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COVID-19 not food system threat; California farmers still feel pinch

COVID-19 does not currently pose major threats to overall global food security because adequate stores of staples – like wheat and rice – remain available. But the sustainability of California specialty crops may face greater hurdles, reported Laura... more »

Colorado agriculture seen as ‘Critical Business’ in stay-at-home order

On March 25, 2020, Colorado Gov. Jared Governor Polis issued a statewide Stay-At-Home Order and CDPHE issued the amended Public Health Order (PHO) 20-24 to implement the Governor’s EO. The order began today, March 26, 2020... more »

Bolthouse acquires Rousseau’s carrot operations

Building on its 100 plus years of carrot farming heritage, Bakersfield, California-based Bolthouse Farms announced March 25 it had entered into an agreement to acquire Arizona-based Rousseau Farming Co.'s carrot operations. This move, part of Bolthouse... more »

Berry donations to schools puts Bobalu Berries in position to help

Like many family businesses, Oxnard, California-based Bobalu Berries is navigating through the global issue occurring, but as a farming company, is also navigating through normal spring weather patterns as demand increases for its fresh strawberries.... more »

H-2A visas’ assurance during pandemic sought by Feinstein

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, called on the State Department to protect the nation’s food supply chain by ensuring agriculture workers are able to receive H-2A visas during the COVID-19 pandemic. “The ability to harvest food is... more »

CDFA’s COVID-19 resources webpage: Updated information for food, agriculture

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA’s) COVID-19 dedicated webpage is constantly updated with resources for those in the Food and Agriculture sector, which is regarded as critical infrastructure in this crisis as well as all... more »

Advisory for Agriculture Worker Protection released in Monterey County

On March 20, the Monterey County (California) Agriculture Commissioner’s Office and Supervisors Luis Alejo and Chris Lopez along with Grower-Shipper Association of Central California, Monterey County Farm Bureau, Monterey County Vintners and Growers Association, Coastal... more »

California stay-at-home order happens as ag sector digs in

With agriculture designated “critical infrastructure” by federal and state governments, the California Farm Bureau Federation reiterated its commitment to assist the state’s farmers, ranchers and agricultural businesses during the statewide stay-at-home order issued by Gov.... more »


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