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BioSafe Systems founder passes away

Rob Larose, 64, co-founder of BioSafe Systems, passed away Sept. 25, 2022, at his home in Connecticut. He was a visionary businessman, and BioSafe Systems’ employees, industry partners, lifelong

California Supreme Court rejects review of bumblebee status

Bumblebees may be considered as fish under the California Endangered Species Act, and the pollinators can get protection as threatened species under state law. That interpretation now stands after

Pecan shellers needed for safety survey

University of Georgia and USDA-ARS are conducting a survey to identify the safety and needs of pecan shellers in the U.S. Questions focus on sanitization. The survey is voluntary, anonymous, and re

Autonomous herbicide sprayer introduced

Herbicide GUSS, from GUSS Automation, is the first and only autonomous herbicide orchard sprayer on the market. This high-tech herbicide sprayer removes the driver from the tractor to save labor and e

Farm waste finds a future in rubber, sugar and more

Finding uses for agricultural byproducts can be an uphill battle, particularly when that hill is piled high with thousands of tons of hulls and shells left after harvest in California’s $5 billion a

Reporting losses and submitting applications for natural disaster assistance

If your operation was impacted by a natural disaster and you have an interest in participating in an available disaster assistance program, you should report losses and damages to Farm Service Agency

Biden-Harris Administration makes $500 million available to increase American-made fertilizer production

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Sept. 27 that the Biden-Harris Administration is making $500 million in grants available to increase American-made fertilizer prod

California Pollinator Coalition secures grant to improve pollinator habitat, increase IPM

Almond growers who support efforts to expand the habitat and forage for honeybees and other native pollinators now have another pot of money to help them pay for that important work.

After the rain: Maintaining almond nut quality

Many Sacramento Valley almond growing received almost 2” of rain recently. While any rain is needed, this storm left wet almonds behind. If those nuts are not allowed to dry to delivery standards fo

Texas pecan production below average, demand remains strong

Texas pecan orchards were expected to produce a mixed bag of results amid good prices and strong demand, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Larry Stein, AgriLife Extens

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