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Young California farming couples honored

A dairy farming couple from Tehama County and a husband and wife involved in the Napa County grape and wine business have earned awards for achievement and excellence among young farmers and ranchers in California.... more »

Organic Grower Summits encourage growers

Agricultural visionaries encouraged organic growers Dec. 5 at the Organic Grower Summit in Monterey, California, as the industry honored a family of farmers as its 2019 growers of the year. Organic Grower Summit this year... more »

Illness update in outbreak tied to romaine lettuce from Salinas

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control have updated the number of illnesses involved in the outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 associated with romaine lettuce grown in Salinas, California. All new... more »

Pam Marrone to retire as CEO; Marrone Bio seeking replacement

Davis, California-based Marrone Bio Innovations, a producer of sustainable bioprotection and plant health solutions, announced Dec. 2 that company founder Pamela Marrone will retire from her position as chief executive officer. ... more »

Marking 10 years in operation, SmartWash Solutions helps keep food safe

In its 10th  year of serving the fresh-cut produce industry, Salinas, California-based SmartWash Solutions supports operations and food safety in eight countries, while effectively treating over five billion pounds of produce each year. This represents... more »

Tomato plants repel pathogens with ‘vaccine’ to boost defense system

Scientists knew that plants wage chemical war against bacterial, viral and fungal infections. Now they’ve learned how to “vaccinate” tomato plants with a natural chemical to boost their defenses against a pest that makes leaves... more »

Accurate spray targeting in strawberry fields helped by new app

Strawberry growers now have a free smart phone application tool to predict spray coverage to combat such pests as two-spotted spider mites, lygus bugs and leafrollers, thanks to a three-year collaborative project involving UC Davis... more »

E. coli outbreak linked to Salinas, California romaine

FDA, CDC, and state health authorities are investigating an outbreak of illnesses caused by E. coli O157:H7 in the United States. Epidemiologic, laboratory, and traceback evidence indicates that romaine lettuce from the Salinas, California growing region is... more »


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