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Farmers markets face more stringent regulations, higher fees

By   /  Friday, November 7th, 2014  /  Agribusiness, 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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Nasdaq delisting in sight for Ceres

By   /  Friday, October 24th, 2014  /  Agribusiness, 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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Pumpkin growers spooked by drought conditions

By   /  Friday, October 24th, 2014  /  Agribusiness, 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  /  Agribusiness, 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  /  Agribusiness, 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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Herds shrink, ranchers suffer as drought takes toll

By   /  Friday, October 10th, 2014  /  Agribusiness, Central Coast, Latest news, Subscriber content, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Herds shrink, ranchers suffer as drought takes toll

Cattle ranchers all over the Tri-Counties are reeling from the effects of the drought, with the last decade of unusually warm, dry conditions making the industry especially difficult to continue in the county where it has previously prospered most — San Luis Obispo.

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San Luis Obispo discoveries expand citrus industry’s psyllid watch

By   /  Friday, October 3rd, 2014  /  Agribusiness, Central Coast, South Coast, Top Stories, West Ventura County  /  Comments Off on San Luis Obispo discoveries expand citrus industry’s psyllid watch

The dreaded Asian citrus psyllid made its first appearance in San Luis Obispo County over the summer, making the pest truly a regional problem for tri-county agriculture.

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