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Organic Soil Management training module introduced for growers

The Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) has introduced the first learning module, Organic Soil Health Management, in its free online training program for beginning farmers, existing organic farmers, and farmers in transition to organic production. The content... more »

Jerry Mills: Remembering the Dust Bowl climate of the 1930s

July hot temperatures helped grain crops to catch up. It is too soon to judge the fruit. We have had peaches that look ripe for two weeks, but remain hard, waiting for the calendar, I... more »

FDA releases December Yuma Romaine tests

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found almost no Salmonella or Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) in commercial coolers in Yuma Arizona in tests conducted months after it linked an outbreak of foodborne illness to Romaine lettuce... more »

California forms group to seek alternatives to use of chlorpyrifos

The California Department of Pesticide Regulation and California Department of Food and Agriculture today announced Aug. 14 the members of a new, cross-sector working group created to identify, evaluate and recommend safer, sustainable pest management... more »

Scientists discover how plants defend themselves against nematodes

An international team of 10 scientists, led by plant nematologist Shahid Siddique, a former research group leader at the University of Bonn, Germany, and now an assistant professor in the UC Davis Department of Entomology and... more »

Hemp sessions on tap at Organic Grower Summit 2019

A pair of educational sessions devoted to reducing organic soil risk and an examination of the burgeoning hemp marketplace have been announced as part of the 2019 Organic Grower Summit educational program, slated for this... more »

Fungicide PerCarb approved for use in California

As of July 25, 2019, BioSafe Systems’ PerCarb has been approved for use in the state of California by the Department of Pesticide Regulation. PerCarb is an EPA-registered, 0-hour REI, broad-spectrum bactericide/fungicide designed to treat... more »

New venture focused on sun-grown Hawaiian hemp

Archipelago Ventures will be the name of a joint venture between Arcadia Biosciences and Legacy Ventures Hawaii, to grow, extract and sell sun-grown hemp. The new partnership combines Arcadia’s genetics expertise and licensed cultivation facility in... more »


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