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Organic agriculture tops $3B in California farm gate sales

Organic farming continues to expand in California and now includes more than 360 commodities, according to a new University of California report. The number of organic growers, acreage and farm gate sales revenue is reported... more »

New Mexico State University Extension offers grape vineyard workshop online

This year’s grape crop has been harvested, but the work is not over. Now is the time to reassess and prepare the vineyard for winter. New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service in Rio Arriba... more »

Suterra has new Puffer design to bring California growers for aerosol mating disruption

Suterra announced Oct. 14 the launch of a new Puffer design available in California for the 2021 growing season to reduce navel orangeworm, codling moth and oriental fruit moth damage. Borne out of Suterra’s commitment... more »

Driscoll’s and Plenty agree to grow strawberries indoors

Driscoll’s, a leading consumer brand in fresh berries, and indoor vertical-farming company Plenty Unlimited Inc., announced Oct. 12 a joint development agreement to grow Driscoll’s proprietary flavorful strawberries year-round in Plenty’s vertical indoor farms. Watsonville,... more »

CDFA, UC Davis assist commercial labs testing smoke impact in wine and winegrapes

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), the UC Davis Department of Viticulture and Enology and the UC Davis College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences are offering laboratory services, with limited capacity, to test... more »

California wildfires ravage dozens of family-run wineries

The sight is every winemaker's nightmare. "Smoke-tainted" grapes, blackened casks of wine, charred and broken bottles where once there were picturesque vineyards. In California's celebrated Napa Valley, instead of welcoming visitors to their wineries for... more »

The 56th Annual Colorado Farm Show canceled, will return in 2022

For the first time in its more than 56-year history, the Colorado Farm Show Board of Directors announced that its annual event, held each January since 1964 has been cancelled for 2021. The 2021 Colorado... more »

Researchers use satellite imaging to map groundwater use in California’s Central Valley

Researchers at the University of California San Diego report in a new study a way to improve groundwater monitoring by using a remote sensing technology (known as InSAR), in conjunction with climate and land cover... more »


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