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Automated Weeder and Thinner Demonstration and Field Day to be Held May 21 in Salinas

The 2019 Automated Weeder and Thinner Demonstration and Field day will take place on Tuesday, May 21, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the USDA Spence Research Field Station at 1572 Old Stage Road in Salinas. 
 
Automated technologies are helping fill the gap in the supply of labor that is occurring in the farming community. At this field day, weeders and automated lettuce thinners developed by a number of companies will be demonstrated on lettuce plantings.

Award Winning Documentary The Biggest Little Farm Released by CCOF Member Apricot Lane Farms

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Apricot Lane Farms, a recent addition to the CCOF family, is bringing the dynamic world of organic to a cinematic audience. The Biggest Little Farm is a new documentary that follows farmers John and Molly Chester’s journey as they leave their life in Los Angeles behind to convert a desolate conventional 200-acre lemon orchard into a thriving organic and biodynamic farm. The film discusses the challenges of working with the land organically and managing all that nature throws their way. From pests to drought to wildfires, the Chesters work together to find natural solutions.

Bagrada Bug Detected North of Soledad and Near King City

A blog entry written by Alejandro Del Pozo-Valdivia, entomologist with Cooperative Extension Monterey County, reports that bagrada bug adults were found on shortpod mustard plants north of Soledad and near King City. While no nymphs or eggs were found, their offspring may be moving into adjacent cole crops soon. 
 

Big Step for Organic Research: UC Cooperative Extension Hires First Organic Specialist

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Joji Muramoto, a longtime research associate with University of California Santa Cruz, has been hired as the first University of California Cooperative Extension Specialist dedicated to organic agriculture. Muramoto will coordinate a statewide program focusing research on organic fruit and vegetable production. He will provide educational resources to producers on topics such as organic pest management and soil fertility.
 
Cooperative Extension serves as a vital link between the University of California and the agricultural sector.

Bonterra Study Shows Potential of Organic Farming for Climate Health

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As the buzz continues to grow about soil’s dynamic relationship with climate resilience, more and more organic growers are curious about how their farming practices can fit into the widespread push for climate solutions.
 
Bonterra Organic Vineyards, based in Mendocino County, is one of them.

Breaking News: California Senate Moves AB 2377 Forward!

A small bill with big impact, AB 2377, has been approved by both houses of the California state legislature this session and will now head back to the Assembly for concurrence before the legislature sends it to the governor’s desk for his signature.
 
Last week CCOF’s policy team sent out an action alert encouraging members in California to call their state senator and request that they vote yes on the bill.

Bricmont Hardship Assistance Fund - Direct Financial Assistance for Organic Producers

Bricmont Hardship Assistance Fund - Direct Financial Assistance for Organic Producers
 

California & Chile to Co-Host Webinar on Precision Agriculture

Sensors that tell growers how much water to use, drones that can fly over operations and assess the health of crops, real-time data at the fingertips of farmers.
 
It’s not science fiction—it’s the future of agriculture.
 
In an attempt to streamline operations, increase sustainability, and improve climate resiliency, California farmers are embracing precision agriculture technology. Also known as “smart farming,” precision agriculture uses the latest technological innovations to produce more food while using less resources.
 

California Could Be the First Organic-to-School State

It’s time to put organic food on more kids’ plates, and the California legislature may be willing to help. California Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry’s new bill, AB 958, will create the first-ever Organic-to-School pilot program. The pilot program will help qualifying school districts purchase organic food, offering up to 15 cents per meal.

California Farm Bureau Federation Releases Ag Labor Availability Survey

The California Farm Bureau Federation (CFBF) released their 2017 agricultural labor availability survey results in a report titled Searching for Solutions: California Farmer Continue to Struggle with Employee Shortages. The report includes data from 762 farmers and ranchers throughout California and its findings are consistent with a 2012 CFBF labor survey.
 

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