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Ventura nonprofit gets grant to expand ag education program

By   /  Monday, December 19th, 2016  /  Agribusiness, Higher Education, Latest news  /  Comments Off on Ventura nonprofit gets grant to expand ag education program

Students for Eco-Education and Agriculture, a Ventura-based nonprofit, received a Specialty Crop Block Grant of $193,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to expand its agriculture education program. The funds will help SEEAG deliver its food science and nutrition program to 10,000 additional students over the next two and a half years, the organization said Read More →

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Lemon growers oppose rule on Argentine imports

By   /  Friday, August 12th, 2016  /  Agribusiness, Top Stories, Top Story, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  Comments Off on Lemon growers oppose rule on Argentine imports

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Brownley, Capps object to time limit for comment on importing citrus from Argentina

By   /  Monday, July 11th, 2016  /  Agribusiness, Latest news  /  Comments Off on Brownley, Capps object to time limit for comment on importing citrus from Argentina

The public comment period on a U.S. Department of Agriculture proposal to allow the importation of citrus from Argentina was extended July 11, but members of Congress continued to express dissatisfaction with the time restrictions for analysis. On May 10, the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service published its proposed new rule with a Read More →

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Ceres decreases second quarter losses

By   /  Thursday, April 14th, 2016  /  Agribusiness, Latest news, Technology  /  Comments Off on Ceres decreases second quarter losses

Ceres Inc. narrowed its losses but revenues were still low during the second quarter. The Thousand Oaks-based ag-biotech company said net losses decreased from $8.01 million in the second quarter of 2015 to $1 million in the second quarter of 2016, the company reported April 14. Losses also fell from $1.34 per share last year Read More →

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Ceres corn traits do not require USDA oversight

By   /  Thursday, February 18th, 2016  /  Agribusiness, Latest news  /  Comments Off on Ceres corn traits do not require USDA oversight

Thousand Oaks ag-biotech company Ceres said the U.S. Department of Agriculture told the company Feb. 17 that several corn traits Ceres developed do not need to be regulated under a USDA mandate. For years, Ceres developed genetically modified crops for use in biofuels. Last June, the company switched its focus to developing genetically modified crops Read More →

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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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USDA creates emergency response framework to fight citrus disease

By   /  Friday, December 20th, 2013  /  Agribusiness, East Ventura County, Latest news, South Coast  /  Comments Off on USDA creates emergency response framework to fight citrus disease

The framework will allow the USDA and its partners to coordinate resources, share information and develop strategies to combat a serious bacterial disease affecting citrus crops locally and in other states.