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Freska counts on another decade of money from mangoes

By   /  Friday, October 31st, 2014  /  Agriculture, Latest news, Subscriber content, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Freska counts on another decade of money from mangoes

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

By   /  Friday, October 31st, 2014  /  Agriculture, Latest news, Subscriber content, Top Stories, Tourism  /  Comments Off on A new crop: Tourists turn farms into favored destinations

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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Nasdaq delisting in sight for Ceres

By   /  Friday, October 24th, 2014  /  Agriculture, East Ventura County, Tri-County Public Companies  /  Comments Off on Nasdaq delisting in sight for Ceres

Ceres, Inc., an agricultural biotechnology company that sells seeds for producing renewable bioenergy feedstocks, is delisting from the Nasdaq after the company continued to fail to meet the minimum bid price requirement of $1.00. The company was notified on April 28, that it no longer met the criteria for listing and in anticipation of not Read More →

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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  /  Comments Off on Pumpkin growers spooked by drought conditions

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  /  Comments Off on Pressing ahead: Olive growers brace for tighter standards

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  /  Comments Off on USDA taps VSolvit team for 5-year, up to $500M contract

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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