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Rise of the machines: Berry producers slowly adapt to technology

By   /  Friday, December 5th, 2014  /  Agriculture, Latest news, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Rise of the machines: Berry producers slowly adapt to technology

With proposed immigration reform that many in agriculture say fails to meet the needs of the state’s farming industry, some growers in Ventura County are increasingly looking to machine-aided harvesting to save the region’s mega-cash-crop of strawberries.

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Ventura County tackles farm housing shortage

By   /  Friday, November 28th, 2014  /  Agriculture, Latest news, Real Estate, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Ventura County tackles farm housing shortage

Supporting the future of Ventura County’s roughly $2 billion agricultural economy isn’t just a water issue, it’s a housing issue. Imagine a family of six sharing a one-bedroom apartment in one of the rundown apartment complexes that dot the county. That’s the living situation of many families who work in the fields of Ventura County. Read More →

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Running on empty: Ventura County puts curbs on water well drilling

By   /  Friday, November 21st, 2014  /  Agriculture, Latest news, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Running on empty: Ventura County puts curbs on water well drilling

As the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act sits on the table for 2015, some water wells in the Tri-Counties are already facing new limitations after the Ventura County Board of Supervisors issued an emergency well-drilling moratorium on Oct. 28 with a 4-1 vote.

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Ceres still spending, but looks to generate revenue

By   /  Friday, November 21st, 2014  /  Agriculture, East Ventura County, Latest news, Technology, Top Stories, Tri-County Public Companies  /  Comments Off on Ceres still spending, but looks to generate revenue

Sitting in public-company-listing limbo with a listing deadline on its current stock price, Thousand Oaks-based energy crop producer Ceres will attempt to continue its numerous pricey research projects by balancing them with new revenue streams.

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Virginia REIT targets Central Coast ag land

By   /  Friday, November 14th, 2014  /  Agriculture, Latest news, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Virginia REIT targets Central Coast ag land

  Even in the face of the worst drought in decades, investing in California agricultural land is a hot real estate strategy for institutional investors. Land values continue to rise along with the rents, and REITs, or real estate investment trusts, are looking more to the shrinking supply of farmland for better-than-average fixed income returns. Read More →

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Farmers markets face more stringent regulations, higher fees

By   /  Friday, November 7th, 2014  /  Agriculture, Latest news, Small Business, Subscriber content, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Farmers markets face more stringent regulations, higher fees

Vendors at farmers markets all over the state will now pay a higher daily fee — $2 instead of the current 60 cents — and growers will face stricter inspections as part of a new state law going into effect Jan. 1, 2015.

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$20M gift to Cal Poly is largest ever

By   /  Monday, November 3rd, 2014  /  Agriculture, Central Coast, Latest news, Real Estate, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on $20M gift to Cal Poly is largest ever

Former Apple chief financial officer Peter Oppenheimer and his wife Mary Beth made the single largest cash gift ever to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, according to a Nov. 3 announcement from the university. The university expects the $20 million donation to completely cover the cost to develop and construct four new facilities projects within Read More →

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