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Munger on a mission: Housing for 21st century scholars

By   /  Friday, October 31st, 2014  /  Latest news, Top Stories  /  No Comments

Charles Munger, vice chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, speaks during an event in Pasadena in 2011. (Bloomberg News photo)

Munger made headlines nationwide when he gave $65 million to UC Santa Barbara to fund a planned scholars residence for the Kavli Institute of Theoretical Physics, enlisting South Coast developer-financier-philanthropist Mike Towbes, whose Towbes Group will build the three-story project.

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Freska counts on another decade of money from mangoes

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After 10 years in the mango business, Oxnard-based Freska Produce International has been reaching higher sales levels and extending its global reach.

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A new crop: Tourists turn farms into favored destinations

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Windmills are visible from the grapevines at Zaca Mesa Winery and Vineyards, established in 1973 and located along Foxen Canyon Road. (Nik Blaskovich / Business Times photo)

With agriculture holding down the No. 1 spot in Ventura County industry and the colorful array of artisanal wine and food offerings found throughout Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties, the Central Coast has the ingredients for being a hot spot in California agritourism.

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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  /  2 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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