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Apeel laying off 96 in second round of the year

By   /  Wednesday, November 30th, 2022  /  Agribusiness, Economy, Latest news, Top Stories, Top Story, Tri-County Economy, Ventura County, Workforce  /  No Comments

Goleta-based Apeel Sciences will lay off a large portion of its workforce, mainly in the Santa Barbara County area, in its second major round of layoffs this year, the company has disclosed. Apeel will lay off a total of 96 employees from its Goleta office, according to a company filing with the state of California.  Read More →

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VCCCD seeking new campus space on Limoneira land

By   /  Saturday, November 19th, 2022  /  Agribusiness, Education, Government, Real Estate  /  No Comments

By Madeleine Benn Staff Writer The Ventura County Community College District has been quietly exploring launching a satellite campus in the Santa Clara River Valley, the Business Times has learned.  “We’ve been actively working with the community college for over a decade to find land to help them develop a campus in Santa Paula,” Harold Read More →

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Houweling sued over workers’ comp claims from Camarillo greenhouse

By   /  Tuesday, November 1st, 2022  /  Agribusiness, Latest news, Law & Goverment, middle, Regions, Top Stories, Ventura County  /  Comments Off on Houweling sued over workers’ comp claims from Camarillo greenhouse

The former owner of Houweling’s Tomatoes in Camarillo is being sued by the California Agricultural Network, which claims Casey Houweling and his company left the insurance network “holding the bag” for more than $3 million in workers’ compensation claims. In a suit filed Oct. 19 in Ventura County Superior Court, the California Agricultural Network accused Read More →

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Wine Buzz: Alma Rosa, a pioneering winery, moves into a new era

By   /  Friday, October 14th, 2022  /  Agribusiness, Columns, Latest news, Regions, Santa Barbara County, Subscriber content, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off on Wine Buzz: Alma Rosa, a pioneering winery, moves into a new era

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Region’s farmers leave more land unfarmed as drought deepens

By   /  Thursday, September 22nd, 2022  /  Agribusiness, Latest news, Regions, San Luis Obispo County, Santa Barbara County, Top Stories, Top Story, Ventura County  /  Comments Off on Region’s farmers leave more land unfarmed as drought deepens

Cilantro isn’t a huge moneymaker for Will Terry, the vice president at Terry Farms in Ventura County, but it is a quick crop that he can grow in the summer months and turn a small profit on. But, due to the ongoing drought exacerbated by limited groundwater allocation rights, growers like Terry have to make Read More →

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Mission Produce to open UK packing house in 2023

By   /  Tuesday, September 20th, 2022  /  Agribusiness, Latest news, Regions, Ventura County  /  Comments Off on Mission Produce to open UK packing house in 2023

Mission Produce, an Oxnard-based avocado and mango distributor, announced Sept. 20 that it will open a ripening, packing and distribution center near London in 2023. Mission’s first facility in the United Kingdom will be in Dartford, England, near the country’s largest ports, airports and highways. The 102,000-square-foot building will be “sustainability-focused,” Mission said in a Read More →

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Six years after legalization, cannabis black market still thriving

By   /  Thursday, September 15th, 2022  /  Agribusiness, Latest news, Regions, Santa Barbara County, Top Stories, Top Story  /  Comments Off on Six years after legalization, cannabis black market still thriving

When California legalized cannabis for recreational use in 2016, the idea was to create a new legal industry and eliminate an illegal one. Instead, the illicit market continues to have a stronghold in California, as legal growers struggle to turn a profit amid high taxes and strict regulations, and state and local governments often fail Read More →