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GrubMarket reports year one progress of ‘Sustainable California’ initiative

- General News
In early 2023, GrubMarket announced its groundbreaking Sustainable California initiative, which aims to bolster agricultural sustainability and promote stronger food systems throughout California by engaging in meaningful endeavors like planting trees and supporting local farmers to obtain organic certification.

Bee Sweet releases Heirloom Navel oranges

- General News
Bee Sweet Citrus has released Heirloom Navels, a selection of California’s oldest and most established Navel varieties

Bee Sweet offers specialty citrus for New Year

- General News
Bee Sweet Citrus has an assortment of specialty citrus for shoppers aiming to incorporate fresh produce into their New Year’s resolutions

Pollution increases heat-related farmworker danger

- Analysis
Official statistics greatly underreport heat-related deaths among farmworkers in California’s San Joaquin Valley, according to a study by Inside Climate News.

California Avocado Commission names new agency of record

- General News
The California Avocado Commission (CAC) announces that it has selected Curious Plot as its new agency of record

Groundwater regulation: The ins and outs

- Analysis
The New York Times article on water conservation in California’s Pajaro Valley, which I discussed in a previous column, is worth more discussion

Groundwater issues highlight bigger problems

- Analysis
The New York Times is no doubt aiming for a Pulitzer with its multi-article series on groundwater use in America.

Pizza Hut to lay off drivers ahead of California wage hike 

- General News
Hundreds of California Pizza Hut franchises plan to lay off delivery drivers ahead of the state’s new $20 per hour minimum wage for fast food workers. 

USDA encourages Central Valley growers to apply for water conservation assistance

- General News
Central Valley growers are encouraged to apply for WaterSMART program funding through the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

Study finds California ag law reduced working hours, earnings

- General News
Researchers found the losses are consistent with employers restricting hours to avoid paying the higher overtime rates.