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Ag Technology Summit to include PMA’s Whitaker on food safety

Produce Marketing Association (PMA) Chief Science and Technology Officer, Bob Whitaker, Ph.D. will present the morning keynote at the Salinas Valley Ag Technology Summit at Hartnell College in Salinas, California, on March 27. Whitaker’s keynote... more »

California falls short in evaluating use of pesticides, study says

Since the 1940s, the responsibility for managing California farmers' use of agricultural pesticides, and the substantial health risks they pose, has been shared by state and county regulators. The state's Department of Pesticide Regulation registers... more »

NMSU’s Chile Pepper Institute might develop chile peppers for NASA

New Mexico State University’s Chile Pepper Institute may soon be exploring new heights. The Chile Pepper Institute, located within the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, has recently been contacted by the National Aeronautics... more »

Biodegradable mulch lessens labor pressure

Plastic mulch helps control weeds, conserve moisture and speed soil warmup – to name a few advantages – but biodegradable plastic mulch offers that and potentially even more. “Plastic mulch is a very common tool... more »

Colorado tech award goes to water accounting, harvest systems

SWIIM, a water accounting system with its on-farm grower dashboard, was the judge's top pick at the Second Annual Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association's (CFVGA) Tech Pitch. The competition, which featured four of the... more »

Romaine Task Force issues labeling advisory update

The California Leafy Green Marketing Agreement (LGMA) has shared an update from the Grower-Shipper Association of Central California: A work group within the Romaine Task Force has updated the voluntary packaging labeling guidance for romaine lettuce.... more »

Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers offers food safety training

The Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association (CFVGA) has partnered with the Colorado Department of Agriculture, Colorado State University and Rocky Mountain Farmers Union to provide Produce Safety Alliance courses that satisfy the Food Safety Modernization... more »

Driscoll’s increases Fair Trade farms in Baja

In 2019, Driscoll’s Fair Trade program in Baja California, Mexico increased its acres almost 14 percent with the goal of being 100 percent Fair Trade Certified by the end of 2019. This means an additional... more »


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