Yuba-Sutter Ag Updates - Friday, April 11, 2014

UCCE Publications Available on Irrigation Efficiency Systems

At February’s Ag Employer Seminar, UCCE Farm Advisor Franz Neiderholzer discussed several UCCE publication titles helpful to growers working to improve irrigation efficiency. Below are the discussed titles, with links for online purchase ($20-$25). For questions on the titles listed below, contact Franz Niederholzer at (530) 822-7515.


Monitoring for Moisture for Irrigation Water Management; ANR Pub. 21635

Maintaining Microirrigation Systems;  ANR Pub 21637

Fertigating with Microirrigation;  ANR Pub 21620

Irrigation Pumping Plants; ANR Pub 3377

Agricultural Salinity and Drainage;  ANR Pub 3375


Property Stolen by Johnson Bros Remains Unclaimed

More than 100 victims from a dozen counties have reclaimed property that may have been swiped by the Yuba County Johnson brothers, who investigators believe used their business, A-1 Asphalt, to scam and steal from Northern California residents for decades. Between half and two-thirds of the property authorities recovered is still unclaimed — including family heirlooms, pounds of jewelry, tools, weapons, and paperwork. To review the items recovered, contact the Sutter County Sheriff’s Department at (530) 822-7307.


Temporary Position Available at Sutter/Yuba/Nevada FSA

The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Farm Service Agency (FSA) has one full-time temporary (not to exceed 7, two-week pay periods) appointment in the Sutter/Yuba/Nevada Service Center in Yuba City, CA.  Duties include but are not limited to; day to day administrative work for farm programs, making and answering phone calls, file/copy/fax/scan, etc., assisting with meeting preparations, and other tasks as assigned. Familiarity with agriculture is a plus. Minimum two years office experience preferred, as well as a professional and courteous demeanor.  Starting pay will depend on qualifications, and may range from a grade CO-3 of $12.92/hour to CO-4 $14.50/hour.  Applications and more information may be picked up in person, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the FSA Office, 1521 Butte House Road, Suite A, Yuba City, CA 95993.


Training on Cucumber Green Mottle Mosaic Virus

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) will be providing training in cucumber green mottle mosaic virus (CGMMV) and bacterial fruit blotch (BFB) of cucurbits 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on May 1 and 2, 2014, at the CDFA Plant Pest Diagnostics Branch, 3294 Meadowview Road, Sacramento, CA 95832. The training is geared toward county agricultural commissioners’ staff and cucurbit seed and transplant growers of Yolo, Sutter and Colusa counties.  This training will be provided in collaboration with members from the seed industry and the United States Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.  Seating is limited and early registration via RSVP is mandatory by April 24, 2014 to the California Seed Association (CSA). Register  by email: or fax: 916-446-1063.  See attached flyer for registration and more information. Parking is free and lunch will be provided by CSA.  


Sacramento Hosts Agribusiness Trade Mission to China

The City of Sacramento Trade and Education Office, in partnership with the California-Chongqing Trade and Commerce Organization, is coordinating an agribusiness trade mission to Chongqing, China for interested parties in agribusiness. The mission will build on the establishment of a formal relationship between the cities of Chongqing and Sacramento earlier this year. As of March 1, 2014, fruits and vegetables from California can be shipped  directly to Chongqing, a city the Sacramento Trade and Education Office calls “the gateway to the 200 million people of Southwest China”. The trip will take place May 12 to 18, 2014 and costs range from $5,000 to $15,000. For more information, see attached flyer or call the California-Chongqing Trade and Commerce Organization at (916) 395-4443.


Yuba City Downtown Certified Farmers Market Taking Vendor Applications

The Yuba City Downtown Business Association is taking vendor applications for the new Yuba City Downtown Certified Farmers Market. The market will operate 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on  Thursday nights, May 1 to November 7, (28 weeks) at the corner of Church & Plumas Streets across from The Happy Viking. The market is open to certified producers ($20/week) and other ag-related/healthy lifestyle vendors only (no crafters, commercial, food vendors). EBT and WIC will be accepted. There will be weekly presentations,  monthly “Chef at the Market” cooking demonstrations and live music. To apply for vendor space, see attached application or contact the Yuba City Downtown Business Association at (530) 755-1620.


Market Rice Straw for Feed & Other Uses

Sutter-Yuba UCCE has posted online its Rice Producers’ Guide to Marketing Rice Straw, to aid rice producers in marketing their straw for livestock feed, erosion control, construction and more. The publication is authored by Sutter-Yuba UCCE Farm Advisor Glenn Nader. To access the publication, visit:


Gallagher for Assembly Signs Available

Gallagher for Assembly road signs are available and can be acquired by contacting Curtis Grima, Gallagher for Assembly campaign manager, at or 916-532-7772.


Next Board of Directors Meeting

5:30 p.m. Monday, April 28 at the YSFB office. All members welcome.

Producer Focus - Monday, April 07, 2014
Here's a sneak peek of YSFB member Tina Krehe, as she discusses her lavender farm and business venture, The Farmer's Wife.  Click the video below to watch.


California Farm Bureau Federation News

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 08:00:01 -0700

Farmers work to prevent crime, Asparagus harvest accelerates, California almonds get social, Rice boosts diet quality

Wed, 09 Apr 2014 08:00:01 -0700

Water worries citrus growers, Gardening in dry times, Egg demand surges, Everyone is a scientist

Wed, 02 Apr 2014 08:00:01 -0700

Snow stays scarce, Field crop acreage to drop, Drought brings concern about exports, Vegetable production declines slightly

Wed, 26 Mar 2014 08:00:01 -0700

Water rally to be held, Citrus growers cope with freeze losses, Tourism promotion focuses on agriculture, Meat exporting goes social

Wed, 19 Mar 2014 08:00:01 -0700

Higher food prices on the horizon, Farmers renew call for immigration reform, Celebrating California agriculture at the Capitol, Organic farmers open storefronts