Vegetables http://westernfarmpress.com/taxonomy/term/6031/more en California food banks receive record donations in 2015 http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/california-food-banks-receive-record-donations-2015 <div class="node-body blog-body">Last year the California Association of Food Banks’ (CAFB) Farm to Family program received a record 150 million pounds of donated produce from the state’s farmers and packers. That’s 75,000 tons of food that otherwise would have gone to waste because markets did not want it.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/farm-press-blog">Farm Press Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/california-food-banks-receive-record-donations-2015" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/california-food-banks-receive-record-donations-2015#comments Orchard Crops Tree Nuts Vegetables Crops Farm Press Blog Wed, 20 Apr 2016 20:27:00 +0000 166651 at http://westernfarmpress.com Activists claim pesticide residues are automatically bad http://westernfarmpress.com/vegetables/activists-claim-pesticide-residues-are-automatically-bad <div class="field-deck"> Environmental Working Group cites strawberries as most toxic to human health </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>A &ldquo;Dirty Dozen&rdquo; list from the <a href="http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/strawberries.php">Environmental Working Group</a> (EWG) paints strawberries as the most dangerous piece of produce to consume because of government tests that discovered various pesticide residues, most too low to warrant regulatory action.</p> <p>This comes after the same organization in 2014 encouraged people to eat strawberries because of the health benefits they contain.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/vegetables/activists-claim-pesticide-residues-are-automatically-bad" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/vegetables/activists-claim-pesticide-residues-are-automatically-bad#comments Vegetables Tue, 12 Apr 2016 23:04:00 +0000 166461 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>An environmental group calls strawberries &quot;most contaminated&quot; product based on USDA studies of pesticide residues.</p> Springtime in California's San Joaquin Valley http://westernfarmpress.com/miscellaneous/springtime-californias-san-joaquin-valley <div class="node-body gallery-body">Springtime photos in the San Joaquin Valley</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/miscellaneous/springtime-californias-san-joaquin-valley" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/miscellaneous/springtime-californias-san-joaquin-valley#comments Miscellaneous Orchard Crops Tree Nuts Vegetables Crops Mon, 04 Apr 2016 21:29:00 +0000 166111 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Perhaps better days has been seen at this location, which did not seem to have any &quot;farm fresh&quot; products available for sale.</p> Growing lettuce with less nitrogen, water? http://westernfarmpress.com/vegetables/growing-lettuce-less-nitrogen-water <div class="field-deck"> Cal Poly Pomona researcher receives CDFA grant </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Cal Poly Pomona researcher receives state grant to study nitrogen and water needs of lettuce with hopes of reducing requirement for both</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/vegetables/growing-lettuce-less-nitrogen-water" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/vegetables/growing-lettuce-less-nitrogen-water#comments Vegetables Vegetables Thu, 24 Mar 2016 23:51:00 +0000 165991 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>A Cal Poly Pomona researcher will study lettuce genes to see if it can be bred to require less water and nitrogen to produce.</p> Western Growers donates $1m for food safety research http://westernfarmpress.com/vegetables/western-growers-donates-1m-food-safety-research <div class="node-body article-body">Western Growers donates $1 million for continued food safety research</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/vegetables/western-growers-donates-1m-food-safety-research" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/vegetables/western-growers-donates-1m-food-safety-research#comments Vegetables Groups & Organizations Thu, 10 Mar 2016 20:36:00 +0000 165601 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Western Growers will help the Center for Produce Safety fund vital food safety research by donating $1 million.</p> The view from northern California's Benden Farms http://westernfarmpress.com/rice/view-northern-californias-benden-farms <div class="node-body gallery-body">Northern California's Benden Farms in photos</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/rice/view-northern-californias-benden-farms" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/rice/view-northern-californias-benden-farms#comments Orchard Crops Rice Vegetables Sustainable Agriculture Mon, 29 Feb 2016 19:18:00 +0000 165221 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Yellow squash growing under a bright sun in Colusa County, Calif.</p> Benden Farms builds sustainability into diversification http://westernfarmpress.com/rice/benden-farms-builds-sustainability-diversification <div class="field-deck"> Farming in Colusa County is about lifestyle </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Benden Farms fosters agricultural sustainability on 3,000-acre diversified farming operation in Colusa County, Calif.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/rice/benden-farms-builds-sustainability-diversification" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/rice/benden-farms-builds-sustainability-diversification#comments Orchard Crops Rice Vegetables Mon, 29 Feb 2016 18:15:00 +0000 165211 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>The Sutter Buttes provide a scenic backdrop for Ben and Denise Carter&rsquo;s organic long-grain rice in rural Colusa County.</p> Water experts discuss Colorado River issues in desert agriculture http://westernfarmpress.com/vegetables/water-experts-discuss-colorado-river-issues-desert-agriculture <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The phrase &ldquo;Don&rsquo;t Mess with Texas&rdquo; suggests leaving the good things associated with the Lone Star State alone.</p> <p>The same could be said in the low desert farming regions in Arizona and California where Colorado River surface water irrigated in vegetable fields allows growers to produce about 95 percent of the nation&rsquo;s supply of winter veggies.</p> <p>Like their Texas counterparts, desert vegetable growers have a good thing going with senior water rights on the Colorado River. They know it and aim to protect it.</p> <p></p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/vegetables/water-experts-discuss-colorado-river-issues-desert-agriculture" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/vegetables/water-experts-discuss-colorado-river-issues-desert-agriculture#comments Vegetables Drought Irrigation Tue, 23 Feb 2016 11:58:00 +0000 164991 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p><strong>Agricultural leaders speaking at the Yuma County Agriculture Water Conference included from left: Mark Killian, Arizona Department of Agriculture; Thomas Buschatzke, &nbsp;Arizona Department of Water Resources; and Terry Fulp, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Kerb SC herbicide registered in leaf lettuce http://westernfarmpress.com/vegetables/kerb-sc-herbicide-registered-leaf-lettuce <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Dow AgroSciences has received U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California Department of Pesticide Regulation approval for Kerb SC herbicide use in leaf lettuce.</p> <p>&ldquo;This is an incredibly important new label for leaf lettuce growers,&rdquo; says Jesse Richardson, Dow AgroSciences field scientist for southern California and Arizona.</p> <p>&ldquo;No other herbicide controls as many weeds in lettuce as Kerb.&rdquo;</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/vegetables/kerb-sc-herbicide-registered-leaf-lettuce" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/vegetables/kerb-sc-herbicide-registered-leaf-lettuce#comments Vegetables Herbicides Sat, 13 Feb 2016 01:27:00 +0000 164961 at http://westernfarmpress.com Agricultural losses add up as crooks profit http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/agricultural-losses-add-crooks-profit <div class="node-body blog-body">Thieves continue to steal truckloads of tree nuts and bee hives in California</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/farm-press-blog">Farm Press Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/agricultural-losses-add-crooks-profit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/agricultural-losses-add-crooks-profit#comments Orchard Crops Tree Nuts Vegetables Farm Press Blog Sun, 31 Jan 2016 23:05:00 +0000 164611 at http://westernfarmpress.com