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UCSB researchers use technology to link rural areas to data

By   /  Friday, April 7th, 2017  /  Agribusiness, Education, right, Technology  /  Comments Off on UCSB researchers use technology to link rural areas to data

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San Luis Obispo’s Hortau just keeps on growing

By   /  Friday, February 10th, 2017  /  Agribusiness, Columns, Latest news  /  Comments Off on San Luis Obispo’s Hortau just keeps on growing

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Rincon-Vitova Insectaries offers alternative to pesticides

By   /  Friday, December 2nd, 2016  /  Agribusiness, middle, Technology  /  Comments Off on Rincon-Vitova Insectaries offers alternative to pesticides

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Rise of the machines: Berry producers slowly adapt to technology

By   /  Friday, December 5th, 2014  /  Agribusiness, 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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Spilling the beans on Ventura County’s lima legacy

By   /  Friday, May 2nd, 2014  /  Agribusiness, East Ventura County, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  Comments Off on Spilling the beans on Ventura County’s lima legacy

Before there were strawberries, lemons and avocados, the lima bean dominated agriculture on Ventura County’s coastal plain for nearly a century.

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Disease-carrying citrus psyllid found in SLO County

By   /  Tuesday, April 1st, 2014  /  Agribusiness, Central Coast, East Ventura County, South Coast, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  Comments Off on Disease-carrying citrus psyllid found in SLO County

The Asian citrus psyllid, a tiny pest that spreads a disease fatal to citrus trees, has been discovered in San Luis Obispo County for the first time. The bug was found in an insect trap at a home near Arroyo Grande, the San Luis Obispo County Department of Agriculture said on April 1, prompting agricultural Read More →

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Belt tightening: Amid drought, food banks face bare cupboards

By   /  Friday, March 7th, 2014  /  Agribusiness, Central Coast Health Watch, Features, Nonprofits, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Belt tightening: Amid drought, food banks face bare cupboards

Erik Talkin, CEO of the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County. Its cooler shelves are down to 75 percent of usual capacity of fresh produce as farmers donate less during the drought. (Alex Drysdale / Business Times photo)

Demand is up at the region’s food banks, and supply is down. In the for-profit world, those two factors would mean higher prices, but since food banks give away their products, their cupboards are starting to look a bit bare.

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