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Study looks at cover crops, plastic in organic growing

The Rodale Institute California Organic Center has preliminary results from its 2021 study exploring cover crops as an alternative to black plastic mulch in organic vegetable systems. The California Department of Food and Agriculture Specialty... more »

California growers wait for fields to dry

With a respite from stormy weather, farmers say they are surveying for any damage and waiting for the ground to dry so they can access fields and orchards to make repairs or do other practices.... more »

Conservation district grants focus on community

The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) announced the 2024 recipients of the Friends of NACD District Grants Program during NACD’s Annual Meeting in San Diego. The Friends of NACD District Grants Program supports locally... more »

Biotalys, academics partner on biocontrol research

Biotalys has entered into academic collaborations with researchers in plant pathology in the U.S. and United Kingdom (UK). Biotalys is developing a series of biocontrols to support growers in protecting their crops from pests and... more »

Andy D’Arrigo’s 100th birthday celebrated

Andy D’Arrigo, the face behind D’Arrigo Bros. Co. of California’s legacy and company logo, is celebrating his 100th birthday. Andy D’Arrigo as a child. D’Arrigo is the face behind the company’s... more »

Policy agenda for American Farm Bureau set at convention

The American Farm Bureau Federation in late January wrapped up its 105th Annual Convention in Salt Lake City by approving policy changes to guide the organization’s legislative and regulatory priorities for the year. California Farm... more »

Robots perform field work at FIRA USA

Allowing growers to watch the latest AgTech products operate in the field was a big part of FIRA USA. Through demonstrations and static displays at the Sept. 19-21 event in Salinas California, technology providers focusing... more »

Autonomous tech invades the ‘Salad Bowl’

Despite a limited number of robots and automated machines being deployed in some grower fields, more buy-in is needed by venture capital (VC) firms that fund AgTech products. The challenge of making robotics and smart... more »

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