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Cherry trees destroyed at former pro football player’s California orchard

After 2,000 cherry trees on Former San Francsico 49er Jeremy Newberry’s Brentwood, California, farm were destroyed early last week – an estimated $25,000 loss – Newberry is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to... more »

UC offers drone workshop for mapping, research and land management

People who are interested in using drones for real-world mapping are invited to attend a three-day intensive drone workshop in the Monterey Bay Area. The third annual DroneCamp will be offered June 18-20 by UC... more »

California’s first Medfly threat a significant memory for retiring official

California's first Medfly threat a significant memory for retiring officialCalifornia's first infestation of Medflies was remembered by a longtime official James Deese in a video series from the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA).... more »

Colorado peach growers tout elevation-enhanced sunlight

Talbott’s Mountain Gold Farm is located in Palisade, Colorado, which is west of Denver and just slightly east of Grand Junction. The operation’s packing/processing facilities and retail market are located on Palisade’s fruit and wine... more »

Maximizing use of water stored in soil could result in grower savings

As California faces more frequent and severe droughts, agriculture, which relies on irrigation from surface water and groundwater, could become expensive and unsustainable. Researchers at the University of California, Davis, looked at using a “free”... more »

UC Cooperative Extension hires first organic specialist

For the first time, the University of California has hired a Cooperative Extension specialist dedicated to organic agriculture. Joji Muramoto, a longtime research associate with the University of California Santa Cruz, will coordinate a statewide... more »

Western Growers Insurance Services hires Trost as VP of employee benefits

Western Growers has added Eric Trost to its Insurance Services team as vice president of employee benefits. In this role, Trost will lead the expansion of Western Growers Insurance Services’ employee benefits capabilities, solutions and resources... more »

Benson joins Drape Net North America as sales represenative

Drape Net North America has added Dean Benson as its West Coast sales representative. Benson has 26 years of agricultural risk management and crop insurance experience. Benson started his career as a crop insurance agent. His initial... more »


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