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Predicting and Managing Walnut Blight

Timing spray applications to protect walnut trees from blight infection can be done based on orchard history with the disease and monitoring buds along with the forecasting tool Xanthocast. (more…)

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Produce Safety Inspections During and After COVID-19

During the COVID-19 pandemic, things are everchanging in our everyday lives and work environments. However, even during these times, farms are expected to meet the requirements set forth by the Food and Drug Administration’s Food Safety Modernization Act. But what does that mean for farms during and after the pandemic? We will discuss what you should know. (more…)

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Almond Outlook: Preparing for a Record Crop

The almond industry is well positioned to move an anticipated third consecutive record crop as strong domestic demand and ideal growing conditions have converged to create a banner year for the almond industry. (more…)

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Cal OSHA Passes Night Work in Agriculture Standard

After years of discussion, stakeholder meetings and financial review, the Cal OSHA Standards Board finally passed the Outdoor Agricultural Operations During Hours of Darkness standard at its April 18, 2020 meeting. The concept, first discussed back in 2013, was initially raised when worker advocacy groups asserted that the industry was subverting compliance with heat illness prevention regulations by conducting work at night. (more…)

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An Innovative Training Program to Address Labor Shortages

With rising wages and growing labor shortages, farmers are faced with difficult decisions as the older generation of their workforce retires. As if finding labor wasn’t hard enough, finding skilled workers to take on essential positions such as management is proving more difficult and time consuming. (more…)

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Giacomazzi Farms – Grower Profile

It’s pretty rare to find a farm that is older than the county it is farmed in. What about being the oldest dairy in California, or the oldest dairy west of the Rockies? (more…)

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