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Paul Schickler joins plant science company ZeaKal

San Diego, California-based ZeaKal, a plant traits innovator focused on improving crop efficiency, is aggressively expanding to meet the global demand for more sustainable agriculture. Building on recent collaborations with Canopy Rivers Inc. (TSXV: RIV, OTC:... more »

Organic Grower Summit names keynote presenters for December event

A trio of acclaimed leaders from various aspects of the organic community have been confirmed as keynote presenters for the third annual Organic Grower Summit (OGS) this coming December in Monterey, California. Widely recognized for... more »

Evolution of strawberry production discussed in podcast

A new podcast on Gastropod – “Running on Fumes: Strawberry’s Dirty Secret” –addresses the cultivation of strawberries in Europe 300 years ago, to their transport to the U.S., to their major production in California. [caption id="" align="alignright"... more »

JV Smith Companies’ Morales now executive director of sustainable operations

Israel Morales is now the executive director of Sustainable Operations for Yuma, Arizona-based JV Smith Companies. Previously the general manager of JV Farms Organic, Morales brings with him 45 plus years in farming with over... more »

Gladstone Land buys large Oxnard farm

Gladstone Land Corp. (Nasdaq:  LAND) (“Gladstone Land” or the “Company”) has acquired approximately 413 gross acres of farmland within the Oxnard Plain of California. At closing, the company entered into lease agreements with two different, unrelated third-party tenants... more »

Yamaha, others invest in robotic strawberry harvester

Yamaha Motor Ventures & Laboratory Silicon Valley (YMVSV), the strategic business development and investment arm of Yamaha Motor, announced Aug. 27 it had raised a total $7.5 million for Advanced Farm Technologies (AFT), a developer of... more »

California looking for a few good IPM solutions

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) recently announced it's taking grant applications for its Biologically Integrated Farming Systems (BIFS) and Proactive Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Solutions programs administered by the Office of Pesticide... more »

Processing tomato production forecast down

The USDA forecasts California’s processing tomato production to be below last year’s. The USDA’s contracted production for California processing tomatoes is forecast at 11.5 million tons, averaging 49.8 tons per acre, according to a press... more »


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