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Virtual format planned for Western Food Safety Summit in May

The Western Food Safety Summit at Hartnell College will go virtual on May 5-6, inviting attendees from across California and the entire country to view live presentations from industry-leading scientists, managers and executives. The two-day... more »

Fertilizer Research and Education Program proposals sought in California

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) is now accepting proposals for the 2021 grant cycle. FREP’s competitive grant program funds research that advances fertilization practices and minimizes... more »

Disaster recovery funds totaling $25M for wildfire cleanup, humanitarian help

The U.S. Department of Labor announced Jan. 4 the award of a Disaster Recovery National Dislocated Worker Grant for up to $25,092,803 to the California Department of Employment Development to create jobs to address debris... more »

Coalition challenges Cal/OSHA emergency standards to protect nation’s food supply

A coalition of agricultural and business employers has filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court challenging the COVID-19 related emergency temporary standards recently approved by the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board. According... more »

Small business COVID-19 relief offers support for California farmers, ranchers

California Gov. Gavin Newsom recently announced the creation of a $500 million California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program. The application period for round one began Dec. 30 and lasts until Jan. 8, 2021. The... more »

Equitable labor certification the highlight of Rainier’s year

  An unprecedented year highlighted innovation and integrity at Rainier Fruit Company that lead to groundbreaking and industry-setting standards. “I am extremely proud of the accomplishments we have made in 2020,” said Blake Belknap, vice... more »

Colorado farms, processors get $1.6M in CARES Act grant funding

The Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA), in partnership with the Colorado Farm & Food Systems Respond & Rebuild Fund, has awarded $1,658,000 in grants to Colorado farmers, ranchers, food hubs and processors. Recognizing the fundamental... more »

Market Facilitation Program fails to offset trade war losses for California farmers

Economic research measuring the overall losses to California agricultural exports resulting from the trade war shows that two years of Market Facilitation Program payments only covered roughly half of the net losses to California commodities.... more »


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