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When European and other settlers first came to what would become the Santa Maria Valley in the late 1700s, it didn’t look like it would eventually become an agricultural powerhouse. Scrub brush was the main crop in those days. Yet its fertile valley, close proximity to the cool breezes of the Pacific Ocean and its year-round temperate climate made its destiny clear. Owned by Mexico in the early 1800s, settlements began... Read more

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The New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets is tasked with promoting the nearly 36,000 farms and 7 million acres of land in New York, to help increase the growth of the state’s vibrant agriculture industry. Richard A. Ball, commissioner of the New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets, said one of its big initiatives... Read more

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Christopher Ranch sees strong foodservice sales at Pompano Beach operation
For more than 60 years, Christopher Ranch, headquartered in Gilroy, CA, has grown superior California garlic on its privately owned farms. Today the Christopher Ranch brand is recognized across North America, not only for garlic, but also for its extensive line of high-quality specialty items. In addition to Gilroy, the company services its customers from its... Read more


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Jim Allen named VP of marketing at New York Apple Sales
New York Apple Sales Inc. has announced that Jim Allen and Matt Wells have joined the Glenmont, NY-based company. Allen, who served for 17 years as president and chief executive officer of the New York Apple Association, is now vice president of marketing at New York Apple Sales, while Wells, previously... Read more