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Astronauts might soon grow space tomatoes

Tiny tomato plants developed at the University of California, Riverside, could one day feed astronauts on the International Space Station. The plants have minimal leaves and stems but still produce a normal amount of fruit,... more »

California Giant tests cardboard clamshell packaging

As people across the country celebrated Earth Day earlier this week, California Giant worked behind the scenes conducting field tests on prototype cardboard clamshells for fresh strawberries. The... more »

PMA, United Fresh react to LGMA revisions to ag-water standards

The United Fresh Produce Association and Produce Marketing Association have commended the collective efforts of the California-based leafy greens industry to bring the months-long effort of substantially improving their auditable ag water standards to an LGMA... more »

UC ANR offers scholarships to study agriculture

Three scholarships are being offered by the University of California's Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources for college students majoring in agriculture. The scholarships will be awarded for the 2019-20 academic year. The deadline to... more »

Health effects across generations from popular weed killer seen, WSU says

Washington State University researchers have found a variety of diseases and other health problems in the second- and third-generation offspring of rats exposed to glyphosate, the world’s most popular weed killer. In the first study... more »

Leafy greens organization strengthens water safety requirements

The California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement’s (LGMA) board of directors has voted to strengthen mandatory food safety practices required on farms. Every box of leafy greens placed into commerce by a certified LGMA member will... more »

Charley Hess, UC Davis dean emeritus, dies at 87

Charles E. “Charley” Hess, a UC Davis Medal recipient and dean emeritus of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences who never took the word “retirement” seriously, died Saturday (April 13) of congestive heart failure... more »

Viva Fresh Expo to host workshop on Tomato Suspension Agreement

From the left are Dante Galeazzi, president and CEO of the Texas International Produce Association; J.O. Alvarez, president of J.O. Alvarez; Jason Klinowski, an agricultural and food law attorney at Wallace,... more »


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