Mendocino County, California - With an increase in the number and duration of large wildfires, the California wine industry is working together to explore ways to combat the effect of smoke exposure and fire damage on winegrapes and wine. Industry leaders in Lake County, a region that has experienced multiple devastating wildfires in recent years, are leveraging data gathered from fires as a means to find solutions that will help wineries and grape growers minimize the impact from these natural disasters.

Sacramento, California - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is launching a new outreach campaign focused on preventing the spread of infectious poultry diseases in both commercial and backyard poultry.  Considering the devastating impact of the highly pathogenic avian influenza outbreak in 2014-2015, as well as this year’s outbreak of virulent Newcastle disease in California, the timing is right for everyone in the poultry community to work together to protect the health of our nation’s flocks.

Sacramento, California - CDFA is accepting public comments on draft guidelines for new demonstration projects designed to achieve reductions of methane emissions from California dairy and livestock operations. The demonstration projects are two new components of CDFA’s existing dairy and livestock methane reduction incentive programs.

Sacramento, California - Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. Wednesday announced that he has granted 38 pardons and 70 commutations.

Monterey, California - The expanding use of technology by organic growers, regardless of the size of their operation, will be the topic of an educational session at the upcoming Organic Grower Summit. “Technology Is Not Just For Big Ag” will focus on making new technologies accessible for organic growers through a variety of business models aimed at making operations more efficient and sustainable.

Los Angeles, California - A Beverly Hills, California, resident pleaded guilty Monday to filing false tax returns which did not report his offshore accounts in Germany and Israel and did not report the income earned on those accounts, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman and U.S. Attorney Nicola T. Hanna of the Central District of California.