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Meal Period Violations, Farm Employers Beware

Meal break violations are an open door for Class Action & PAGA lawsuits that farmers have been getting impacted by, according to longtime ag labor and employment attorney Ron Barsamian.  Watch this video interview with Ron as he shares what farm employers can do to maintain better records and avoid the costly losses involved in such litigation. Please thank this …

California Strawberry Commission Fills Two Key Positions

The California Strawberry Commission (CSC) is announcing two key hires to advance the industry through research and communications. Dr. William “Bill” Turechek joins the CSC as the new Vice President of Research. Bill joins the CSC after serving since 2006 as a Research Plant Pathologist at the USDA-ARS Horticultural Research Laboratory in Fort Pierce, Florida, where he worked on epidemiology …

Win $250,000 in AgSharks Pitch Competition

Western Growers and S2G Ventures are now accepting applications for the 2023 AgSharks Competition, a unique event where startup companies pitch their innovations in front of a live audience of the world’s largest specialty crop producers to win a $250,000 minimum investment. Impact-driven entrepreneurs and startups developing technologies that promote a more healthy and sustainable food and agriculture system can …

Processing Tomato Variety Evaluation for Tolerance/Susceptibility to New Soilborne Pathogen

In recent years, there has been an increase in crown rot/vine decline problems in processing tomatoes. Many tolerant, as well as several susceptible tomato cultivars, have been identified from previous efforts funded by CTRI. The number of fields in the Sacramento Valley with confirmed Fusarium falciforme vine decline has been increasing each year. In 2022, eight new tomato fields were diagnosed in Sutter …

Kern County Potato Variety Trial Field Day, June 21

The Annual UC Cooperative Extension and California Potato Research Advisory Board (CPRAB) Variety Trial Field Day is an opportunity to see tubers of potentially new varieties, how they performed this year, and how they performed compared to standard varieties. The event will take place on Wednesday, June 21 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Hart Memorial Park (8 miles northeast …

Duda Farm Fresh Foods Launches “Sizzling Sweet Summer” Consumer Sweepstakes

Duda Farm Fresh Foods, a leading grower of fresh vegetables and citrus,launches the “Sizzling Sweet Summer Sweepstakes.” The seasonal contest aims to encourage consumers to get a little corny this summer, with a promotion centered around Dandy® sweet corn and positioning the company as the premier brand when grocery shopping this season. Dandy seeks to elevate the consumption of fresh …

Ocean Mist® Farms Announces Lori Bigras As Communications Manager

Ocean Mist Farms, the leading grower and marketer of fresh artichokes in North America, is pleased to announce veteran agricultural industry marketer Lori Bigras has joined Ocean Mist Farms as Communications Manager. With this hiring, Ocean Mist Farms has brought on an experienced professional with over twenty years in the produce industry. In her new role, Bigras will be responsible …

Leon Panetta, Chairman of the Panetta Institute of Public Policy, Will Keynote the Salinas Biological Summit

Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, the Chairman of the Panetta Institute of Public Policy, will deliver the keynote address at the Salinas Biological Summit, speaking on the topic of food security and innovation. Registration is now open to attend the event, which will be held June 20-21, 2023 at CSU Monterey Bay’s Salinas City Center. Co-presented by Western Growers and …

Early Season INSV Infections in Lettuce Reduced From 2022 Levels

Grower-Shipper Association of Central California – Possibly due to colder winter and spring weather conditions as well as mitigation strategies taken by farmers, pest and disease pressure associated with the Thrips-Vectored Impatiens Necrotic Spot Virus (INSV) have lessened in leafy greens fields as compared to 2022. As observed and reported by the Grower Shipper Association’s (GSA) INSV Task Force, this reduced …

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