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Nearly half of Washington state under drought emergency

Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee expanded the drought emergency declaration to cover nearly half of Washington state due to worsened, poor water supply conditions around the state and warmer and drier weather predictions through the summer. Snow... more »

Drone workshop offered by University of California ag program

People who are interested in using drones for real-world mapping are invited to attend a three-day intensive drone workshop in the Monterey Bay Area. The third annual DroneCamp will be offered June 18-20 by UC... more »

Bayer gives $30K for school salad bars

Bayer recently promised $30,000 to the United Fresh Start Foundation, paying for salad bars at four schools in the Rosedale Union School District in California. The United Fresh Start Foundation has a mission to provide... more »

Mission Produce, Taylor Farms discuss Tour de Fresh support

Tour de Fresh for sixth year will unite fresh produce companies to ride more than 300 miles over four days to benefit the Salad Bars to Schools initiative. The 2019 fundraiser, presented by the California Giant Foundation, will... more »

Muramoto first UC Extension specialist dedicated to organic agriculture

For the first time, the University of California has hired a Cooperative Extension specialist dedicated to organic agriculture. Joji Muramoto, a longtime research associate with the University of California Santa Cruz, will coordinate a statewide... more »

Trost joins Western Growers Insurance Services as VP of employee benefits

Western Growers has added Eric Trost to its Insurance Services team as vice president of employee benefits. In this role, Trost will lead the expansion of Western Growers Insurance Services’ employee benefits capabilities, solutions and resources... more »

New video series to spark interest in vegetable production of the future

A 26-episode weekly video series will debut May 13 on YouTube to help train the next generation of vegetable crop workers and increase their use of effective stewardship practices in vegetable production. Projections for near-future retirements of... more »

Chlorpyrifos registrations to be canceled by California EPA

The California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) said May 8 its Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) would ban the use of the pesticide and toxic air contaminant chlorpyrifos in California by canceling the pesticide’s registration. “California’s... more »


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