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Plenty to open vertical farm in LA

Vertical farming company  Plenty recently announced it will build a new operation to serve southern California. The farm, about the size of a soccer field, is planned to begin development in Compton later this year... more »

Early California hemp research already yielding results

For the first time ever, University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) researchers harvested an industrial hemp crop at one of its nine research and extension centers this fall. "It's an interesting crop," said UC... more »

California below safe residue levels on fruits, vegetables

Once again, tests showed that the vast majority of fresh produce collected by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) met national pesticide residue standards. During its 2018 survey, DPR found 95 percent of all samples... more »

NatureSweet names Rodolfo Spielmann new president and CEO

San Antonio, Texas-based NatureSweet Tomatoes has added Rodolfo Spielmann as its new president and CEO. “Rodolfo brings strong passion and depth of experience to his new role as the leader... more »

AgSharks Competition features five finalists to compete for $250K

After  reviewing the flood of applications from start-up companies who are all developing technology to solve agriculture’s most critical issues, Western Growers and S2G Ventures have chosen five finalists to compete in the 2019 AgSharks Competition on... more »

New Mexico State hires new Extension specialist for urban and small farms

New Mexico State University’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences recently hired a new Extension Integrated Pest Management Specialist for Urban and Small Farms. Amanda Skidmore, who is stationed at the Agricultural Science Center... more »

California grower donates pumpkins for students to cook

About 2,725 consumer science – formerly home economics – high school students at 15 different high schools near San Joaquin will learn how to cook with locally-grown produce and meat. The... more »

California water projects plan draws responses

In response to the federal government's new plan that will guide the coordinated operations of the Central Valley Project and State Water Project in California, Western Growers President & CEO Tom Nassif issued the following... more »


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