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New UC Studies Estimate Production and Harvest Costs for Coastal Apples

Two new studies that can help Central Coast growers and other readers estimate costs and potential returns for organically and conventionally produced apples for processing were recently released by University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources, UC Cooperative Extension and the UC Davis Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics. “These studies provide growers with a baseline to estimate their own …

UC Strawberry Production Research Meeting, Feb. 14

Join UC Farm Advisor Mark Bolda and other University and field experts in this virtual meeting to learn about the latest research and advances in strawberry production. Anyone directly involved with the production of strawberries is invited to attend. Live Spanish translation will be available. We will discuss issues pertaining to production of strawberry and provide updates on current research addressing those issues. …

2023 Cost of Production for Fresh Market Raspberries Report

The UC Cooperative Extension has released its 2023 Cost of Production for Fresh Market Raspberries report.  The sample costs to establish, produce, and harvest raspberries in Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Benito Counties are presented in the following study. The study is intended as a guide only, and can be used to make production decisions, determine potential returns, prepare budgets, …

CA Dry Bean Advisory Board Accepting Research Proposals for 2024

The California Dry Bean Advisory Board (CDBAB) is requesting applied research proposals for 2024. This commodity-based research request is sponsored by the California Dry Bean Marketing Order, under the guidance of CDFA (CA Dept Food & Ag). The Board has supported applied research by university programs for many years. Please find the grant application as well as a list of the 2024 applied research priorities developed by the …

Citrus Research and Field Trials (CA-CRaFT) Program Now Accepting Cycle 2 Grower Applications

California’s Citrus Research and Field Trials (CA-CRaFT) program is now accepting Cycle 2 applications from commercial growers. This initiative aims to showcase the efficacy of additional control measures against the Asian citrus psyllid (ACP), the carrier of the Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus (CLas) bacterium causing Huanglongbing (HLB) disease in citrus. Commercial citrus producers in California are invited to apply for the …

Grower-Shipper Association Appoints 2024 Board Members

As recently ratified by its regular (i.e., grower, shipper, processor, landowner, harvester) membership, the Grower-Shipper Association of Central California (GSA) elected four new members to its Board of Directors: Kiana Amaral, Chief Operating Officer, BlazerWilkinsonGee, Chris Drew, President & CEO, Ocean Mist Farms, Carmen Ponce, Vice President and General Counsel of Labor, Tanimura and Antle, and Matt Rogers, Co-Founder and General …

International Research Conference on Huanglongbing VII Coming March 2024

The California Citrus Research Board (CRB) and the Conference Steering Committee are pleased to share the International Research Conference on Huanglongbing VII (IRCHLB VII) will return March 26-29, 2024, to Riverside, California. The Conference is being produced by the CRB with the support of California’s citrus industry partners and guidance of the international Steering Committee. The California citrus industry is …

Updates to Bulk Citrus HLB Quarantine Requirements

Effective Nov. 22, 2023, the Citrus Pest and Disease Prevention Division (CPDPD) has officially updated the requirements for moving bulk citrus fruit within and from a Huanglongbing (HLB) quarantine area to a packer/processor. Listed below is an overview of the newly updated requirements, per the CPDPD’s Citrus Grower/Grove Manager Information page: If you are moving bulk citrus within a contiguous HLB …

GSA Honors Miles & Garland Reiter, and Luis & Lucille Scattini with E.E ‘Gene’ Harden Lifetime Achievement Award

At its Fall Recognition Event held on Friday, October 6, the Grower Shipper Association of Central California (GSA) awarded Miles and Garland Reiter and posthumously Luis and Lucille Scattini with the E.E. ‘Gene’ Harden Lifetime Achievement Award. The award is given to individuals who made an extraordinary contribution and created a lasting legacy benefitting Central Coast agriculture. Proceeds from the event, …

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