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Sakata Seed America relocates, expands facilities

Sakata Seed America has two new business establishments in major California agricultural centers: Salinas Valley and Woodland. Since 1988, Sakata Seed America has operated its North American headquarters in Morgan Hill, California. The company recently... more »

Drought hits Northern California hard

As California toils through a third consecutive drought year, many Sacramento Valley farmers, well known for supporting waterfowl that stop along the Pacific Flyway, are being left high and dry. The farmers are facing water-supply... more »

FarmSense releasing 1,000 ag-tech pest control system FlightSensors in California

Agtech startup FarmSense is releasing 1,000 of its FlightSensor units in a limited product launch of the award-winning real-time pest monitoring and identification device. FlightSensor, a pest identification system, helps growers... more »

Lack of water continues to slash California tomato acreage

David Richter has a good tomato crop going so far – but like many other farmers, not as much as in preceding years. Richter, who farms near Knights Landing in Sutter County, California, cut his... more »

California bill would allow state to buy water rights from farmers

A California state senator is proposing to use $1.5 billion in taxpayer funds to buy water rights from farmers. By doing so, according to Sen. Bob Wieckowski, D-Fremont, the state could avoid some of the... more »

Urban water use is latest target for drought cutbacks

With farmers across California already facing severe cuts in irrigation supplies, state officials are now imposing additional aggressive conservation measures for urban consumers and local water agencies across the state. Emergency regulations, adopted May 24... more »

California processing tomato contracts up from last year

As of May 15, California’s tomato processors reported they have or will have contracts for 11.7 million tons of processing tomatoes for 2022. This production estimate is 4.1% lower than the January intentions forecast of... more »

President Biden appoints key USDA role for California

President Joe Biden appointed Maria Herrera as USDA state director of rural development for California on May 19. Maria Gallegos Herrera is a proud daughter of farmworker parents who grew up in the rural agricultural... more »

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