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Fire Disaster Workshop for ALL Ventura/Santa Barbara Producers

The USDA's Farm Service Agency and Natural Resources Conservation Service will have workshops to aid agricultural producers; including cattle, tree, nursery, vegetable, and berry farmers in filing for federal assistance programs.  Appointments can be arranged now for filing applications during these workshops.

 

The California Avocado Commission and University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) are coordinating with the USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA) and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) the availability of field appointments for growers who have been impacted by the Thomas Fire. Personnel from both FSA and NRCS will be available to assist growers with the necessary paperwork to apply for federal assistance.

Currently, two days of appointments are available (information below). To schedule an appointment for either of the following two days, please call (805) 645-1434.

Tuesday, December 19th, 2017
Santa Paula Agriculture Museum
926 Railroad Ave, Santa Paula
8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Wednesday, December 20th, 2017
University of California Cooperative Extension
669 County Square Drive Suite #100, Ventura
8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Federal relief personnel will be available to assist growers with the paperwork, and growers are asked to provide the following information:

  • Business entity information (e.g. individual, limited liability corporation, etc.)
  • Social Security Number and/or Employer Identification Number
  • Location/size of the farm
  • Extent of damage

In addition, as we reported yesterday, 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.

Below, again, is a list of potential FSA programs that may provide disaster assistance to those avocado growers affected by the wildfires:

  • The Tree Assistance Program provides financial assistance to qualifying orchardists to help them replant or rehabilitate trees damaged by natural disasters (separate from crop insurance).
  • The Emergency Conservation Program offers funding and technical assistance to growers to help them rehabilitate land damaged by natural disasters. This program may provide cost share assistance for debris removal, land leveling and shaping, irrigation replacement, and cattle fencing.
  • Emergency loans are available to producers located in counties that receive a primary or contiguous disaster designation.

Remember, if you are an impacted grower you are asked to contact both FSA and your county agricultural commissioner's office as follows:

USDA-Farm Service Agency

Santa Barbara/Ventura County
Daisy Banda
Key Program Technician
Daisy.Banda@ca.usda.gov
805-928-9269 Ex.2

Riverside/San Diego Counties
Desiree Garza
County Executive Director
desiree.garza@ca.usda.gov
760-347-3675 ext. 107

Ventura County
Korinne Bell, Chief Deputy Agricultural Commissioner, Korinne.Bell@ventura.org
Henry Gonzalez, Agricultural Commissioner, Henry.Gonzales@ventura.org
(805) 388-4343, Ext. 2

Santa Barbara County
Debbie Trupe, Deputy Agricultural Commissioner, dtrupe@agcommissioner.com
Stephanie Stark, Deputy Agricultural Commissioner, sstark@agcommissioner.com
(805) 681-5600

San Diego County
Vince Acosta, Information Technology Principal, vince.acosta@sdcounty.ca.gov
(858) 967-8623

Riverside County
Ron Bray, Assistant Agricultural Commission, RBray@RIVCO.ORG
(951) 955-3000

A complete list of FSA disaster assistance programs can be found online. For more information about available disaster assistance programs, contact your local U.S. Department of Agriculture office. You can find your local USDA service center by clicking on this link.

Tom Bellamore, President
Ken Melban, Vice President of Industry Affairs
California Avocado Commission

Posted on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 12:45 PM
Tags: assistance (1), damage (13), fire (13), flood (2), usda (1), wind (3)

Coffee??? In California??? Come On.

Yes, Coffee is now being Commercially Grown in California!

Are you interested in growing, processing and marketing Coffee in California? Would you like to learn about new opportunities for this high-value crop and speak with industry professionals?

 

The Huntley College of Agriculture is hosting an Inaugural Industry “Coffee Summit” on January 18th at the AgriScapes Outreach Center located on the campus of Cal Poly Pomona.

Hear from the California coffee industry leaders from Santa Barbara and San Diego Counties and from long-time professionals with the University of California, University of Hawaii and USDA. In addition you'll learn about current research field trials to determine which varieties are suitable for production in California.

Summit topics include development of estate coffee, coffee production, pests and diseases, processing methods and marketing. Please join us on January 18th at the AgriScapes Conference Center from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Continental breakfast, lunch and coffee tasting will be provided!

Summit Contact: Duncan McKee - Cal Poly Pomona dhmckee@cpp.edu

And more info along with agenda and registration:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2018-california-coffee-summit-tickets-41055970513?aff=es2

 

 

In the meantime watch the CBS "This Morning" video of California coffee growing

 

https://www.cbsnews.com/videos/farmer-breaks-ground-with-california-grown-coffee-success/

 

 

 

 

Posted on Friday, December 8, 2017 at 7:34 AM

Disaster Contacts for Growers

 

To:  Industry Members Impacted by Recent Wildfires and Santa Ana Winds

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.

In addition, the USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA) may be able to provide disaster assistance to those avocado growers affected by the wild fires through one of the following programs:

  • The Tree Assistance Program provides financial assistance to qualifying orchardists to help them replant or rehabilitate trees damaged by natural disasters (separate from crop insurance).
  • The Emergency Conservation Program offers funding and technical assistance to growers to help them rehabilitate land damaged by natural disasters. This program may provide cost share assistance for debris removal, land leveling and shaping, irrigation replacement, and cattle fencing.
  • Emergency loans are available to producers located in counties that receive a primary or contiguous disaster designation.

Impacted growers are asked to contact both FSA and their county agricultural commissioner's office as follows:

USDA-Farm Service Agency
Santa Barbara/Ventura County
Daisy Banda
Key Program Technician
Daisy.Banda@ca.usda.gov
805-928-9269 Ex.2

Riverside/San Diego Counties
Desiree Garza
County Executive Director
desiree.garza@ca.usda.gov
760-347-3675 ext. 107

Ventura County
Korinne Bell, Chief Deputy Agricultural Commissioner, Korinne.Bell@ventura.org
Henry Gonzalez, Agricultural Commissioner, Henry.Gonzales@ventura.org
(805) 388-4343, Ext. 2

Santa Barbara County
Debbie Trupe, Deputy Agricultural Commissioner, dtrupe@agcommissioner.com
Stephanie Stark, Deputy Agricultural Commissioner, sstark@agcommissioner.com
(805) 681-5600

A complete list of FSA disaster assistance programs can be found online. For more information about available disaster assistance programs, contact your local U.S. Department of Agriculture office. You can find your local USDA service center by clicking on this link.

Tom Bellamore, President
Ken Melban, Vice President of Industry Affairs
California Avocado Commission

 

Posted on Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 2:31 PM
Tags: avocado (196), blueberry (5), citrus (214), disaster (2), insurance (2), tree crops (3)

Assessing Fire Damage to Avocado

The destruction after a fire can be pretty gruesome and sad. Many times, though the fire moves through the orchard so fast that, even though the canopy has turned brown, there is a good chance the trees can come back. It all depends on how much damage has been done to the trunk. If the fire has substantially damaged the base of the trunk, it is unlikely to come back, even if the canopy is still green. That is the saddest thing, because you think you've dodged the bullet, but if the trunk is too damage, the canopy collapses gradually over a few weeks. However, the canopy may look a goner, but if the trunk is still intact, the tree will come back and may still be as productive as before.

The thing to look for at the base of the trunk is the discoloration. If it's black, it's probably not coming back. However, it can come back if after a few weeks you don't see the pencil-sized cankers that indicate that the sap has bubbled to the surface (see photo 1 below). If after a few weeks, the trunk is still clear of those bubbles (photo 2), even though the canopy looks gone, it is quite likely to come back.

It's also possible that the trunk may be damage in just one part of the trunk and not on the rest. In this case, it can also come back. The problem with these ones, is that they may come back and given enough time will be good trees again. But if they haven't recovered enough and there's a sudden heat spell, they may go down suddenly as if they had been burned again. That's the way they will look, like they have been burned again. Given enough time, though the avocado will grow from good areas to cover the poor areas and the tree may be productive again.

Avocados are amazing in their ability to recover.  Eucalyptus can do it.  But you singe the trunk of a lemon, and good-bye lemon.

Fire Information:

http://ceventura.ucanr.edu/Agricultural_Threats/Fire_Information/

Photo 1 and 2.

Posted on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 10:35 AM
Tags: avocado (196), damage (13), fire (13)

Fire Information

Fire Information

Tree and Vine Loss Calculators

Spread sheets to help you calculate loss

Calculate Cost of Fire Damage to Avocado and Citrus Trees

Information from Ben Faber, Soils and Water, Avocado and Minor Subtropicals Advisor

Living with Fire

Information on how to care for fire damaged trees from Ben Faber, Soils and Water, Avocado and Minor Subtropicals Advisor

Safe Landscapes Project

Information on fire ecology and fire safe landscaping for homeowners, developed by Sabrina Drill, Natural Resources Advisor

UC Center for Fire Research and Outreach

Information on fire science from UC experts. Includes information on how to make homes and other structures more fire resistant, developed by Steve Quarles, Statewide Wood Performance and Durability Advisor

Local Fire Departments - have regulatory information you may need

Ventura County
City of Ventura
City of Oxnard
City of Fillmore
City of Santa Paula

Santa Barbara County
City of Lompoc
City of Santa Barbara
City of Santa Maria

Publications Available From University of California ANR Catalog

You can find the publications listed below at theUniversity of California DANR Catalog site (In the ANR Search type fire) and order more than one publication at a time or you may click on one of the links below.if you purchase a priced publication enter the promotion code PRVEN56 at check-out. You'll receive a 10% discount on your order, and a portion of the sales will benefit local programs.

A Property Owner's Guide to Reducing Wildfire Threat - describes ways homeowners can reduce the threat of fire to their property. Cost $1.50

Home Landscaping for Fire - Incorporating fire safe concepts into your landscape is one of the most important ways you can help your home survive a wildfire. FREE

Landscaping Tips to Help Defend Your Home from Wildfire - You can have both a beautiful landscape and a defensible fire-safe zone. FREE

Recovering from Wildfire - discusses issues that family forest landowners should consider following a wildfire. Cost $5.00

WildFire: How Can We Live With It? (DVD) - This program contains general information about wildland fire in California. Cost $20.00

Companion Set: How Can We Live with Wildland Fire? (Publication and DVD) - What role does fire play in the natural cycle and what choices can we make about coping with wildland fire? Cost $27.50

How Can We Live with Wildland Fire? - What role does fire play in the natural cycle and what choices can we make about coping with wildland fire? Cost $10.00

Posted on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 11:06 AM
Tags: avocado (196), Citrus - General (1), fire (13), phone numbers (1)

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