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Robotic harvesting, data gathering investigated in chile pepper fields

Increasingly scarce irrigation resources and labor availability are key components impacting the sustainability of the New Mexico chile pepper industry. New Mexico State University’s Center of Excellence in Sustainable Food and Agricultural Systems is providing... more »

Tools for farmers to adapt provided with climate-change research

Farmers are already seeing the effects of warmer winter nights and hotter summer days on their crops. Climate change is gradual, but increasing overall temperatures affect many aspects of farming, including where and how crops... more »

DiMare Fresh OK’d for second round of USDA Farmers to Families program

Dimare Fresh, a value-added produce and floral distribution company, has been approved for a second round of funding by the USDA for the “Farmers to Families Food Box” program. The initial round of Farmers to... more »

Billions of dollars lost during COVID-19 for California agriculture, report says

California farms, ranches and agricultural businesses will suffer billions of dollars in COVID-19-related losses this year. According to an economic study released June 24, the state’s agricultural sector already has lost $2 billion and could... more »

Input gathered in Colorado to establish statewide Soil Health Program

June 23 marked the second annual National Soil Health Day, and the one year anniversary of the Colorado Collaborative for Healthy Soils (CCHS), a farmer- and rancher-led coalition, created in part to maximize participation by... more »

Southeast Asian farmers devastated by cononavirus closures

With sales down dramatically at Asian markets and restaurants, crops on southeast Asian farms have been left to wither away in the fields, reported Donald Promnitz in The Business Journal. “I would say it's a 100% loss. I... more »

Vegetable farm advisor among University of California Extension retirees

Ten University of California Cooperative Extension academics, including a vegetable crops advisor, are set to retire July 1. From farm worker to farm advisor - A life of fulfillment ... more »

State guidance for protecting ag workers finalized in Colorado

In an effort to protect Colorado’s essential workers within the agriculture industry and to minimize the potential spread of COVID-19, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has finalized state guidance for the agriculture... more »

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