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California organic growers fret about costs, but cheer growth

With sales of organic fresh produce continuing to grow, farmers say they remain optimistic about their market prospects, even as they face a potentially challenging season complicated by drought, shifting demand and higher costs. The... more »

Sonoma academy trains vineyard workers for leadership roles

Even after 25 years in farming, Jose Cervantes is not done learning. The operations supervisor at Cornerstone Certified Vineyards in Sonoma County's (California) Russian River Valley is one of 15 students in the inaugural Richard... more »

World Ag Expo ‘a candy store’ for farmers

The 2.6 million square feet of exhibit space at the World Ag Expo in Tulare, California, last week brimmed with robotics, automated harvesters, artificial intelligence, plus low-emission vehicles, data management software and even some traditional... more »

State of Organic Produce 2021 report released

Organic Produce Network (OPN) has released its second annual State of Organic Produce report, which provides a comprehensive overview of how the industry performed last year, including data and analysis of retail sales of organic fresh produce.... more »

California Statewide Pear Research Webinar set for March 4

The 2022 California Statewide Pear Research Webinar to be held March 4, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The meeting is co-sponsored by University of California Cooperative Extension, Lake and Mendocino Agricultural Commissioners, California Pear Advisory Board and... more »

Farmers call for port investment at Capitol hearing

As congestion at West Coast ports continues to impede movement of California agricultural exports, stopgap measures such as a new container yard in Oakland may begin to speed the flow of farm goods to overseas... more »

More than $70M set for projects protecting agriculture from pests

The USDA is allocating more than $70 million to support 372 projects under the Plant Protection Act’s Section 7721 program to strengthen the nation’s infrastructure for pest detection and surveillance, identification and threat mitigation; to... more »

Western Growers releases inaugural Global Harvest Automation Report

Growers are keen to adopt automation to bridge the growing labor gap and ensure that their crops can be picked in time, according to the Global Harvest Automation Report, a first-of-its-kind study commissioned by Western... more »

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