California farms have chronic work shortage, study says

Across California, farmers and ranchers face chronic problems in finding and hiring qualified employees, according to a survey conducted by the California Farm Bureau Federation (CFBF). The informal survey of Farm Bureau members showed that more than... more »

‘We are resilient,’ say Napa Valley Vinters

The Napa Valley Vinters trade association said Oct. 11 that despite wildfires destroying lives and vineyards, the area is strong and resilient. "The winemaking community is a remarkably resilient group," Cate Conniff, Napa Valley Vinters' communications manager,... more »

Tour de Fresh raises $165K for Salad Bars to Schools 

Fresh produce industry leaders raised more than $150,000 for healthy school lunches in the Tour de Fresh event that wrapped up July 27 in Monterey, California. The three-day cycling event, presented by The California Giant Foundation, is... more »

Bill could exempt winegrape growers from FSMA’s produce safety rule

The Senate Committee on Appropriations on July 20 approved a bill that funds the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for fiscal year 2018. The appropriations bill includes an important... more »

European grapevine moth eradicated from California

Agricultural officials from the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) and USDA, in cooperation with county agricultural commissioners, have declared the European grapevine moth (EGVM) eradicated from California and have lifted quarantine restrictions. The... more »

Farms grow groundwater

Farmers use the lion’s share of California’s groundwater, but they also do the most to rebuild depleted reserves of this critically important water source. Graham Fogg—a groundwater expert at UC Davis and a member of... more »

California fruit association hosts 80th meeting

The California Fresh Fruit Association (CFFA) kicked off their new fiscal year yesterday during the Annual Membership Meeting at their 80th Annual Meeting in Newport Beach, California. The event featured the election of the Board... more »

UC Extension to host California ground squirrel control workshop

The University of California Cooperative Extension and the San Luis Obispo County Agricultural Commissioner are hosting a workshop on “How to Control California Ground Squirrels in Orchards, Vineyards, Pastures, and Rangelands” from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.... more »

California extends mandatory water cuts

The California State Water Resources Control Board announced the extension of water conservation mandates through the end of October. Urban Californians will have to reduce their water usage by about 23.4 percent, the Sacramento Bee... more »

California senator hopes to extend pear harvest bill

Senator Mike McGuire has introduced SB702, the Lake County Teen Employment and Training Act, which would extend state legislation allowing 16 and 17 year olds in Lake County, California to work at local pear packing... more »

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