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Farmers Fear Legal Status For Workers Would Lead Them Off The Farm

Farmers Fear Legal Status For Workers Would Lead Them Off The Farm

| February 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

Produce growers often rely on workers who are in the U.S. illegally. Some farmers worry that if those workers gain legal status, they will leave agriculture. But some workers say they would stay.

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Do Warmer Winters Mean Less Fruit?

Do Warmer Winters Mean Less Fruit?

| February 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

Californians have been enjoying summer weather in the dead of winter, but the downside is that unseasonably warm temperatures could threaten many of our favorite foods.

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Freight Farms: Entrepreneurs Modify Shipping Containers to Grow Local Produce Year-Round

Freight Farms: Entrepreneurs Modify Shipping Containers to Grow Local Produce Year-Round

| February 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

Big metal shipping containers are often used to import food from around the globe. Now, two Boston entrepreneurs are modifying those containers to grow local produce hydroponically, 365 days a year.

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Heaps Of Oranges Could Rot As West Coast Dock Dispute Drags On

Heaps Of Oranges Could Rot As West Coast Dock Dispute Drags On

| February 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

Millions of pounds of citrus fruit are stranded and at risk of spoiling in warehouses and boats at major ports in California. It’s the result of a dockworker labor dispute that’s jammed operations.

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GMO Apples Get The Nod, But Not Much Of A Welcoming Party

GMO Apples Get The Nod, But Not Much Of A Welcoming Party

| February 13, 2015 | 2 Comments

Government regulators have approved the first genetically modified apples, which don’t turn brown when you cut them open. But planting these trees will be a gamble since consumers may not want them.

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Gardener’s Twofer: First Ketchup ‘N’ Fries Plant Hits U.S. Market

Gardener’s Twofer: First Ketchup ‘N’ Fries Plant Hits U.S. Market

| February 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

British horticulturalists have figured out how to graft a tomato plant onto a potato plant. This plant, called Ketchup ‘N’ Fries, has crossed the pond and is now available to gardeners in the U.S.

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California’s Strawberry Feud Ends, But Who Will Breed New Berries?

California’s Strawberry Feud Ends, But Who Will Breed New Berries?

| February 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

Strawberry farmers have dropped a lawsuit against the University of California, Davis, and the university has hired a new strawberry breeder. But the future of academic berry breeding is uncertain.

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Organic Cereal Manufacturer Nature’s Path is Going Against the Grain by Investing in Organic Farmland

Organic Cereal Manufacturer Nature’s Path is Going Against the Grain by Investing in Organic Farmland

| February 3, 2015 | 1 Comment

Why would a company that sells over $300 million worth of boxed organic cereal in outlets like Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s dive into the organic farmland business?

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How Will We Grow New Farmers?

How Will We Grow New Farmers?

| January 31, 2015 | 0 Comments

The average age of the American farmer is steadily increasing, and new farmers are entering the profession much more slowly than older farmers are retiring. Who will grow food for the next generation? CUESA and a panel of experts discuss 4-H, beginning farmer programs, the future of farming, and what it takes for an aspiring farmer to achieve the dream.

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Beef Packers Block Plan To Revive Growth-Promoting Drug

Beef Packers Block Plan To Revive Growth-Promoting Drug

| January 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

Beef processors continue to block efforts to bring back Zilmax, a drug that makes cattle put on weight faster. Is it because they’re concerned about animal welfare, or beef exports?

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‘Modern Farmer’ Owner Says It Will Live On, Despite Staff Exit

‘Modern Farmer’ Owner Says It Will Live On, Despite Staff Exit

| January 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

Several people associated with Modern Farmer tweeted their farewells to the magazine that became known for printing arch photos of handsome animals and writing audacious headlines.

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This Urban Farmer is Growing Jobs in Her Richmond Community

This Urban Farmer is Growing Jobs in Her Richmond Community

| January 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

In a city where steady employment for youth and inexperienced workers is limited to big box stores like Walmart and Target, or fast-food joints like Taco Bell and McDonald’s, Urban Tilth provides a different path.

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Chipotle’s Pulled Pork Highlights Debate Over Sow Welfare

Chipotle’s Pulled Pork Highlights Debate Over Sow Welfare

| January 21, 2015 | 1 Comment

Wondering why your local Chipotle is no longer serving pork? It’s because a big supplier was housing pigs in confined quarters. But there’s debate about whether that’s really worse for the animals.

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The Future Strawberry: Will the Loss of a Major Pesticide Help the Industry to Go Green?

The Future Strawberry: Will the Loss of a Major Pesticide Help the Industry to Go Green?

| January 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

When it comes to growing strawberries, Farm Fuel, Inc., a Watsonville, California-based company, is on the cutting edge.

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