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New rule nixes penalties for Northwest cherry processors

A new rule that went into effect this year removes penalties for cherry processors in Washington, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Utah, who previously faced lost market access to or through California for an entire season... more »

Drones seen as effective tools for fruit growers

Farmers use drones to be more efficient. Drones help farmers improve yields and stay ahead of problems before they become too big. People have used the phrase “drone on and on” for a long time.... more »

$1.5M set for nutrient management projects, including for cherry, in California

The California Department of Food and Agriculture Fertilizer Research and Education Program announced more than $1.5 million in grant funds are being awarded to agricultural organizations and universities as a result of the Fertilizer Research... more »

Survey: California strawberry acreage increases lead to optimism

Using less than 1% of California's farmland, strawberry farms produce the fourth most valuable crop in California. The Acreage Survey is updated twice a year, once during the fall/winter and an update in the summer.... more »

Texas International Produce Association’s Hall of Fame banquet set

Seven leaders of the Texas produce industry will be honored January 27th, 2020 at the Texas International Produce Association’s Hall of Fame Banquet. The Texas Produce Hall of Fame was established in 1988, and has... more »

UC Davis releases 5 new winegrape varieties

For the first time since the 1980s, University of California, Davis, researchers have released new varieties of winegrapes. The five new varieties, three red and two white, are highly resistant to Pierce’s disease, which costs... more »

UC releases new cost studies for mechanized winegrape production

University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources’ Agricultural Issues Center has released four new studies detailing the costs and returns of winegrape production in the southern San Joaquin Valley. All four cost studies illustrate the cost... more »

Why drones are important for sustainable ag

Drones... If you're thinking of apiculture, you might be thinking of drones (male bees). But if you're thinking of agriculture – more specifically sustainable agriculture practices in the 21st century – you ought to be... more »


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