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Report: Safer, more-sustainable alternatives to banned pesticide chlorpyrifos

A report issued July 16 identifies alternatives for California growers to the banned pesticide chlorpyrifos and calls for continued work toward safer, more sustainable pest management practices. Following California's historic decision to end use of... more »

California farmers form ag coalton and campaign against Prop 15 tax measure

California’s leading agricultural organizations, including California Farm Bureau, Western Growers and the Agricultural Council of California, representing farmers and ranchers of all types across the state, announced a new coalition and campaign against Prop 15,... more »

California plans Small Fruit and Vegetable Meeting in virtual format

The University of California Cooperative Extension’s Entomology and Biologicals Advisor, Surendra Dara is hosting the Small Fruit and Vegetable Meeting virtually on Tuesday, Aug, 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. If you have any questions,... more »

Monterey County 2019 crop production led by familiar commodities

Monterey County, California's top four most valuable crops remained unchanged from 2018 to 2019, led by leaf lettuce, which saw an increase of almost 15%, boosted by better pricing for romaine. Overall, the county’s agricultural... more »

Idaho fruit operation leader Richard ‘Dick’ Symms dies at age 84

Richard (Dick) Allen Symms of Caldwell, Idaho, a visionary in the agriculture business, died July 13. He was 84. According to his obituary, Symms led Symms Fruit Ranch into the largest fruit company in Idaho and... more »

Shapiro-Gilman-Shandler Produce cited for efforts to achieve zero waste

California-based Shapiro-Gilman-Shandler Produce announced it was awarded Gold Level status under the TRUE (Total Resource Use and Efficiency) certification system. Administered by Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), TRUE helps facilities define, pursue, and achieve Zero Waste goals while... more »

Webinar: ‘Climate Change Impacts for Specialty Crops for Southern California’

The California Department of Food and Agriculture will present results via webinar on its recently released report, “Climate Change Impacts for Specialty Crops: Southern California Region,” which documents strategies proposed by agricultural representatives to improve... more »

COVID-19 awareness and best practices shared in California

California agriculture is vital to the nourishment of our citizens, our economy and our environment. From the farm, to the packing and/or processing plant, and into the hands of consumers, California’s bounty is in high demand... more »


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