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Organic program takes off at Driscoll’s

Driscoll’s has about 65%-70% of the U.S. market share in organic berries. And according to Emily Musgrave, organic program manager, that presence is growing rapidly. “We have 150 organic growers, including those in the U.S.,... more »

Driscoll’s growth starts with plant

Augustine Renteria has been with Driscoll’s for 31 years. Please excuse him if he treats the strawberry plants he is nurturing at the mega berry company’s California breeding grounds as children. To him, that’s exactly... more »

California chlorpyrifos sales, use to end in 2020

The California Environmental Protection Agency announced Oct. 9 that virtually all use of the pesticide chlorpyrifos in California will end next year following an agreement between the Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) and pesticide manufacturers... more »

USDA Advisory Committee on Beginning Farmers and Ranchers adds Bailey

John Bailey, director of the University of California’s Hopland Research and Extension Center, has been appointed to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Advisory Committee on Beginning Farmers and Ranchers by USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue. Bailey’s... more »

World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off set in California

Will the heavyweight pumpkin world record go down in Half Moon Bay, California, this year? No weigh? Weigh!  The excitement is building in Pumpkintown as the World’s Greatest Gourd Growers and their humongous, mind-blowing, Volkswagen-sized... more »

Annual Tour de Fresh ride planned by California Giant Foundation

The sixth annual Tour de Fresh ride, presented by the California Giant Foundation, is set to commence in a matter of days and there is still an opportunity to support the cause ahead of PMA... more »

Organic Grower Summit has sessions on plant health, sustainability

A pair of educational sessions focused on the future of organic plant health and an examination of how to effectively promote sustainability reporting have been announced as part of the 2019 Organic Grower Summit educational... more »

UCCE advisor speaks about vegetable grafting at neighboring university

Zheng Wang, vegetable crops advisor with UC Cooperative Extension in Stanislaus County, visited an ag class at Stanislaus State to discuss a state-of-the-art vegetable production practice that involves grafting, reported Alivah Stoeckl in Stan State News. [caption id="" align="aligncenter"... more »


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