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Weak honeybee colonies may fail from cold exposure during shipping

Cold temperatures inside honey bee colonies may cause colony losses during and after long-distance hauling, according to a preliminary study by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists. Every year almost 2 million honey bee colonies – nearly two-thirds... more »

Survey: California farms face continuing employee shortages

Despite taking a variety of steps to alleviate chronic shortages of agricultural employees, California farmers and ranchers continue to report problems in hiring enough people for on-farm jobs. A survey released April 30 shows 56%... more »

Wawona begins promotable stone fruit volumes

Cutler, California-based Wawona Packing Co., a grower and shipper of organic and conventional tree fruit, today has started its 2019 stone fruit season. Beginning with proprietary varieties of organic and conventional peaches and nectarines, the... more »

Ag drone company surveys farmers on needs

Scientific Cal Ag has engineered a drone that flies, land and drive to conduct further analysis (ground truthing), meant to reduce the costs associated with hiring crop specialists. Photo: Scientific Cal... more »

Cardboard clamshell packaging tested

As people across the country celebrated Earth Day earlier this week, California Giant worked behind the scenes conducting field tests on prototype cardboard clamshells for fresh strawberries. The cardboard... more »

Scholarships to study agriculture offered by UC ANR

Three scholarships are being offered by the University of California's Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources for college students majoring in agriculture. The scholarships will be awarded for the 2019-20 academic year. The deadline to... more »

California releases grape growers acreage survey

The California Department of Food and Agriculture partners with the Pacific Regional Office of the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) to conduct an annual acreage survey of California grape growers. A questionnaire was mailed... more »

UC Davis dean emeritus Charley Hess dies at 87

Charles E. “Charley” Hess, a UC Davis Medal recipient and dean emeritus of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences who never took the word “retirement” seriously, died Saturday (April 13) of congestive heart failure... more »


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