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Storms damage northern California strawberry fields

A weekend storm flooded northern California strawberry and vegetable fields, forcing thousands of residents to evacuate their farms, homes and businesses. The storm caused massive damage to strawberry fields and may put many growers and... more »

New UC Extension director for trio of counties starts

David Gonzalves is the new director for University of California Cooperative Extension in Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties. Responsible for the overall operation of UCCE educational and applied research programs in the region, Gonzalves also... more »

‘Atmospheric river’ brings more flooding to California

Californians are bracing for more rains, again from an “atmospheric river” phenomenon that is expected to bring more flooding. Flood watches, Winter storm warnings, watches and advisories, wind advisories and gale watches along the coast... more »

Richard Smith retires after 37 years with University of California Extension

For four decades, when a new plant disease infected fields of lettuce or a new regulation was issued for agriculture, vegetable farmers across the state turned to Richard Smith for answers. Smith, the University of... more »

Brighter Bites donations give produce directly to families

Brighter Bites, a national nonprofit that delivers fresh fruits and vegetables directly into families’ hands, has received increased funding from key industry partners Mission Produce, Sunset and Taylor Farms. The additional donations will benefit Dallas... more »

Biologicals summit focuses on next-gen tools

A new event is designed to raise awareness of biological solutions that are available to fruit and vegetable growers to enhance soil and plant health. The Salinas Biological Summit is set for June 20-21, at... more »

Westside Produce’s Jim Malanca plans to leave post

Jim Malanca, the longtime vice president of sales and marketing for Westside Produce, a major melon grower, is planning to leave his position. For 40 years, Malanca has helmed melon sales as a company owner... more »

New indoor strawberry launched by vertical farming operator Oishii

Vertical farming operator Oishii has introduced its newest strawberry varietal. The Koyo berry is touted as “bursting with sweetness” and an... more »

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WSU AI program helps address water scarcity

Platform10 initiative focuses on pest, disease research

Farm market report: Inflation, farm input costs shape farm market prices

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