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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 »

University of California conducts survey of COVID-19 prevention on farms

All California growers, ranchers, farm labor contractors and ag supervisors are invited to complete a short survey about their experiences addressing COVID-19 in the workplace. The survey is being conducted by the UC Davis Western... more »

Peach quality, prices good for Texas producers

Peach producers in the Hill Country, Texas, are reporting good quality and good demand despite an odd winter and remaining COVID-19 restrictions, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Jim Kamas, AgriLife Extension fruit... more »

Idaho ag department awards $1.8 million in specialty crop grants

Interest in the Idaho State Department of Agriculture’s annual specialty crop program was up considerably this year compared with last year. ISDA has announced it will award a total of $1.8 million this year to... more »


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