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New UC ANR pesticide safety manual includes key updates

Expanded from four chapters in the previous edition to 12, the third edition of Pesticide Safety: A Study Manual for Private Applicators aims to be more than just a study guide. The manual, available for... more »

Produce shippers claim win in California joint employment case

Last fall, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California issued a wage and hour decision for the produce industry. It ruled in favor of two separate produce marketing companies based in Santa... more »

Water in 2022 looks dismal as snowpack melts

The optimism spurred by heavy snowstorms in December has melted away, and the 2022 water year is now looking bleak. After facing the driest recorded January and February in state history, California Department of Water... more »

Minimize frost damage in strawberries

Recent frosts at the Cal Poly farm in San Luis Obispo, California, has brought frost injury in all its variety. According to the Compendium of Strawberry Diseases “frost injury is probably the most common non-pathogen... more »

California agriculture department targets potential lantern fly threat

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has awarded $1.49 million in grant funding for pest management research projects, to be administered by the Office of Pesticide Consultation and Analysis (OPCA). These projects are... more »

California Farm Bureau president responds to Central Valley Project announcement

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced Feb. 23 that it anticipates zero water allocations this year from the Central Valley Project, likely marking the second straight year that California farmers and ranchers will be denied... more »

California Strawberries launches major marketing campaign

In time for National Strawberry Day, California Strawberries is set to amplify strawberries and their many health benefits via the new year-long, consumer-focused campaign ‘Love, Strawberries.’ Inspired by the love and the care the heart-healthy... more »

Grape experts give workshops on drought preparedness, red blotch

Grape growers and other industry members interested in grape production and water management in vineyards are invited to University of California (UC) Cooperative Extension’s Grapevine Drought Preparedness Workshops. The workshops will be held in person... more »

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