California

Tech event focuses on small-scale farmers

The Small Farm Tech Expo features an exposition tailored for small-scale farmers and dynamic workshops focused on technology. The annual event, which brings together farmers, community members and supporters of family farms in California's Central Valley,... more »

California winter vegetables thriving in Imperial Valley

Winter vegetable harvest is in full swing in California's Imperial Valley, and growers say the conditions this season have been close to perfect. “I’ve had a great growing season. Everything is on time and beautiful,... more »

Regenerative practices pay off for Park Farming Organics

Park Farming Organics of Meridian, California, is the 2023 California Leopold Conservation Award recipient. The award honors farmers, ranchers, and forestland owners who go above and beyond in their management of soil health, water quality... more »

Western Growers appoints Stuart Woolf as chair

Stuart Woolf, president and CEO of Woolf Farming & Processing, is the new chair of the Western Growers board of directors. Woolf was first elected to the Western Growers board in 2015; his new role... more »

DiMare appoints Jeff Dolan president of DMB Packing

Jeff Dolan has been named president of DMB Packing.  Formerly operations manager for the DiMare Inc. company, Dolan will oversee growing, packing and shipping of fresh market tomatoes in California for DMB Packing. “This announcement... more »

California LGMA releases annual report

The California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement recently released its 2022-23 Annual Report, logging one decertification from 317 scheduled and unannounced audits. Of the 243 scheduled audits and 74 unannounced field audits (from April 2022 to... more »

California county farm bureau names Farmer of the Year

The San Diego County Farm Bureau has named Mary Matava of Oceanside, California, as its 2022 Farmer of the Year. Matava has more than 40 years of experience assessing the agronomic suitability of Southern California... more »

California LGMA launches Romaine testing program

The California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement (LGMA) has initiated a two-year food safety study on pathogens in Romaine lettuce, which has been the target of investigations of foodborne illness outbreaks in recent years. The initiative,... more »

Pest, disease damage expected, harvest impacts uncertain

The seemingly unending flow of water saturating their fields is burdening California growers with pests and diseases. In March and continuing into April and later, torrential rains and multiple “atmospheric rivers” swept across the state,... more »

California bill addresses fire costs to farms

Wildfires that raged across California over the past several years have devastated farms, spoiling crops and burning farm buildings. After the flames were extinguished, the threat of wildfires has continued to cost farmers in other... more »

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