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Washington Issues Rules to Protect Farm Workers from Wildfire Smoke

Washington is under a state of emergency, with more than 600 wildfires reported already this year. That’s about double the normal rate, according to the state Department of Natural Resources. Where there’s fire, there’s smoke that can expose outdoor workers in construction, agriculture, and other jobs to health risks from breathing particulate matter in the air. To help these and other …

With Over 40,000 Vaccinations Administered, Efforts To Protect Farm Employees Continue

With over 40,000 vaccinations administered to farm workers through the combined efforts of the Grower Shipper Association of Central California (GSA) and Clinica de Salud del Valle de Salinas (CSVS), this partnership has added smaller clinics for essential workers and will also provide vaccines to children and families of farm workers at farms and facilities. “Over the last five months, …

Field Fresh Farms to Introduce Organic Baby Hemp Greens at PMA Foodservice

Field Fresh Farms (fieldfreshproduce.com), a leading grower/shipper of conventional and organic produce, will be introducing its new baby hemp greens product at PMA Foodservice at booth 506 in Monterey, CA July 21-22. Available as a baby leaf offering and as an ingredient in leafy green mixes—to both foodservice and retail—this specialty, new-to-market salad green is packed with nutrients (including Omegas …

Third Edition of NMSU’s Extension Troublesome Weeds Publication Now Available

The third edition of a booklet to help identify noxious and invasive weeds in New Mexico is now available. “Noxious and Troublesome Weeds of New Mexico” provides information on about 67 plant species that are ranked in five categories – noxious weeds categories A, B and C, watch list, and troublesome weeds not included on the noxious weeds list. New …

Fooditive Group Introduces New Dairy-Free Drink Crafted from Peas, that Tastes Like Milk

Plant-based ingredient manufacturer Fooditive Group debuts a new drink product that will be directly available for sale to consumers in 2021. GoPeasy is a pea-based drink that correlates with the mission of the Dutch company to deliver healthy and affordable products for everyone. “While developing our portfolio, we noticed the growing demand for plant-based products that are both healthy and …

Pickling Cucumbers Fused with Health Promoting Compound

Pickling cucumber not only extends their shelf-life, but also offers health benefits. Researchers at the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and North Carolina State University (NCSU) recently found that a stable, naturally occurring, health-promoting compound called γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA), was generated through the fermentation of brined cucumbers. Previous research studies demonstrate that consumption of GABA from foods or supplements has …

A Plea for Farmer Engagement and Government Support of California GSAs

As farmers face drought conditions once again this summer, local Groundwater Sustainability Agencies are still working on the planning and implementation of their Groundwater Sustainability Plans. Watch this brief video with Patricia Poire, Executive Director of the Kern Groundwater Authority, as she shares concerns and needs for both farmer and government support to meet the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) …

Farming Tips for Enduring Historic Drought in Northern CA

It has been heart breaking to seeing wheat and alfalfa fields dry up the last few weeks.  The recent hot temperatures caused many fields to wither, while placing greater irrigation needs on the few crops being irrigated with well water.   It’s the driest year I have experienced in my 10 years in the Klamath Basin! Several people asked me about …

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