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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 »

Southeast Asian farmers devastated by cononavirus closures

With sales down dramatically at Asian markets and restaurants, crops on southeast Asian farms have been left to wither away in the fields, reported Donald Promnitz in The Business Journal. “I would say it's a 100% loss. I... more »

Vegetable farm advisor among University of California Extension retirees

Ten University of California Cooperative Extension academics, including a vegetable crops advisor, are set to retire July 1. From farm worker to farm advisor - A life of fulfillment ... more »

State guidance for protecting ag workers finalized in Colorado

In an effort to protect Colorado’s essential workers within the agriculture industry and to minimize the potential spread of COVID-19, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has finalized state guidance for the agriculture... more »

Specialty crops not accessing USDA direct payments: Western Growers

As of June 15, USDA has allocated nearly $2.9 billion of $16 billion in direct payments as part of its Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). Specialty crops continue to lag other sectors of the agriculture... more »

California shares employer checklist for COVID-19 outbreak action

The California Department of Food and Agriculture shared this memo from State Public Health officer Dr. Sonia Y. Angell: This checklist is intended for use by employers experiencing an outbreak of COVID-19 in their workplace. Employers... more »

Dee Ann Davis joins Western Growers as senior vice president, science

Western Growers has added De Ann Davis as senior vice president, science. Davis brings extensive expertise to the leadership team with more than 25 years of experience in the development and execution of technical global... more »


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