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Webinar series addressing implementation of COVID-19 prevention, control measures

As California enters peak summer harvest season, there is increasing concern over the potential impact of COVID-19 on the agricultural workforce. To minimize the risks of disruption to our farms and food supply, the CDC... more »

Workplace injuries in agriculture reduced by wearable tech

The injury rate for agricultural workers is more than 40% higher than employees in other industries, which is why Western Growers Insurance Services designed the Connected Worker Program to help prevent injuries before they occur.... more »

Ag operations after dark face new regulations in California

On July 1, new Cal/OSHA requirements regarding the operation of agricultural equipment between sunset and sunrise took effect in California. The regulation stipulates: All tractors, self-propelled farm equipment and trucks used during these hours of... more »

Robotic harvesting, data gathering investigated in chile pepper fields

Increasingly scarce irrigation resources and labor availability are key components impacting the sustainability of the New Mexico chile pepper industry. New Mexico State University’s Center of Excellence in Sustainable Food and Agricultural Systems is providing... more »

Tools for farmers to adapt provided with climate-change research

Farmers are already seeing the effects of warmer winter nights and hotter summer days on their crops. Climate change is gradual, but increasing overall temperatures affect many aspects of farming, including where and how crops... more »

DiMare Fresh OK’d for second round of USDA Farmers to Families program

Dimare Fresh, a value-added produce and floral distribution company, has been approved for a second round of funding by the USDA for the “Farmers to Families Food Box” program. The initial round of Farmers to... more »

Billions of dollars lost during COVID-19 for California agriculture, report says

California farms, ranches and agricultural businesses will suffer billions of dollars in COVID-19-related losses this year. According to an economic study released June 24, the state’s agricultural sector already has lost $2 billion and could... more »

Input gathered in Colorado to establish statewide Soil Health Program

June 23 marked the second annual National Soil Health Day, and the one year anniversary of the Colorado Collaborative for Healthy Soils (CCHS), a farmer- and rancher-led coalition, created in part to maximize participation by... more »


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