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California farms hit hard by COVID-19 impact, survey results indicate

Lost markets and lost off-farm income related to the COVID-19 pandemic have proven doubly difficult for many California farmers and ranchers, according to a survey by the California Farm Bureau Federation. More than half of... more »

California food bank benefits from farms’ produce at reasonable rate

In one of the first agreements of its kind between California producers and a county food bank, two farms will begin providing, at a reasonable rate, produce to the Alameda County Community Food Bank, allowing... more »

Labor-saving crops, automation drive California farms, survey says

Despite raising wages and increasing benefits, California farmers are failing to find enough people to pick fruits and vegetables and harvest other crops, and they are offsetting this labor shortage by changing to less labor-intensive... more »

Driscoll’s starts selling ‘Berry Big’ strawberries

Driscoll’s in May will begin selling “Berry Big Strawberries,” which it is marketing as larger-sized strawberries, each requiring more than one bite to finish. The quantity of the berries is limited, and “captures the beginning... more »

USDA destroying flowers to eradicate Ralstonia bacteria

Federal officials are working with greenhouses in 39 states to destroy infected pink geraniums and prevent an invasive bacterium from infecting vegetable crops. USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) recently confirmed a Ralstonia... more »

Farm to Family program expanded by California Gov. Gavin Newsom

California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced April 29 new initiatives to help Californians put healthy food on the table while also supporting the farm industry, which has been devastated by COVID-19. California... more »

Strawberry consumption improves heart health in teenaged males

The 2019 Berry Health Benefits Symposium resulted in a collection of papers recently published in the journal Food & Function. Among the papers was “Effects of short-term consumption of strawberry powder on select parameters of... more »

Hard freeze on Colorado’s Western Slope target for disaster declaration

Gov. Jared Polis and Commissioner of Agriculture Kate Greenberg requested on April 24 a USDA Secretarial Disaster Declaration for Colorado’s Western Slope counties impacted by a late-season hard freeze event that occurred on April 13,... more »


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