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USDA to purchase $30MM in U.S. table grapes in 2022

- General News
USDA will purchase U.S.-grown table grapes as part of its 2022 Food Purchase and Distribution Program.

California table grape growers continue path to mechanization and automation

- General News
California table grape growers, collectively through the California Table Grape Commission (commission), are working to mechanize and automate operational functions, with a goal of reducing costs and increasing the efficiency of vineyard operations.

Feds turn off tap in San Joaquin Valley

- Analysis
The reason for the cutoff is a dearth of water at the principal supply of water for the federal Central Valley Project: Lake Shasta in the extreme north of the state. It will force some changes.

California produce groups among those to endorse Rep. Costa for Ag Committee chair

- General News
Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16), who announced he will seek the chairmanship of the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture, received key endorsements from 70 agricultural organizations because of his extensive experience and effectiveness in delivering results for American agriculture.

California grape estimate drops at start of season

- General News
With the California table grape season in full swing and expectations for a positive season as the backdrop, the California Table Grape Commission revised its estimate for the 2020 table grape crop to 104.9 million 19-pound boxes, down from its April estimate of 106.5 million.

Big bounce-back for California cherries

- General News
California cherry growers have finished shipping a large cherry crop that has been met with strong retail demand.

California cherry growers hope to rebound this year

- Produce Blueprints

Recent years have brought a number of challenges to cherry growers in California. A near-record 9.5 …

Air quality standards: A boon to produce?

- Analysis
Anyone familiar with California agriculture knows that the industry regards the state’s stringent regulations as a curse visited upon it by bureaucrats, environmentalists, and selfish urbanites. Like all simplistic pictures, this one is wrong in certain respects.

Produce, grocery, foodservice exempt from California ‘stay at home’ order

- General News
California Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a statewide order March 19 for all the state's residents to “stay at home” to slow the spread of the virus. Essential services should remain open, including grocery stores and takeout and delivery restaurants.

California citrus keep stranglehold on fresh market in face of challenges

- Produce Blueprints

The California citrus industry’s chief products are oranges, mandarins, and lemons, and it’s the nation’s number …