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Calavo Growers reports record fourth quarter income

By   /  Tuesday, December 20th, 2016  /  Agriculture, Earnings, Latest news, Tri-County Public Companies  /  Comments Off on Calavo Growers reports record fourth quarter income

Calavo Growers, headquartered in Santa Paula, reported record fourth quarter revenues of $247.7 million and net income of $9.2 million, almost double its net income for the same period last year. Earnings climbed to 53 cents per diluted share for the quarter ended Oct. 31, compared to 28 cents for the fourth quarter 2015, bringing Read More →

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Ventura nonprofit gets grant to expand ag education program

By   /  Monday, December 19th, 2016  /  Agriculture, Education, Latest news  /  Comments Off on Ventura nonprofit gets grant to expand ag education program

Students for Eco-Education and Agriculture, a Ventura-based nonprofit, received a Specialty Crop Block Grant of $193,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to expand its agriculture education program. The funds will help SEEAG deliver its food science and nutrition program to 10,000 additional students over the next two and a half years, the organization said Read More →

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Calavo Growers president resigning for job at FreshRealm

By   /  Monday, December 19th, 2016  /  Agriculture, Latest news  /  Comments Off on Calavo Growers president resigning for job at FreshRealm

Santa Paula-based Calavo Growers President and Chief Operating Officer Kenneth Catchot will resign on Jan. 6 and be replaced by Lecil Cole, according to a Dec. 19 Securities and Exchange Commission filing. Catchot will take on a senior management position with FreshRealm, which Calavo holds a 46 percent ownership interest. FreshRealm is a Ventura-based company Read More →

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Chinese tourism, investments in Central Coast grow

By   /  Friday, December 16th, 2016  /  Agriculture, Central Coast, Latest news, Tourism, Tri-County Economy, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off on Chinese tourism, investments in Central Coast grow

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Proposed Central Coast winery rules likely to stay corked

By   /  Friday, December 16th, 2016  /  Agriculture, Central Coast, right, South Coast, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off on Proposed Central Coast winery rules likely to stay corked

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Bill could give Port of Hueneme access to more federal funds

By   /  Friday, December 16th, 2016  /  Agriculture, left, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  Comments Off on Bill could give Port of Hueneme access to more federal funds

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Supervisor’s defense of SOAR misleading

By   /  Friday, December 16th, 2016  /  Agriculture, Latest news, Op/Eds, Opinion, Real Estate, West Ventura County, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off on Supervisor’s defense of SOAR misleading

By John Krist In her Dec. 2 commentary criticizing a Pacific Coast Business Times article about the effect of Save Open-space and Agricultural Resources on property values, Ventura County Supervisor Linda Parks accurately but selectively quotes from Farm Bureau of Ventura County’s Land Use Policy. Her cherry-picking of a single passage from this five-page document Read More →

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