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Church Brothers acquires Green Giant veggie unit

Salinas, California-based Church Brothers Farms acquired the Green Giant Fresh value-added vegetable business from Growers Express. Details of the transaction were not disclosed. According to a news release, the acquisition includes Growers Express’ production facility... more »

Organic farm model part of nutrient management projects in California

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) announces more than $1.5 million in grant funds are being awarded to agricultural organizations and universities as a result of the... more »

Sakata Farms honored as a ‘trailblazer’

Robert Sakata is a firm believer in growers stepping up to the microphone, but he hesitated this spring just before addressing a group of his peers in Colorado agriculture. Sakata Farms ­– a respected vegetable... more »

Five Crowns expanding in multiple areas of California-based operation

Brawley, California-based  Five Crowns, a family-owned third generation grower, packer, shipper and processor of fresh produce, is proud to announce a major expansion in several areas of the business to include new personnel, products, and... more »

2020 Acreage Survey shows positive outlook for California strawberries

Using less than 1% of California's farmland, strawberry farms produce the fourth most valuable crop in California. The Acreage Survey is updated twice a year, once during the fall/winter and an update in the summer.... more »

Drones impact modern sustainable ag

Drones... If you're thinking of apiculture, you might be thinking of drones (male bees). But if you're thinking of agriculture – more specifically sustainable agriculture practices in the 21st century – you ought to be... more »

Pesticide safety videos available online in Hmong-language

A series of videos describing California pesticide rules and safety in Hmong is now available to view for free online. The videos were produced by California State University, Fresno and UC Cooperative Extension in Fresno... more »

University of California Cooperative Extension brings on staffers

Expanding its expertise in water, soil, pest management, forestry and small farms, five new academics and a county director have joined the ranks of University of California Cooperative Extension. Kim Ingram Forest stewardship education academic... more »


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