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Madera Irrigation District Leads the Charge on Groundwater Recharge

While farmers are accustomed to paying for the water they use, growers in Madera Irrigation District have recently been getting their water for free for groundwater recharge purposes.  While the snow melts and water is aplenty, growers are working quickly to set their farms up to be able to spread some of this water across their fields, in a ditch, …

Two Upcoming UC Davis Strawberry Breeding Field Days

The UC Davis Strawberry Breeding Program is having two field days coming up.  The first, on May 24, will be held in Lompoc and the second will be held on June 14 at Meridien Road in Prunedale.  Both field days will feature the program’s day-neutral varieties. More details about each meeting are on the pdf fliers attached below. Attached Files UCD Day …

Does Growing Location Influence Garlic Flavor and Health Benefits?

Garlic is mainly consumed as a spice or condiment, giving flavor and aroma to other foods. And what gives garlic those wonderful aromas and flavors? Mainly, substances called “organosulfur compounds” that are stored in the bulbs. Different garlic cultivars accumulate varying amounts and types of these compounds, resulting in garlics with different flavor intensity and aromas. In addition to its …

Brighter Bites Welcomes Gabriela D’Arrigo to It’s Board of Directors

Brighter Bites, a national nonprofit that delivers fresh fruits and vegetables directly into families’ hands, announces Gabriela D’Arrigo, VP of Communications and Marketing at D’Arrigo New York, as its newest board member. “We are honored to welcome Gabriela as the newest member to our board,” said Rich Dachman, chief executive officer at Brighter Bites. “She and the D’Arrigo family have …

UC Cooperative Extension Weed Expert Passes

David W. Cudney, UC Cooperative Extension specialist emeritus, passed away in Riverside on March 30. He was 82. Cudney joined UCCE in 1964 as a farm advisor for Imperial County. In 1978, he became a UCCE weed science specialist for Southern California, based at UC Riverside. While working as a specialist, he earned his Ph.D. from UC Riverside in 1989. …

Helping Reduce Methane Emissions by Solving a Sticky Problem for U.S. Produce Exporters

USDA Foreign Ag Service — We see them every time we purchase fresh fruits and vegetables: price look up (PLU) labels. The little coin-size stickers are stuck to everything from apples, bananas, and cantaloupes to watermelons, yams, and zucchini. According to the Sustainable Packaging Coalition , PLU labels have been used globally for more than 30 years with the International Federation for …

Ocean Mist® Farms Declares Excellent Quality, Volume On Spring Artichokes

Ocean Mist Farms, the leading year round producer of fresh California artichokes, is expecting an outstanding 2023 spring crop of artichokes from their northern California growing region in Castroville. “The storms that devastated parts of California during the winter months put the season behind about 4 weeks,” said Ben Wilson, Ocean Mist Farms artichoke commodity manager. “That being said, we …

Growers Spend $500,000 Per Year on Automation

Growers are now spending an average of $500,000 a year on automation in response to the persistent ag labor shortage, according to the Specialty Crop Automation Report released today and commissioned by Western Growers. This is the second year the Specialty Crop Automation Report has been released by WG in collaboration with consultants at Roland Berger. The report, which tracks …

Hartnell College Foundation Presents Annual Western Food Safety Conference, May 3-4

Nearly 500 people with a professional stake in the safety of fresh fruits and vegetables consumed worldwide will gather at Sherwood Hall in Salinas on May 3-4 for the 18th Annual Western Food Safety Conference. The conference will be held at Sherwood Hall at 940 N. Main St., in Salinas, and will focus on the theme, “Food Safety: The State of …

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