Economics

State of the California Tomato Industry with Bruce Rominger

State of the California Tomato Industry with Bruce Rominger

California processing tomato growers had a disappointing season in 2018, not because of their crop (they had a great crop), but because of the low returns due to a less than ideal market. Watch this brief interview with Bruce Rominger, Chairman of the California Tomato Growers Association, as he shares the current State of the Tomato industry, and read more …

California Tomato Growers Association Perspective on Industry’s Future

California Tomato Growers Association Perspective on Industry’s Future

Processing tomato growers gathered in Modesto recently for the California Tomato Growers Association (CTGA) Annual Meeting. It was a great opportunity for the industry to get together between seasons and discuss current needs and challenges of the industry moving forward. Watch this brief interview with CTGA President Mike Montna as he shares association insights and future prospects for the industry. …

Consumer Trends to Increase Demand for CA Processing Tomatoes

Consumer Trends to Increase Demand for CA Processing Tomatoes

Processing tomato growers in California had a great crop last year, and are more efficient than ever before at producing a quality crop as efficiently as possible. But now more than ever, we need to follow consumer trends closely to determine how to better appeal to the consumer audience to increase demand for this great commodity. Watch this interview with …

The Recent Romaine Recall and the LGMA

Although the Center for Disease Control announced on January 9, 2019 that the recent e-coli outbreak is over, there is another part of the story that doesn’t seem to be getting allot of traction. During the investigation the FDA made the comment that based on the spread of the traceback it’s highly unlikely that it originated from a single farm. …

Ag Council of California Works to Ensure Buy American Provision

Ag Council of California Works to Ensure Buy American Provision

Emily Rooney, President of the Ag Council of California recently spoke at the annual Almond Alliance Convention, sharing their organization’s efforts to defend California Agriculture in Sacramento. One of their recent successes has been working with Dr. Pan on the Buy American Provision to ensure that school lunches are not coming from commodities produced outside of the country when they …

When Farm Labor gets too Tight, Consider H2A Guestworker Program

When Farm Labor gets too Tight, Consider H2A Guestworker Program

As labor grows tighter, growers are mechanizing their operations as much as possible; however, the need for a solid seasonal labor force is not going away anytime soon. Although not an easy one to utilize, the H2A Ag guestworker program is what more and more growers and farm labor contractors are using to meet their labor needs. Watch this brief …

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