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Warm winter renews concerns about orchard chill in California

National Public Radio highlighted a growing concern for San Joaquin Valley tree fruit and nut farmers - diminishing winter chill in an age of climate change. "Warm winters mess with nut trees' sex lives," reported... more »

Ag Innovations Conference in California to focus on crop care March 18

The 4th Annual Ag Innovations Conference and Trade Show will be held March 18 in Santa Maria. This year the focus will be on comprehensive crop care. With the underlying principle of integrated pest management,... more »

California Farm Bureau backs Trump’s move on water projects

The (Feb. 19) signing of a record of decision coordinating federal and state water projects offers a hopeful sign, according to California Farm Bureau Federation President Jamie Johansson. Johansson, who attended the ceremony (https://www.foxnews.com/politics/trump-signs-memorandum-diverting-more-water-to-california-farmers) in... more »

UC Davis selects Fresa Fortaleza, LLC, for strawberry licensing in Mexico

The University of California has entered into a master licensing agreement with Fresa Fortaleza, LLC (F2), based in Watsonville, CA, for the sublicensing of new strawberry cultivars in Mexico. The agreement governs the licensing of five... more »

Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Conference Feb. 24-25

The Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association (CFVGA) will hold its sixth annual conference Feb. 24-25, 2020, at the Renaissance Denver Stapleton Hotel. Kicking off the conference will be John Cravens, Yercic Label, addressing the... more »

CCOF releases plan to use organic farming to cut California greenhouse emissions

California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) is releasing a plan to use organic farming to reduce California’s greenhouse gas emissions and combat climate change. Three decades of peer-reviewed science backs up the policy solutions laid out... more »

Salinas Valley Ag Tech Summit is a window on innovation

The Salinas Valley Ag Tech Summit returns to Hartnell College on March 17-18, promising another deep dive into the latest tactics, equipment and thinking to maximize profit and consumer satisfaction in the fresh produce industry.... more »

California agricultural employers, workers approach smoke concerns differently

In 2018, California wildfires burned more than 1.8 million acres and caused smoke to drift hundreds of miles. As the frequency and intensity of wildfires increases with climate change, California agricultural workers are at greater... more »


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