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USDA’s Censky visits Grimmway Farms to discuss labor, other issues

U.S. Department of Agriculture officials have again visited Grimmway Farms, for a listening session on issues facing California farmers, from immigration to water rights.

California grapes slightly behind last season’s shipments

Shipments of California grapes are down about 8% from last season, but average per-pound prices for the major varieties are the same.

Robotic strawberry harvester company sees $7.5M investment

A robotic strawberry harvester known as the T-6 from Advanced Farm Technologies, Davis, Calif., has received a $7.5 million boost from investors in a Series A funding round.

Progressive Produce hires Dominic DeFranco as VP of sales

Progressive Produce, Los Angeles, has hired Dominic DeFranco as vice president of sales.

USDA expands citrus disease quarantine areas in 3 states

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has expanded quarantined areas for citrus greening in California, Texas and Louisiana after the disease was detected in plant tissue samples in multiple locations in the states.

Chefs convene at Markon summit to focus on plant-forward dishes

Salinas, Calif.-based Markon Cooperative Inc. gathered 26 chefs from its foodservice members and operators to focus on plant-based recipes at its fifth annual Chef Summit.

California kept supplies up

California’s 2019 avocado crop is winding down, but the state played an important role during a season where volume was low and prices were high.

CFFA hires director of member services, communication

The California Fresh Fruit Association, Fresno, has hired Courtney Razor as director of member services and communication.

Stater Bros. donates $100K, 150,000 pounds of food this summer

Stater Bros., San Bernardino, Calif., has donated $100,000 and more than 150,000 pounds of fresh produce and other food to food banks in its area this summer.

Avocado volume expected to increase after summer shortfall

U.S. avocado volume was expected to increase this fall after a summer of tight supplies.