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Researchers pinpoint drought-resistant traits in grape rootstocks

Scientists at UC Davis have identified new root traits that help grapevines resist drought. The findings, published in the journal Annals of Botany, could speed up the development of grape rootstocks that protect vines from dry conditions,... more »

Western Growers’ bid to block California COVID-19 rule nixed

A California state appeals court has rejected a challenge by Western Growers to the state's COVID-19 workplace safety rule, saying the need to protect workers outweighs any burdens the measure places on employers. Reuters reported... more »

‘Containergeddon’ at ports cost California farmers $2.1 billion in exports

Between wildfires, drought, a trade war and the COVID-19 pandemic, the last few years have been hard on California farmers. But recent research by agricultural economists from UC Davis and the University of Connecticut suggests that economic... more »

Cover crops offset their water use by aiding soil moisture retention

Cover crop research conducted by a team of university researchers is now helping to inform and shape policy to implement the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) in several San Joaquin Valley counties. [caption id="" align="aligncenter"... more »

Agriculture faces host of new state laws in California

Farmers and ranchers will find themselves subject to new laws in 2022 that will raise wages, redefine animals' living arrangements and allow ranchers better access to livestock in evacuation zones. Effective Jan. 1, California's minimum... more »

Critical funding hurdle cleared for Sites Reservoir

The atmospheric river storm that brought some rain and snow to the parched state may serve as a reminder that California is still waiting to build planned infrastructure for storing water in wet years for... more »

Efforts to relieve supply chain disruptions lauded by United Fresh

In mid-December there were a couple of important initiatives by the U.S. Department of Transportation and U.S. Department of Agriculture designed to help alleviate ongoing workforce and supply chain challenges. On Dec. 16, Secretary of... more »

Fetzer Vineyards gets regenerative organic certification for winery, vineyards

Fetzer Vineyards, the largest winery in the U.S. certified as a B Corp and a leader in regenerative winegrowing, announced Dec. 13 it has achieved Regenerative Organic Certification (ROC) for all of its Mendocino County vineyard... more »

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