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Monthly Archives: September 2017

A look at a grocery store of the future – from

By Adele Peters In Shanghai, a prototype of a new 24-hour convenience store has no staff, no registers, and the whole thing is on wheels, designed to eventually drive itself to a warehouse to restock, or to a customer to … Continue reading

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Kern County makes a run at top Ag producer in California – from the Fresno Bee

By Robert Rodriguez Can Kern County, home of Buck Owens, oil wells and tumbleweeds, dethrone Tulare County as the No. 1 agriculture county in the state, and possibly the nation? It could happen. And if it does, it will be … Continue reading

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California Citrus Outpaces Florida But Risk From Bacterial Disease Remains – Capital Public Radio

By Julia Mitric The Asian citrus psyllid spreads the deadly bacterial disease known as huanglongbing to citrus trees. That disease cut Florida’s citrus crop in half over the past decade according to Bob Blakely with industry group California Citrus Mutual. … Continue reading

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3rd annual Latino Farmer Conference to be hosted November 7 in Palm Desert

The third annual Growing Together Latino Farmer Conference will be held Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, in Palm Desert, California. This annual conference brings together the Latino farming community, industry representatives, and advocates for sustainability and agribusinesses for a day of … Continue reading

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SWEEP program among solutions for California’s small farms facing water challenges – from UC’s California Institute for Water Resources

By Faith Kearns Small farmers were hit hard by California’s drought. Perhaps none as hard as the Hmong and other Southeast Asian farmers that lease small plots of land, often with declining groundwater levels, shallow wells, and outdated irrigation systems. … Continue reading

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CDFA and agricultural stakeholders invite federal trade officials to California

CDFA Secretary Karen Ross and number of California agricultural organizations submitted the following invitation letter to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lightizer inviting them to visit California for trade discussions. As the nation’s largest agricultural producer and … Continue reading

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Farmers, environmental leaders come together to urge Legislature to support safe drinking water bill – from Valley Public Radio

By Ezra David Romero California farmers and environmental justice leaders are joining forces to support a bill that would help fund a clean drinking water program. The coalition, which includes the Community Water Center, is urging California Assembly leaders to bring  SB623, … Continue reading

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Central Coast produce growers contend with labor challenges – from the Santa Ynez Valley News

By Jennifer Best (Excerpted) Pesticides, herbicides, organics and technology are all hot topics in the agriculture community, but labor issues, particularly a lack of available workers, are the chief concerns this year for large-scale operations on the Central Coast. “Labor … Continue reading

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Sudden Oak Death study to expand – from the Point Reyes Light

By Anna Guth The infection arrives with the rains, splashing down from a neighbor’s thick leaves. It takes hold one winter and persists silently for a year or two. Ambrosia beetles and bark beetles colonize the weakened tanoak, and the … Continue reading

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September is fairs month! Find a fair near you

  Gold Country Fair 9/7/2017 to 9/10/2017 Auburn, CA Kern County Fair 9/20/2017 to 10/1/2017 Bakersfield, CA Lodi Grape Festival 9/14/2017 to 9/17/2017 Lodi, CA Los Angeles County Fair 9/1/2017 to 9/25/2017 Pomona, CA Madera District Fair 9/7/2017 to 9/10/2017 … Continue reading

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