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ACTIVATE24: Valued Agriculture Workforce Development Conference Returns to Monterey

Over 500 agricultural safety and HR professionals, farm managers and supervisors, labor contractors and farm owners will be converging on the Hyatt Regency in Monterey, CA, February 20-22, 2024, for ACTIVATE24, hosted by AgSafe. “ACTIVATE24 is a one-of-a-kind, annual conference, focused on the industry’s most vital resource, its people. With more than 50 sessions being offered in English and Spanish, …

California Growers Celebrate Legislative Win Supporting Groundwater Recharge

Last Fall, Governor Newsom signed SB 659, The California Water Supply Solutions Act of 2023, sponsored by the California Association of Winegrape Growers and the Regional Water Authority in Sacramento.  But what does this mean for California farmers implementing groundwater recharge practices in the coming months?  Watch this video with Michael Miiller from the California Association of Winegrape Growers to …

Meet Taco Tuesday’s New Neighbor: “Mushroom Monday”

Mushrooms are having a moment. Whole Foods and Fresh Thyme Markets placed them in their 2024 trend forecasts. Home cooks are embracing mushrooms’ versatility. Chefs are increasingly adding them to their menus. Sales are up 20% over 10 years. They are part of fashion, functional foods and pop culture. According to the nation’s mushroom producers, it’s time to give this …

California Olive Oil Council to Host First In-Person Annual Meeting Since 2019

The California Olive Oil Council (COOC) prepares for its first in-person Annual Member Meeting since 2019. The meeting will occur March 15 – 17, 2024, in Monterey, California. The two-day event will feature presentations from leaders in the industry and industry affiliates as they discuss critical regulatory and research updates, recent marketing efforts, and the momentum of California’s extra virgin …

Growers Encouraged to Attend February California Avocado Commission Board Meeting

The California Avocado Commission will host its next Board meeting on February 22 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in Ventura County. The meeting will provide California avocado growers with the opportunity to engage with CAC staff and Board, and receive updates on Commission operations, including marketing and industry activities. Growers can attend the meeting in person at the United …

Growing Chickpeas in Amended Moondust

A love for space exploration led Jessica Atkin, a Texas A&M College of Agriculture and Life Sciences graduate student in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, to produce the first-ever moondust-grown chickpeas. Using simulated moondust, because there’s not enough lunar regolith on Earth for experimentation, Atkin and her colleagues grew chickpeas to seed in mixtures of up to 75% moondust — a …

$5.2 Million Grant for Short-Day Onion Improvement

Texas A&M AgriLife Research received more than $5.2 million in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture for a project to address multiple aspects of the southern U.S. onion harvest system, serving more than just Texas, but also short-day onion growing areas such as California, New Mexico and Georgia. The director for the “Ensuring Future Economic …

How Might Tomatoes Provide Health Benefits?

Scientists at U.S. the Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and The Ohio State University (OSU) have been working to investigate how tomatoes may be imparting health benefits in a recently published study. Studies in animals have shown that incorporating tomatoes into the diet can reduce the prevalence of chronic illnesses like prostate and liver cancer. It has been thought …

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