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First Genome of Spotted Lanternfly Built from a Single Insect

Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists, in cooperation with Pacific Biosciences and Penn State University, have published the first genome of the invasive Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) in the journal Gigascience and they did it from a single caught-in-the-wild specimen. Not only is it the first published genome for this pest, but no closely related species has had its genome sequenced, making the data even more important, …

Western Growers Board Selects Dave Puglia as Next President and CEO

The Western Growers Board of Directors has unanimously selected Dave Puglia as the organization’s next President and Chief Executive Officer. Puglia will succeed current President and CEO Tom Nassif, who is retiring after 18 years as a forceful and effective leader in the nation’s agriculture industry, on February 1, 2020. “Fifteen years ago, Dave came to Western Growers with an …

Clarification of New Farm Water Testing Requirements Under FSMA

For those agricultural commodities that are subject to the new Produce Safety Rule under the Food Safety Modernization Act, water testing will be a key component in this adjustment.  In some cases, these water testing requirements may include more than just what you are irrigating the crop with.  Watch this brief interview with Tom Jones from the Safe Food Alliance …

Congressman Ted Yoho Addresses Citrus Growers on Ag Guest Worker Legislation

I have worked in agriculture for over thirty years. At the age of fifteen, I worked loading produce during the harvest season at the Pompano farmers market in South Florida. I went on to veterinary school and after graduation, I worked as a large animal vet in North Central Florida for 30 years. For the last six and a half …

AgSafe Salutes Departing President and Launches Candidate Search

AgSafe (agsafe.org), a leading provider of health and safety education to the agricultural community, has announced that President & CEO Amy Wolfe will be leaving the organization and that a search for her replacement is underway. Wolfe, who has led the organization for more than a decade, will vacate her position in June 2020. “Amy has been a remarkable leader, …

9th Annual Madera Pomegranate, Fruit and Nut Festival

The 9th annual Madera Pomegranate, Fruit and Nut Festival takes place Saturday, November 2, from 10:00a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Madera District Fairgrounds.  Admission and parking are free.  The unique, vibrant and fun event brings in visitors from all over the world to experience the best of the Central Valley’s local pomegranate and nut products.  The event is organized …

Often Overlooked Legal Employee Reimbursement Requirements (Farm Liability Series Part 3 of 3)

Farmers are some of the best people on the planet.  They work hard and do their very best to keep food on the table in homes all over the world.  Like anyone though, sometimes they make mistakes too and can overlook some of the ever-changing laws and requirements for their farm employees, and end up in court over violations that …

Legal Care for Injured Farm Employees (Farm Liability Series Part 2 of 3)

Farmers are some of the best people on the planet.  They work hard and do their very best to keep food on the table in homes all over the world.  Like anyone though, sometimes they make mistakes too and can overlook some of the ever-changing laws and requirements for their farm employees, and end up in court over violations that …

Employee Meal & Rest Period Violation Prevention (Farm Liability Series Part 1 of 3)

Farmers are some of the best people on the planet.  They work hard and do their very best to keep food on the table in homes all over the world.  Like anyone though, sometimes they make mistakes too and can overlook some of the ever-changing laws and requirements for their farm employees, and end up in court over violations that …

Fruit World Co. Announces Flavor-Packed Organic and Conventional Citrus as Season Begins

Reedley, CA (September 30, 2019) – Fruit World Co., a family-owned, flavor-focused grower-shipper of organic and conventional fruit, has announced their 2019 citrus season will see a full lineup of citrus fruits in promotable volumes. This includes organic and conventional mandarins, both of which have full-season longevity and availability. “We’re excited to be entering citrus season with a robust organic and conventional …

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