West

Virtual event kicks off AgTech effort to provide new food safety tools

Western Growers Center for Innovation & Technology in conjunction with The Center for Produce Safety and the Yuma Center of Excellence for Desert Agriculture will launch the event: AgTechx Food Safety – A Year of... more »

Western drought spurs response from California governor

With much of the West experiencing drought conditions and California squarely in a second consecutive dry year, Gov. Gavin Newsom on April 21 directed state agencies to take immediate action to bolster drought resilience and... more »

Worsening drought conditions in the West leads to working group

The Biden-Harris administration announced April 21 the formation of an Interagency Working Group to address worsening drought conditions in the West and support farmers, Tribes and communities impacted by ongoing water shortages. The Working Group... more »

Water shortages throughout California seen as drought spreads

The 2020-21 California drought has led to significant water cutbacks, compelling farmers to fallow ground and public officials to respond with legislation intended to address the state's chronic water shortages. Farmers in more parts of... more »

UC Davis alumnus Bill Werner named new greenhouse manager

University of California, Davis alumnus Bill Werner has been promoted to lead manager for the extensive network of greenhouses located across campus. He has worked with the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences greenhouse team... more »

LGMA endorses pre-harvest testing to reduce foodborne illness outbreaks

The California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement Board has endorsed new Pre-Harvest Testing guidance in an effort to prevent foodborne illness outbreaks associated with lettuce and leafy greens. The guidance calls for pre-harvest testing of leafy... more »

Harvest automation for produce industry accelerated by Western Growers

Western Growers is spearheading a Global Harvest Automation Initiative to accelerate harvest automation across the fresh produce industry, with a goal of automating 50% of harvest within 10 years. “For well over a decade, our... more »

UC SAREP announces new sustainable agriculture and food systems awards

The University of California Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education Program – a statewide program of UC Agriculture and Natural Resources – announced April 12 the recipients of its 2021 Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Small... more »

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Vertical greens growing trend gets its own USDA grant

Multiple factors shape 2021 vegetable crop

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New research seen on Reflex’s crop safety on vegetables

Government, industry eye E. coli in leafy greens

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