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Maximizing use of water stored in soil could result in grower savings

As California faces more frequent and severe droughts, agriculture, which relies on irrigation from surface water and groundwater, could become expensive and unsustainable. Researchers at the University of California, Davis, looked at using a “free”... more »

UC Cooperative Extension hires first organic specialist

For the first time, the University of California has hired a Cooperative Extension specialist dedicated to organic agriculture. Joji Muramoto, a longtime research associate with the University of California Santa Cruz, will coordinate a statewide... more »

Western Growers Insurance Services hires Trost as VP of employee benefits

Western Growers has added Eric Trost to its Insurance Services team as vice president of employee benefits. In this role, Trost will lead the expansion of Western Growers Insurance Services’ employee benefits capabilities, solutions and resources... more »

Benson joins Drape Net North America as sales represenative

Drape Net North America has added Dean Benson as its West Coast sales representative. Benson has 26 years of agricultural risk management and crop insurance experience. Benson started his career as a crop insurance agent. His initial... more »

California EPA to cancel chlorpyrifos registrations

The California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) said May 8 its Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) would ban the use of the pesticide and toxic air contaminant chlorpyrifos in California by... more »

Sun World International sells vineyards to focus on fruit breeding, licensing

Grapes grower Sun World International (Sun World) will sell its leased and owned California farming property to an investor group, to focus on breeding and licensing of stone fruit and table grapes varieties. The investor... more »

UC Davis report: Farm labor supply from Mexico is falling fast

For decades, farmers in the United States have depended on people from foreign countries – mostly Mexico – to work in the fields. Only 2 percent of California’s farmworkers were born in the U.S. But... more »

California joins fight against spotted lantern fly

The California Department of Food and Agriculture has awarded funding for one project in the initial funding cycle for the Proactive Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Solutions grant program. The project, titled “Proactive Biological Control of... more »


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