West

Applications open for 2019 AgSharks Competition

Western Growers and S2G Ventures (Seed 2 Growth) are again partnering to host the 2019 AgSharks Competition, a pitch competition where start-up companies working on agricultural technologies compete for the opportunity to earn a $250,000... more »

Washington State University horticulture department led by Dorrie Main

Supporting Washington State University discoveries that improve and protect valuable plants and crops, from apples, grapes, and potatoes to berries and spinach, Professor Dorrie Main will lead the Washington State University Department of Horticulture for the coming... more »

Organic Grower Summit in December opens general registration

General registration for the third annual Organic Grower Summit is now open, with planning of educational sessions being finalized for the only event specifically designed to bring organic fresh food producers and their service and... more »

UC Davis study identifies 5 ways to reduce fertilizer use

Commercial organic and synthetic nitrogen fertilizer helps feed around half of the world’s population. While excessive fertilizer use poses environmental and public health risks, many developing nations lack access to it, leading to food insecurity,... more »

SoilWeb 2.0 app update released by NRCS, UC Davis

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the University of California at Davis Soil Resource Laboratory have released the iOS and Android SoilWebapp, version 2.0. The app now has a cleaner and more modern interface with... more »

United Fresh group starts yearlong leadership class

Twelve new members of United Fresh’s Produce Industry Leadership Class 25 will kick off their yearlong program in California this week. Throughout the week, the class will... more »

Organic farming in the FSMA era a topic for grower summit

The changing landscape of food safety on organic farms, and compliance with the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA) produce safety rule will be the focus of an educational session at the Organic Grower Summit... more »

New tech promises California farmers ability to harvest more spinach

A new tool to more efficiently harvest Monterey County’s $143 million spinach crop might bring relief for farmers struggling to find enough fieldworkers to pick it. According to a story in the Salinas Californian, The... more »


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