the water that helps produce the milk on his dairy farm west of Patterson.

National Dairy Month Encourages Americans to Eat More Cheese

By Patrick Cavanaugh, Farm News Director

Across the country, National Dairy Month will be celebrated during the month of June to promote the consumption of dairy products. Though California is the number one dairy state, California dairy farmers have been experiencing a decline in dairy production amidst high labor costs, competition from other states and declining profit.

San Joaquin Valley Business Journal
Published on 05/04/2016 - 9:58 am.Written by George Lurie

Late last year the Tricolored Blackbird became a candidate for the California Endangered Species List. The population of the bird mostly native to the Golden State has plummeted making flocks harder and harder to find. Both bird enthusiasts and farmers are working to keep the colorful bird from extinction.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that dairy farms participating in the Margin Protection Program (MPP) can now update their production history when an eligible family member joins the operation. The voluntary program, established by the 2014 Farm Bill, protects participating dairy producers when the margin – the difference between the price of milk and feed costs – falls below levels of protection selected by the applicant.

The Alderson family

The Alderson family 

POSTED: 04/02/16, 8:13 AM PDT | UPDATED: 3 DAYS AGO

Charles Alhem DAIRY CARES Special to The Bee