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2023 UCCE Carrot Research (Virtual) Symposium

The UC Cooperative Extension will be hosting its 2023 Carrot Research Symposium on Tuesday, February 14th online via Zoom from 8 a.m. to noon.  Attendance is free and open to the public.  The symposium will focus on the latest information in research and activities related to carrots, with 1.5 hrs. of ‘Other’ CEUs applied for from the CA Dept. of Pesticide Regulations.  Some …

How Do Nutrients Get Into My Vegetables?

Like all living organisms, vegetables need nutrients for their proper growth and development. But where do they get their mineral nutrients from? The answer is soil. Okay, the next question is, how do nutrients go from the soil and into the vegetables? The three processes responsible for nutrients from the soil reach the plant are diffusion, mass transport, and root interception. I …

CA Tomato Processors Expect To Contract 12.4 Million Tons In 2023

As of January, California’s tomato processors reported they have, or will have, contracts for 12.4 million tons in 2023, which is an increase of 18% compared to 10.5 million contracted tons forecast in the August 2022 California Processing Tomato Report. Processors estimate that the contracted production for 2023 will come from 248,000 acres, generating an average yield of 50.0 tons per acre. …

WSU Soil Researchers Seed long-term Projects

Washington State University — Professor and Washington State University Extension Agent Chris Benedict is partnering with colleagues at the Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources (CSANR) to lead the state forward on soil research, outreach, and best practices. Their work improving soil health and productivity helps guide the efforts of agricultural industries, environmental constituents, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to …

Reinforcing Buy American Food Act in California School Districts

Finding that California school districts have not been following the Buy American Act regarding food purchases, Ag Council of California sponsored legislation to reinforce the provision with successful results.  Watch this brief interview with Emily Rooney, President of Ag Council, for more details and how this will support California agriculture and the local economy. Please thank this video’s sponsor Suterra for their …

Grimmway Farms’ Jeff Huckaby Announced Grower of the Year

The Organic Grower Summit presented by Western Growers and OPN honored long-time organic grower Jeff Huckaby as the recipient of the fifth annual Grower of the Year award. Huckaby, President and CEO of Grimmway Farms, was selected based on his ongoing commitment and dedication to excellence in organic production, organic industry leadership, and innovation. The Grower of the Year award was …

Changing Labor Laws & Regulations Ag Employers Need to Know

As California farmers prepare for the New Year, there are some labor-related changes to laws and regulations that ag employers need to be aware of.  Watch this brief interview with Adam Borchard from the California Fresh Fruit Association as he explains, based on his recent presentation at the Grape, Nut & Tree Fruit Expo. Please thank this video’s sponsor Suterra for their …

What the Coming Farm Bill Could Mean for Specialty Crop Agriculture

As specialty crops become a bigger topic of conversation in the development of a new US Farm Bill, California growers could potentially receive more national support than ever before.  Watch this brief interview with Sara Arsenault, new Vice President of the Almond Alliance of California as she explains — based on her presentation at the recent Tree & Vine Expo. …

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