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Stone fruit companies Gerawan, Wawona merge

Gerawan Farming and Wawona Packing announced Sept. 25 they have completed a merger. Paine Schwartz, an existing investor in Wawona and a global leader in sustainable food chain investing, is partnering with both companies to... more »

California farmers, restaurant chefs urge passage of USMCA

Farmers, restaurants and their customers will all benefit from improved trade among the United States, Canada and Mexico, according to a coalition of California agricultural groups, restaurants and chefs. In a letter submitted on Sept.... more »

Organic Grower Summit education session speakers set

The founders and CEOs from six of the nation’s most progressive ag tech companies will present a series of TedTalk-style presentations to kick off the educational program at the third annual Organic Grower Summit in... more »

Raising a glass to grapes’ surprising genetic diversity

Here's a discovery well worth toasting: A research team led by Professor Brandon Gaut with the University of California, Irvine and Professor Dario Cantu with the University of California, Davis has deciphered the genome of... more »

University of California Extension adds staff members

Eight academics joined the ranks of UC Cooperative Extension advisors, specialists and an academic coordinator over the last few months. The new academics are: Kamyar Aram UCCE specialty crops advisor Contra Costa County Kamyar Aram... more »

Researchers determine pollen abundance, diversity in pollinator-dependent crops

A new study provides valuable insights into pollen abundance and diversity available to honeybee colonies employed in five major pollinator-dependent crops in Oregon and California, including California’s massive almond industry. The study, a collaboration between... more »

Ag department official responds to University of California president’s depature

Glenda Humiston, University of California vice president for agriculture and natural resources, issued the following statement today (Sept. 18): "Earlier today (Sept. 18), UC President Janet Napolitano announced that she will be stepping down as... more »

New tool calculates beekeepers’ overwintering odds and bottom line

A new tool from the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) can predict the odds that honeybee colonies overwintered in cold storage will be large enough to rent for almond pollination in February. Identifying which colonies will... more »


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