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May is CalFresh Awareness Month

Dan Fruits & Vegetables, Industry News Release

California has the largest Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in the nation. Our state’s farmers and ranchers are proud to play a critical role in reducing hunger and improving health. Throughout the month of May, our state is highlighting the importance of providing nutrition assistance to low income households through the CalFresh Program. The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) is encouraging …

Three Anaheim Trees Test HLB Positive

Taylor Hillman Fruits & Vegetables, Pest Update

Three residential trees have tested HLB positive in an Anaheim residential area. The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) found the trees while surveying the area after two psyllids tested positive for the bacteria that causes the disease in April. CDFA removed two of the trees immediately. The third tree has been treated and scheduled for removal. A new quarantine …

Lygus Trap Crops in Strawberries

Aria Wilcox Fruits & Vegetables

Strawberry growers and pest control advisors heard how one of the bigger berry companies is using trap crops to prevent insect damage. Driscoll’s Research Scientist Diego Nieto presented at UC ANR’s Santa Maria Strawberry Field Day about trials looking at trap crops for pest management. Nieto said they are using alfalfa to attract and keep lygus bug populations away from …

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Robotic Apple Picker a labor Solution for Orchards

Dan Fruits & Vegetables, Industry News Release

A robotic apple picker is inching closer to commercialization and possible relief from labor issues for the nation’s apple growers. Abundant Robotics is in the process of perfecting a prototype that can pick one apple every one to two seconds, possibly giving the apple industry a solution to labor challenges. Company leaders tell Farm Journal’s AgWeb that the goal is …

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Community Helps School Garden

Dan Education, Fruits & Vegetables, This Land of Ours

A lot can happen when the community comes together. Cathy Isom tells us about the Colorado elementary school going the extra mile to make students get a healthy lunch. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours.   Healthy food in school-provided lunches has long been a topic of concern for parents at one elementary school in Arvada, Colorado. That’s …

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Argentine Lemons Entering U.S. Market Despite Objections

Dan Fruits & Vegetables, Industry News Release

The Trump administration is moving to permanently allow Argentine lemons to enter the U.S. market. This is despite objections from California citrus growers and warnings of dire consequences for California lemons, including exposing the industry to new pests and diseases. “It is evident that the California citrus industry is the pawn in a greater trade deal between the Trump administration …

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Pear Industry Votes to Continue Marketing Order

Dan Fruits & Vegetables, Industry News Release 33 Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that a majority of pear growers in Oregon and Washington voted to continue their federal marketing order program. This order, administered locally by the Fresh Pear and Processed Pear Committees, provides authority for grade, size and quality regulations, for inspection and for research projects to benefit pear growers and processors in these …

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Increased Blueberry Volumes from Naturipe

Dan Fruits & Vegetables, Industry News Release 23 Comments

Ideal growing conditions are on the rise throughout the United States and Naturipe Farms has promotable blueberry volumes available which is meeting increased consumer consumption trends and offers promotion opportunities at retail. With earlier harvests this year, “We are now seeing optimal quality and production from Florida & Georgia,” says Mario Flores, Director of Blueberry Product Management. “Northern Florida and …