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California Giant hires new CFO

California Giant Berry Farms recently added a new member to its Executive Team, welcoming Sean Martin as Chief Financial Officer to the growing company. Martin will supersede Dan Nicola... more »

Marrone Bio gains approval of Stargus biofungicide in California

Marrone Bio Innovations (NASDAQ: MBII) (MBI), a sustainable bioprotection and plant health solutions company, said Jan. 14 that its patented Bacillus biofungicide, Stargus, has been fully reviewed by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (CDPR)... more »

Farming interests back California governor’s proposed 2020-2021 budget

The California Farm Bureau Federation and the Community Alliance with Family Farmers have both expressed support for Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposed 2020-2021 budget. Farm Bureau president Jamie Johansson: “The governor’s budget reinforces his commitment to... more »

Western Growers, Concentric Power co-host energy forum for California growers

The Western Growers Center for Innovation and Technology (WGCIT) and Concentric Power Inc., an energy technology company deploying power solutions for some of the country’s largest grower-shippers, will co-host the first-ever Salinas Valley Energy Forum... more »

New rule nixes penalties for Northwest cherry processors

A new rule that went into effect this year removes penalties for cherry processors in Washington, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Utah, who previously faced lost market access to or through California for an entire season... more »

Drones seen as effective tools for fruit growers

Farmers use drones to be more efficient. Drones help farmers improve yields and stay ahead of problems before they become too big. People have used the phrase “drone on and on” for a long time.... more »

$1.5M set for nutrient management projects, including for cherry, in California

The California Department of Food and Agriculture Fertilizer Research and Education Program announced more than $1.5 million in grant funds are being awarded to agricultural organizations and universities as a result of the Fertilizer Research... more »

Survey: California strawberry acreage increases lead to optimism

Using less than 1% of California's farmland, strawberry farms produce the fourth most valuable crop in California. The Acreage Survey is updated twice a year, once during the fall/winter and an update in the summer.... more »


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