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New AVAs put Paso in wine industry big leagues

By   /  Friday, October 24th, 2014  /  Agriculture, Latest news, Top Stories, Wine & Viticulture  /  No Comments

On the heels of a top national ranking from Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Paso Robles Wine Country is rolling out an expanded set of sub-brands to put it on equal footing with Napa and Sonoma counties.

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Pumpkin growers spooked by drought conditions

By   /  Friday, October 24th, 2014  /  Agriculture, Latest news, Small Business, Subscriber content, Top Stories  /  No Comments

Ventura resident Ayden Hilpert, age 4, proudly shows his pumpkin selection at McGrath Street Pumpkin Patch. (Nik Blaskovich / Business Times Photo)

With an emergency drought in full swing, tri-county pumpkins farmers had to cut back acreage and plant the seasonal crop a little earlier than usual to avoid over-ripening or rotting.

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Pressing ahead: Olive growers brace for tighter standards

By   /  Friday, October 17th, 2014  /  Agriculture, Latest news, Small Business, Subscriber content, Top Stories  /  No Comments

Yves and Clotilde Julien, owners of Olea Farm, where they grow and process olives to be sold in their tasting room. (Nik Blaskovich / Business Times photo)

In the quiet hills of Templeton, dense rows of olive branches line a narrow dirt road that winds through the fields and right up to the doorstep of Olea Olive Farm, where visitors can taste an array of specialty extra virgin olive oils made on-site.

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USDA taps VSolvit team for 5-year, up to $500M contract

By   /  Friday, October 17th, 2014  /  Agriculture, Latest news, Small Business, Technology, Top Stories, West Ventura County  /  No Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency has awarded a five-year, $500 million contract to the Ventura-based tech firm VSolvit to provide software tech support for the department in areas such as budget and finance and management solutions.

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Herds shrink, ranchers suffer as drought takes toll

By   /  Friday, October 10th, 2014  /  Agriculture, Central Coast, Latest news, Subscriber content, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  No Comments

Ventura County rancher Bud Sloan is still herding cattle after more than a decade in the industry. (Courtesy photo)

Cattle ranchers all over the Tri-Counties are reeling from the effects of the drought, with the last decade of unusually warm, dry conditions making the industry especially difficult to continue in the county where it has previously prospered most — San Luis Obispo.

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San Luis Obispo discoveries expand citrus industry’s psyllid watch

By   /  Friday, October 3rd, 2014  /  Agriculture, Central Coast, South Coast, Top Stories, West Ventura County  /  No Comments

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The dreaded Asian citrus psyllid made its first appearance in San Luis Obispo County over the summer, making the pest truly a regional problem for tri-county agriculture.

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Fit Buddha expands to Ventura

By   /  Friday, October 3rd, 2014  /  Small Business, Subscriber content, Top Stories, West Ventura County  /  No Comments

The gyms combine a Buddhist temple-inspired atmosphere with pilates, cardio, belly dancing and pole fitness classes. (Nik Blaskovich / Business Times photo)

A gym adorned in Far East-inspired décor and a tranquil atmosphere, Fit Buddha in Ventura offers gym-goers a unique workout experience featuring a celebrity trainer brand of Pilates and a line of other fitness classes.

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