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UC ANR expands its Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program

University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources will be welcoming the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program back to its direct oversight effective July 1, 2020. "This change in management will enable closer collaboration between the Sustainable... more »

New report estimates Texas agricultural losses from pandemic could be $6-8B

The Agricultural and Food Policy Center at Texas A&M University has released a new report showing the economic impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on production agriculture in Texas. Since the beginning of the pandemic many agricultural... more »

Colorado forms team to develop strategies to support ag workers, businesses

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) has formed an Agricultural Recovery Team alongside its Food Security Task Force with the mission of developing and implementing innovative strategies to support... more »

Joint California ag statement on workers’ compensation executive order

In response to California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Executive Order that extends temporary workers’ compensation benefits for COVID-19, a coalition of California agricultural organizations issued the following statement: “As a critical infrastructure industry, agricultural businesses have... more »

California pear growers come out strong against ripening treatments

California pear farmers have united as an industry with a pledge to never use postharvest treatments like 1-MCP that impede ripening and create a disappointing experience for consumers. “California pear farmers are committed to producing... more »

Survey results show strain from COVID-19 on rural California

Lost markets and lost off-farm income related to the COVID-19 pandemic have proven doubly difficult for many California farmers and ranchers, according to a survey by the California Farm Bureau Federation. More than half of... more »

Farms providing produce at reasonable rate to California food bank

In one of the first agreements of its kind between California producers and a county food bank, two farms will begin providing, at a reasonable rate, produce to the Alameda County Community Food Bank, allowing... more »

Survey: California farmers turning to labor-saving crops, automation

Despite raising wages and increasing benefits, California farmers are failing to find enough people to pick fruits and vegetables and harvest other crops, and they are offsetting this labor shortage by changing to less labor-intensive... more »


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