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McGraths honored at conservation awards

By   /  Wednesday, November 13th, 2013  /  Agribusiness, Latest news  /  Comments Off on McGraths honored at conservation awards

Ventura County’s McGrath family took home top honors at the fourth annual Resource Conservation District awards, in a program that was bittersweet for one of the region’s top farming families. Phil McGrath, a farmer who embraced organics and the farm-to-table movement when others still focused on conventionally-grown crops and global markets, was the winner of Read More →

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Pumpkin patches are gourd mines: Specialty growers cash in on seasonal squash

By   /  Friday, October 25th, 2013  /  Agribusiness, Features, Small Business  /  Comments Off on Pumpkin patches are gourd mines: Specialty growers cash in on seasonal squash

The Golden State is No. 2 in the nation for pumpkins and last year produced about 93,500 tons of the crop on roughly 505,000 acres. Much of the crop is earmarked for commercial purposes and shipped out of state, but the growth of community-based pumpkin patches has accelerated over the past decade, according to California Farm Bureau Federation spokesperson Dave Kranz.

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Fighting for farming: Santa Paula rancher wrangles with SOAR advocates

By   /  Friday, October 11th, 2013  /  Agribusiness, East Ventura County, Features, Real Estate, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  Comments Off on Fighting for farming: Santa Paula rancher wrangles with SOAR advocates

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Farmers clash with county over grading rules

By   /  Friday, September 13th, 2013  /  Agribusiness, Real Estate, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Farmers clash with county over grading rules

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Strawberry growers brace for water restrictions

By   /  Friday, May 10th, 2013  /  Agribusiness, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Strawberry growers brace for water restrictions

After two years of scant rainfall, strawberries may topple from their spot as the top crop in Ventura County as growers battle severely limited water supplies. Growers on the Oxnard Plain who depend on United Water Conservation District’s pipeline to water their strawberry crops will be down to less than half of their usual supply Read More →

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Farms may feast on drone technology test results

By   /  Friday, March 22nd, 2013  /  Agribusiness, Technology, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Farms may feast on drone technology test results

Drones are coming, perhaps sooner rather than later to Ventura County, and the first place you see them might be the above the region’s fields and orchards. Congress has asked the Federal Aviation Administration to pick six testing sites around the country for the civilian use of drones, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles, and Read More →

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Why Fed policy is driving up the cost of farmland in California

By   /  Friday, February 1st, 2013  /  Columns, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Why Fed policy is driving up the cost of farmland in California

Even California, where real estate is otherwise depressed, has not been immune from price spikes.