Marc Lewkowitz is the new president and chief executive officer of Supima, effective Jan. 1, 2016.
Lewkowitz previously served as Supima’s executive vice-president for the last 12 years developing the Supima brand. He succeeds Jesse Curlee, who recently retired after 36 years with the organization.
Supima is a Phoenix, Ariz.-based cotton organization representing the producers of American Pima cotton in California, Arizona, New Mexico, and the El Paso region of Texas. Supima also has offices in Fresno, Calif. and New York.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has announced $3 million in grants to three universities to advance the use of co-robots in production agriculture.
The Yuma agricultural community continues to look for opportunities to engage and educate stakeholders on the importance of staying up-to-date on water issues and the impact that management decisions can have on the farming industry.
The Yuma Agriculture Water Conference, slated for Jan. 13 in Yuma, Ariz., will bring together experts and leaders on the current issues regarding water rights and supply.
National Pecan announced Dec. 16 its acquisition of a 4,000-acre-plus pecan orchard and operation in Bowie, Ariz.
The company says the purchase of the pecan farm is another major step toward vertical integration, industry leadership, and overall growth for National Pecan.
“The orchard is a well-regarded operation with a strong track record of producing exceptional quality pecans to serve growing customer demand,” said David Lawrence, National Pecan’s chief executive officer.
The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) has awarded sPower, a renewable energy company based in Salt Lake City, Utah, a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) to provide solar power to the State Water Project (SWP) from the Solverde I Solar Facility.
The National Alfalfa & Forage Alliance (NAFA) has released its 2016 edition of the popular “Alfalfa Variety Ratings - Winter Survival, Fall Dormancy & Pest Resistant Ratings for Alfalfa Varieties” publication.
It features 178 alfalfa varieties from 22 marketers, verified with the Association of Official Seed Certifying Agencies and the National Alfalfa Variety Review Board.