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Colorado building statewide Soil Health Program, welcomes farm participation

June 23 marked the second annual National Soil Health Day, and the one year anniversary of the Colorado Collaborative for Healthy Soils (CCHS), a farmer- and rancher-led coalition, created in part to maximize participation by... more »

University of California Extension academics, including pear expert, retiring

Ten University of California Cooperative Extension academics, including noted pear expert Rachel Elkins, are set to retire July 1. Elkins, UC Cooperative Extension pomology farm advisor for Lake and Mendocino counties, plans to retire July 1 after 36 years... more »

Colorado finalizes state guidance for keeping ag workers safe

In an effort to protect Colorado’s essential workers within the agriculture industry and to minimize the potential spread of COVID-19, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has finalized state guidance for the agriculture... more »

Western Growers: Specialty crops not accessing USDA direct payments

As of June 15, USDA had allocated nearly $2.9 billion of $16 billion in direct payments as part of its Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. Specialty crops continue to lag other sectors of the agriculture industry,... more »

Workplace COVID-19 outbreak guidance for employers shared in California

The California Department of Food and Agriculture shared this memo from State Public Health officer Dr. Sonia Y. Angell: This checklist is intended for use by employers experiencing an outbreak of COVID-19 in their workplace. Employers... more »

Western Growers adds De Ann Davis as senior vice president, science

Western Growers has added De Ann Davis as senior vice president, science. Davis brings extensive expertise to the leadership team with more than 25 years of experience in the development and execution of technical global... more »

Arctic apples honors essential worker in giveaway

Summerland, British Columbia, Canada-based Okanagan Specialty Fruits, the agricultural company behind the non-browning Arctic apples, has honored Barbara Ortega, a security guard in California who has been working on the front lines to protect produce and people... more »

Texas vineyards and wineries assistance webinar June 17

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will be presenting a webinar, CARES Act: Financial Tools and Resources to Help Texas Vineyards and Wineries, on June 17. The free online event will run from 11 a.m.-noon. Participants must RSVP in... more »


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