Grower-Shippers See Reasons For Guarded Optimism

At the completion of the Salinas 2021 season, the grower-shipper community performed their detailed financial post-mortems of their seasonal performance. Nearly all already had a good handle of what their bottom lines would reveal after underwhelming commodity pricing for the bulk of the season. Spoiler Alert: marginal to poor results. With residual of COVID continuing…

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Grower-Shipper Interests Are Intertwined During These Volatile Times

Pre-Season ground prep work was completed in late-2021, first-turn plantings have been well under way since November, and harvesting of early Cole crops have begun in earnest. For Tri-County vegetable growers their cycle of implementing their standard cultural practices for the 2022 growing season has been under way since late-2021. The standard fundamentals of “blocking…

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Increasing Labor Costs in California Presents Huge Challenges

The agriculture industry and specifically the farming sector has always been a tough, competitive business. The farmer’s ability to adapt to the challenges of ever-changing landscapes has been imperative to their success.  Over the course of the past 20 years there has been no shortage of shifting challenges for us to overcome. A vital and…

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The Recent Romaine Recall and the LGMA

Although the Center for Disease Control announced on January 9, 2019 that the recent e-coli outbreak is over, there is another part of the story that doesn’t seem to be getting allot of traction. During the investigation the FDA made the comment that based on the spread of the traceback it’s highly unlikely that it…

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Livelihoods Ahead of Relationships

As the industry wrestles with the economic impact of dumping all romaine, some nagging questions keep coming up. The question is why, after 12 years, the regulatory side is still using a scorched earth approach and treating the industry with a “what we want you to know” instead of a “know what we know”. Emptying…

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