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Keeping workers safe a focus of Colorado produce operations

Colorado fruit and vegetable growers are working hard to protect the health of the men and women who work to cultivate, harvest and pack fresh fruits and vegetables. At Petrocco Farms in Brighton, workers are... more »

Leafy greens process to strengthen food safety rules

Although leafy greens farmers are facing new challenges created by the Coronavirus pandemic, efforts to strengthen required food safety practices are still moving forward with numerous actions taking place this month.  “California’s leafy greens farmers... more »

Unique onion variety starts Baloian Farms’ 40th harvest

As the last and only steward to this special variety, Fresno, California-based Baloian Farms once again brings to market the heirloom Fresno Flat Sweet Red Onion. This week will mark the company’s 40th spring harvest.... more »

‘I Pick Safety’ campaign ramped up by California Strawberry Commission

"I Pick Safety" is a new effort from the California Strawberry Commission to highlight farm worker safety and industry-leading training and safety practices by emphasizing that everybody is responsible to always pick safety. “Our new I... more »

Sustainable Agriculture Research Education Program boosted at UC ANR

University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources will be welcoming the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program back to its direct oversight effective July 1, 2020. "This change in management will enable closer collaboration between the Sustainable... more »

Agriculture in Texas taking deep hit from COVID-19 impact, report says

The Agricultural and Food Policy Center at Texas A&M University has released a new report showing the economic impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on production agriculture in Texas. Since the beginning of the pandemic many agricultural... more »

Support for ag workers, businesses aim of new team in Colorado

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) has formed an Agricultural Recovery Team alongside its Food Security Task Force with the mission of developing and implementing innovative strategies to support... more »

Extension of temporary workers’ comp draws California ag response

In response to California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Executive Order that extends temporary workers’ compensation benefits for COVID-19, a coalition of California agricultural organizations issued the following statement: “As a critical infrastructure industry, agricultural businesses have... more »


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