Vegetables en Food safety panel: LGMA guidelines scientifically sound <div class="node-body article-body"><p>A panel of food safety experts conducting an independent review of the California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement&rsquo;s food safety <em>Guidelines</em> basically calls the current production practices scientifically sound, current, and in some cases more stringent than existing federal guidelines.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vegetables Mon, 23 May 2016 22:27:00 +0000 167401 at BASF’s Varisto herbicide receives registration for select crops <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The Environmental Protection Agency recently registered BASF&rsquo;s Varisto herbicide for use in clover grown for seed, dry beans, dry peas, English peas, lima beans (succulent), snap beans and soybeans.</p> <p>This new herbicide helps maximize yield potential by delivering a wide spectrum of broadleaf and grass weed control.</p> <p>&ldquo;Varisto herbicide offers multiple sites of action for excellent weed control and resistance management in a convenient premix formulation with low crop response,&rdquo; said Christa Ellers-Kirk, BASF technical market manager.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vegetables Mon, 23 May 2016 13:10:00 +0000 167361 at D’Arrigo Bros. Co. unveils solar power system in Salinas <div class="node-body article-body"><p>California fruit and vegetable leader D&rsquo;Arrigo Bros. Co., a grower, packer, and shipper, has a new 2.2 megawatt solar power system in Salinas installed by CalCom Solar.</p> <p>The solar system is the largest customer-owned net-metered solar power project&nbsp;in Monterey County.</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;ve always put our strong sustainability ethic into practice; harvesting the sun&rsquo;s power to generate electricity is consistent with our goals,&rdquo; said John D&rsquo;Arrigo, president, chief executive officer, and chairman of the D&rsquo;Arrigo Bros. board.&nbsp;</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vegetables Fri, 06 May 2016 17:33:00 +0000 166971 at USDA: Yuma County primary natural disaster area <div class="field-deck"> Drought declaration </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>On May 4, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) designated Yuma County, Ariz. as a primary natural disaster area, due to damages and losses caused by drought.</p> <p>&ldquo;Our hearts go out to those Arizona farmers and ranchers affected by recent natural disasters,&rdquo; said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.</p> <p>Farmers and ranchers in Arizona&rsquo;s Maricopa and Pima counties also qualify for natural disaster assistance since the counties are contiguous with Yuma.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vegetables Drought Citrus Cotton Wheat Wed, 04 May 2016 22:26:00 +0000 166941 at California food banks receive record donations in 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> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Orchard Crops Tree Nuts Vegetables Crops Farm Press Blog Wed, 20 Apr 2016 20:27:00 +0000 166651 at 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="">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> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vegetables Tue, 12 Apr 2016 23:04:00 +0000 166461 at <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 <div class="node-body gallery-body">Springtime photos in the San Joaquin Valley</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Miscellaneous Orchard Crops Tree Nuts Vegetables Crops Mon, 04 Apr 2016 21:29:00 +0000 166111 at <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? <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> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vegetables Vegetables Thu, 24 Mar 2016 23:51:00 +0000 165991 at <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 <div class="node-body article-body">Western Growers donates $1 million for continued food safety research</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vegetables Groups & Organizations Thu, 10 Mar 2016 20:36:00 +0000 165601 at <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 <div class="node-body gallery-body">Northern California's Benden Farms in photos</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Orchard Crops Rice Vegetables Sustainable Agriculture Mon, 29 Feb 2016 19:18:00 +0000 165221 at <p>Yellow squash growing under a bright sun in Colusa County, Calif.</p>