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CDFA’s Ross says ag should focus more on workforce development

California Food and Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross discussed the state’s lingering farm labor shortage in a question-and-answer session at a growers’ conference. More

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California strawberry production already tops 2016 total

New varieties and improved plant health are credited as California’s strawberry production has already reached 197.3 million crates statewide,... More


Ranchers take stock of rangeland, forage damage from fires

A cluster of wildfires in California’s Butte, Yuba and Nevada counties in October burned through lots of rangeland and destroyed some hay... More


Western Innovator: Farming with Mother Nature

Root Down Farm raises heritage livestock and poultry certified through Animal Welfare Approved, a program with rigorous animal welfare and... More


UC-Davis alumna wins national award for research, extension efforts

University of California-Davis alumna Kelly Hamby received the Entomological Society of America’s Early Career Professional Extension Award earlier this month in Denver. More

Campbell Soup hurt by high carrot costs, falling soup sales

The Camden, New Jersey-based company said weather issues in California affected the carrot crop and caused costs to rise. More

California pot rules open way for potentially larger fields

The state has been trying to determine what should be the appropriate size limit on cannabis farms, but regulations issued Thursday did not include that language. More

Agricultural groups challenge California weed-killer warning

A coalition of national and Midwestern agricultural groups is suing to overturn a California declaration that the popular weed-killer Roundup can cause cancer More

California company recalls chicken dish over listeria fears

A California-based Indian food company has recalled pre-packaged chicken tikka masala products over possible listeria contamination More

Recreational marijuana rules rile pot-friendly San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Famously pro-cannabis San Francisco, where the 4/20 marijuana holiday is celebrated with a group smoke-out on Hippie Hill, is having a surprisingly difficult time establishing regulations for the broad legal pot market coming to California in January.Writing... More

California wineries assess wildfires’ long-term effects

Of the 1,200 wineries in Sonoma, Napa and Mendocino, about 10 were destroyed or heavily damaged. More

BLM hosts sage grouse meetings in Utah Tues, Wed, Thurs

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is hosting three public meetings in Utah this week to gather input on Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's plans to reassess sage grouse management policies adopted under the Obama administration More

Entrepreneurs encourage others to find a need in ag and meet it

Representatives of start-up companies helped by Western Growers’ new Center for Innovation and Technology encouraged other would-be start-ups to find their own niche. More

Reopening The Sage Grouse Debate Has Ranchers, Conservationists Weighing Risk And Reward

Many in Oregon are worried that any roll back of the sage grouse plans could land the bird on the endangered species list. More

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