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California governor’s proposed 2020-2021 budget gets ag support

The California Farm Bureau Federation and the Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) have both expressed support for Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposed 2020-2021 budget. Farm Bureau president Jamie Johansson: “The governor’s budget reinforces his commitment... more »

Energy independence is topic at forum for growers in California

The Western Growers Center for Innovation and Technology (WGCIT) and Concentric Power Inc., an energy technology company deploying power solutions for some of the country’s largest grower-shippers, will co-host the first-ever Salinas Valley Energy Forum... more »

New Mexico chile pepper conference will be Feb. 3-4

The New Mexico State University Chile Pepper Institute's 2020 New Mexico Chile Conference will be held Feb. 3-4 at its new location, the Las Cruces Convention Center. Las Cruces Convention Center is located at 680... more »

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 »

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